As the indentured servant of a dog and several cats, leaving home is a challenge. The answer may be inns that open their doors to animal guests. Knowing that pet owners deserve an escape, the folks at BedandBreakfast.com perused some pet-friendly inns and found ten that they believe top the list. If you travel with a dog as your co-pilot, check out – and then check in – to some of these B&Bs. You can find the full story and all the doggy amenities at BedandBreakfast.com.And to find more inns that invite animals, all your have to do is visit BedandBreakfast.com and search using the “pets welcome” filter. Woof!
On the shores of lovely Lake Michigan, Ludington is a beautiful little town where you and your furry friend can enjoy the special services of the Candlelite Inn. In addition to offering a list of pet friendly parks and beaches, your buddy gets his own food bowl, water bowl, dog treats, drying towel (handy after visiting the shore), an extra blanket for snuggling, and even their own bed with washable covers.
Billed as Carmel’s “Most Pet-Friendly Inn,” the Country Inn always has a bottomless bowl of dog biscuits as well as a chance at immortality by having your dog pose for a photo to be displayed at the inn’s "Wall of Woof.” Not only is this one of America’s most picturesque towns, Carmel’s also one that caters to canines with dog-friendly restaurants and shops and an off-leash beach.
3. Cypress Inn
A legend in animal activism, motion pictures, music, television, and the local community, resident Doris Day is also the owner of this historic inn where dogs and cats are welcome. And you know how public beaches provide showers to cleanse the sand off your feet? The Cypress Inn offers an area for washing your dog after a romp on the beach. And whether it’s sunrise or sunset, well-behaved pets can join their two-legged friends in the courtyard for breakfast and evening appetizers.
Fifteen miles east of Austin your dog will find room to roam on 50 wooded acres in the country and, if they’re so inclined, splash around in Decker Creek. Designed as a pet-friendly inn, you’ll arrive to find dog towels, bowls, bed, blankets, and a pet-friendly shower at your disposal. What could be better? Well, how about homemade dog biscuits?
It’s almost like your dog is taking the vacation at this 1896 Victorian home in Ashland, New Hampshire. While you’ll certainly enjoy the luxuries, so will your pet which receives a water bowl, treats, clean-up bags, and a bed that’s sized to fit. Do they need a spa treatment? Just ask. Nearby are pet-friendly hiking trails and the innkeepers will also point out pet-friendly attractions and businesses.
A multiple award-winner of BedandBreakfast.com’s Award for "Best Pet Friendly Inn,” this farmhouse inn is only three miles from downtown but a world away when it comes to enjoying two acres for long walks, playing fetch, and a fenced pet play and walk area for running at full tilt (after which they can cool off in the pet shower). Be sure to ask for a list of local pet-friendly restaurants.
In Lewes, Delaware, eight private and secluded acres include a full acre (43,000 square feet!) that’s delightful for dogs that want to run and race and fetch to their heart’s content. There are several dog-friendly beaches a few miles away (and an outside pet shower for post-beach exploring). If you travel with a freshwater dog, they’re welcome to join you by the pool.
In Durango, one of America’s friendliest cities, your dog will dig the great outdoors when they share a rustic riverside cabin with you. Five of the O-Bar-O’s nine cabins are dressed out with luxurious dog beds and include a supply of delicious dog treats, and the Creekside cabin features a private fenced-in yard. To be sure, though, the O-Bark-O Corral Dog Park is open to all. Yippee-yi-yay!
In the Louisiana countryside an hour north of New Orleans you’ll find the town of Bush and a paradise for dogs. A 30-acre working farm is open to animals for all sorts – kind of a natural since the innkeepers breed dachshunds (yes!). And while some inns will let you return home with a souvenir bar of soap, with their on-site kennel Splendor Farms can arrange for you to head home with a Doxie from Dixie. An inn for the outdoors, horseback riding is included in your room rate, the petting zoo is a kick, and the inn’s chickens are always at it, producing farm-fresh eggs for the B&B’s breakfasts.
10. The Lazy Dog Inn
South of North Conway, in Chocorua, New Hampshire, dogs of every breed and every size can find a room at the inn. When you’re ready to explore the surrounding area on your own, the inn’s Doggie Lodge is a free daycare center where every pet gets its own dog run for exercise and socializing. When it’s time to team up with your friend again, explore dog-friendly hiking and biking trails. How good is this? Well, the Lazy Dog received BedandBreakfast.com’s award for the “Most Pet Friendly B&B in North America.”