In the twenty-plus years since we founded petswelcome, we’ve always been amazed at the variety of pet-friendly lodgings that we get to list on the site. If anything, it has gotten more diverse, defined not only by allowing pets but by a wide range of policies, amenities, prices and locales that are as varied as the lodging industry overall. It used to be that pet friendliness was the exclusive realm of B&Bs, private vacation rentals and occasional hotels whose owners/managers were largely pet owners themselves. Eventually, thanks to the internet, where sites like petswelcome sprang up, it became possible to actually research in real time whether a particular place allowed pets. Once that became a reality, a niche market was created, one in which even large hotel chains realized that being pet friendly was not only an common-sense corporate policy, it made good business sense as well.
Every once and a while we like to focus on new sign-ups that highlight this diversity. Each of them appeals to different tastes, pocketbooks and interests and make it clear that you can now take your pet pretty much anywhere. Whether you’re a hardcore pet traveler or are considering it for the first time, we hope that these hotels, motels, cottages and rentals will confirm that you no longer need to make compromises when you take your favorite animal(s) with you. To see other listings that match your specific needs, check out our Advanced Search tool which will guarantee a perfect find for you and your pet.
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Nashville, TN
This upscale hotel features 339 guestrooms, including 9 suites and is just minutes away from Nashvilles’s famed Music Row. Great food and drinks can be had at Mason’s, the hotel’s own restaurant and bar and their knowledgeable concierge can help get you tickets to the Ryman Auditorium, transportation to the airport, or wherever you’d like to go. If you’re looking for Southern Hospitality as an art form, consider heading for the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Most importantly, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel has a VIP (Very Important Pet Program) that provides gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, specialized bedding, leashes and collars, dog-walking maps, water bowls, treats and more. There is a $50 pet fee per stay.
Hillwinds Inn, Blowing Rock, NC
Country charm and stunning views are the hallmarks of the Hillwinds Inn. Located just off Main Street in the heart of Blowing Rock, this inn sets the standard for combining time-honored tradition with modern sophistication. Step outside and nature lovers will find great fishing and hiking as well as horseback riding and mountain climbing. Known as the “Crown of the Blue Ridge,” Blowing Rock offers signature small town charm as well as a host of festivals that run from spring to fall. The Hillwinds welcomes pets. They charge a $35 per night fee per pet (maximum of 2 pets) and have no size limit.
Holiday House, Panama City Beach, FL
A beautiful 4-bedroom beach house that sleeps 10 people, the Holiday House features a heated saltwater pool with a built-in sundeck, a hot tub (with a waterfall into the pool), a fenced-in backyard, as well as a 1,400-square-foot side deck that has tanning lounges, a gas grill and outside dining table. Other amenities include smart TVs, Wi-Fi and keyless entry. There is a $200 pet fee that applies for the full length of your stay.
Twin Mountain Cottages, Twin Mountain, NH
These three cottage rentals are located in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire which offer great outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, swimming and fishing. Each cottage has a hot tub with mountain views, as well as a picnic and grilling area. Inside, you can enjoy a gas fireplace, get a great night’s sleep in a California king canopy bed with luxury linens and cook great meals in a completely updated kitchen. Best of all your host, Jenny, will be there for you to make sure all your needs are met. Your pets will be taken care of, too. There is a grassed in dog pen, plush pet beds, food and water bowls as well as pet toys and homemade pet snacks upon arrival. There is a $20 per pet per night fee.
Ester Lee Motel, Lincoln City, OR
The Ester Lee Motel has been around for over 40 years, providing quality accommodations to visitors who enjoy fantastic ocean views, crashing waves and amazing sunsets. All motel rooms (studio units, studios with full kitchens or corner suites) have gas fireplaces, DVD players and free Wi-Fi internet access. Most cottages have full kitchens and a wood burning or gas fireplace. Pets are welcome in designated cottages. Nearby places and activities include five golf courses, the Chinook Winds Casino, a great selection of local restaurants, art galleries galore, deep sea fishing, whale watching cruises and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. A maximum of 2 pets are welcome in designated cottages for a fee of $9 + tax per pet per night.
Quality Inn, Bulls Gap, TN
Sometimes a mid-priced chain such as a Quality Inn provides just what you need when you head out to explore new destinations with your pet. There are many occasions when familiarity and a known brand trump luxury and high prices and, in this way, the Quality Inn at Bulls Gap doesn’t disappoint. And this isn’t to say that they scrimp on the amenities. With Cable/Satellite TV, an exercise room, a free full breakfast and free WiFi, your needs and wants will be more than satisfactorily taken care of. Also, their proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains offer opportunities for great hiking, camping rafting and sightseeing. They allow up to 2 pets per room (dogs and cats) and have no size limit. There is $15 (+ tax) pet fee per pet.