Glen Highland Farms: Pet-Friendly NY Getaway

Hey New Yorkers! It’s hot, really hot. Last weekend it was 97 degrees and humid. The subway stations feel like ovens, the sidewalks can fry an egg, and you and your dog are panting after walking one block to the local coffee shop to get an iced coffee.

A weekend away may be just the thing you need. There’s a great pet-friendly getaway located 4 hours outside of NYC near Utica, NY that promises fun, sunshine, and outdoor adventures called Glen Highland Farms.

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This dog friendly vacation spot is located in Morris, NY and was created especially for those of us who love to vacation with our pets. It’s located on 175 acres of land where you can camp, rent a tent, cabin, cottage, or RV spot. The land was once home to the Iroquois Indians. Now it’s a farm with a beautiful creek, lush wooded trails, lots of wildlife, and a 2 acre pond.

Canine Outdoor Adventure has two options for your stay at Glen Highland: Canine Country Camp or Canine Country Getaway.

The first one is called “Canine Country Camp.” You need to register early if you want to participate in the week long campout, the next dates are Sept 8-13, 2012. There are 35 spots open for each camping trip and the spots fill up quickly. The camping trip is not just fun, it’s also educational. During the week-long stay, instructors will be on hand offering tips and tricks on how to engage your dog in different types of play and lecture on topics such as canine health, nutrition, resolving behavior problems, and understanding your dog better.

Each day at the camp includes 3 meals, a morning and afternoon lecture, a group walk through one of the many trails, and opportunities to sign up and participate in sporting sessions. If your dog seems to have a knack for climbing, likes herding, or is a natural born jumper, these classes will give you and your dog the opportunity to run agility courses, herd, or rally and work with an instructor one on one to learn how to do it properly. Is your dog a water dog? Yeah, they have classes for that too.

The camp fee is $1300 per adult. It includes all meals and instructions with teachers. The cost of the lodging will vary depending what you choose: tent, cabin, or RV. All dogs who visit Glen Highland Farm must be up to date with vaccines and proof is required for each dog that visits.

The second option is called, “Canine Country Getaway.” This option is for shorter stays. You and your dog can sign up for training sessions and/or lectures at an additional cost and use the agility equipment anytime of the day. The trails that run throughout the farm were created from the owners’ dogs who ran around when they first bought the land.

Hike, run, explore, and swim in the ponds, check out the 60 acre meadow or fish. The pond is stocked with trout and bass for catch and release fishing. Bring your bike if you want to ride one of the many mapped bike trails outside of the farm. Being located at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, there are amazing beautiful, breathtaking views that you’ll want to photograph.

Remember to bring your own food which can be purchased the local grocery store in Morris or on your way up, enough food and treats for your furry buddy, and other items for your stay such as bedding, toiletries, and good sneakers. The season for staying at Glen Highland started on June 1 and runs through October 8, 2012. There is a 2 night minimum stay.

The prices start at $135 a night for a tent, $175 a night for a cabin, and $225 a night for a cottage. RV prices vary by the size and if you bring your own.

The vacation spot is owned by Lillie Goodrich and John Andersen. They were inspired by their first Border Collie, Luke, where dogs could enjoy off-leash fun, run far and wide, and love life. Glen Highland Farm is not just a vacation spot, Sweet Border Collie Rescue is also here. It has been in operation since 2001. The dogs rest and live in a 200 year old barn and run through the grassy fields, play with each other, and wait for their new forever homes. Lillie and John have placed over 900 dogs in new homes since they have started their rescue work. You may see some of these pups running around and your dog could make a lot of new friends.

To book your stay and more information, head over to their website.

Photo from Glen Highland Farms, Canine Outdoor Adventures

What’s The Most Pet-Friendly Place You’ve Ever Stayed In?

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Pet Friendly Places To Stay In Asheville, NC

Asheville is the largest city in western North Carolina and is home to the US Climatic Data Center. If you’re heading to Asheville, be sure to check out the downtown area for shopping and the eclectic street musicians and entertainment. Bring your pup too because there are some great places to stay that are pet friendly.

Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn is located at 46 Cumberland Circle and has rooms that start at $165 a night plus a pet fee of $15 a night. They do not have a weight, size, or breed restriction but do require that your dog be up-to-date with vaccines and friendly. So don’t forget to bring a copy of the dates of your pet’s last vaccines with you. When you make the reservation let them know that you’ll be bringing your dog. This inn has been around since 199s and has 8 suites that come with LCD tvs, queen or king sized beds, and has a beautiful garden for you to walk around and explore. It’s also a short drive to the national parks and south of Asheville Biltmore College. To reserve a room please call: 1-800-251-2454 or visit their website:

Whispering Pines Motel is located at 140 Smokey Park Highway and has pet friendly rooms. However, they only allow small dogs and you must reserve your room and let them know in advance that you are bringing your favorite furry friend. It’s just a few minutes drives to downtown Asheville and close to museums, shopping areas, and ski areas. The hotel offers free wireless internet and free parking. All the rooms have tv, coffee and tea, and a small microwave. To reserve a room and check their rates which start at $50 a night, please call: 1-877-411-3436.

1889 White Gate Inn and Cottage is located at 173 E. Chestnut Street and welcomes dog of any size, weight, and breed. Rooms start at $199 a night plus a pet fee. Dogs cannot be left alone in the suites unless they are crated so don’t forget to bring your crate, some treats, and your pup’s favorite toy. There is a lovely garden area where you can take a walk but don’t forget the bag to clean up after your pup and s/he must be on leash at all times. This bed and breakfast inn is a great getaway for a long weekend where you can take a soak in a hot tub or jacuzzi. To reserve a room please call: 1-800-485-3045 or visit their website:

Pet Friendly Hotels in San Fran

Taking a break? Or traveling for work to San Francisco? If you’re taking your best buddy with you and need a place to stay, check out these pet friendly hotels. Some of them offer pet services and others are no frills and just ask that your dog be well-behaved and not be destructive or hostile towards strangers.

Argonaut Hotel
495 Jefferson Street

The Argonaut Hotel is a pet friendly hotel that has no weight restriction or limit on the number of pets per room. So your Great Dane and St. Bernard are 100% welcome to stay with you! The hotel does require that all pets be up to date with vaccines and that when making a reservation you let them know that there will pets accompanying you. There are amenities available for your pet as well such as dog walking, toys, and food. The hotel is located on the waterfront and is a four story brick building that covers half of the block. You can take your pups for a stroll and look out to the ocean every morning. Chances are your dog might get spoiled by the dog treats that the staff tend to carry in their pockets!

Rates start at $219 and there is no additional pet fee.

Serrano Hotel
405 Taylor Street

The Serrano Hotel is a beautiful 1920s Spanish colonial style hotel that has over 200 rooms and welcomes pets. There is no weight restriction or additional pet fee. Please call them and let them know you’re bringing a pet or pets with you when you make the reservation. They have no limit to the number of pets per room and offer some extra amenities such as dog walking, toys, and treats. Bring a copy of the vaccination records with you so they know that your pets are up to date and don’t forget the doggy bags. This hotel is located in the downtown area of San Fran. The closest park is about a ½ mile away.

Rates start at $125 a night with no additional pet fee.

Beresford Hotel
635 Sutter Street

The Beresford Hotel is pet friendly with no restrictions on weight or limit of the number of pets you bring. It’s a family owned hotel and offers great meals at the White Horse Restaurant located right in the hotel. You and your pup won’t be too far away from the waterfront but be prepared for busy sidewalks while your dog tries to do her business. The neighborhood is bustling. When making your reservation let them know you are bringing pets.

Rates start at $90 a night and they take AAA.

10 Pet Friendly Hotels

Recently, the travel planning website, Tripadvisor, released a list of the top 10 pet friendly hotels to stay at when traveling. The results are based on user reviews that have stayed at various places and use the site to help plan and purchase package deals.

Looking for a place to stay with your furry friend that will pamper them a little and offer some services? Then try staying at one of these places the next time you’re on the road.

1: Affinia Dumont – located in NYC the hotel boasts having dog beds, treats, and a pet psychic in case your pet just needs someone to talk to. Rates range from $200 to $650 and require that all animals staying are up to date with vaccines.

2: Hotel Monaco – if you’re going to be in Portland, Or and need a hotel that will cater to your pet and you, this could be the place. They have many amenities for your pet including pet bowls and a personal greeting on the welcome board for each pet that comes to their hotel. Rates range from $125 to $350. Check with the hotel about their pet policy before booking.

3: Ocean Park Resort – going on a trip to Myrtle Beach? Taking your pup? Book a room here and your pet will get some TLC. Check the hotel’s pet policy before booking. Rates range from $55 to $150 with an additional $15 pet fee.

4: Palomar Washington – in Washington, D.C. your pet can be pampered and loved. Get him a pet pedicure, a pet bed of their own to lay on, and come to the happy hour/yappy hour where dogs can hang out in a lounge called “The Dish.” Rates range from $180 to $560.

5: A Laughing Horse Lodge – these beach cottages located in Port Aransas, TX offer dog treats and collars for your dog to wear while you’re there that read, “Return me to Laughing Horse Lodge” in case they lost. Rates range from $58 to $240.

6: The Paw House Inn – does your dog need her own pet bed? Need an off-leash dog park that’s near by? The Paw House Inn in West Rutland Vermont has a dog park as their backyard! There are also hiking trails and the inn provides homemade dog treats. Rates range from $135 to $255.

7: Carmel Country Inn – located Carmel, Ca is a bed and breakfast that provides treats for your pup and will also take a pic and display her on their board in the lobby as a “VIP.” Rates range from $195 to $395.

8: Hotel Marlowe – there are no size or weight restrictions at this hotel in Cambrdige, MA. They offer a package for dogs that includes a fuzzy blanket, gourmet treats, and scratching post for your kitty. Rates range from $204 to $490.

9: La Quinta Inn – staying in Valdosta, GA the LaQuinta Inn has a pet area and there’s no extra pet fee to have your buddy with you on your trip. Rates range from $89 to $128.

10: Cypress Inn – located in Carmel, Ca this inn has a doggie menu and yappy hours for your dog. Rates range from $150 to $575.

Hotels Where Pets Can Stay Free

As hotels open their doors to pets to stay with you as your travel, many of them charge a fee ranging from an extra $10 up to $150 for your pet. Many of us understand why the fees are charged and are happy to pay them but there are some chain hotels that are free for your pet to snooze in the room with you.

The following pet friendly hotel chains don’t charge extra fees and offer services for your pet like dog walking or dog sitting. Policies may change and can vary by individual locations, so always check the pet policy before booking your room.

Klimpton Hotels does not charge for pets to stay nor does it have a size or breed restriction. They provide dog beds, bowls, and gourmet treats for your furry friend all for free as well. There are packages that you can purchase for your pet if some extra TLC and pampering is needed. Some of them include nail trims, massages, and a bath. Klimpton strives to create a stress free stay for you and your pet.

La Quinta also allows pets to stay free with you in your hotel room. They limit the size of a dog to 50 lbs. and when you book online, be sure to write a note in the “Special Requests” section of the reservation form. There are over 700 La Quinta hotels nationwide for you to stay at and they all allow pets. If you make your reservation by phone, tell the rep that you’re bringing your dog so they can accommodate you as needed.

Red Roof Inns has been pet friendly for many years. They often have a booth at pet events and have always opened their doors to pets. Pets stay free at their chains. When you book your room let them know you’re traveling with your pet. Some of the Red Roof Inns can not allow dogs due to the local laws of the town they are located in. As it stands right now, Red Roof in Oxon Hills, MD, Flushing, NY, and Pigeon Forge, TN can only allow service dogs to stay in their hotels.

Motel 6 is a budget friendly hotel chain that lets pets stay free. Let them know you’re dog or cat is with you when you book your room. The only reason they may not allow your pet is if there is a safety or health risk or if the area you are staying in has local laws that prohibit pets. Check with each Motel 6 branch before booking your room to make sure Fido can stay too.

Happy travels!

3 Fall Getaways

If the changing of fall to winter is bumming you out, there are some getaways that aren’t too pricey and welcome your four-legged friend. Call ahead to check the rates as some places are cheaper during off-season time.

If the hustle and bustle of living in a city is getting to you and you want a break but want to take it in another city, as a tourist, and not as a daily grinder, head to Miami. The Epic Hotel is located in downtown Miami, Florida and pets can stay for free. They even get VIP treatment from the staff and have their own bedding and food bowls. If you need someone to walk your dog while you’re out and about, they can help with pet-sitting, dog-walking, grooming, and massage services. They offer spa services for you, have luxury dining options, and packages to help you have a stress-free getaway.

The Paw House Inn in West Dover, Vermont is a dog-themed hotel that caters to pets and their parents. It’s a bed and breakfast inn that was once a farmhouse dating back to the late 1700s with a dog park that is the size of a football field for your canine to run around as well as an agility course. You could spend a weekend here re-bonding with your dog. When you want some time alone to take in the surrounding beauty, Paw House has a doggie daycare service that will watch your pet while you’re out.

In Monterey, California the Victorian Inn is perfect for you and your pup. This inn has a pet-friendly package that has treats, bowls, a toy, and a fireplace in every room. The inn has 70 rooms with private patios, internet access, and offers breakfast, and wine and cheese, and an outdoor hot tub. They will assist you if you need a dog walker or grooming service while you check out the aquarium or explore the Monterey wineries.