4 Cool Pet-Friendly Hotels with Awesome Amenities for Dogs

There are pet-friendly hotels that welcome dogs and hotels that encourage you to bring your dog on vacation. Many provide treats or a small “Welcome” package to your pets but there are a few out there that go above and beyond to make sure you and your dog spend some quality time together. They pamper your pup and make them feel like they are, well, on vacation too.

Here are 4 hotels with very cool amenities for your dog

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  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch – located in Avon, Colorado, this hotel is the perfect place to stay when skiing is on your agenda. The lifts are just feet away from the hotel and there is a spa as well. You and your best buddy can parttake in the hikes available and end the day with a massage, for BOTH of you, as well as room service. The liver kisses are sure to make your dog happy.
  2. Madarin Oriental – located in Miami, Florida has a beauitful and lush asian motif. They even have ipads that you can use around the pool area so you can get some sun and check out what’s happening around town. As for your pup, well, they have a 25 lb. size limit but your dog can have a scheduled playdate, get some lessons from a dog trainer, and strut with a bathrobe or crystal-studded t-shirt. Does your dog need a walk while you’re out partying? Let the staff know and they will schedule that as well as a turn down service. Your dog will NEVER want to go home again.
  3. Top Notch Resorts – located in Stowe, VT, this resort and spa dogs are more than welcome here, they are pampered. Schedule a 30-minute, in-room doggie massage which is then followed with treats and even some advice if you have questions about modifying your dog’s behavior. There’s also a doggy tea-time, trails that your dog can explore with you, and if you are heading out for the evening and your dog needs some company, let them know and you’ll have a sitter who will give your dog TLC.
  4. Loews Coronado Bay Resort – located in San Diego, CA, this resort loves pets. Upon check-in your pup will receive a gift bag that has a tag, bowl, and treats. They also have doggie room service and a list of the local pet services available and places that you and your dog can explore together. If your pet needs a walk, let them know, and they’ll take care of that while you head out on your own for a little bit. Your pet will love the attention given by the staff here and may never want to leave.

No matter where you go with your pet, always make sure that the hotel you are choosing allows pets and review their policies. Don’t forget to have a copy of your pet’s vaccination records with you to show that s/he’s up to date and healthy. Also, always check that the information on the tags is current. Have a great trip!

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Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana, is the capital and largest city in the state. It is a major center for the Midwest section of the US, and has a developed tourist industry. This city has a good amount of culture and events, as well as historic sites and monuments. There are also some lovely places to be outdoors when it is nice outside. Many of these parks and historical sites have areas that leashed dogs can accompany their owners during their visit.

Attractions

Crown Hill Cemetary

The Crown Hill Cemetery is located on beautiful grounds that contain lots of different trees, plants and little animals running and flying around. It contains the graves of President Benjamin Harrison, poet James Whitcomp and even bankrobber John Dillinger. There is also a lovely urban view from the graveyard. Dogs are allowed to explore this area with you, so long as they are leashed.

Indiana War Memorial

While dogs are not allowed in the buildings of the Indiana War Memorial, they are allowed on leash within its three parks and 24 acres of monuments, statues and sculptures that surround this area. It is located in downtown Indianapolis.

State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument

The Soldier’s and Sailors’ Monument is located in Monument Circle of Indiana, and was designed by Bruno Schmitz and constructed from 1888-1901. Dogs cannot go into the museum, but are allowed outside the building so long as they are leashed.

President Benjamin Harrison’s Home

The former residence of 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, has a nice house and landscaped grounds. Leashed dogs can be outside, but not in the building.


Parks

White River State Park

White River State Park is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, and has lots of different attractions and entertainment throughout its premises. There are lots of different sections of the park to walk around or just lounge on the grass. Dogs are allowed in this park on leash, and there are some clean-up stations in some parts.

Outdoor Restaurants

Plump’s Last Shot

Plump’s Last Shot is a bar that has some food, along with a dog-friendly patio.

Henry’s on East

Henry’s on East is a coffee bistro that offers assorted drinks, breakfast, lunch, dessert and weekend brunches. Leashed dogs can sit at the outdoor tables.

Front Page Tavern

Front Page Tavern is a sports bar and grill that offers different types of drinks and a few things to eat. Leashed dogs can sit at the outdoor tables.

Dog-Friendly Vacationing Around Jackson, Wyoming

Jackson, Wyoming is a small town in western Wyoming. It is the place to stay for people who are visiting the various parks located in its proximity, especially Yellowstone National Park. The town itself also has some interesting things to offer. This is definitely a great place to bring athletic, adventurous dogs, but make sure you understand the rules at the various parks before you begin your journey.

Attractions

Amaze’n Jackson Hole

This is an outdoor giant maze that you can try to figure out with your leashed dog.

National Elk Refuge

This is a giant outdoor elk refuge that is aimed to restore the population and habitat of these creatures. Leashed dogs are allowed to walk around here with owners, but must stay in designated areas.

Wild West Jeep Tours

These jeep tours have several different pick-up and drop-off locations around Jackson, Wyoming. The naturalist guides can take you around to see views of the Grand Tetons, and show you some other interesting scenery. These jeeps can hold 6 people, but if there is a dog, there must be at least four people together with it. Dogs must be leashed for this tour.

Parks

Yellowstone National Park

If you are in the area you might as well check out the famous Yellowstone National Park. It was established as the first American national park in 1872, and sprawls throughout Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. It is known for its ecosystem which supports many bears, bison, elk and wolves.

If you are bringing your dog to Yellowstone National Park, they are allowed in the parking areas, the campgrounds and within 100 feet of the roads. They must be on a leash shorter than six feet. They can be left in the car for a short period of time while you are viewing something, but cannot be tied to anything in the open.

Click here to watch a video and read the rules about taking your dog to Yellowstone National Park.

Bridger-Teton National Forest

This national forest encompasses over 3.4 million acres of land. Within this, there are over 1,000 miles of trails to explore, some of which are accessible through Jackson. Dogs can join you on a leash that is shorter than 6 feet.

Outdoor Restaurants

Betty Rock Coffee House & Cafe

This cafe has outdoor seating in the summer, where dogs are allowed on leash. They serve food like sandwiches, pizzas and baked goods.

Bon Appe Thai

Bon Appe Thai is a Thai restaurant that serves things like curry, noodles and soups. They have outdoor seating in the summer, and dogs can go on leash.

Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachussetts

Martha’s Vineyard is one of the top summer vacation hot-spots in the Northeast. It is an island off of the coast of Massachusetts, and is full of wonderful beaches and forests to explore. There are no bridges to Martha’s Vineyard, so people and dogs need to either take ferries or fly to this island.

There are a handful of dog-friendly beaches in Martha’s Vineyard, but make sure to check if there are seasonal restrictions during your visit. There is also a huge, wonderful off-leash dog park.

Attractions

West Tisbury Farmers’ Market

This farmers’ market goes on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. The Wednesday markets will run from June through August, and the Saturday markets will run from June through October. You can shop for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. Dogs can shop with you so long as they are on short leashes.

Beaches

South Beach

South Beach is located in Edgartown, Massachusetts. During the summer months, dogs are allowed on the beach after 5:00 PM. During the off season, from mid-September through mid-April, they can be on the beach all day. They must be leashed.

Joseph Sylvia State Beach

Joseph Sylvia State Beach is located in Edgartown as well. It is a two-mile stretch of beach.

Leashed dogs may only go on this beach in September, before 9:00 AM and after 5:00 PM; they can go all day from October 1st through March 1st. They are prohibited to go on this beach from April 1st through August 31st.

Norton Point Beach

Norton Point Beach is also located in Edgartown, and it exists as a 2.5 mile strip of sand and sand dunes. Its environment is always changing, and is affected by erosion, but there are nevertheless many outdoor activities to do here. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Parks

Trade Winds Preserve

This preserve is located in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, and has over 70 acres of land. There are two miles of hiking trails, which are sectioned into three loops, as well as huge fields where you can play frisbee or fetch. It is a wonderful place to meet other dogs and owners.

Caroline Tuthill Wildlife Preserve

This wildlife preserve is located in Edgartown, and has over 150 acres of pine forest and meadow. Dogs can hike with you on leash.

Outdoor Restaurants

Espresso Love

This restaurant is located in Edgartown, and it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dogs are welcome at the outdoor patio area.

Louis’ Tisbury Cafe

This cafe is located in Vineyard Heaven, Massachusetts. They serve Italian specialties, pizza, ribs and chicken. Dogs can join you at the outdoor tables.

Dog Friendly Vacationing in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina, is a fun vacation spot that’s full of Civil War history and interesting gardens. It has a population of 118,000, and its nickname is “The Holy City,” since there are a lot of churches. Today, it exists as a huge tourist and art destination, as well as an important port city. Charleston is a dog-friendly city that has numerous resources and activities.

Battery and White Point Gardens

This garden area is located in the middle of Charleston’s historic district. From here, you can get awesome views of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor. This landmark served as a fortification for Charleston during the Civil War, and there are still many cannons on display back from that era. It is free and open daily; dogs are allowed on leash throughout the grounds.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

This plantation dates back to 1676, and it has survived through the American Revolution and Civil War! This is also the oldest public gardens in America, as it was open for this purpose back in 1870. Dogs are allowed throughout this garden on leash, but not in any of the buildings. Don’t let that hold you back, as the gardens are very impressive! They are open every day of the year, but you should call for hours from November through February.

The Original Charleston Walks and Ghost Tours

This walking tour goes through the historic district in Charleston. They have daily tours year round. Leashed dogs can accompany you on a walking tour outside, but can’t go into the buildings. You should reserve a spot in advance.

Stores

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Three Dog Bakery

This downtown bakery offers healthy, tasty treats for dogs. They are allowed to accompany you inside if they are leashed.

Palmetto Paws

This store sells beds, bowls, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, treats, supplements, and healthy pet diet supplies. It even has a self-service dog wash, if your dog gets messy during your stay! It is located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Outdoor Restaurants

Juanita Greenberg’s

This place has Mexican fast food, along with margaritas. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Bubba Gump Shrimp

This restaurant serves seafood and other American food specialties. Dogs are allowed at the outer tables.

Dog and Duck Food and Spirits

Located in Mount Pleasant, this restaurant is a family friendly, British style pub. They have a casual atmosphere and serve beer. Dogs are allowed at the deck tables.

Dog-Friendly Vacations in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana is a wonderful place to visit for all sorts of reasons. They have great food (inspired by a multitude of sources), French architecture, great partying and of course, many dog-friendly activities.

Attractions

Moonlight Graveyard Tour

Graveyards are an interesting part of Louisiana culture, as they often construct raised graves so that bodies don’t flush out during floods. Definitely something to see! This tour explains some of the history of New Orleans graveyards, such as the unusual architecture and secret societies. They will take you to sites such as St Patrick’s, the Masonic Cemetery and the new Hurricane Katrina Memorial. Dogs are allowed on leash through this tour. You have to reserve this tour in advance.

dog-pirateGood Old Days Carriage Tours

You can take your dog on these carriages, which meet outside Jackson Square, so long as the carriages are built to hold four humans and a pet. They have mules that take you around the French Quarter.

French Quarter

The French Quarter of New Orleans is a beautiful place to talk around and observe the Parisian-style architecture. It is the oldest, most well-known area of the city. Dogs are allowed in all common areas, but you must ask the stores individually if they are pet-friendly.

Haunted History Toursvoodoo

This is the original haunted tour group of New Orleans, which guides you around the voodoo and magic history and culture of the city. These tours are somewhat theatrical and highly historical. They offer vampire tours and ghost tours, among others. Dogs are allowed on-leash. You should reserve in advance. Great idea if you’ll be there for Halloween season.

Parks

New Orleans City Park

This park has over 1300 acres, and dogs are allowed to walk around and play on leash. Dogs can go on waking paths, around the lake and to the picnic areas.

Restaurants

Broussard’s

This restaurant is located in the French Quarter, and seeks to take its customers back in time with its beautiful settings. It serves a mix of Spanish, French and Creole Cuisine. Dogs are allowed outside, if there is not a private party already sitting there.

Cafe Amelie

This restaurants is surrounded by gardens, in the 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. Locals and tourists love this place, which serves small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Dogs are allowed in the courtyard.

The Louisiana Pizza Kitchen

This restaurant is for simpler tastes, serving pizza, creole and American cuisine. Dogs can accompany you at outdoor tables.

Dog-Friendly Vacationing in Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri, is located on the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. It is the most populous city in Missouri, and has one of the best tap waters in the nation! It is a relatively big city with plenty of different areas to explore with your dog, and you can easily leave the city if you have a car to go explore wine country.

Attractions

Harry S Truman Farm Home

Located in Independence, Missouri, this is the historic farm house of former president Harry S Truman. This house was built by his grandmother, and he lived here from 1919 until his death. Dogs are not allowed within the house, but are welcome on leash around the grounds.

Walk and Tour Wesport

This a a great historical tour, that you can take a map and do yourself. Westport is located in the heart of Kansas City, and hosted its first citizens in the nineteenth century. Dogs are allowed on leash on most of the walking tours, but not usually in the buildings. You can go to cemeteries, Civil War sites and around buildings. Westport today is full of many shops and restaurants in historic buildings.

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Stonehaus Farm Winery

This winery is located in Lees Summit, Missouri (20 minutes from KC), and is open seven days a week, though the hours depend on the season. Dogs are allowed on leash can go around the property and patio. They serve a light lunch including sausage, cheese and crackers. They serve award winning wines, like red Cynthiana, the Missouri state grape, on a panoramic view of vineyards and berry fields.

New Oak Vineyards

This winery is located in Wellington, Missouri (35 minutes from KC), and open Wednesday through Sunday, though hours depend on the season. Dogs are allowed on leash through the property and patio. They offer red wines like Giuseppe and Chambourcin, and whites like Vignoles.

Stores

Barkville Pet Boutique

This is a cute, clean shop to go with your dog, who must be on leash. They sell designer clothing, treats, grooming products, bedding and jewelery.

Restaurants

Aixois

This is French bistro with nice wines, and dogs are allowed on outdoor tables.

McCormick and Schmick’s

This is a chain seafood restaurant, that has a wide variety of food, seasonal specials and a full bar. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables.

Shields Manor Bistro

This is a cute restaurant that is set in a 150 year old house, that has fancy food and homemade desserts. Dogs are allowed at outdoor tables. It is only open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and reservation is required.