In recent years, hotels and resorts across America have become more and more pet-friendly, catering to the record 65 percent of families who now own a pet – particularly the over 15 million Americans that like to travel with their four-legged friends. If you’d like to enjoy a vacation with your furry best friend, these top 18 pet-friendly resorts are especially ideal.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colorado (photos & prices)
This grand resort exudes Rocky Mountain luxury, capturing the essence of the surrounding national forest, situated on Beaver Creek Mountain. It’s known for featuring one of the best ski-in, ski-out experiences in the U.S., as well as for its world-class spa and exceptional service – and, your pooch isn’t just welcome here. He’s treated as good as his human companions, with an elaborate doggy room-service menu tailored to his age, complete with a dessert of liver kisses or peanut butter cookies. Fido can even enjoy an in-room doggy massage finished with a light bath spritz before he crawls into his super comfy, overstuffed dog bed. Guests are even greeted by the wagging tail of the resident canine ambassador, a St. Bernard named “Bachelor.”
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino & Spa, Lake Tahoe, California (photos & prices)
Lake Tahoe offers a ton of opportunities to have fun with your pet, including an abundance of great trails for hiking and the glistening waters of the lake for a cool summer dip. The Hyatt Regency sits on the banks of the lake and welcomes four-legged guess in designated pet-friendly rooms that are conveniently located on the first floor for easy access in and out of the building. If the rooms are filled, the concierge is able to assist in arranging pet boarding at nearby facilities. Human guests can try their luck at gambling in the Grand Lodge Casino or get rejuvenated at Stillwater Spa, Tahoe’s largest and most comprehensive spa. Lakeview golf courses are just minutes away, while a tranquil private beach, biking, kayaking and tennis all await too.
Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia (photos & prices)
Salamander Resort & Spa is one of the few dog-friendly hotels in Virginia. Owner Sheila Johnson transformed this former horse farm into a country estate incorporating sustainable practices, healthy lifestyles and uncompromising quality to benefit both resort guests and the local community. The resort features fine dining, equestrian programs, culinary classes, spa and wellness services, along with pet-friendly accommodations so guests don’t have to leave their furry best friends at home. In-room dog amenities include food and water bowls, organic treats, a comfy bed, a special toy and waste bags. Onsite dog-sitting can be arranged, and, by visiting between early June and late October on Tuesdays, your dog can even enjoy “Yappy Hour,” complete with drinks, snacks and dog treats.
Cranwell Resort, Lenox, Massachusetts (photos & prices)
This premier, award-winning resort in the heart of the Berkshires of New England offers one of the largest spas in the northeast, along with an outstanding array of amenities, exceptional service, fine dining and distinctive accommodations. There are also an abundance of nature trails and open spaces that are ideal for guests travel with pets. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the spa, which includes a glass-enclosed heated indoor pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and a fitness center. An 18-hole historic golf course set on 380 hilltop acres is a big draw for golf enthusiasts.
Dahlonega Spa Resort, Georgia (photos & prices)
Located near the historic gold rush town of Dahlonega in the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega Spa Resort offers the opportunity to enjoy fresh mountain air and nature trails with your four-legged friend. Here, you can forget all your cares while relaxing in a rocking chair, gazing at the scenic beauty of the mountains with your dog by your side, or get active by hitting the trails together. Spa treatments, massage and an outdoor Jacuzzi combine to make a complete escape for rejuvenation and relaxation.
Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale, Arizona (photos & prices)
Make an escape with your pooch to the breathtaking desert vistas at this luxury resort in Scottsdale. The Hyatt Regency features its “4paws” program which begins with an introduction to the property by Uno, its doggy ambassador. It continues throughout your stay, spoiling four-legged guests with an ultra-comfy custom-made bed and fleece-covered pet pillows. Fido or Fluffy also have a special 4 paws “beastro” menu which contains reasonably priced options like chicken risotto and veggie bruschetta as well as organic dry dog food. If you want to give your pet a special treat, “pupcakes” (frosted carrot cupcakes) are also available. Human companions get access to a 2.5-acre water playground, 24-hour gym, gourmet cuisine, nightly entertainment, Native American cultural experiences, a world-class spa and more.
Mountain Top Inn and Resort, Chittenden, Vermont (photos & prices)
As pet lovers, Mountain Top Inn and Resort owners offer a warm welcome to both you and your four-legged friends in one of four deluxe custom cabins or select vacation rentals. The property is set across 350 acres with sweeping views of a pristine mountain lake and a practically endless expanse of national forest in Central Vermont. This classic four-season resort sets up canine guests with a dog bed, bowls for food and water and a special welcome treat made by Vermont company Good Dog! Cookies. Your pet can join you on the nearly 10 miles of cross-country ski trails and hiking trails. You can take part in a wide array of outdoor adventures, including summer activities like pontoon boat rides on the lake, fishing, disc golf, horseback riding and more. In the winter, enjoy guided snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, horse drawn sleigh rides and snow tubing. Yoga classes and massage therapy are available year round.
Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, California (photos & prices)
Calistoga Ranch is one of the most luxurious, relaxing resorts, nestled in a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley area on a 157-acre site surrounded by ancient oaks and hills, with a private lake and rock-hewn stream. It’s also one of the most pet-friendly properties you’ll find. Pets accompanying their human companions can enjoy a lavish, custom pet bed, pet room service menus and the same attentive treatment too. The beds include daily-changed, custom-fitted Italian linen sheets by Rivolta Carmignani, renowned for their soft, luxurious sheets made with 100 percent natural fibers. Complimentary scheduled daily-guided hikes in the resort’s secluded canyon setting, organic pet treats and spring water are provided as a welcome amenity along with bags for pet cleanup and special pet tags.
Red Mountain Resort, Utah (photos & prices)
Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah offers the chance to escape to the beauty and tranquility of this majestic red rock area and enjoy a vast selection of healthy living activities as well as fantastic dining and a world-class spa. There are few resorts on earth that are more pet-friendly – Red Mountain offers special deluxe accommodations for guests traveling with pets, including a 55-acre scenic backyard and nearby Snow Canyon Park with its bountiful space offering a perfect place to romp and play. Pets will also receive organic treats, food and water dishes upon arrival. Guests are given the opportunity to expand their wellness experience alongside their furry friends through pet-oriented programs too. Horseback riding and “Hike for Hounds,” an activity in which guests can bring their dogs, are just two of the fun options available.
Stanford Inn, Mendocino, California (photos & prices)
The Stanford Inn on Northern California’s beautiful, rugged coast in Mendocino, was named as one of the top destinations in the west for a dog-friendly vacation by Sunset magazine in 2012. Next to a plate of cookies for humans, you’ll find a welcome kit for your furry friend: a homemade sweet-potato treat tied up in a white ribbon, food and water dishes, a stack of pick-up bags and two fresh sheets. Here, all significant family members, including dogs, can share the fabulous experience of the Stanford Inn. And, not just dogs – over the years, the owners say they’ve had all sorts of non-human visitors, including dogs and cats as well as parrots, iguanas, Vietnamese pot belly pigs and a tortoise. Guests not only enjoy stunning views, with the property set atop a meadow overlooking the water, but access to bicycles and canoes, organic foods, fair trade coffees and teas – and, some of the finest massage therapies on the coast.
The Muse, New York City, New York (photos & prices)
The Muse is a boutique hotel in New York City located just steps away from Times Square and the renowned theater district. It also happens to be the most impressive pet-friendly hotel in the city. Animal friends are welcome with no extra charge, with any number accepted without size or weight restrictions. The hotel has hosted everything from penguins and snakes to a pig, while Ginger a teacup Pomeranian, serves as the official “Director of Pet Relations.” Ginger is usually found hanging out near the concierge on a leopard-print bed, and she’s even become a celebrity of sorts, having done the morning-show circuit, including the “Today” show for a segment about pet-friendly hotels. The Muse has a special Pampered Pooch and a Hers and Furs package which provides in-room pedicures for a guest and her dog. Pets also receive a special welcome package with food and treats for both the dogs and their human companions when checking in.
Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado (photos & prices)
The Little Nell is known as one of the best resorts in America – and, they’ll spoil your pet even more than you. Your four-legged friend will be pampered with an array of luxury amenities, including epicurean treats and selections from a special pet menu. Staff will even walk them, sit them and guide you both to pet-friendly trails. Bowls, beds and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit is provided to help them get used to the high altitude of Aspen, with the town sitting at just below 8,000 feet. In the winter, you can enjoy some of the best skiing and snowshoeing on earth as well as dog sledding. In the summer, activities include everything from jeep tours to fly-fishing trips. Fantastic shopping and celeb spotting can be had all year round.
Grove Isle Hotel and Spa, Miami (photos & prices)
Grove Isle Hotel and Spa offers the chance to stay on a private island with your pooch, just minutes from Miami Beach. Discover secluded elegance for all guests, including the four-legged version, with spectacular views of Biscayne Bay as well as a signature spa and fine dining. The resort features a quarter-mile path around the island, grassy areas and large rooms with patios that are perfect for those traveling with pets. The “Doggy In Room” dining menu features items like the Canine Filet, filet mignon with chunky potatoes and carrots, as well as Chicken Pot Pie and other entrees that are sure to be a big hit with your furry friend. You’ll love the 6,000-square-foot spa, which includes one of only five Watsu pools on the east coast.
Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe, New Mexico (photos & prices)
Ten Thousand Waves is a traditional Japanese-style inn that was inspired by the great mountain hot spring resorts in Japan. Set just ten minutes from Santa Fe close to the National Forest, you’ll be surrounded by acres and acres of pinons and junipers, with beautiful outdoor tubs and ryokan-inspired houses tucked in between them. They offer the ultimate dog-friendly bonus with a great outdoor place to run around, along with their own bed to relax in afterward. While each house varies in size, all include a dog-proof fence. Your pet can’t go into the hot tub, but he can hang out with you on the enclosed deck. You can also enjoy world-class bodywork and skin care treatments as well as the amazing Izanami restaurant.
Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont (photos & prices)
Topnotch resort offers luxurious accommodations in the Green Mountains of Vermont close to great skiing and hiking. Guests have access to an outstanding restaurant, a spa with an extensive selection of treatments and massages, yoga classes, aerobics, a fitness center and a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, mountain biking and horseback riding. If your dog gets sore after hiking, just sign him up for a “Rover Reiki” massage treatment followed by a restful nap on a fleece-wrapped AeroBed. Dogs get an organic Mini-Bone treat in flavors like bacon and cheddar,
liver and bacon, and carob-chip oatmeal as well as a keepsake water bowl to remember the experience.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, California (photos & prices)
All Loews hotels have an established pet program, but Loews Coronado gives its a Southern California twist by offering organized surfing lesson, complete with doggy board shorts or a bandana and a surf ‘n’ turf meal for your four-legged friend. If he takes to the sport, you can sign him up for the resort’s annual dog-surfing competition, held annually in June. The property is also renowned for waiting on guests “hand and paw,” and they welcome dogs of all weights and sizes with open arms. You’ll be given a list of local dog walking routes and poop scoop bags, and your dog can also play to his heart’s delight leash-free at Coronado Dog Beach. At check-in, he’ll be given a special treat with a placemat and bowls for food and water which can be taken home. A vet designed its “Loews Loves Pets” in-room dining menu to ensure proper nutrition, aimed to combat jetlag and other travel-related stress.
Hotel Monaco, Alexandria Virginia (photos & prices)
All of Kimton’s hotels welcome dogs with treats and toys as well as comfy beds, but at Hotel Monaco in the heart of charming Old Town Alexandria, Doggy Yappy Hour is hosted twice each week from April throughout October, allowing dogs to munch on complimentary treats and sip water, while owners get to sip their choice of an alcoholic, or non-alcoholic, beverage. Upon arrival, you and your pet will be greeted by a Bichon Frise named Charlie, the Director of Pet Relations where he’ll get a luxurious pet bed that’s just the right size, as well as a complimentary toy, food and water bowls. Here, all pets stay free and there are no size or weight restrictions. Human guests can enjoy the indoor pool as well as in-room spa services like massage and a variety of body, facial, hand and foot treatments.
West Beach Resort, Orcas Island, Washington (photos & prices)
There is a lot of love about a dog-friendly vacation on Orcas Island. Not only can you and your pet enjoy hiking in Turtleback Mountain Preserve and swimming the waters along North Beach, but he can romp leash-free in Eastsound’s dog park and stay at West Beach Resort, featuring cabins and cottages on a half-mile dog-friendly beach. The onsite marina offers boat, kayak and canoe rentals, and guests can also take advantage of a kids’ activities program, bonfire, hot tub, whale watching trips, fishing, crabbing and more.