August 18, 2016


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Many of us treat our furry four-legged companions like our children or other extended family members. So, it only makes sense that we’d want to take our furry friends with us wherever we go. However, this isn’t always an easy endeavor. This is why we’ve put together a list of the 12 best pet-friendly travel destinations in the USA.

1. The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colorado

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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 skiing 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.

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2. Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino & Spa, Lake Tahoe, California

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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 refreshing summer dip. The Hyatt Regency sits on the banks of the lake. There are rooms on the first floor designated especially for four-legged guests. These rooms provide for easy access in and out of the building because they located on the first floor. If the rooms are booked, the Concierge will assist in arranging pet boarding at nearby facilities.

3. Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia

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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, comfy bed, a unique toy and waste bags. Onsite dog-sitting is available by arrangement, and if visiting between early June and late October on Tuesdays, your dog can even enjoy “Yappy Hour,” complete with drinks, snacks and dog treats.

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4. Cranwell Resort, Lenox, Massachusetts

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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 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.

5. Dahlonega Spa Resort, Georgia

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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.

6. Hyatt Regency, Scottsdale, Arizona

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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.

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7. Mountain Top Inn and Resort, Chittenden, Vermont

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As pet lovers, Mountain Top Inn and Resort offers 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 situated on 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 hike trails.

8. Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, California

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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 unique pet tags.

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9. Red Mountain Resort, Utah

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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. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more pet-friendly resort than Red Mountain. It offers special deluxe accommodations for guests traveling with pets, including a 55-acre scenic backyard and nearby Snow Canyon Park with its abundant space providing a perfect place to romp and play. Pets will also receive organic treats, food and water dishes upon arrival. Guests are offered 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.

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10. Stanford Inn, Mendocino, California

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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 with 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.

11. Kimpton Muse Hotel, Manhattan, New York

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The Muse is a boutique hotel in mid-town Manhattan 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 at 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.

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12. Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

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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 companion will enjoy being 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 snowshoe activities 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.

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