If you are planning a vacation along with your pet, there will inevitably be a few doubts in your mind. You may chance upon resorts and hotels that do not entertain pets. But you have no reason to worry because they are a minority. The U.S. is a pet-friendly nation, and finding resorts and holiday spots designed with pet-inclusivity in mind will not be difficult.
It is not often that you set off on a holiday with your canine companion in tow. So, ensure you do your research well and pick a destination that will give you rest, relaxation and entertainment as a family. Also, a vacation provides a much-wanted break to your pooch and is also great for your dog’s health and well-being.
There are several options to choose from, right from expensive boutique resorts to budget B&Bs and vacation rentals. Keep your interests in mind before picking one. If your dog loves the ocean, then a resort with a beach-front will be perfect for you. If long hikes and treks are your favorite activity together, then consider vacationing in a mountain lodge.
Here are a few places to consider when planning your vacation with your pooch for company.
Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado
If you love the snow, then there is no place to be at like Beaver Creek near the town of Avon in rocky Colorado.
This is the perfect place for skiers of all ability levels, and offers world-class shopping experience, luxurious hotels and resorts, and restaurants to suit every palate.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch resort will pamper you with all possible luxuries and your furry friend will get to enjoy the same hospitality. Their special dog-friendly menu is tailored to suit your pooch’s needs. He will also get to relish the delicious liver kisses or peanut butter cookies that are on offer for dessert.
The world-class spa at the resort is preferred by humans, but your dog can enjoy the in-room doggy massage service that rounds off with a light bath spritz to get him ready for a night of peaceful snooze.
Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale, Arizona
If you dig desert glory then Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale is the resort you should be heading to. Set in a sprawling 27-acre property in the Sonoran Desert with the majestic McDowell Mountains as backdrop, the resort has everything, from a championship golf course to a 2.5-acre water playground. Lifestyle amenities also include a spa and a slew of outdoor adventures, including hiking trips and desert tours.
Your dog is greeted by Uno, the ‘doggy ambassador’ of the resort and will be enrolled in the ‘4Paws’ pet program at the resort. A welcome letter for your pooch and other in-room goodies, including specially wrapped treats, toy, Kong pillow bed, clean-up bags, and food and water dishes with special floor mat await your dog. You can also ask for extra services like vet and grooming, and shop at the pet boutique.
The Lodge at Glendorn, Bradford, Pennsylvania
This 1500-acre property used to be a family holiday heaven designed to accommodate a huge family, including children and great grandchildren. The posh log cabins were built in the 1920s and are well-appointed with almost every luxury you can think of.
The property is a children’s dream-come-true and this holds true for your pooch as well. It boasts of natural lakes and scenic hiking trails. You can go fishing or hiking, or simply sit by the cozy fireside and enjoy some quality time with your pet.
You will be charged $75 per night for the first pet and an additional $25 for the second one. There are 6 pet-friendly log cabins in the property and you can spend the holiday enjoying the outdoors with your pet.
A thing to keep in mind is that because the lodge is located on the fringes of the Allegheny National Forest, animals like coyotes, porcupines, deer, and a variety of smaller faunas are a common sighting. Ensure you keep your pet safe and within your sight at all times.
The Resort at Paws Up, Montana
What’s not to love about Montana? The amazingly varied landscape, stunning natural vistas, snow-capped mountains, winding lakes and alpine hiking trails set this state apart from all others.
The Resort at Paws Up is a luxury ranch located in an authentic and functional cattle-ranch spanning a mammoth 37000 acres. You can choose to stay in holiday homes or tents, or both. If you desire, your dog can also enjoy the outdoors sleeping under the stars in his own outdoors Paws Up kennel.
Paws Up is a pet-friendly hotel and your pooch will get a personal welcome card when you check in. A super-comfy dog bed, customized Paws Up collar and leash, a bag of homemade doggy treats and a toy to play with are some of the things that your mutt will absolutely adore at this great Montana ranch. Your canine friend can also enjoy specials from the doggy room service menu or enjoy a pampering session at the famed dog spa. You will be charged $50 per pet per night during your stay at the ranch.
There is a wide array of outdoor activities that you can enjoy at the resort and your pooch can accompany you on guided hiking trips.
The U.S. is a pooch-loving country and there is no dearth of vacation destinations that not only welcome pets, but also provide a range of recreational activities for both, you and your canine companion. Do make the most of them on your next vacay with your adorable mutt!
Erica Montes is a digital content manager & editor for LiveWellTesting & is based in the United States. She is immersed in the healthcare industry and is the go-to-person for any health and wellness tips. In her free time, she loves to cook for family, friends, and charity as well, or paint.