Top 6 Picks for Dog-friendly Summer Vacations

June 1, 2013 at 9:41 am 2 comments

Dogs don’t know school days from summer vacation.  They never deal with the jackhammering buzz of an alarm clock.  For most four-footers, every day is a weekend.
But for us humans, summer signals a time to get away, to replenish, recharge, and regroup.  And what better way to do that than with your trusty companion in tow?
Thankfully, more cities and vacation locales are welcoming dogs than ever before.  Her are six summer destinations where you and your pooch can tour together – albeit with one of you on leash.

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Washington District of Columbia
Where to stay: 
Despite Washington’s reputation for being buttoned up, a good number of hotels not only permit dogs, but also welcome them.  One high-end option is the Hotel Monaco which provides food bowl, and information card with local vets and pet sitters, and a map of recommended dog walks in the neighborhood.  And, centrally located near the National Mall, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel will also give Fido a place to crash.
Where to eat:  Dozens of outdoor restaurants in the city welcome dogs to dine al fresco.  Art and Soul on Capital Hill has a “pooch patio menu” that includes nonalcoholic Bowser Beer and homemade granola treats.  The Shake Shack sells updated roadside fare for you and “Pooch-ini” dog biscuits with peanut-butter sauce and vanilla custard for your sidekick.

Yosemite National Park
Where to stay: 
None of the lodges inside the park roll out the welcome mat to canines, but some outside do.  Tenaya Lodge & Cottages accommodates up to three pets in a room and offers in-house pet sitting.  And some of the vacation-home rentals at the Redwoods in Yosemite are pet-friendly.  The majority of Yosemite’s dozen-plus campgrounds allows dogs; check before pitching your tent.

Where to eat: Yosemite has several options for sit-down dining in its lodges but none offer a place under the table for dogs.  So grab a to-go lunch from any of the delis or cafes in the Yosemite Village area and picnic with your pooch.

Wisconsin Dells
Where to stay: 
Pet-friendly chains abound at this popular family destination, from Days Inn to Econo Lodge.  For a more homey feel, explore lakeside home rentals ( or some of which will consider furry family members, too.

Where to eat:  You can’t visit Wisconsin without eating bratwurst, and one of the best local joints, the Brat House Grill welcomes dogs on its outdoor patio.  Culver’s also gets a paws-up from diners with dogs.

Durango, Colorado

Where to stay: 
Since you’re in cowboy territory, why not go a little City Slickers and camp out under the stars?  Visit  If you’d rather not rough it, the Rochester Hotel and Leland House will give you a puppy-friendly berth right in downtown Durango.
Where to eat:  The mortadella ravioli isn’t the only thing that gets raves at Guido’s Favorite Foods.  The Italian eatery’s Main Street patio is a favorite spot for a furry tag along.  If you’re in more of a tamale mode, your dog can lounge with you at the outdoor dining area at Linda’s Local Food Cafe.

Hamptons, New York
Where to stay: 
Plenty of charming bed and breakfasts dot these vacation villages, and well-behaved pets are welcome at many of them.  The Mill House Inn in East Hampton will even cook your dog breakfast.  Just steel yourself for sticker shock, here as elsewhere in this fortress of fabulousness:  High-season room rates start at $750.

Where to eat:  Dogs are not ony welcome in some of the dining rooms at c/o The Maidstone, but the East Hampton hotel offers their own “woof menu” with grilled hot dogs, scrambled eggs, and homemade biscuits.  Also in tony East Hampton, Babette’s restaurant serves organic fare and welcomes the furry set, too.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Where to stay: 
The owners of the Battlefield Bed & Breakfast are dog owners themselves, and their 30 acre private farm offers hiking trails through the fields.  Many breed clubs hold their national specialties at the sprawling Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center.
Where to eat: Depending on your timing, the patio at the Farnsworth House Inn sometimes permits dogs.  And at O’Rorkes Eatery & Spirits you can enjoy Irish fare under a welcoming pergola – and slip a few slices of corned beef beneath the table.

This information was taken from the June 2012 edition of the Dog Fancy magazine and was written by Denise Flaim, contributing editor from Long Island.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yosemite vacation  |  August 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    An interesting discussion is worth comment.

    I think that you ought to write more on this topic, it
    might not be a taboo subject but typically people do not talk about these topics.
    To the next! Many thanks!!

    • 2. roadrunner33  |  August 1, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks for your comments! I love writing about any dog-friendly places so I’m sure there will be more blogs to come on this subject.


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