Are Marriotts Pet Friendly?

Marriott, which is made up of more than 30 hotel brands, definitely has a lot of pet friendly hotels. Most of their pet policies within each brand vary from property to property. This means that a pet fee and size limit at a Courtyard in Denver, CO, will not necessarily be the same as a Courtyard in Gettysburg, PA. If you’re trying to find pet friendly Marriott hotels,  you need to do some research.

While some pet friendly Marriott properties charge very high pet fees (up to $250), we’ve found that if you shop around, you’ll discover that there is a wide range of fees and, if you love staying at Marriott properties, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find one that fits your budget. To help you get a sense of the variety in pet policies, we did a brief survey of five Marriott brands—Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites—and compared their policies at properties in different locations–as we’ll as a few in the same city.

One of the surprising things we found is that sometimes there is a big difference between the pet fees of the same brand in the same city. For example, if you’re headed to Boise, ID, with your pet and want to stay a SpringHill Suites, you can go to one that charges $150 pet fee or you can go to one that charges $20. Seems like an easy choice, right? Definitely. All it requires is that you do your homework. Or, of course, use Petswelcome who has done the homework for you.

Here’s our brief survey of five pet friendly Marriott brands and their pet policies*:


Courtyard Marriott

Courtyard has 85 pet friendly properties. Some of their pet policies are as follows:

Courtyard by Marriott Denver Stapleton, Denver, CO: $100 pet fee, up to 2 pets.

Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center, Portland, OR: $50 pet fee, up to 2 pets, 80 lbs. max wieght limit.

Courtyard by Marriott Lansing, Lansing, MI: $75 pet fee, 1 pet allowed, $40 lbs. max weight limit.

Courtyard by Marriott Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA: $30 pet fee, up to 2 pets, 50 lbs. max weight limit.

pet friendly Courtyard

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inns have 85 pet friendly properties:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Kansas City Words of Fun, Kansas City, MO: $50 pet fee, up to 3 pets.

Fairfield Inn Boston Dedham, Dedham, MA: $20 pet fee, up to 2 pets, 75 lbs. max weight limit.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC: $50 pet fee, up to 2 pets, 50 lbs. weight limit.

pet friendly Fairfield suites

Residence Inn

Residence Inn is one of Marriott’s extended stay brand and has 775 pet friendly properties:

Residence Inn Long Beach, Long Beach, CA: $100 pet fee.

Residence Inn Bloomington by Mall of America, Bloomington, MN: $75 pet fee, up to 2 pets allowed.

Residence Inn New York Manhattan Midtown, New York, NY: $250 pet fee, 1 pet allowed, up to 30 lbs. weight limit.

Residence Inn New York Manhattan Midtown/Times Square, New York, NY: $100 pet fee, up to 1 pet.

pet friendly residence inn


SpringHill Suites

SpringHill Suites has 21 pet friendly properties:

SpringHill Suites Mount Laurel, Mount Laurel, NJ: $15 pet fee, 1 pet allowed,

up to 75 lbs. weight limit.

SpringHill Suites Boise, Boise, ID: $150 pet fee, up to 2 pets, 35 lbs. weight limit.

SpringHill Suites Boise Park Center, Boise, ID: $20 pet fee, 1 pet allowed.

pet friendly Springhill suites

TownePlace Suites

TownePlace Suites is another extended stay brand and currently has 340 pet friendly properties:

TownePlace Suites Birmingham Homewood Birmingham, AL: $100 pet fee, 1 pet allowed, up to 50 lbs. weight limit.

TownePlace Suites Jacksonville Butler Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL: $75 pet fee, 1 pet allowed, up to 30 lbs.

TownePlace Suites San Diego Downtown, San Diego, CA: $150 pet fee, 1 pet allowed, 50 lbs. limit.

pet friendly Towneplace suites

*please note that Marriott does not always state the number of pets or weight limit for some of their properties.


How I Became a Cat Lover: A Tribute

Cat looking friendly

Hey, I love cats as much as the next guy. But you have to admit that there’s an otherworldly, mysterious, and mischievous vibe about them that, if you were initially a dog person like I was, takes some adjusting to. I never grew up with cats (my parents were not feline enthusiasts) but when I bought my first house, a cat came with it. Her name was Jill. We had an uneasy relationship in the beginning, observing each other at a distance as you might a spaceship that ominously lands one night in your backyard. Eventually, though, we developed a mutual liking for each other which deepened to the point that I always spent at least a part of every evening with her ensconced on my lap, petting her and finding a deep contentment that only cats can offer.

As the years went by and my kids were growing up, they brought an alarming amount of rescued cats into the house. At first, it made me feel that we were being overrun or, worse, one of those crazy families that, as my father might have said, had more cats than brains. But no matter how many we had, they always seemed to fit in nicely and added a happy and cozy sense of domesticity to our everyday life.

So cute, right? Yes… and no.

Another thing I love about cats is that they are also great to travel with. That’s why we have a dedicated Cats page on Petswelcome. Because they are small and generally quieter than most dogs, there is less of a chance of a “bad” interaction or reaction from other travelers. And there are plenty of hotel chains that accept cats like La Quinta, Red Roof and Kimpton Hotels. Cats are also easy to take on planes so it’s not a hassle to go long distances with them. Most importantly for me, though, is they offer a little slice of home while I’m sitting in a hotel room in a distant city. All I have to do is turn on a movie and let Stripes hop into my lap and I’m good. Feeling far from home but not far from home at the same time is one of the true pleasures I experience when traveling with a cat.

But, of course, there is that other side to cats which many people find unappealing but is what I like about them most: They mess with our heads. They are independent and do not exhibit the sycophantic traits that dogs do to be accepted into our homes. To the contrary, cat behavior sometimes seems intended to be obnoxious.  Cats expect to be accepted and understand that our reward is to be graced with their presence. Who am I to argue?

So here’s my tribute to cats in all their self-absorbed glory. Long may they keep us in our place.

Cat Karma

My cat stares at me. Would not
be a good character witness
if I ever needed one.
I don’t know why.
I never did anything to it.

Its furry mind rubs against
my patience and its snake-
slit eyes spin daylight into
a spider’s nest of affection.

It strides between my wife and I
like a reason for me not to exist.
And goes next door and smiles
at the old lady who always
gives it sardines. It sharpens
its claws on her welcome mat.
Sleeps in her armchair and dreams
of larger fish in the world.

My cat stacks dead birds like Jenga
blocks and munches on mouse heads
and tiny toads between crisp
butterfly wings. My cat says things
about your mother. That’s right.

Your mother.

Climate Change and Pets

Dog sitting out storm

Now that we’re in the middle of hurricane season, it got us to thinking about climate change and pets and the reality that our weather patterns are drastically different now than in the past. Yes, we’ve always had hurricane threats toward end of summer and in the fall, but they seem to be getting worse: more powerful storms hitting with a frequency that departs from the norms of previous decades. Obviously, the number of high impact natural disasters is one of the results of climate change that affect people and their pets. That’s why Petswelcome created a Hurricane Emergency Preparedness section so that you can be ready when the storm hits. We cannot emphasize enough the need to prepare and have an emergency evacuation route ready ahead of time. As of this writing, Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas and, as we noted in an earlier article on Hurricane Preparedness, leaving your pet behind is not an option. Finding a pet friendly hotel that you can safely relocate to during the storm is a critical step in ensuring that your whole family will be safe. Shelters are only a last resort and may not be able to accept you once the hurricane is in full force.

Beyond, high impact natural disasters, there are other ramifications when it comes to climate change and pets. Disease is one of them. With the warming weather (we’ve just experienced the two warmest winters on record) comes a huge increase in the flea, tick and mosquito populations which elevate the likelihood of certain diseases such as Lyme disease (which is carried by ticks) in both people and pets. Recently, in the Hudson Valley, where Petswelcome is located, an exotic tick, the longhorned tick, was discovered, one that previously was only found in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  According to the New York Department of Health, it has been associated with various forms of hemorrhagic fever in Southeast Asia, though more research is needed to see if it transmits the same, or any, disease in the US. Other illnesses that are spreading beyond their prior geographic and climatic boundaries are heartworm—which was primarily a problem in the southern US but is now in all fifty states— and West Nile, both transmitted by mosquitos.

Cat and girl watching approaching storm

Another climate change factor that may impact your pet is a longer reproduction season which especially effects cats, potentially leading to an explosion in feline populations. Heat is another issue. Dogs, in particular, are vulnerable to rising temperatures and are more likely to suffer heatstroke unless preventative measures are taken. Also, as climate change affects sea levels and precipitation intensity (causing draughts and/or flooding), people will be displaced, which is never a good situation for animals, potentially leading to large-scale abandonment and/or an inability to properly care for household pets. While these scenarios may seem like science fiction, many of them are already occurring and should be faced with a vigilant attitude and adaptive measures. For example, instead of treating your pet with flea and tick medicine during the “high” season, adopt an annual strategy that covers them throughout the year. Also, be more alert to your animal’s behavior and look for signs of physical impairment that may be caused by climate change and its many consequences.

Finally, as with most subjects, there are two sides to the issue. Did you know your pet might actually be contributing to climate change? Sounds crazy but, according to a paper  by geography  professor Gregory Okin published in the journal PLOS One, dogs and cats are indirectly responsible for nearly 64 million tons of carbon dioxide that is emitted during the production of their food. Because the production of meat—especially processed meat—is a significant contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, a dog’s carbon footprint is substantial due to the way their food is manufactured and transported. On the other hand, scientist say the evidence is not conclusive that pets do contribute to climate change when compared to other lifestyles. That’s because they foster low-carbon activities like walking versus high carbon activities such a flying on an airplane. We say Amen! to that and suggest that before you trade in your pooch for Chip the Robotic dog, maybe you should sell your 2004 Jeep junker and think about a Kia Soul EV.

I know that, to Jeep owners, it may a seem sacrilege. I own a Jeep and am having trouble wrapping my head around making real sacrifices when it comes to climate change. However, the very hard reality is that times are changing and meaningful action is called for, a reality that we all need to heed for our own–and our pet’s–well-being and security.


Five Great Things to do with Your Pet in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Basilica in Santa Fe

Since it’s been a while since Petswelcome last reviewed it, we thought we’d take a fresh look and see if we could come up with five great things to do with your pet in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Known as the “City Different” in the Land of Enchantment, Santa Fe has a unique vibe that offers visitors and their pets lots of great places to visit and things to do.

Of course, there are plenty of pet friendly hotels in Santa Fe, including great chains like La Quinta , Quality Inn and Motel 6, as well as wonderful inns like Alexander’s Inn and the Santa Fe Sage Inn. If pet friendly vacation rentals  are what you’re looking for, then check out Two Casitas Vacation Rentals which offers a great selection of beautiful properties that welcome you and your pet.

View from Sun Mountain Trail
View from Sun Mountain Trail.

1. Head for the Outdoors

As far as things to do, you will probably want to hit the great outdoors, so we suggest hitting the Arroyo Hondo Open Space Trail  which offers 86 acres of beautiful rugged terrain with views of the Jemez and Sandia and which is bordered by a seasonal stream, the Arroyo Hondo, along its southern boundary. Also, the Sun Mountain Trail which starts at the base of Sun Mountain and leads to the summit, offering amazing views of Santa Fe and providing access to 249 acres of open space on Sun and Moon Mountains. If you’d like meet some other dogs and their owners, you can also check out the Frank Ortiz Dog Park which has an off-leash area.

The Nedra Matteuci Sculpture Garden.
The Nedra Matteuci Sculpture Garden.

2. Hit the Galleries

Santa Fe is an artist community, so be sure to check out some galleries. Walk along Canyon Road where you’ll find more than 75 galleries, some with outside exhibitions. And don’t miss the Nedra Matteucci Sculpture Gardens where you can wander around and see 19th and 20th century works, many featuring artists of the American West.

Loretto Line Tours

3. Take a Tour

You and your pet can hop in an open air tram and take in the sites with Lorretto Line Tour Company. They cover an 8-mile loop that includes Canyon Road, the Museum Hill area, the Palace of the Governors among many other locations. Another tour guide is Custom Tours by Clarice, that takes you on a 90-minute romp around town, also in an open-air tram, covering important historic sites as well as shops and restaurants.

4. Eat Eat Eat

After a busy day taking in the sights, you and your pooch will be hungry. If you want to eat like a local, head to Casa Chimayo Restaurante, where you can enjoy New Mexican cuisine on the patio, featuring red and green chile, pozole, flour tortillas, tamales and much more. Also Vinaigrette, a salad bistro, where most of the produce they serve is grown on the owner’s 10-acre farm. Soups, sandwiches and homemade desserts are also part of their healthy offerings. Sage Bakehouse also has a pet friendly patio and serves up tartines (toasted open-faced sandwiches), panini, cold sandwiches and pastries.

Vineyard at Black Mesa Winery
Vineyard at Black Mesa Winery.

5. Imbibe

Santa Fe has many nearby wineries such as the Black Mesa Winery which is 45 minutes from Santa Fe in Velarde. You can hang out on their pet friendly patio and taste their award winning wines while listening to local musicians on Friday and Saturday nights. They even have a feline CEO named Sola. If you’d like to sip wines right in town, there are a number of wine bars including the 315 Restaurant & Wine Bar which allows leashed pets in their outdoor dining area. Also the TerraCotta Wine Bistro located in the historic district near the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, serving great wines at moderate prices, including a Happy Hour that runs all day until 6 pm, offering wines at $6 a glass.





Pet Friendly Mystic, CT

As the summer winds down to a close, there’s always the desire to get in one more trip, to find a pet-friendly town that offers a variety of activities that will allow you to take advantage of the last bit of warm weather before the cooler days of fall arrive. At Petswelcome, that means heading to the coast, the New England coast, specifically the coastal towns in Connecticut, which are just a couple of hours drive from our office. And one of our favorites is pet friendly Mystic, CT.

pet friendly mystic seaport village
The Mystic Seaport Village.

Mystic, whose name derives from the Pequot term “missi-tuk,” which means a large river that is driven by tides and wind, has a long history as a leading seaport, and was first colonized by Europeans in the 1630s. The story of Mystic’s maritime heritage is preserved and brought to life at the Mystic Seaport Museum, which is situated on the Mystic River and is the largest maritime museum in the United States. The museum is comprised of a shipyard, historic vessels, museums, shops and, best of all for pet owners, a recreated 19thcentury seafaring village made up of actual buildings that were transported to the Seaport from all around New England. We can think of no better way to spend a late summer day than by strolling through the village with your dog while taking in the historic sites and beautiful water vistas that the museum has to offer. Leashed pets are welcome, though they are not allowed in the restaurants, exhibit buildings or on vessels.

There are many pet friendly hotels in Mystic to choose from, including the Harbour Inne & Cottage. Dogs and cats are welcome and there is no pet fee or weight limit. Other pet friendly hotels include the Quality Inn Mystic-Groton  (which accepts dogs up 50 lbs. with a pet fee of $25 per night), the Econo Lodge Mystic-Groton (accepting dogs up to 50 lbs. with a $20 pet fee per night), and the Hampton Inn & Suites  (dogs welcome with no weight limit or pet fee), among many others.

pet friendly snack bar in Mystic, CT
The Sea View Snack Bar.

When it comes to pet friendly dining, Mystic has many options, including the Sea View Snack Bar, which offers delicious fresh seafood, soups and sandwiches with outdoor seating and views of Mystic Harbor. And, if you can’t get enough seafood, you can also head for Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock, which is located in New London, about a 20-minute drive from Mystic. For those looking for something other than fish, we recommend Pizzetta Pizza, where you can enjoy soups, salad, pizza and paninis on their dog-friendly patio.

Pet friendly Bluff Point State Park
Bluff Point State Park.

Of course, we’re talking about enjoying the last warm days of summer, so getting some fresh air and exercise should be a priority. To that end you can visit Pequot Woods Park, which is a 140-acre park with hiking trails, a pond and picnic grounds. Bluff Point State Park in nearby Groton is a beautiful 800-acre coastal reserve that has been designated as the last remaining significant tract of undeveloped land along the Connecticut coastline. It offers incredible views of the Long Island Sound and is a great place to while away the last few days of summer with your best buddy in tow. The Copp Family Park is also pet friendly and is a former family farm with 240 acres of fields surrounded by wetlands and forest. It’s a great place to meet other pet owners as it has its own dog park with chairs, tables and shade trees where you can rest while your dog mixes it up with the locals.

If you’re thinking of a last-minute summer jaunt with your pet, we think pet friendly Mystic, CT, is a fantastic choice that will reward you and your favorite animal with great places to stay, visit and enjoy.


Pet-Friendly Leaf Peeping in New York

Fall foliage in the adirondacks

With Labor Day just around the corner, we here at Petswelcome say it’s not too early to start planning a long weekend of pet-friendly leaf peeping in New York State.

In may be a bit early for peak color but a nice way to kick off the cooler days of fall is to get your and your pooch up to the annual town-wide garage sale in Warrensburg, New York, located in the foothills of the Adirondacks. This year it’s being held the last weekend of September, the 29th and 30th, though many of the booths open at 5 p.m. on Friday, if you like getting a first crack at things. Because of the huge crush of people that descend on the town, we recommend that you stay nearby, in Saratoga Springs or Lake George.

carved bear from Warrensburg, NY
You never know what you’ll find at the Warrensburg town-wide garage sale!

The pet-friendly Catskills are a also wonderful vantage point for seeing the autumn colors. The walk into Kaaterskill Falls just outside of Haines Falls, New York, has become incredibly popular over the past couple of years. The crowds lessen with the cooler temps; check it out in October–color ought to be close to peak and the falls are always beautiful. But keep your pup on a short leash, wear good hiking boots, and don’t get yourself hurt or worse trying to take a selfie. For more on lodgings and places to eat in the area, see our pet-friendly Catskills Travel Guide. 

Kaaterskill Falls, Catskills, New York
Make Kaaterskill Falls a stop as part of a pet-friendly leaf peeping trip to the Catskills

Cooperstown is another great destination for seeing the colors. Time your visit for the Farmers’ Museum Tractor Fest on October 6 an 7, and you and your canine can take a look at over 60 classic tractors, and watch the tractor parade. Stay right in Cooperstown at either the pet-friendly Horned Dorset Inn or Willow Tree Inn.

pet friendly Willow Tree Inn , Cooperstown, New York
Enjoy the fall foliage with your pooch on the porch of pet-friendly Willow Tree Inn in Cooperstown, New York

These are just a few of the many places where you can catch the fall foliage in New York State, so start making plans now so as not to miss the splendor of New York’s most colorful season.

Does Plano Texas Have Pet Friendly Hotels?

  • Plano Exit Sign

Does Plano Texas have Pet Friendly Hotels? The short answer is, Absolutely! The medium answer is, Is the Pope Catholic? And the long answer is, Not only does Plano Texas have pet friendly hotels, they also have a lot of events and places you can go with your pet. The bottom line is, Plano, TX, is one pet-friendly place and worth a trip if you haven’t yet considered it as a destination.

Petswelcome recently got a tip about Plano and decided to check it out. Why Plano? you might ask. Well, besides being extremely pet friendly, it’s also home to the Frito-Lay Corporation and Dr Pepper. Whether you’re a fan of these companies’ products (we are!) or not, we think that any city that can anchor these two snack and gulp giants has got to be fun, proud, unsnooty and a place you might want to hang out in for a while with your dog or cat. Time to investigate…

As far as Plano’s pet friendly hotels, they do not disappoint. They have a wide variety that take into consideration all sizes of pets as well as pocketbooks. There’s the always reliable La Quinta (cats and dogs welcome, no fee, no size restriction, up to 2 pets), Quality Inn (dogs welcome, no size restriction, $10 pet fee, up to 2 pets), Motel 6 (dogs welcome, no size restriction, no pet fee, up to 2 pets), Candlewood Suites (dogs welcome up to 80 lbs., $20 pet fee, 1 pet allowed), Aloft (dogs welcome up to 40 lbs., no fee, 1 pet maximum), and many more.

Music at the Box Garden at Legacy Hall
Some music at the Box Garden at Legacy Hall

Of course, you can’t just stay inside the hotel the whole time with your pooch; you need to get out and explore. There are great neighborhoods and districts in Plano, including the Downtown Plano Arts District, the Shops at Legacy and Legacy West. The good news is that they all have a ton of dog friendly restaurants and bars (which means places with patios where you can hang with your favorite animal). Over a hundred actually. They include Mesero, North Italia, The Ginger Man (lots o’ beers!), Ringo’s Pub, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar and Snuffers. There is also the Box Garden at Legacy Hall, which is “part beer garden, part concert hall, and the ultimate patio experience.” Sounds pretty cool to us.

Dog diving in pool Plano, TX
Practicing for the K-9 Kerplunk Dog Swim

Plano also has some great parks and outdoor spaces, too, more than 3,600 acres worth. Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is the largest, with 800 acres and more than 20 trails. There is the beautiful Amphitheater where you and your best buddy might catch a concert. And don’t miss their K-9 Kerplunk Dog Swim. You can also visit the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, which is a 200-acre park with an observation tower that offers a great panorama of the city. And, if you want to meet some other dogs, you might head over to the Jack Carter Dog Park, a 2-acre fenced-in dog park along the Bluebonnet Trail.

If you’re looking for pet friendly events, you can roam through the Historic Downtown Plano Garage Sale with your pooch, or catch an outdoor movie at the Movies in the Park Series. Finally, if you happen to be in Plano on National Dog Day (August 26), be sure to hit the National Dog Day Yappy Hour at Henry’s Tavern where you can imbibe on such canine-concocted cocktails as the The Salty Chihuahua, The Pitbull and The GreyHound.

So, to answer the question, Does Plano Texas Have Pet Friendly Hotels? They do! And much, much more. For more information on everything Plano, be sure to check out and see how many fun and delightful things you can do in Plano with your pet.

New Pet Friendly Hotel and B&B Listings on Petswelcome

Every once in a while we like to devote an article to some new pet friendly hotel listings on Petswelcome—pet friendly hotels and inns that we’ve found (or who have found us) over the past month or so. We focus on these new listings to highlight the diversity you can find when looking for pet friendly lodgings. It reveals a variety that covers all tastes and categories, from small-dog to large-dog owners, cat owners, people who prefer B&Bs and inns over hotel chains (and vice versa), as well as differing pet fees and pet amenities.

Having done this for a long time, we’ve noticed that there is a trend toward spare and simple in certain hospitality segments—hotels that have a stripped back modern decor geared less for luxurious frills and more for amenities that satisfy the digital lifestyle of the contemporary traveler. If you’ve been to a Holiday Inn Express since they’ve renovated, or a My Place Hotel, for example, you’ll know what we mean. Some hotels also offer a level of sophistication with regard to the use of public space as well as food, beverage and fitness options. A few of our new pet friendly hotel listings fall into these categories while others maintain the tried-and-true old-world charm approach. Whatever your leanings, there’s a pet friendly hotel out there for you.

Island Guest House Pet Friendly B&B

Island Guest House Bed and Breakfast Inn, Beach Haven, NJ

A turn of the century oceanside inn, The Island Guest House Bed and Breakfast by the Sea is located in beautiful Beach Haven, NJ. Innkeepers Mark and Joanne are there to ensure the best possible experience for you, creating an atmosphere of “relaxed sophistication.” Their pet policy allows dogs up to 20 lbs. in selected rooms (though all size dogs are allowed in the cottage) with a pet fee of $25 per stay for up to 2 pets. A portion of the fee is donated annually to the local animal shelter. Pet sitting services may be available on request.

316 Hotel

316 Hotel, Wichita, KS

One of 4 new pet friendly listings on Petswelcome operated the GLI Hospitality Group, the 316 Hotel offers a modern hotel experience in downtown Wichita with a bit of flair, including great amenities (complimentary breakfast, free shuttle service, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary nightly manager’s reception that includes two drinks per person). Cats and dogs (up to 50 lbs.) are welcome with a pet fee of $50 per stay. A maximum of two pets are allowed. The 316 Hotel has other pet friendly sister hotels including the 402 Hotel  in Omaha, NE, the 816 Hotel in Kansas City, MO–both, like the 316 Hotel, are named after their area code—and the Comfort Inn at the Zoo in Omaha.

Beach Comber Motel

Beachcomber Motel and Spa on the Beach, Fort Bragg, CA

The Beachcomber Motel offers spacious guest rooms and suites, many sporting fantastic ocean views. Other amenities include in-room hot tubs, fireplaces, and vaulted ceilings. They welcome up to 3 cats and dogs (all sizes) and charge a pet fee of $20 per stay. The motel has 2 other pet friendly sister lodgings in Fort Bragg—The Beach House and Surf & Sand Lodge.

Blue Fish Inn

The Blue Fish Inn, Cape May, NJ

Open year round, Blue Fish Inn is a family owned motel that offers great services and hospitality, including 4 pet friendly rooms (out of 12). Located in the center of town, it is just a short walk to the beaches and Cape May Pedestrian Mall. The Blue Fish has a $25 pet fee and allows dogs of all sizes with no breed restrictions and a limit of two dogs per room. A walking area is provided on the side of the inn and the staff can supply you with information on nearby pet friendly beaches, as well as open-air restaurants that allow pets, including Zoe’s and the Sunset Grill.  There is also a nearby Kiwanis Club Park that is dog friendly.

Courtyard Gettysburg

Courtyard Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA

Located a few miles from the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitors Center as well as the Eisenhower National Historic Site and Gettysburg College, the Courtyard Gettysburg puts you right in the center of the action. It also offers a host of great packages, including a Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival Package, a Civil War History Package, and a Family Slumber Party Package. It allows dogs up to 50 lbs. (maximum 2 pets per room) and has a $30 pet fee per night.

Another new Gettysburg, PA, listing is the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel, which has the same pet policy as the Courtyard Gettysburg.

DoubleTree North Phoenix

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North, Phoenix, AZ

Most hotels offer great human amenities, but we really appreciate those that provide them to our four-legged friends as well. On this matter, the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North does not disappoint. On check-in, you’ll receive a treat bag, water mat and bowl, and courtesy bags for picking up after your dog. Their pet policy allows pets up to 75 lbs., with a $50 nonrefundable deposit. If you are interested in the human comforts, they do pretty well on that front, too: modern guest rooms with floor to-to-ceiling windows, a mini-fridge and free Wi-Fi. And, if you decide on a Bungalow Suite, you also get a sofa bed, wet bar and patio. Did we mention that you get a warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in? You do. Really.


Hotel Chains that Welcome Large Dogs

Traveling with a large dog can be challenging. Certainly, if you’re planning to fly, there are a host of issues you need to take into consideration, including being separated for the duration of the flight and hoping that your dog is coping with the altitude as well as being alone in the cargo area of the plane. But even if you stay earthbound, you still need to do your homework to find hotel chains that welcome large dogs. Many of us at Petswelcome are large dog owners and we are sympathetic to what’s involved when heading out with your big ol’ buddy. To that end we have dedicated a page on our site to finding hotels that will welcome him with open arms. You can also use our Petswelcome Passport program to input the weight of your dog and save it so that anytime you return to find a lodging, you won’t have to wade through tons of hotels that only allow small dogs.

It’s also good to become familiar with hotel chains that welcome large dogs across the board, as opposed to those with different pet policies for each property. That comes in handy if, for example, you’re driving late at night with your big dog and need to find a hotel but are not sure they’ll accept your pet. If you see a La Quinta or a Candlewood Suites, for example, you can be pretty sure you’ll have a place to stay.

Obviously, it depends how big your dog is but we’re judging any animal over 75 pounds as a large dog. Some of the chains we list allow dogs up to 80 pounds so they’re not going to accept really big dogs, but they probably won’t have a scale on hand so if your dog is 100 pounds you’ll likely get him in. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so we recommend double-checking with the hotel ahead of time to make sure. Still, it’s nice to know that these brands are making the effort to provide peace of mind and a good night’s sleep for large dog owners (and their dogs) everywhere.

Here are some pet friendly chains that allow large dogs:

Candlewood Suites

Owned by InterContinental Hotel Group, Candlewood Suites allows pets up to 80 pounds and charge a fee of $25 for the first night and $10 for additional nights not to exceed $150.

Kimpton Hotels

Talk about pet friendly, Kimpton, an upscale boutique hotel chain with 70 properties, tops everyone with their pet policy, which is: If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them. Enough said.

Pet friendly La Quinta
Great option for larger dogs.

La Quinta Inns & Suites

La Quinta’s official policy is “Cats and dogs are accepted in all guest rooms (unless prohibited by law). Up to two pets allowed per room. No fees or deposits are required.” And while they don’t state a size limit, we’ve found that La Quinta is one of the most pet-friendly medium-priced chains out there and almost all of their properties accept large dogs.

My Place Hotel

My Place Hotels

My Place Hotels is a relatively a new chain that is rapidly expanding. Their pet policy is as follows: “Max number of pets per room: 2; Max allowable weight of pet: 80 pounds. We understand the relationship that our guests have with their pets, which is why we are pleased to accommodate you and your pets with minimal boarding costs. Nightly: $10 nonrefundable nightly fee not to exceed $50; Weekly: $50 nonrefundable weekly fee not to exceed $100; Monthly: $100 nonrefundable monthly fee.”

Red Roof Inn

Red Roof Inns allow one well-behaved pet per room allowed. No fees or deposits. All sizes welcome. Guest must notify front desk upon arrival and guest is liable for all damages. In consideration of all guests, pets must never be left unattended in the guest room.

Staybridge Suites allows larger dogs

Staybridge Suites

Also owned by Intercontinental Hotel Group, Staybridge has the same size policy as Candlewood Suites but with a different pet fee: Max weight: 80 pounds, with nonrefundable fee of $75 for 1 to 6 nights, or $150 for 7 or more nights. Additional fees may apply if excessive cleaning or repair is required. Pet Policy Agreement must be signed at check in. Vaccination records must be available upon request.

Also, be sure to check out Inns, Bed & Breakfasts and nonchain affiliated hotels, too. Since many of the proprietors are pet owners themselves, they can be the most pet friendly lodgings out there.  Some great examples are the Seahawk Inn & Villas, in Atlantic Beach, NC; Land’s End at Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach, OR; and Fairbanks Inn, St. Johnsbury, VT,  all of which have no weight restrictions.


Visit Dog-Friendly Cambridge, Massachusetts

Longfellow Bridge

Boston is one of Petswelcome’s favorite cities in the U.S. but dog-friendly Cambridge, Massachusetts, located to the north of Boston, just across the Charles River, deserves special attention. Cambridge is home to two of America’s most prestigious educational institutions, Harvard and MIT, both of which have lovely campuses you can stroll through with your pup in tow. If you’re not staying right in Cambridge, both are easy to access by public transportation, using the Red Line of the MBTA and getting off at either the Harvard or Kendall/MIT stop. You and your pup are welcome to use Boston’s subway system, except during rush hour; keep your canine on a leash, off the seats, and away from the doors for his safety and fellow travelers’ comfort.

Both Harvard and MIT are close to the Charles River, which should be a destination for your and your canine. A wonderful way to see dog-friendly Cambridge and Boston from both sides of the river is to walk across Longfellow Bridge (above) from Kendall Square, then along the Esplanade, with its beautiful views of the river, and then cross back over on Harvard Bridge, which will lead you right into the heart of Harvard Square. All together it is about a 3-mile walk. As you walk, you’ll pass the boathouses for the men’s and women’s crewing teams for Harvard and MIT. Time it right, and you might be able to catch one of the teams racing or practicing on the Charles.

If your pet has had enough of the leash and needs some crazy-run-around-dog time, take him to one of Cambridge’s off-leash dog parks. Convenient to MIT is the Pacific Street Dog Park at 29 Tudor Street. Your pup can cool down in its water play area while you sit on one of the shaded benches to relax for bit.

raw oysters from The Red House Restaurant in dog-friendly Cambridge, Massachusetts
Enjoy the daily raw bar specials on the pet-friendly patio at The Red House Restaurant in Cambridge, MA

Dog-friendly Cambridge it chockfull of wonderful restaurants and bars that will welcome you and your best friend. One of our favorites is The Red House Restaurant, located in a renovated historic home that dates back to 1802. It has a secluded pet-friendly patio with a full canopy overhead for cooling shade. Red House is open for lunch and dinner and offers daily raw bar specials.

Another favorite spot is The Automatic, at 50 Hampshire Street. The menu is fantastic and they’ve got an expansive dog-friendly outdoor seating area with umbrella tables. Try one of their creative cocktails, like the refreshing Tommy Noble, made with gin, Pimm’s lemon and bitters, or Mudslide, described on the menu simply as “frozen awesomeness.” If you get hungry, there are so many tasty options on the menu it’ll be hard to choose but how about their Parmesan-dusted Freaky Fries, which come with roasted bone marrow for dipping? Or their Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich? Or maybe the Crispy Shrimp and Pork Dumplings?

The Bar by the Elevator in dog-friendly Cambridge, Massachusetts
Your and your best friend will love the fun party vibe at pet-friendly The Bar by the Elevator

And since you’re in a college town, no trip would be complete with a bar run. We love The Bar by the Elevator, at 1 Kendall Square. Call it a long-term seasonal pop-up, with umbrella tables and a tiki bar, it is open when weather is permitting. It’s pet friendly and the vibe is fun and friendly. You’ll find Negroni and rose wine on tap, as well as a concoction they call Froze (frozen rose).

Finally, there are tons of pet-friendly lodging options, whether you want to stay right in Cambridge or across the Charles in Boston. But wherever you decide to stay, let Petswelcome be your guide to pet-friendly travel.