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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 pet-friendly resorts are especially ideal.
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The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is a grand resort that 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. With Wanderlust Dog Ranch, it offers dog day camp, overnight boarding, grooming and transportation.
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. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino is one of Lake Tahoe’s top resorts, sitting on the banks of the lake and welcoming 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, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool 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.
A popular spa resort in Virginia, Salamander Resort & Spa is one of the top dog-friendly hotels in the state. 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.
Wyndhurst Manor & Club is a premier, award-winning resort in the heart of the Berkshires of New England. It offers one of the largest spas in the northeast, along with an outstanding array of amenities, exceptional service, fine dining and distinctive accommodations. There is also an abundance of nature trails and open spaces that are ideal for guests traveling 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.
Make an escape with your pooch to the breathtaking desert vistas at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Gainey Ranch. The Hyatt Regency features a unique “4paws” program with various pet amenities. It continues throughout your stay, spoiling four-legged guests with an ultra-comfy pillow bed, a toy and Pet-in-Room door sign, and food and water dishes with a floor mat. 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.
As pet lovers, Mountain Top Inn and Resort owners offer a warm welcome to both you and your four-legged friends in one of its 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 dog walkers are available. 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 is one of the most relaxing spa resorts in California, 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. 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 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 “Pound Puppy Hikes,” an activity in which guests can bring their dogs, are just two of the fun options available.
The Stanford Inn on Northern California’s beautiful, rugged coast in Mendocino, was once named as one of the top destinations in the west for a dog-friendly vacation by Sunset magazine. Next to a plate of cookies for humans, you’ll find a welcome kit for your furry friend: a homemade sweet-potato treat as well as food and water dishes, a stack of pick-up bags and fresh sheets. Here, all significant family members, including dogs, can share the fabulous experience of the Stanford Inn. Guests can enjoy stunning views, with the property set atop a meadow overlooking the water, as well as access to bicycles and canoes, organic foods, fair trade coffees and teas – and, some of the finest massage therapies on the coast.
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. A selection of hotel amenities and extras are available, including plush pet-bed loaners in your guest room, food, water bowls and mats. Need help getting around? Ask for the concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques.
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.
Ten Thousand Waves is a traditional Japanese-style inn that was inspired by the great mountain hot spring resorts in Japan. Set just 10 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 skincare treatments as well as the amazing Izanami restaurant.
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. Dogs get an organic 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.
All Loews hotels have an established pet program, but Loews Coronado gives it a Southern California twist. It was even featured in National Geographic’s The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel. All pets receive their own gifts, including a pet tag, bowl and a special treat. Owners receive detailed information on San Diego pet hotel services, including a pet room-service menu, local dog-walking routes as well as veterinarians, pet shops and groomers. Expect gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, prepared by an award-winning chef.
The Alexandrian, Autograph Collection is a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of the charming Old Town Alexandria. Located steps away from the scenic and vibrant waterfront of Alexandria, the hotel is near boutiques, restaurants and colonial landmarks, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Guests can enjoy in-room spa services like massage and a variety of body, facial, hand and foot treatments. The hotel features pet-friendly rooms and welcomes two pets per room and some fees may apply.
There is a lot to 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 on-site 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.
One would expect that a resort with a name like this one would be pet-friendly, and it is. The Resort at Paws Up is located in the beautiful Blackfoot Valley of Montana and it’s one of the most luxurious wilderness resorts in the country, catering to the whims of all its guests, including the four-legged type. Referred to as the ultimate in “paws-pitality,” dogs get their own doggie beds, collars, locally-made treats, a tennis ball and even a welcome letter from the owner’s dog Coco. The 37,000-acre ranch has its own hiking trails (you’ll get a map), and it offers many other activities like horseback riding and fly fishing on world-class waters for cutthroat trout as well as in-room spa treatments to indulge in afterward. Accommodation options range from upscale safari-style tents to large and luxurious private homes.