“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras
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Dog-friendly winter getaways – Having a furry companion is always heaps of fun, right? Right. And we here at HopAmerica.com just love those pesky critters that warm our hearts as much as they have a way of testing our nerves. Let’s be honest: there’s hardly a greater joy in a child’s life than getting a small pup of their very own. But, with such joy also comes a great responsibility.
Be that as it may, our fur babies always find new ways of keeping us happy and making us better people. So, it makes perfect sense to not neglect them when the time comes to go on our well-deserved vacations. And in order to help you combine what’s best for you and them at the same time, we’ve come up with the following list of some of the best dog-friendly winter getaways in the country. Why? Well…because you both deserve it.
Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite National Park
First of all, there’s no way you can beat the Yosemite National Park’s stunning winter beauty. Glistening pine trees and frozen waterfalls make it look like a fairytale land-turned-real. And that’s just part of the reason why Tenaya Lodge is so great. The other part is the fact that it also boasts a Deluxe Pampered Pet Package, which includes a dish and bed for your stay. However, it doesn’t end there. Pet sitting is also an option here, in case you’d like to go somewhere your dog isn’t allowed. And to top it all off – in house, fresh-baked gourmet dog biscuits are at your disposal as well. Make no mistake: as far as pet-friendly winter getaways go, you’ll get the full treatment here.
Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
“Here at Snow King Hotel, our dog friendly guest rooms have no size, or breed restrictions. There is no judgment here. Your guest room will become the place you and your pooch relax and rejuvenate for the next day of adventures. Each room is conveniently located with easy access to the outdoors for those pre-bedtime potty walks and early morning Chuck-it sessions.” This is how this entry on the dog-friendly winter getaways list describes its services. ‘Nuff said.
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Village, Beaver Creek
This place is ideal for those who might have left their dogs at home after all, but still crave furry companionship. The house Saint Bernards and a Bernese Mountain puppy appear at the lobby every day from 4 to 5 for visiting. Moreover, guests are also welcome to bring along their pets, though the pleasure has a cost. The first three nights will set you back $125 for the cleaning fee, with an additional $25 afterwards. Also, do remember that house policy forbids you from leaving your pets in the room unattended.
Heathman Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Located in the heart of downtown, this place is truly worth being called one of the best pet-friendly winter getaways in the country. This is because of their pet-friendly package, which includes tons of perks. A complimentary exam voucher valid at any Banfiled Pet Hospital nationwide is one of them, but it doesn’t end there. A Heathman logo pet bowl, goodie-bag, choice of high-end dog bed and complimentary office visit are also just some of them, for example. Seriously – what more do you need to have a perfect winter vacation with your four-legged friend?
Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
This is one of those dog-friendly winter getaways that’s a literal paradise on earth for anyone owning a snow-loving companion. A hugely popular dogsledding locale, the gorgeous expanse in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire boasts countless visitors. Most of them own huskies, so if you also happen to have one or are just a fan of the race, do make the time to check out this unique treasure chest of winter-adoring, beautiful hounds.
Limelight Hotel, Aspen
If you’ve ever wondered if there are dog-friendly winter getaways that offer tons of those free perks to folks who check in, you’ve just found your answer. All new dogs that check in at the Aspen’s Limelight Hotel get a free Frisbee, bandana, collapsible dog bowl, bone and leash. Although, these are only available for use in the Wagner Park, which is in downtown Aspen, just across the street. Dogs must steer clear of the lobby during the famous breakfast buffet at the hotel, and there’s also a $25 pet fee per night. Other than that, we see no reason why you shouldn’t visit this very cool place.
HopAmerica’s Favorite Dog-Friendly Winter Getaways Entry – Barkwells, North Carolina
No less than 8 luxuriously furnished cabins await you here, each one offering Internet, satellite TV, a fireplace and hot tub. The dog-friendly Western North Carolina Mountains resort is also very creative when it comes to your fur babies. Each cabin boasts a doggy door, which leads to its own little fenced yard. Furthermore, the reason why we deem this one of the best dog-friendly winter getaways we’ve had the privilege of visiting is the fact that the entire property, which spans 7 acres, by the way, has a fence surrounding it. This means your dog can run around freely and even swim in the pond – especially in the winter. Great job, Barkwells!