As dog owners, we completely empathize with the hardships and lonely feelings that go along with leaving your dog while you travel. Relaxing on a beach with a Piña Colada in your hand and the sound of the ocean in the background is not nearly as fun, if you are worrying about your dog. The thoughts of, “I wonder what he’s doing”, “is he having fun”, “is he comfortable and safe”, “does he miss me” are on continually repeat until you two are reunited. If this situation sounds all too familiar to you, consider bringing your furry loved one with you (after all, they are your best friend). Where to begin? With this list of dog-friendly vacations that will allow you to have a carefree, happy and dog gone amazing trip!
If you and your dog thrive in the cityscape, take a vacation to the city you’ve wanted to go and stay in a Kimpton (boutique style) Hotel or a Loews. Kimpton Hotels allow any dog of any size or breed with no extra cost. The hotel will provide you with a bed, water bowls and doggy snacks throughout the hotel (and in your room), and have a concierge that is familiar with the dog-friendly attractions in the area. At the Loews, your dog will be greeted with a new tag, water bowl and treats and they offer proper bedding fit for any dog. The Loews goes above and beyond with an in-house chef menu for doggy gourmet meals, offer a doggy surf competition, and dog massages at select locations.
Two words: Dog Camp. Remember how much fun summer camp was when you were young? Well, dog camp is just like that but without the horrible counselor. Dog camps are offered year round, but we recommend going in the summer months as there are more activities and opportunities for your dog to run around like a free man (or woman). While you are at camp, you can participate in events that help you become a better dog owner by listening to top trainers and having interactive workshops. The two recommended camps to check out are: Camp Unleashed and Camp Gone to the Dogs. Your dog will feel like his dreams came true on his own dog vacation!
Are you a true outdoorsy person, or do you live in a city and are looking for an escape? Camping would be a great dog vacation idea! While camping, you can go hiking or canoeing during the day, play fetch while having acres to run, go swimming or soak in the fresh air. Camping will allow your dog to relax while enjoying their natural habitat. The only concern would be that some National Parks will not allow dogs; some will only allow dogs to camp but not hike on the trails- check out the rules thoroughly before leaving.
With this long winter, almost everyone is thinking about beaches, warm weather and soaking in the sun rays. If you and your dog are lacking Vitamin C, plan your next trip to Southern California or Cape San Blas, Florida. Depending on where you are located, both places offer dog-friendly beaches where your dog can enjoy a quick dip or rolling around in the sand- all while not being attached to a leash. Nothing like lying out on the beach while your dog is next to you.
For those looking for a true nautical dog vacation, head to the Cape Cod region. While your family can enjoy the numerous attractions in the area (including the beaches), your dog is welcome on the some of the local beaches as well as the Cape Cod Rail Trail that connects the different towns for 22 miles. The towns throughout Cape Cod are especially dog friendly and would be a beautiful trip mixed between small towns and beaches.
If you want to show your dog the appreciation you have for other animals, book a stay at the Farm Sanctuary in the Finger Lakes region of New York or in Northern and Southern California. The farms are placed on a spacious 175 to 300 acre pieces of land with plenty of area for you to roam and learn about the different farm animals on site. The animals have all been rescued from factory farms or slaughterhouses, where they now live on this farm and enjoy a happy, cage-free life. Although your dog will not be allowed near the farm animals and has to be on a leash at all times, it would be a unique setting for a doggy vacation. There are cabins that overlook the sanctuary, where you can wake up to roosters, enjoy the companionship of the farm animals and eat vegan (of course). Who knows maybe you’ll end up bringing home a little pig to keep your dog company?
Cruises are always a popular choice for vacation ideas, and now your dog doesn’t have to be left behind. Cunard Cruise Line allows dogs (and cats) to join in the fun on the Queen Mary II. This vacation is a mix of having your dog with you, but without the responsibility. The dogs arrive with a goodie bag and a name tag, and are taken to an area in the ship where the dog kennels are kept. Although your dog would not be allowed to stay with you, you are able to have playtime for a few hours each day. The crew members will take generous care of your furry loved one by providing feeding time, walks, indoor playtime- all while seeing the same sights as you (from a window).
Fancy catching up on relaxation surrounded by nature and sun? The Red Mountain Resort has absolutely breathtaking views and has plenty of activities to keep you feeling healthy and fit. Surrounded by the Red Mountains and Snow Canyon Park, there’s thousands of acres to enjoy the panoramic views while kayaking, hiking and biking. There is little not to like about this place. The Red Mountain Inn also offers a “Pawsitive Adventures Week” in late March where all of the activities will include your dog and proceeds will benefit the Invans no-kill shelter.
Ever wonder what the inside of a dog would be like? Well, now you can stay in one at the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho. This couple has a love for dogs and has stopped at nothing to create this dog like hotel. Available April 1 through October 1, you and your dog can stay in this giant Beagle with the beautiful scenery of Idaho. Seriously, check out the pictures of this place- they won’t disappoint.
Dreaming of a vacation spent on a vineyard and delicious food? You’re in luck! Sonoma, California is not only vineyard territory, but also a dog centric area. There are over 50 wineries that allow you to bring your dog while you taste the delicious wine. After spending the day at the vineyards, the town has tons of places to bring your dog, where they pick from their own doggy menu or simply accompany you at the restaurant. Lastly, this town has hiking options, where you and your dog can enjoy the great wonders of the outdoors while getting some exercise. Looks like we saved the best option for last!
So after all that, where do you see yourself vacationing? If you don’t think any of these sound appealing, consider giving your dog a vacation of their own with one of the local premier dog boarding establishments. As the pet industry is booming, there are lots of options that will cater to your dog’s needs- even allowing them to stay in a home! Keep in mind their routine, comfort and daily requirements while booking their vacation. Bon Voyage!
FlipFlop Dogs is the alternative to kenneling. Rather than having your dog stay on a cold concrete floor, your dog will vacation in the home of one of our loving Companion Families. We alleviate the stress of going away by picking up your dog at your home to take them to the Companion Family’s home, and drop them off at your home after you arrive. The Companion Family is background checked, and home inspected before a paw steps in their doorway. Our Companion Families do not work, or do not work outside the home (providing 24/7 care and attention). We match your dog with a Companion Family that fits their daily needs and will maintain their routine down to a tee. We always have an emergency and back-up plan if anything were to happen. At FlipFlop Dogs, we feel it is time for dogs to finally get the vacation they’ve been dreaming of, what is your dog’s dream vacation?