Summer is here and it’s time to hit the open road! There’s no bonding experience quite like a road trip with your BFF, and every pup parent knows what a bummer it is to think about leaving your furry friend behind as you embark on an epic summer adventure. Thankfully, more hotels than ever are realizing that dogs are part of the family and deserve to be treated as such (some hotels, as you’ll see, may even go a little overboard!) Make sure to put these 10 awesome pet-friendly destinations on your travel itinerary this year.
1. Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, CO
For those adventure ruving pups who also enjoy a taste of luxury, Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch is your home away from home. Nestled in the Vail Valley, this luxury resort has endless opportunities for hoomans to bond with their four-legged travel companions. Take advantage of one of the twice-daily guided hikes planned for you and your dog, then indulge in an in-room massage for the both of you. To cap off a perfect day, order from the extensive doggy room service menu with meals tailored to your pup’s age. Don’t forget to order dessert! Your pup will have a hard time choosing between peanut butter cookies or liver kisses – better order both, just to be safe.
2. Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe, NM
Ten Thousand Waves is the ultimate in relaxation. This Japanese-style day spa offers hot tubs and natural mineral baths. While your pup isn’t actually allowed in the hot tubs (let’s not get carried away here!) guests who rent a private tub are encouraged to bring their dogs along to hang out on the enclosed deck among the Juniper trees. Plus, the puppehs get an outdoor place to run around and their very own dog bed to relax in.
3. Casa Kenwood Guesthouses, Austin, TX
Austin was named one of the best cities to live in for dog owners—it’s no wonder, with it’s endless outdoor adventures and over fifteen off-leash dog parks. When visiting, there’s no better place to stay than the Casa Kenwood Guesthouses. Only one mile from downtown—with the LadyBird Lake walking trail and cool South Congress shops—you and your pup will feel like you’re miles away from the city in this urban retreat. Enjoy the spacious outdoor area featuring a waterfall and firepit. Venture into the city to enjoy the many dog-friendly shops, restaurants or hiking trails, or leave your fur kid at home while you hit up one of Austin’s many local music venues. Your pup will be in good paws!
4. Olea Hotel, Sonoma, CA
Top ranked in the nation for pet-friendly hotels, Olea Hotel caters to the fancy pup with discerning taste. Greeted by a welcome basket full of treats, bowls and towels, your pup will feel right at home in the rolling hills of wine country. There are over 50 wineries in the area that are dog friendly, and many restaurants even have dog menus so pups can dine right alongside their hoomans. (Check out Howard’s Station Cafe and Garden Court Cafe). There’s lot of beautiful hiking in the area, too, but who has time for that when the wine’s flowing?
5. Topnotch Resort, Stowe, VT
You and your pup will both be tuckered out after hiking around Vermont’s Green Mountains. From birdwatching to canoeing to fishing, there’s no shortage of bonding experiences. After you’ve both worked up a sweat, head back to Topotch Resort for a little R&R. Topnotch’s spa offers a Rover Reiki massage treatment tailored just for your pup’s tired muscles, and afterward your pampered pooch can relax on her own fleece covered AeroBed. Oh, did we forget to mention the turndown service? Dogs get organic Mini-Bone treat in flavors like bacon and cheddar, carob-chip oatmeal, and liver and bacon.
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