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Hounds at Heavenly

Powder…cold, wet, white and fun to make snowballs and snowpeople with as well as to ski on. Our furry friends with four paws like snow as much as people do. And Lake Tahoe (north and south) is a perfect place to hit the snow trails and resorts. Lazy, couch potato puppies can sit by the fire while active animals can hike in the fluffy white stuff during the winter.

The mountains are alive with the sound of dogs frolicking in the snow. Taking your dog skiing might require some patience, practice and coordination. (Me, the only time I ever went skiing in my life, I failed at the bunny slopes in NY but there are plenty of people who ski and who knows, maybe Fido is a natural born skier).


Check it out: Heavenly is ski resort in south tahoe has pet friendly trails with no fee

Our favorite place to stay in South Lake Tahoe is the Three Peaks Resort. They have various kinds of lodging available from a motel type log  cabins to suites with kitchen and living room.

$25 pet fee

The Lake Tahoe Basin offers level paths perfect for pampered pooches. Among the most scenic trails: Meiss Meadows, Echo Lakes, Angora Lakes, and Lily Lake.

Cross country ski areas, nordic trails and snowshoe trails are all pet friendly.

2 miles of trails

$50 season trail pass for dogs for cross county ski trails

all of the trails in Truckee are pet friendly

restaurants with outside patios usually are pet friendly

call (888) 229-2184 visitors bureau


All things Dog in North Lake Tahoe (this link is the best resource for travelers):

Dog Friendly skiing trails:

Dog Friendly Lodging:

Squaw Dogs (Dog Friendly store at Squaw Valley):

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn (pamper your pooch in style at PlumpJack):

All dogs are welcome; a one-time, non-refundable $150 cleaning fee will be assessed upon check-in.

Dog Friendly Villages:

Squaw Valley,

Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe,

Northstar California,

Thanks for all of the info from the North Lake Tahoe Marketing Cooperative

Dogs must be on a leash and under an owner’s control at all times while on Northstar property and in the Village at Northstar. Any messes created need to be cleaned up by the dog’s owner.

On the Mountain

During the winter, dogs are not permitted on the mountain with the exception of the monthly Moonlight Snowshoe Tours.

During the summer, four-legged friends are welcome to ride the Gondola and hike with guests while on leash in the Mountain Biking & Hiking Park.

Dogs are not permitted in the lodging units at Northstar, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging, and the Northstar Lodge-Hyatt® Residence Club.  Dogs are welcome in the lodging units at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe for a $125.00 non-refundable (one time) fee.

Main Phone: (530) 562-3000

Guest Fax: (530) 562-3001

Sales Fax: (530) 562-3024

Central Reservations: (800) 514-4685


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Laughlin & Mesquite Pet Friendly

You may visit Las Vegas on a regular basis. But there are a couple of other cities nearby that you might consider going to and taking your pooch with you.

Laughlin is about 1-1.2 hour south of Las Vegas , 90 miles south of Las Vegas,  Located along the Colorado River, Laughlin offers all types of water activities including camping, boating, jet skiing, fishing, etc.  The casinos that line the river offer live entertainment and casino gaming. And the atmosphere is of a small town rather than a large city. If your dog loves the water, this may be a fun place to visit. Probably the best time to visit is fall, spring or winter. Summertime is HOT HOT HOT outside, even hotter than Las Vegas.


Pet Friendly Lodging

The Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall offers 416 rooms including 30 clean and comfortable Pet Friendly rooms and 80 overlooking the beautiful Colorado River.


There is no size limit on pets, and pet rooms run $10 above the price of standard rooms. To reserve a pet room, you should reserve over the phone at 800-634-3469.

Rooms start at just $29.00 per night, plus tax.  Pet rooms do require a $100 cash deposit upon check-in and is returned after inspection at check-out.

I have stayed at Harrah’s Laughlin by myself pre-Cici and it is a wonderful property. Clean rooms with all kinds of amenities including fast food and a restaurant on the property. It is also very affordable to stay in the Central Tower.

Harrah’s Laughlin

Harrah’s Laughlin ( offers guest rooms in multiple towers, an on-site casino, pool, riverside beach, fitness center, day spa and on-site shopping. The PetStay program at Harrah’s allows only dogs, with a weight limit of 50 pounds, and comes with additional room amenities, including food and water dishes, treats, a mat and disposable waste bags. Upgrading to a pet room costs an additional $40 fee per night.


PetStay Classic 

Scenic mountain view with one king bed or two double beds located in the Central Tower. Includes, pillow top mattress, granite counters, hairdryer and iron/ironing board. Our PetStay Classic rooms come with a welcome treat and a dog food and water bowl. Guests traveling with their dog will be asked to fill out a waiver form accepting responsibility for any damage and/or cleaning charges that may be incurred. Up to 2 dogs per room are permitted and each dog must weigh less than 50 pounds.

PetStay Premium

River view room with one king bed or two double beds located in the Central Tower. Includes pillow top mattress, granite counters, hairdryer, coffee maker and iron/ironing board. Our PetStay Premium rooms come with a welcome treat and a dog food/water bowl.


Outdoor activities

Dogs are allowed on some of the water taxis, depending upon the Captain and the dogs. Dogs are also allowed to walk on leash on the RiverWalk and at the beaches.

Dogs are allowed in the Lake Mead National Recreational Area, but must be kept on a leash (not to exceed a length of 6 feet).  Never leave dogs in the car as temperatures can reach 130 F. Pick up after your pet and don’t leave any trash along the trail.  There is a bathroom, and trash cans can be found in the parking lot at the entrance to the trail.

Grapevine Canyon is located south of Spirit Mountain, which is a designated wilderness area in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  It is about 15 minutes by car from Harrah’s. Spirit Mountain and the surrounding canyons are considered sacred grounds of the Yuman tribes including the Mohave, Hualapai, Yavpai, Havasupai, Quechan, Paipai and Maricopa.  The main attractions along the Grapevine Canyon trail are the petroglyphs, rock drawings created by Prehistoric Indians.

Grapevine Canyon is accessible from the Christmas Tree Pass Road, located off State Highway 163, six miles west of Davis Dam at mile marker 13. Turn right onto the dirt road. Two miles from the highway, a short spur road to the left leads into the parking area for Grapevine Canyon. Remember to carry plenty of water. Be sure to remove all your trash from the area. Remember this is a sacred area, take only pictures and memories, leave only footprints – on the trail! Source:

  Laughlin Visitor Information Center

1555 Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV 89029

1-800-4LAUGHLIN (800-452-8445)


About 20-30 minutes from Laughlin are two cities in different states, Bullhead City, Arizona and Needles, California.

Best Western Bullhead City Inn

  • Best Western Bullhead City Inn, located within walking distance to the public boat ramps and minutes from the Laughlin casinos, gives its guests an opportunity to enjoy the Colorado River and gambling opportunities. The inn allows visitors to bring their pets for a small fee. The inn offers standard amenities, which include satellite television with premium channels, Continental breakfast, outdoor pool and spa, guest laundry and high-speed Internet access.
    Best Western Bullhead City Inn
    1126 Highway 95
    Bullhead City, AZ 86429-5400


2201 Rancho Colorado Blvd., Bullhead City 86426 928-758-1711   Toll Free   866-758-1718

Indoor Hotel with 3 floors, 71 rooms.  Free Parking & Wireless Internet.  Outdoor Pool Wheelchair Access and handicap rooms available.    24 Hours Front Desk, hotel elevator.    Air conditioning with daily maid service. Many room amenities, such as telephone, refrigerator, and cable tv.   Non smoking rooms & suites available (extra charge).  Pet Friendly (extra charge)

Travelers Inn of Bullhead City

1616 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ  86442 928-763-1002 or Toll Free 866-763-7110

118 rooms with connecting rooms available.  Indoor Hotel with Complimentary Breakfast. Free parking including boat & RV parking.   Amenities include Wireless Internet, Outdoor Pool, Wheelchair Access & handicap rooms. 24 hour front desk, fax service, AAA Discount, and Air Conditioning.  Winter Resident Rates Daily maid and wake-up service, telephone (free local calls), cable television & non-smoking rooms. Small Pet friendly, extra charge.  Smoking and Non-Smoking Rooms

America’s Best western 

1102 E. Broadway

Needles, CA 92363

United States

(760) 326-4501

Pets are allowed with manager’s approval.  All pets are allowed for a daily charge of $10.  have a garden for walking pets.

Desert Mirage Inn

Needles CA


10000 Aha Macav Parkway

Laughlin, NV 89028


166 spaces. Full hook-ups, pull thru’s, laundry, convenience store, gas-diesel-propane, boat launch, marina with fueling facilities, cable TV & telephone hook-ups. Largest private beach on the river, PWC rentals, smoke shop &fireworks, swimming pool. Pets welcome.


2000 E. Ramar Road

Bullhead City, AZ 86442


150 sites. Full hook-ups with cable TV. Laundry, showers, club- house, pool, golf, pro shop, gym, shuffleboard (indoor), billiards, jacuzzi, sauna, craft room, small pets OK.

Mesquite is north of Las Vegas and the weather is a bit cooler. There are fun places to visit along the way from Vegas to Mesquite. Also, you can easily drive to Utah from Mesquite. It is a small town atmosphere, too and lots of retirees live here.

I have stayed at the Virgin River and Cici may or may not have been with me during one visit (I cannot remember)… The hotel rooms are regular motel fare and affordably priced.  We also stayed at a local motel that was expensive. There were lots of places around town to walk Cici and parks to picnic.

Virgin River

The Virgin River offers affordable deals on conveniently located hotel rooms. getting to and from the Virgin River is a cinch— right off Exit 122 on I-15 in Mesquite Nevada, about an hour north of Las Vegas and a half hour south of Saint George, Utah.  The Virgin River is the best pet friendly hotel in Mesquite, and for just $10 extra per day and a $50 pet deposit, your beloved animal friends can enjoy their own vacation in one of their pet friendly rooms.

Holiday Inn Express

1030 West Pioneer Boulevard  Mesquite ,  Nevada   89027  United States

$20 pet fee per night

Best Western Mesquite Inn

The Best Western Mesquite Inn offers pet-friendly accommodations with complimentary high-speed Internet, cable television, and a continental breakfast. An outdoor pool and hot tub, in addition to the free parking that the Best Western offers, should please both business travelers and vacationers. The inn is minutes away from the airport, shopping centers, golf courses and casinos.

Best Western Mesquite Inn
390 N Sandhill Boulevard
Mesquite, Nevada 89027
(702) 346-7444

Toll Free Reservations:


Desert Palms Motel

Similarly to the Best Western, the Desert Palms offers pet-friendly accommodations with complimentary wireless Internet and cable television. The motel supplies each room with a microwave and refrigerator but is also minutes away from many restaurants and drug stores. The Desert Palms Motel is a short drive from golf courses, three casinos and some 24-hour shopping locations.

Desert Palms Motel
92 West Mesquite Boulevard
Mesquite, NV 89027
(702) 346-5756

Nevada Welcome Center in Mesquite Nevada

460 N Sandhill Boulevard, Mesquite, NV 89027

1-877-MESQUITE (877-637-7848)

Pet Friendly Hafen Trailside Park in Mesquite NV is known locally as the Dog Park and it has a fishing pond, too.  On Nov 23, the Nevada Dept of Wildlife is scheduled to deliver 150 lbs of rainbow trout to Hafen Pond – local residents enjoy fishing in this park, but those trout won’t last long!

Mesquite has several pet friendly parks – dogs have to be on a leash and you must pick up after them.  Yes, that means poop patrol – plastic bags are provided.

Desert Rose Park

Desert Rose Park, near West Old Mill Road, is designed for children and dogs. An interactive playground, with a sandbox, two sets of swings and bicycle rack, is featured in the main area of the park. More than 50 percent of the playground is located in the shade. Desert Rose Park has a public restroom and a group of both large and small covered pavilions with picnic tables. A barbecue is located to the side of each pavilion. Adult, child and dog drinking fountains are located throughout the park. Plastic bag dispensers for animal waste and trash stations are also located in the park. Desert Rose is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Desert Rose Park
251 Marilyn Parkway
Mesquite, NV 89027
(702) 346-8732

Hafen Trailhead Park

Hafen Trailhead Park, near Grapevine Road, features a shaded playground with volleyball and basketball courts, fishing pond and both covered and uncovered picnic tables. Hafen is park of the city’s trailhead park system that provides paths to other parks and a dog park. Lighting allows guests to use the basketball and tennis courts and the barbecues and picnic tables. Four lighted tennis courts are also located at Hafen. The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hafen Trailhead Park
450 West Hafen Land
Mesquite, NV 89027
(702) 346-8732

Jensen Trailside Park

Jensen Trailside Park has covered lighted pavilions, barbecue grills, picnic tables and playground areas. Sports fields include open fields for soccer, football and basketball and volleyball courts. These have lights for evening and night play. Drinking fountains and dog waste disposal stations are also available at Jensen. The park is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Jensen Trailside Park
220 Riverside Road
Mesquite, NV 89027
(702) 346-8732

Library, Marilyn Redd, Pulsipher and Veterans Memorial Parks

The Library Park, near Desert Drive, Marilyn Redd Park, off Kitty Hawk Drive, Pulsipher, at the end of Second Street, and the Veterans Memorial Parks offer park basics of grassy areas, covered picnic tables with barbecues and a shaded playground. Redd Park has additional daylight-hour basketball and volleyball areas. Library Park is connected to the city trail system. The parks are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Library Park
121 W. First North

Pulsipher Park
303 Hafen Lane

Veterans Memorial Park
501 Hillside Dr.

Marilyn Redd Park
251 Marilyn Parkway
Mesquite, NV 89027
(702) 346-8732

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Fourth of July bucket list

Chocolate and pet friendly meals to Put on your bucket list

Some of the yummiest meals and specific foods I’ve ever eaten that you might want to devour over the Fourth of July this year or next r another time… and some of the places are even pet friendly… if I do not indicate a specific dish, it means ALL of the food is good, so try whatever appeals to you, it is all good, heave ho.

A vegan meal at Ravens, Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA

A meal at The Farmhouse, Sonoma, CA

Eggs MacBenedict, Chocolate Extravagance, MacCallum House, Mendocino, CA

Apple pancakes, Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild, CA

Ole’s Swedish Hot cakes, Little River Inn, Little River, CA

Greek pasta, chicken caesar salad, Dametra cafe, Carmel, CA

Chocolate Cocoa Lounge (Feb. 14), The Island hotel, Newport Beach, CA


Chocolate for Breakfast, Oak Knoll Inn, Napa, CA

Hot chocolate, Silly Rabbit Chocolate, Ashland OR

Robin’s restaurant, Cambria, CA

Chocolate cake, Gnome, Idyllwild, CA

Fish n chips, The Boathouse, Bodega Bay, CA

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Calamari, Abalonetti Seafood, Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CAfis

Calamari, fish n chips, Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, Morro Bay, CA

Authentic Pad Thai from Thailand

NY pizza, pretzel, knish (street food)

German pretzel, spaetzle at Englischer Gartens in Munich, and a meal at the Kunstlerhaus

Masala dosa, southern India and meals

Gyro or a Souvlaki and shake at the Mad Greek diner, Baker, CA

Turkey Fat burgers or original with eggs and fries, Los Angeles

Chinese meal from NY or SF Chinatown

Pick your own fruit at Gilcrease Orchards, Las Vegas, NV

fish n chips and stuffed potatoes, London and the midlands

Patty melt, and doggie menu, Park bench cafe, Huntington Beach, CA

Mama’s Fish House, Maui, HI

French toast, Roughley Manor, 29 Palms, CA

world”s largest chocolate fountain, Jean Philippe’s chocolates, Bellagio, las vegas, nv

Omelette, Bagel sandwich, Bagel Cafe, Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV

Chicken and Rice, Mi Casa Too, Carson City, NV

Raw vegan food, Living Light Cafe, Fort Bragg, CA

Breakfast buffet, Top of the Riverfront, Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO

BBQ chicken, St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO

Turkey burger and fries, Sequoia Drive-in, Sebastopol, CA

other views:



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Honking Dogs on the road with Subaru

Cici and I love to travel. We traveled for a few years in our Subaru Legacy station wagon. We drove all over California, Oregon and Nevada. The Subaru got great gas mileage and had lots of room. Cici took up the back seat filled with pillows and toys. She slept while I did the heavy driving. When we got to the destination, she would shake off and be ready to roll. Her excitement at discovering a new place, having an adventure, was contagious.  She is my polka dot princess now with  four different beds to sleep on, her choice every day and night. She is also my best friend and has earned her place by my side. She has her own driver’s license now so the next road trip we go on, she is gonna take the wheel and head out on the highway. Born to be Cici…



We got her new driver’s license from the Subaru Facebook page. It is the same interactive app that we had fun with when watching the Puppy Bowl last weekend. Have you used the app yet? Just download the “IntoNow” app on your tablet or mobile device here   There are all kinds of nifty applications… you can even find the perfect Subaru for your dog (The Subaru Dog Matchmaker) and other goodies. Check it out!

Alas, our Subaru Legacy had more than 260,000 miles on it so we need a new vehicle to drive to the beach, dog park, and everywhere. We would love another Subaru, maybe a Forester. We miss driving to the shopping mall (Petco and Pet Smart), the banks (where she would always get cookies and treats from the nice people), and even the grocery store. Cici loves to meet and greet new people. And if there is food involved, even better.


Beep beep beep beep the horn went beep beep beep… do you remember the song, Little Nash Rambler? I imagine that is how Cici would drive the car, beeping the horn the whole way…

Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep
While riding in my Subaru
What to my surprise
A little Nash Rambler was following me
About one third my size
The guy musta wanted to pass me up
As he kept on tooting his horn
I’ll show him that a Subaru is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

I pushed my foot down to the floor
To give the guy the shake
But the little Nash Rambler stayed right behind
He still had on his brake
He musta thought his car had more guts
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep)
I’ll show him that a Subaru is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

[Normal speed]
My car went into passing gear
And we took off with gust (whoosh)
Soon we were going ninety
Musta left him in the dust
When I peeked in the mirror of my car
I couldn’t believe my eyes
The little Nash Rambler was right behind
You’d think that guy could fly
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

Now we were doing a hundred and ten
This certainly was a race
For a Rambler to pass a Subaru
Would be a big disgrace
The guy musta wanted to pass me up
As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep)
I’ll show him that a Subaru is not a car to scorn
Beep beep beep beep
His horn went beep beep beep

[Very quickly]
Now we’re going a hundred twenty
As fast as I can go
The Rambler pulled along side of me
As if we were going slow
The fella rolled down his window
And yelled for me to hear
“Hey buddy how do I get this car outta second gear?”


Cici has cat issues so when I bring her to meet Grant Weber at the Subaru lot, she will let the kitties know she is boss if there are any felines around.

It is a good thing that Grant Weber knows how to speak dog and caters to each breed. He knows how to give each dog what they need and the best deal. You know that poodles want different accommodations and specifications than German Shepherds, right. And polka dot princesses need extra comfort, cargo space and zoom for their bucks. You could say that Subaru is an equal opportunity mutt pleaser. And yet, their doggie commercials are just as much fun for humans. Don’t you agree?

This post is sponsored by Subaru. we are helping spread the woof about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, because [Have Dog Blog Will Travel] only shares news for things we love and support. All opinions are mine.

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Pet friendly Oyster

The world is your oyster… claims that they know the best hotels and the difference between what the hotel websites say and look like and what the real deal is when you get there in person.  This is important because when you register for a venue sight unseen you want to know that you are going to get to the location destination and not get a crappy hotel for a big price. And hotel websites often feature their amenities in the best light, even photoshopping photos and making their hotel look better than they do in person, up close and personal. Oyster has other categories besides best pet friendly hotels… luxury, romantic, kid friendly, best value and best period.  They show photos and prices and provide info about policies and amenities.

Unlike here at our blog, they only seem to have covered BIG CITIES… there are no listings for Mendocino, Carmel, Monterey nor Palm Springs, for example. GIven that Mendocino and Carmel are both known as THE PET FRIENDLIEST cities in the USA, besides a few other cities, Portland and Seattle, come to mind, this seems strange. But also they do NOT list Best Pet friendly hotels for San Diego, nor Silicon Valley (San Jose area) either. And they also do not list best pet friendly hotels for Chicago, and big cities in Florida (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale), not to mention other states like Texas, Georgia, and the rest of the USA. And they do NOT list B&B’s. And they also do not list pet friendly dining, dog parks and other dog friendly activities in the area like we do here.


oh by the way, just created a new Facebook page for Polka Dot Princess travels, please like and share far and wide, thanks…


our new FB page at 


Well, apparently, on their blog, they have more info on pet friendly hotels and places…such as this photo and info about one hotel in Carmel….


It’s just not a “home away from home” unless we have our four-legged friends by our side. But luckily for us, the staff at the Tradewinds Carmel in Monterey County is about as pet-friendly as they come. In fact, Furball and Foofers consider the boutique more of a human-friendly spot where they can bring their owners along if they so choose. At check-in, you’ll have to make sure the front-desk puts room keys into the right paws!

Below are links to the pet friendly destinations that they do list:

Los Angeles

San Francisco

Las Vegas

New York



Oyster Half Dozen for Pet Lovers

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spring break dog

Americans are gearing up to hit the road and the air during the upcoming two months in search of the ultimate spring break destination—and record-breaking gas prices don’t seem to be holding them back. Despite the squeeze on family budgets, hotel and air bookings have increased significantly over 2011, according to American Express booking data.

Top domestic destinations this year include cityscapes such as New YorkBostonLos Angeles, and San Francisco and warm-weather hot spots such as MiamiHonolulu, and West Palm Beach.

The top spot for hotel bookings? Las Vegas aces it. Meanwhile, college students will rock out at Arizona’s Lake Havasu and the Colorado River; South Padre Island on the Texas gulf; and assorted beaches along the Florida coast.

The Newport Beach Marriott Bayview is an all-suite property so there is more room for your dog.

The one time pet fee is $100 (non refundable).


• Disneyland

• Pristine Beaches – Newport, Laguna, and Huntington

• Fashion Island & South Coast Plaza Shopping

• South Coast Plaza

• Legoland

• Balboa Island Ferry

• Orange County Performing Arts Center

Most Marriott hotels are NOT pet friendly but this one is.

Austin, Texas

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is situated along the banks of the Lower Colorado River about 20 minutes from the Austin airport and 30 or so minutes from downtown Austin. It features 491 guest rooms. The resort offers guests a true, luxurious wilderness escape located on over 400 acres of diverse Texas terrain adjoining the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Pet Fee: $65 nonrefundable deposit

Amenities include  Renegade Trailhead equestrian facility, a spa and Audubon-sanctioned golf course (which has a bird blind for those who are fans of feathered friends). In addition to golf and horseback riding, guests may enjoy floating down the Crooked River, hiking along 16 miles of trails, kayaking and rafting on the Colorado River, and a nightly roasting of s’mores at one of the outdoor fire pits. The resort features weekly live music and boasts seven on-site dining options offering everything from a light snack to a fine dining experience. For reservations or information contact 512-308-1234 or visit at

Here are some eco friendly, off the beaten path places and big cities on the east coast to consider bringing your pets for spring break.

You must go east to Maine!

The Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046.

Beautiful hotel that is so dog friendly that the seat coverings in the main

lobby is a dog print…

VIP’s (very important pets) are always welcome at Inn by the Sea

Dogs Days at Inn by the Sea include in room spa services, amenities and over the top pampering for both traveling pets and their human companions. One of the first luxury hotels to accept pets, Inn by the Sea has welcomed man’s best friend for over 18 years with complimentary stays, water bowls, beach towels, cozy L.L Bean dog blankets, handmade treats at turn down, and a seasonally updated brochure with information on leash free beaches , dog parks and local pet services.

Gourmet pet menus for in room dining, dog walking and doggie day care as well as pet massage is all available for doggie divas. Dogs are welcome to join their humans for meals AL Fresco on the seaside deck or full menu service in the fireplace lounge.

VIP’s (very important pets) are invited to lap it up at happy hour. In house pets are welcome to enjoy complimentary ice cream on the boulevard while humans are invited toorder drinks from the signature cocktail menu or bar on the outdoor boulevard. A dollar from each signature drink will be donated to the animal rescue league. Dress code: casual leashes .

Crescent Beach is closed to dogs during the Piper Plover mating season in the summer, but other local beaches have pet hours, and Great Pond trail is a wonderful nature walk for the whole family.

Pet Friendly Hotels in Orlando

It’s not often you find a #1-rated-on-TripAdvisor hotel which is ALSO pet friendly.  Orlando Resort offers 2- and 3-Bedroom suites in a most desirable location, at the foot of International Drive, a short hop to Disney, SeaWorld, Universal or numerous water parks.

pet-friendly program

Beach Vacation Rentals is a group of boutique lodgings in Pompano Beach,

Florida, 15 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale. Offer studios, 1/1s and

2/2s (small cottages and apartments) at five nationally rated Superior Small

Lodgings for a minimum three night stay.

Believe that TINY dogs are part of a family, as much as people’s children and

that people should be able to travel with their dogs as much as possible.

Our guests love taking their dogs to the city’s brand new, state-of-the-art

dog park, Canine Corner — that recently opened and is free of charge about

five-minutes from our properties. We are one of the few pet-friendly

lodgings in the area. Accept small, well-behaved dogs under 20 pounds.

There is a pet fee, similar to an extra person charge. Properties have full kitchens, king beds, laundry, BBQ, beach gear,family games, DVD, stereo system and more. There is free wi-fi, free

parking, free local phone calls, NO resort fees.

For photos, videos, descriptions, rates and terms please visit

Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa located in Weston, Fl  welcomes all pets. The hotel became Broward County’s first Certified Green Lodging Hotel in April 2008. The AAA-rated Four-Diamond hotel offers 501 luxurious rooms and a conference center covering more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space.

The hotel received certification from Pets Can Stay as one of the leading hotels that hosts pets. The pet friendly Weston, FL hotel was independently certified by Pets Can Stay as meeting or exceeding all criteria required for the Standard Certification designation allowing guests to share their room with their pooch for $50 per visit. As a traveler, you are staying at an establishment who cater to the travel experience of the pet-toting traveler.

Upon check-in, canine guests will receive a bone as well as temporary

identification tags with the hotel’s contact information in case they

happen to stray away. Owners will be given information about scenic

dog-walking routes around the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure’s lush 23 acres

and will be provided with “doggie bags” for easy clean-up during walks.

Special amenities include turn-down service with a nighttime treat and

room service with dry and canned dog food available.

The Pets Can Stay Standard designation signifies that Hyatt Regency

Bonaventure has met the following mandatory certification criteria:

* Equal Service

* No Arbitrary Pet Fees

* Acceptable Accommodation and Non-Smoking Options

* Fair Kenneling Policies

* Safe Environment

* Pet Policies Available Upon Request

* Food/Water Bowls

* Licensed Accommodation Provider


Located on the Crystal Coast – North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks – is the pet-friendly, oceanfront Atlantis Lodge. The Atlantis Lodge provides one-bedroom suites with full kitchens and private balconies overlooking the ocean. Accepting pets in all accommodations, the lodge allows up to two pets at $15/pet per night.

The Crystal Coast is the favored Atlantic Beach destination for generations. The authentic “coastal experience” features waters of crystalline purity bordering sandy sparkling beaches. Offering activities from dining on “fresh from the docks” seafood and exploring historic haunts in a 300-year-old town to enjoying 85 miles of silken shoreline and diving the No.1 dive destination in North America, the Crystal Coast provides an active and engaging getaway. The Crystal Coast offers a variety of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget from seaside cottages to massive beach mansions.

For more information on the Atlantis Lodge, please visit For more information on the Crystal Coast, please visit


Aside from the pipe-smoking Bull Dog on the Inn’s sign, you would never

guess this charming and romantic Vermont Inn prides itself on being pet

friendly. Why? Because the Phineas Swann in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is

beautifully maintained and so quaint you wouldn’t think your Great Dane

would be welcome, but it most definitely is!

The Phineas Swan has been voted a “Most Pet Friendly B&B,” but it has also

been awarded as the “#1 Rated B&B/Inn in Vermont State” by TripAdvisor

ratings. Room rates are affordable and include a all-you-can-eat gourmet

breakfast. Ski and other outdoor recreation packages can be put together to

provide the most value for your stay. Options include the “Pet Perfect Ski

Package or

the “I hate to ski” package.

This Inn is a must-stay for dog lovers traveling through New England.

Washington DC

If you plan to visit the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, check out this info on pet friendly hotels, dog parks and more …

my boyfriend and I took a road trip from Chicago to DC with our dog.

our stay at Hotel Madera – it’s a Kimpton

property (all Kimpton properties are dog friendly). For my dog, it was a

great trip – the staff LOVED her and would give her treats anytime she

passed through the lobby. The hotel also provide bowls, beds and other pet

amenities you may have forgotten at home. Walking around the neighborhood

(Dupont Circle) with her was like walking with a celebrity – mostly due to

the young people who occupy the neighborhood (my guess is that many of them

love dogs but don’t have time for one).

This is the property’s website:

DC itself is a great walking city. The weather was nice when we were there,

so our dog got to stay outside with us when we ate at the restaurants with

outside seating. She also enjoyed our daily walks up to Dupont Circle [the

roundabout that was up the street from the hotel].

Washington, DC Pet Friendly Hotel

We know that the star in your entourage is the four-legged friend who rules the pack and rocks the catwalk. Bring your furry companions to Hotel Madera in Washington, DC, and enjoy special attention at check-in, pet-friendly amenities and a perfect setting for tail-wagging getaway.

We love pets as much as you do – that’s why we don’t charge any extra pet fees, regardless of the size or weight of your best friend. Although Hotel Madera is a pet-friendly hotel, we do understand that some folks are prone to pet allergies. We offer a pet-free floor for sensitive guests. Use our pet registration form.

Dogs at Play – Nearby Dog Friendly Parks

S Street Dog Park
S Street at 17th Street NW, Washington DC 2009

Shaw Dog Park
1651 11th Street NW (Between North Q Street and North R Street) Washington DC 20001

Walter Pierce Dog Park
Biltmore Street NW and Calvert Street NW Washington DC 20009

Guests may request pet services including but not limited to pet sitting, dog walking, and pet spa services by contacting the front desk.

The Fairmont, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

High-class canines that pad their way into The Fairmont will be treated to all the amenities of the “It’s A Dog’s World Package.” The hotel website quips that pristine pooches will relish in the luxurious guest room; dog treats handmade by the hotel’s executive chef; a special pet “Do Not Disturb” sign for the door (the sign’s green paw means “Please service room, animal companion exploring city,” while the red paw means, “Do not disturb, animal”) and best of all, 5 percent of your room rate is donated to theWashington Animal Rescue League.

According to, “The Fairmont’s Very Important Dog (VID) treatment includes healthy treats made by the executive pastry chef and dishes that use fresh, sustainable, locally grown ingredients.” The package also includes bottled water, a place mat and walking maps that show the nearby parks, pet-friendly cafes and stores.

Rates from $279 and up for doubles

Includes dog fee


Pet-friendly bed and breakfasts that go out of their way to make you furry friend feel at home while on the road.

From dog-gone delicious treats to custom doggie beds you and your pet will feel spoiled when you stay at one of these pet friendly B&B’s!

For a full list of pet-friendly specials, visit:

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa – Old Saybrook, CT

Inn listing link:

Doggie On The Go – Bring your furry friend to our pet-friendly hotel in

Connecticut and treat him or her to a Bone Voyage! When you make your

reservation let them know your pets name and breed so when you arrive your

special guest dog-friendly amenities will be catered specifically for him!

You dog will be treated like a VIP (Very Important Pet) with this package

including welcome treats, souvenir bandanna, a custom-made doggie day bed

and one complimentary dog walk!

The Cheshire – Saint Louis, MO

Inn listing link:

Cheshire Noble Pet Program – Their Director of Pet Relations will furnish

your Specially Designated Pet Friendly guest room with amenities provided by

Nestle Purina including: Special “Noble VIP” treat at check-in A

size-appropriate doggie bed A two-section dog bowl, and a complimentary

coupon for one 20lb or smaller package of PurinaR brand Dog or Cat Food, any

variety. Right next door is Forest Park where your pooch can enjoy a game of

fetch or Frisbee. Arrangements can be made for walkers and sitters and

you’ll receive a special door hanger to alert other guests and staff that

your pet is in the room.


New Hampshire

Waterville Valley Resort New Hampshire is the perfect one tank trip and a

park the car getaway for travelers seeking family fun this spring. Designed

as a pedestrian and pet friendly resort, with free public trolleys, the

nation’s first network of trails, and the first Dark Skies town in NH,

Waterville is the place to park the car, and enjoy a gas-free vacation.

Waterville Valley Resort is just 2 hours from Boston, and 3 hours from


Dogs are welcome at the Snowy Owl Inn and Resort, Waterville

Valley, NH

Pet Rooms: While the Inn is “dog-friendly”, our four-legged friends are only allowed in certain designated rooms. A $15 per pet per night non-refundable deposit is chargeable in addition to the base room rate for dogs staying in these rooms. Sorry, but the Inn does not allow cats, birds, snakes, pot-bellied pigs, or any other animals. Dogs only please.


Come visit the Cumberland Valley In south central PA. Our area is just under 2 hours from Washington DC by car and we can offer lots of great outdoor activities for canine guests.  Pheasant Field B&B  is located just 1/2 mile off of the Appalachian Trail – lots of great hiking there! And provide pick-up or drop-off for easy hiking.   B&B is located on 10 acres so there is some great space for frisbee with Fido or just a quiet walk. AAA discount is available for lodging at Pheasant Field B&B.

There are several state parks in the area – all dog friendly.  Kings Gap  and Pine Grove Furnace State parks provide wonderful hiking trails, some great environmental education and beautiful views.

There are some restaurants in our historic town of Carlisle that have outside seating for Fido.


Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is located 1/2 a mile from Hocking Hills scenic Cedar Falls, Logan, Ohio. The region offers a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, canoeing and fishing, as well as exquisite photo opportunities. The Inn’s pampering spa offers a full compliment of spa services. Fine American cuisine is the specialty at the Inn’s dining room and meals are prepared with the finest organic herbs, produce and ingredients.

The inn is dog friendly and now has add on packages specifically for dogs and their owners. The Pampered Dog Package is a fun and unique way for guests and their companions to always remember their stay and a Paw Prints Gift Bag is the perfect necessity to every trip with man’s or women’s best friend.

The Pampered Dog Package, priced at $115, treats guests and their companions to photographs of time together at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. A private photographer will capture memories, put the photos into an album and provide a CD to guests to take home. When guests arrive with their dogs to their room, a doggie gift bag will be waiting for guest’s furry friend. The gift bag is filled with treats, a tennis ball, pickup bags, feet wipes and recyclable food and water bowl.

The Inn ONLY allows a dog in Trillium and Yarrow Cottage and Strong Wolf  log Cabin. Guests are not permitted to bring dogs into any other lodging unit. Advance dog reservations are required. Limitations apply so please check our Pet Policy for more information. Dogs are not permitted on the patio for breakfast or dinner. You may bring your dog for lunch, but they must be wearing a muzzle and leash. Pets are not permitted any where else on the property.

The Inn limits the number of dogs to no more than two and size of your dog to no more than 75 lbs.  All dog guests must be completely free of fleas and ticks, be well groomed and up to date on shots and vaccinations.

A pet fee of $45.00 for your dog will be added to your accommodation charges.  Your cottage or cabin will be inspected immediately after check out and any damages will be assessed and charged accordingly.  Any additional cleaning that is needed due to excess dirt or fur left by your dog will result in a $50/hour cleaning fee.


An eco-conscious/pet friendly four-star boutique hotel in downtown Minneapolis. This might not be the first city that people think of when they consider spring break, but there is 90,000 miles of shoreline… more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.

Pet info:



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holiday pet friendly lodging

Perhaps you are going to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving and have all your arrangements made. If not, and you want to take your furry friends with you and are looking for some pet friendly possibilities, you might consider visiting one of the places or venues below…

Note: Cici and I have NOT visited any of these venues so we cannot recommend whether they are truly pet friendly with Dogitude or simply pet tolerant…If you go, please let us know. We have visited various Red Roof Inns and can say that they are pet friendly, in that they do NOT charge fees for pets and they do not offer amenities. They are affordable and do NOT limit pets by breed or weight.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is considered a very “pet friendly” state; and has many lodging places that

roll out the red carpet for dogs at any time of year. Here are some


The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls,

Meredith, NH – This vacation destination on the shores of Lake

Winnipesaukee, has all the perks of a pet-friendly environment that

allows guests to not only bring their furry friend along, but also

provides several amenities :

Pet Friendly Rooms and Service at Church Landing and The Inn at Mill

Falls <> :

Upon checkin at the Mill Falls Inns, pets are greeted with a special

dog or cat treat and a personalized sign for being such a “good boy or girl” on

the trip. Pets and guests are then shown to a room that comes equipped

with a special pet bed, a water and food bowl, a blanket to sit on if

they are allowed on the couch, a kitty litter box for cat-friendly rooms

and a special bag filled with treats and a map of the walking trails

that Fido can meet and play with new friends. After a day filled with

either swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee or walking along its beautiful

shores, both pet and owner can book a massage appointment at the Cascade

Spa <> at Church Landing!

Small animal practitioner DeAnne M. Racz provides soothing cat or dog

specific massages. In addition, pet sitting and veterinary information

are both readily available at the front desk.

*While The Inns charge a $25 fee per pet for pet specific rooms, $10 of

that fee goes to the New Hampshire Humane Society to aid in the rescue

and care of animals that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. The

Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have contributed a total of $8,990 to the New

Hampshire Humane Society since 2008.

The Lazy Dog Inn, Chocorua, New Hampshire

was Voted “Most Pet Friendly B&B in North America,” this inn provides guests and their dogs traditional New England comforts in a historically rich 160-year-old farmhouse. Meghan and Molly, two golden retrievers, are the inn’s ‘doggie hosts.” Picturesque hiking and walking trails give two-and four-footed visitors much to do in the surrounding area. 603- 323-8350, (888-323-8350),

Golden Girls

The Notchland Inn, Hart’s

Location, NH, The Notchland Inn occupies a granite manor house,

completed in 1862, within the White Mountain National Forest with

sixteen individually appointed guestrooms with woodburning fireplaces.

The inn serves a 5-course dinner and full country breakfast in the

fireplaced dining room overlooking the pond and gardens. The COTTAGES

are the Inn’s newest accommodations and pets are welcome. The cottages

offer the Inn’s perks and atmosphere while affording more independence

for guests.

Village House Bed and Breakfast,

Jackson, NH, The Village House Inn is home to the Yellow Snow Dog Gear

(collar and lead manufacturing company), in a three story home that

offers accommodations with the carefree ambiance of visiting a well

loved relative. It is located just through the covered bridge in Jackson

Village on six acres of rolling green lawns overlooking the White

Mountains. The owners of the inn also manufacture dog collars and leads

right on the property. Their understanding and interest in dogs led them

to welcome well behaved dogs into Village House. Guest comment: “Our dog

got to play with her dog in training (they have a nice big run out

back). We chatted with another couple there and everyone had a dog.”


Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona is a pet-friendly hotel, where pets stay for free. Guests receive a welcome pet amenity that includes dog treats, a double-sided bowl for water and food, a pick-up-after-your-pet bag, and a sign that says ‘Pet in Room’. Furry friends are welcome to enjoy the hotel’s lush grounds and courtyards with lots of room to throw a ball or a Frisbee! For more information on this restored mid-century property, please visit the website at

Red Roof Inns

Red Roof offers guests with pets comfortable lodging at a great price year round:

Red Roof is also offering guests an additional 20% off when they book 10 days in advance of Thanksgiving with their furry friends.

Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is pet friendly, inviting guests to

bring their dogs along with them on their holiday getaway. Upon arrival

to the resort, guests traveling with pets will receive a personalized

welcome amenity consisting of a Ritz-Carlton water bowl and biscuits

that guests may take with them on their departure.

Also, the Resort’s renowned culinary team will feature a special

Thanksgiving Buffet for resort and local guest in celebration of the



Iron Springs Resort is a recently-renovated property along the Washington Coast, with 24 oceanside cabins and a sandy beach. Throughout the entire resort, guests will find amenities, specific for canines from the dog washing stations and plush and absorbent dog towels in each cabin to the complimentary tennis balls available in the check-in office. For dog-owners, the fully stocked kitchens provide everything they will need to create a full Turkey Day spread. Plus forget the olive oil, or need to grab an extra bottle of wine? The General Store in Cabin No. 1 has plenty of basics that may get left behind. Plus, for those dogs that want to wear their Iron Springs pride, there are branded collars and leashes available in the store as well.

For those after less of an “out-of-town” stay, the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa Kirkland, WA, has plush accommodations that cater to four-footed and two-footed guests alike. Upon check-in to a dog-friendly room, there will be a full spread waiting for the traveled pups to use throughout the stay, including a cushy pet bed, food and water dishes, bottled water, leash, tennis ball and doggy biscuits. There’s even a walking map to take the pup on a waterfront stroll along Lake Washington, right outside the hotel doors. Making the whole holiday even easier, the hotel restaurant, Bin on the lake, is serving a decadent Thanksgiving Dinner with a side of spectacular views. And finally, don’t forget to pet Woody on your way in and out! The resident Labradoodle is Director of Guest Satisfaction and loves a good rub on the head.


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