Pet Friendly Getaways in California

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway to either get out of the cold or are itching to bust out that snowboard, there are plenty of great pet-friendly places in California to stay. When traveling with your pet, make sure to bring a pet emergency kit, updated ID tags, food, a few toys, and a copy of your pet’s vaccines. Many guest houses and hotels have policies that ask that your dog be fully vaccinated, friendly, and well-behaved. Also, don’t forget to clean up after your dog when taking her for a walk or hike.

Tahoma Bed and Breakfast is in Tahoma California and is a great place for summer or winter. It is located at 6821 West Lake Blvd. You can go snow shoeing and skiing during the winter and relax in a hot tub afterwards. In the summer, enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing, and biking the mountain trails. When making a reservation, mention that you have a pet. There is a pet fee of $20 a night and they ask that your pet not be left alone in the cottages unless they are crated. All pets receive a welcome basket that has some treats and poop bags. There are plenty of fun trails to hike on with your pup and after 6pm your dog is allowed to run around on the beachfront. For more information visit their website or call 530-525-1553.

Pine Haven Cabin is a great place to stay and let your dog run around in Julian, Ca. at 2802 Three Peaks Lane. It’s a cabin that is surrounded and fenced in on 1.25 acres of land. Your dog can run around off leash, enjoy the mountain getaway, and then nap in front of a fireplace when the day is over. The owners are dog crazy and welcome guests with their furry friends with open arms. They ask that your dog be full vaccinated, well-behaved, and there is a $40 pet fee. Your dog will love the open space and may find some of the hidden toys that are around the area. It can be a great, safe, trip for everyone. For more information visit their website at or call 760-726-9888.

Cambria Shores Inn can be found at 6276 Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria, Ca. and is one of the most pet friendly getaways around. They have a VIP program for your pup that includes a welcome basket of treats and a cover that you can put on the bed so your furry buddy can sleep on there without shedding on the covers. It’s close to the beach and they have a list of pet friendly restaurants for you so you don’t have to leave Max at home. The rooms are kept clean, the staff is friendly, and they love dogs. When you make your reservations make sure to let them know you’re bring your buddy. There is an additional pet fee and you may want to see if they have any seasonal package deals depending on the time of your vacation. For more information visit their website

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Pet Friendly Hotels in Portland, Or

Need help deciding where to stay in Portland, Or? There are several pet friendly hotels in Portland located in fun areas. Don’t forget to take a walk along the waterfront and across one of the many bridges that stretch across the Willamette River. Your dog may love hanging out at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub or a long hike around Mt. Tabor or Washington Park. But when it’s time to nap, rest, and crash from an exciting day one of these places may be the perfect home away from home for you and your furry buddy.

The Jupiter Hotel is a fun hotel located on the east side of Portland and is next door to Doug Fir, a restaurant and music venue. It has 81 rooms and each of them is pet friendly, has a huge mural on the wall (one has a Buddha and another has Marilyn Monroe), and the furniture looks like it has come from Ikea. It’s a great place to stay if you’re looking to be near lots of clubs, bars, and funky shops. Up to two pets are allowed for an additional fee of $30 a night per pet. Your pet will have a pet bed to sleep on, a welcome basket, and doggie bags for cleanup while on a walk taking in the vibe of the east side. The Jupiter Hotel is located at 800 East Burnside Street and rates start at $90 a night. For more information call 503-230-9200 or visit their website at

The Heathman Hotel is located downtown at 1001 Southwest Broadway and allows up to two pets per room for an additional fee of $35 a night. It’s an elegant hotel down in the shopping and arts district of Portland. There’s a gym on site, plenty of avenues to stroll around, theaters, museums, and not too far from the MAX train. The pet who stay here are welcomed with a goodie bag, a walking tour map for you and your buddy, and a choice of a tempurpedic, featherbed, or pillowtop bed for your pet to snooze on. They also have complimentary vouchers for a pet exam at Banfield Pet Hospital. For more information call 503-241-4100.

Hotel Lucia is also located downtown at 400 Southwest Broadway and allows up to two dogs for an additional fee of $45 a day for the first pet and $22 for the second pet. They offer a fluffy pet bed for your friend and treats. The rooms are luxurious and have a very modern and unique design. If you’re looking to be in the heart of downtown, steps away from shopping, nightlife, and arts, then Lucia might be the place to stay. When you make your reservation, be sure to mention that you will be arriving with a pet. They ask that all pets be up to date with vaccines, friendly, and housebroken. For more information call 503-225-1717 or check out their website:

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Dog Parks in Las Vegas

If you’ve just moved to Las Vegas, Nevada or passing through with your best friend don’t forget to check out some of the casinos and places to eat. But, more importantly, don’t forget to let your dog burn off some energy. Spending a few hours in a crate or in the hotel room can mean that your pup might be bored or nap while you’re out. Take her for a walk, jog, and give her some TLC. If she’s itching to romp, there are several dog parks in Las Vegas where she can run around and make some new friends. Always bring a bag to clean up after her and make sure she has all her ID tags on her collar.

Acacia Dog Park is located in Henderson, NV at South Gibson Road and Las Palmas Entrada. It’s open from 7am to 10pm and dogs are allowed off leash in the dog run. In other parts of the park, your dog must be on leash. They ask that you don’t allow your dog to dig holes and to clean up after you dog. It’s not a huge dog run but it’s a well-maintained run and there are plenty of friendly dogs that call this run their second home.

All American Dog Park is at 121 East Sunset Road in Las Vegas and is located inside of a 45 acre community park that you can hike around with your pup before or after a game of fetch and frisbee in the dog run. The dog run is fenced in so your pup can run off leash. They ask that your dog be sociable, up to date on vaccines, and under control of the owner at all times. This helps to avoid tension between dogs, jumping up or bugging other owners, and helps keep everything peaceful. When your dog is not in the dog run, please keep her on leash. There are a few grills, picnic tables, and huge grass fields where you can spend an afternoon hanging out and relaxing. Don’t forget to bring a snack and some water for your pup so she isn’t starving and thirsty after making new friends in the dog park.

Barkin’ Basin Dog Park is in Wayne Bunker Park at Alexander Road and Tenaya Way. It is a 7.75 acre park that has 3 fenced in dog runs. One is for smaller dogs or low energy dogs, one is for bigger dogs, and one is for older or shyer dogs. If your dog is a bit shy when meeting new dogs, one of the other 2 fenced areas might be great to get her used to the smells, energy levels, and layout of the runs and also make your trip more enjoyable. There are also benches, lights, drinking fountains, and water spigots. Your dog must be leashed when she’s not in the designated dog runs.

Desert Breeze Dog Run is located at 8425 West Spring Mountain Road in Las Vegas and is fully fenced in with benches, trash cans, and water. There are 3 dog runs available here as well so you and your dog can find the one that best fits her energy level and social level. The park is located about 5 miles west of downtown Las Vegas and is surrounded by the Desert Breeze County Park. After some running and fun has been had, take a stroll through the park. There are paths for jogging, a skate park, and lots of fields where you can watch people playing soccer, tennis, and a playground. The dog park is open everyday from 6am to 11pm. Don’t forget to bring a bag to clean up after your dog.

Molasky Park has a dog run that is fenced in and open from 6am to 11pm. It’s located at 1065 East Twain Ave in Las Vegas and has trash cans and a water fountain. Bring a bag to clean up after your dog and keep your dog leashed when not in the fenced off areas. This park has 3 dog runs and if you need to potty, there are portable restrooms available nearby. Bring a bowl for your dog to drink some water out of after she’s done playing and don’t worry about getting too much sun, there are shaded areas under trees and a gazebo to hang out under.

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:

Hotel Manners: Tips When Traveling With Your Dog

Dogs can be great hotel guests and can make the other guests and staff happy by offering a wagging tail, happy face, and a few kisses. They also don’t steal towels, take the little shampoo bottles, or try to steal the paintings off the walls. When traveling with your dog, plan ahead and make reservations and let them know you have a pup with you. When you get to your hotel room, don’t forget your manners.

Here are 7 etiquette tips when staying at a hotel with your dog:

1: Bring a crate or carrier – when you do need to leave your dog in the hotel room alone, crate him to keep him out of trouble. But don’t leave your dog alone for long periods of time. He’s in a strange place, new sounds, new smells, and new people. This could make him nervous. Some hotels ask that dogs not be left alone at all in the room. If that is the case, you may want to opt for finding a boarding facility nearby for him.

2: Make sure your dog has gone potty before settling in for the night – you don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night to a bad smell in the room and cleaning the stain could be gross for the staff. Plus, you’ll be charged on your credit card for it. Several potty breaks a day will help make sure your pup doesn’t get thrown off schedule and stays housebroken in a strange place.

3: Don’t forget to treat your dog for fleas and ticks – this isn’t just for when you are traveling but definitely make sure your dog doesn’t leave any guests behind or in your car, in your suitcase, or bring any home after the trip is over.

4: Check the hotel policies before staying there – if there is a pet fee, be aware of it before you stay so you’re not surprised when checking out and paying. It’ll save you and the staff surprises about extra fees or a higher bill than you expected.

5: Don’t wash your dog in the hotel tub – fur in the drain, dirt on the walls, and a soggy dog can create a mess for the staff to clean up. If your dog gets dirty on a hike through the local national park, look up a dog washing facility and take him there. Many of those places have a self-wash station and dryers so your pup is clean, dry, and returns to the hotel looking fabulous.

6: Bring your own dog supplies – don’t use the ice bucket as a water bowl, the towels as a pet bed, or the remote control as a chew toy. Bringing some items from home can help relieve any anxiety your dog may have being in a new place. Don’t forget the dog bowls, their bedding, toys, and treats.

7: Check with the hotel that they, in fact, do accept dogs – sneaking your dog into your hotel room can mean that you both get thrown out. Then what to do?!

A Hidden Gem in Vermont

Many years ago, when New York Magazine was still in its infancy, I had a business luncheon with one of their editors. We went to a wonderful little restaurant, located upstairs on Second Avenue above a bank of stores. As we ordered, the restaurant slowly filled up, but was never crowded. And the food was delicious. Those were the days when I would have been called a “foodie,” if that term existed back in the late ‘60s, and I recognized that this was a very unique place. I asked the editor why the magazine hadn’t reviewed this restaurant, since most of the staff ate there on a continuing basis. He said, “Once we review a restaurant, everybody comes, and we won’t be able to get in anymore.”

Keeping that in mind, I wanted to tell you about my favorite pet-friendly place in Vermont—North Cove Cottages. Fortunately, I’m good friends with the owner, Karen Rockow, and even if everyone flocks to her cabins in Spring, Summer, or Fall (there are only a few winterized cabins), our family won’t get shut out. We’ve been staying there since our daughter was a toddler (and she’s now in college).

North Cove Cottages is located on beautiful Lake Dunmore, which is a quick 10 miles outside of Middlebury, VT. There are 11 housekeeping cottages of varying sizes. During the summer there are a number of teachers who come with their families, while they are studying for various graduate degrees at Breadloaf Workshop, part of Middlebury College. They’re normally there for the 7-week summer session.  And then there are the loyal returnees of all professions, ages, and interests.

Every cabin has a picnic table and barbecue in addition to full kitchens complete with pots, pans, dishes and glasses so you don’t have to cook outside if you don’t want to.  And of course there is a great selection of restaurants in Middlebury, Brandon, or up north to Burlington.  The cottages range in size from three to seven rooms and can sleep up to five people. There’s nothing like waking up in the morning and watching the sun reflect off the lake as a family of ducks slowly glides by.

Down the road is a general store, so whatever small things you need—they’re available. Middlebury (up Route 7) has two large supermarkets, a movie theater, and plenty of other shopping, including a wonderful bookstore and several gift stores. It’s about a 40 minute ride north to Burlington, if you want to spend a day shopping or visiting someone at the University of Vermont or even visiting the Shelbourne Museum and Farm. There’s nearby skiing if you venture there in the winter. There’s occasional theater in the summer in Middlebury and Weston. There are a number of restaurants in town and nearby, and you can golf on the Middlebury College Golf Course, which is open to the public.

The highest recommendation comes from our dogs. They love the place. Lola and Charlie are free to wander, especially since I know that they’ll come immediately if I call them. Many people bring their dogs—all sizes and shapes, and some are leashed, some run free. As we get out of the car when we arrive for the week, Lola immediately heads for the lake. Charlie, on the other hand, approaches cautiously, dips his toes in and then retreats to lie in the sun. On constant patrol is Karen’s Yellow Lab, Widget, who just wants her belly rubbed and is the unofficial welcome committee. And there are always a number of other dogs there, large and small. It is truly a pet-friendly place. We’ve also been getting our exercise by walking the dogs on the Middlebury College campus, and then enjoying a cup of coffee and a roll at the local Otter Creek Bakery.

If you’re interested in a week-long summer vacation with your pet, or just a long weekend to enjoy either the fall foliage or a few days on the slopes, visit the North Cove Cottages. It will undoubtedly become an annual tradition for you, your family, and your pet!

Pet Friendly Hotels in San Diego

Taking a trip to San Diego to get some sun and fun? If you’re planning on bringing your best furry buddy and need a place to stay, try one of these hotels. They are pet friendly, have some great amenities, and some charge no extra fee or a small fee.

The Sofia Hotel Downtown
150 West Broadway
San Diego, Ca

The Sofia Hotel Downtown is a pet friendly hotel that charges a nightly fee of $25 per pet. There is no weight restriction or limit to the number of pets per room. It has a yoga center, a bistro and bar, fitness center, laundry and dry cleaning services, and meeting rooms. It’s a nice chic hotel with a friendly staff. They may even have some treats for your best buddy.

Rates start at $105 a night plus the pet fee. Reservations: (800) 826-0009.

Solamar A Kimpton Hotel
435 6th ave
San Diego, Ca

This hotel is in downtown San Diego and is a hip, luxury hotel right in the Gaslamp district. They offer spa treatments, a fitness facility, and a wine hour. It’s a great spot for you, your pup, and close to a pet store and the convention center in case you are going for work and not play. They do not have a weight restriction or size restriction for your pet, nor do they limit the number of pets per room. However, they do ask that you tell them you are bringing your pet when making your reservation. You can even opt for a pet package that has a walk, some toys, food, a massage, and/or grooming for an additional fee.

Rates start at $175. Reservations: (877) 230-0300.

Vagabond Inn Point Loma
1325 Scott Street
San Diego, Ca

This hotel is located on America’s Cup Harbor at the entrance to Shelter Island. It serves a continental breakfast every morning along with the newspaper. Vagabond has a heated swimming pool, cable tv, and some rooms have kitchenettes. It’s pet friendly and doesn’t have a restriction on weight, size, or number of pets per room. There is an additional pet fee of $10.00 a night. They do not have special pet packages, and ask that you do not leave your pet unattended for long spans of time, but it is a quiet and clean hotel for you and your furry friend to stay.

Rates start at $70 a night. Reservations: (619) 224-3371.

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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.

Dogs At Dollywood? YES!

Who doesn’t like amusement parks? Who doesn’t like road trips? Well, if you’re heading to Dollywood and your four-legged canine buddy is accompanying you, don’t worry, you can leave her at Doggywood while you go play.

Doggywood is a day boarding facility where visitors to Dollywood can leave their dog while enjoying the park. The kennel opens 30 minutes before the park and stays open for 30 minutes after the park closes. Space is limited so reservations are highly recommended and ensure that you have a place for your dog to play, stay, and get some loving while you’re away. There is no overnight boarding, it is only for those who are visiting the park.

The kennel runs are 4 ft by 6ft and there are also cottages which are 6 ft by ft for dogs that need some extra wiggle room or require a little more privacy. Owners provide food, can bring some bedding, and a few toys. Pets must have proof of vaccines and be up to date with them. All dogs must be in good visible health, be ok with strangers, and be old enough to have received their rabies vaccine.

Dollywood is open seasonally from early spring through December and is open from 9am or 10am to 8pm or 10pm depending on the day and event planned. There are plenty of rides to go on like roller coasters, water rides, the dollywood express train, and zip line. You can also take in a free concert, have some awesome bbq food, and catch a movie in 4D.

Dollywood is located at 1198 McCarter Hollow Road, Pigeon Forge, TN and is off Interstate 40. To buy tickets, reserve a space at Doggywood, and see what shows and package deals are available, visit Dollywood’s website.

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