Summer is over, but it doesn’t mean you can’t plan a weekend getaway. And there’s no doubt the four-legged member of your family would love to hit the road with you.
It’s easier than ever to find dog-friendly hotels, bed-and-breakfast inns, resorts and more with so many websites dedicated to pet travel and chains that have declared all of their hotels pet-friendly. The sites listed here can help you find accommodations that not only allow dogs of all sizes, but actually cater to them with special services and amenities too. We’ve also included information about pet-friendly hotel companies and specific hotel and resorts offerings.
Find all the details you need about pet-friendly travel online, such as information about any extra fees that may be required, dog weight restrictions, and more. Once you decide on your accommodations, do confirm the pet policy directly to be sure it hasn’t changed. Here are good sites to use to begin your research:
At GoPetFriendly.com, search by city and state to get pet policy details and rates. There’s also a road-trip planner to find pet friendly accommodations along your travel route.
While Pets Welcome lists pet friendly accommodations of all types, including campgrounds and B&B locations, what’s most impressive is their comprehensive listing of nationwide hotel chains. Along with the chains’ general pet policies, you can search for specific properties. The site also has a special category to help you find those accommodations which welcome large dogs, which is often a challenge.
At Vacation Rentals by Owner, search over 140,000 rental properties worldwide, and look for the purple paw icon within your results to find those that are pet-friendly.
Search for accommodations by city, state and country at PetTravel.com then view results with detailed descriptions and, in most cases, the option to book directly online.
Dog-Friendly Hotel Chains
Pet guests welcomed at most Westin Hotels get to indulge in their very own “Heavenly Dog Beds.” They’ll also receive a welcome kit with information on nearby areas for exercise and other goodies like treats, and food-and-water bowls. There are no pet fees, and the individual properties vary on whether pets under 40 or 80 pounds are permitted.
At Lowes Hotels‘ “Lowes Loves Pets” program, your pup will be waited on hand and paw, with gourmet room-service menus, pet-walking and pet-sitting services amenities, treats, specialized bedding and more.
Any number of pets are welcome to stay with you at all 39 Kimpton Hotels without any size or weight restrictions and at no extra charge. Add this to the special attention and pet-friendly services and amenities they offer, and you’re all set.
At select Hilton Hotels, furry guests receive a travel tote filled with organic treats and other goodies, and in-room amenities like a Hilton pet bed, food-and-water bowls and a listing of local pet services and activities.
A Sampling of Dog-Friendly Resorts and Bed-and-Breakfast Inns
Vacationing pets and their owners will love the Victorian beauty and Texas hospitality of The Driskill Hotel. The Driskill’s “Pampered Pet Program” offers doggie guests a custom Driskill pet bed, gourmet treats, Driskill logo leashes and collars, a souvenir toy, downtown maps with designated pet-friendly areas and more.
City pups that want to explore Boston choose the Liberty’s “Paw Prints Package.” While it includes a welcome gift at check-in, in-room amenities like a comfy bed and food-and-water bowls, and close proximity to a dog park, the bonus is the complimentary professional pet portrait sitting with an award-winning photographer.
Hudson Valley’s Audrey’s Farmhouse is the epitome of a dog-friendly bed and breakfast, and has been welcoming pets and their owners for over 27 years. You’ll enjoy its country charm and comfort, and so will your pup, right along with his special doggie gift bag, nightly bedtime snacks and acres of woods to explore with you.
Santa Barbara, Calif.
Dogs of all sizes are welcomed at the spacious accommodations at Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort, with pet-pampering goodies like organic treats and in-room amenities including a special pet bed and room service. And all dogs will agree, it’s not just the pet perks that make this their favorite getaway, it’s the miles of beachfront landscaped walking paths just across from the resort, and the nearby hiking trails, off-leash beaches and outdoor dining spots.
Complete with its own director of pet relations, a cocker spaniel named Bosco, the Firesky Resort & Spa welcomes pets of all kinds and sizes at no additional cost. With the “Bone Appetite” package, canine guests are welcomed with gourmet doggie treats, a chew toy, leash and other surprises, including a pet bed and food-and-water bowls for use during their stay. Dog walking and sitting services are available if needed.
Crescent Beach, Maine
Slip away with your pup for serious pampering at the luxurious Inn by Sea. Indulge your dog with the “Inncredible Pets” package, featuring a 30-minute in-room doggie massage, an evening gourmet entree selection and nightly pet turndown service which includes a locally made seasonal dog treat. Your pup can even bring home a memento of his vacation with the personalized L.L. Bean dog bed included with the package.
Thank you to Maverick, the Director of Pet Relations at Kimpton Hotels’ Hotel Palomar in San Francisco, for the photo.
This Woof Report tip originally appeared on PawNation.com.