Thinking about planning a vacation in New England with your best travel companion — your dog (and the occasional travel-savvy cat)? Well, please check out this savvy advice in a guest post from Noella Delaney. Be sure to share with your pet pals!
When you are vacationing in New England, stop by these five inns that not only welcome pets, they cater to them! Gone are the days of feeling like a lesser citizen because you have your four legged friend in tow. None of these places will push you into one of the shabby, ground floor smoking rooms just to save a nickel on cleaning. You’ll have all the amenities you expect from quaint northeastern accommodations and also fun extras for your furry friend.
Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine
In this colonial carriage house you’ll be greeted with a cozy fire, plush furnishings and world class dining options. For your pet, there is a welcome pack that includes a cushy bed, a tin of wet food, homemade biscuits, water dish and even complimentary clean up bags. While your pet is romping around the yard, you’ll be glad to know the grass is herbicide free, (the whole property is as green as possible). There is doggy room service available (1/4-pound fresh chicken or beef with sliced pork liver on top—raw or cooked to their liking), but your pet will also be able to join you on the patio of the Broad Arrow Tavern. My favorite part of the deal? The inn donates $5 from the nightly pet fee ($25) to the Coastal Humane Society!
Lazy Dog Inn, Chocorua, New Hampshire
Admittedly pup-centric, this amazing property will be both four and two-legged family members’ favorite retreat! This 1845 built farmhouse boasts the “Doggy Lodge,” a temperature controlled play area, as well as an expansive outdoor run (fenced, of course). There is a convenient dog-wash facility for those muddy days and the staff will even hang with your canine at the property if you have a no-dogs-allowed activity on your itinerary. You’ll love sweet Molly and Meghan, the resident golden retrievers, who will make you feel at home. They call it “A Truly Dog Friendly Bed and Breakfast,” and you’ll agree!
The Paw House Inn, Rutland, Vermont
This inn was just featured on the Travel Channel it’s so great! Tucked in rural Rutland near the popular ski areas, this B & B will treat your pups to plush bedding, homemade treats daily and even an agility course to play on! For humans and dogs alike, there are hiking trails and 120 acres to romp on—even outdoor movie showings! Mario’s Playhouse is a specially designed building where your pet can stay if you need to pop out for a bit. Climate controlled, safe and comfortable, it’s a great home base if you are out of the room. Play time and long walks with the staff are included in your room fee, if you are out on the slopes. This amazing place is so dedicated to pet friendliness; they impose a fee of $10 if you arrive without a pet!
The Inn at Restful Paws, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
This truly unique pet property is on 31 acres in central Massachusetts. “The place where pooches bring their people to relax,” is their motto. Nicely kept grounds with gazebos, wooded walking trails and picnic tables make your time outdoors with your dog a pleasure, but the real treat here is Rosie B’s. This custom designed dogs-only swimming pool is indoors, in ground and treated with special non-toxic, non-chemical purification systems. Your dog will have a blast jumping in after toys or wading around in the beach-style shallow end. If your dog is a real glutton for exercise, there are on-site agility classes too! Your room will come with “accident” cleaning supplies, a plush dog towel, a bean bag bed for the pup and a clever paw-print-proof bed cover for the peoples’ bed too.
Noella Schink is a travel writer from Portland, Maine. She loves to take road trips with her two shih-tzus Brutus and Chloe (they love car rides, too!). She makes her hotel bookings with Excellent Hotels when she’s traveling and always appreciates it when a property accepts both her and her dogs.