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Dog Friendly Vacation Ideas

As 2020 is coming to an end, you may be thinking about taking a vacation in 2021. After all, the majority of 2020 has been consumed by COVID-19 and I think we could all use a vacation right about now. What better time to reveal some dog-friendly vacation ideas?

Las Vegas, Nevada

You may not think of a vacation that includes your dogs when you think of Las Vegas. However, you may want to think again. There are plenty pet friendly hotels in Las Vegas including La Quinta Inn, Red Roof Inn, Best Western, Trump International Hotel, Caesars Palace, Residence Inn by Marriott, and more! The Vdara hotel is not only pet friendly, but they also have a dog park right on site! There are also many dining options to bring your frenchie to in Las Vegas including the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar where your frenchie will get his or her very own menu to order from. Not only is it easy to find accommodations and restaurants where dogs are welcome, there are many activities in Las Vegas for your frenchies to enjoy. Your frenchies can join you on a trip to Red Rock Canyon which is a short drive from the Las Vegas strip. Speaking of the strip, you can bring your pup on a walk on the Las Vegas strip between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. There is also a plethora of dog parks in Las Vegas with Barkin’ Basin Dog Park being touted as the best dog park in Vegas. If you enjoy shopping, you should check out Downtown Summerlin where dogs are allowed in many of the shops and there are many restaurants with outdoor patios where dogs are allowed. There is plenty to do and see in Vegas with your frenchie!

New York City, New York

New York City has been ranked one of the most dog friendly cities in the United States time and time again. One of the first places I think of when I think of New York City is Central Park and what a great park to take a stroll with your frenchie! If you build up an appetite after taking your stroll through Central Park, don’t worry as there are many dog friendly restaurants in the City. There are also many dog friendly hotels in New York including the Soho Grand Hotel which also has its own on-site dog park. If you love New York, you probably love the food and culture so you may consider booking a private tour of SoHo, Chinatown, and Little Italy which is a tour choc full of food and culture! And last but not least, treat your frenchie to a day at the spa at Central Park Pet Spa where your frenchie can even get a blueberry facial!

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is in western North Carolina along the Blue Ridge mountains. If you happen to have an athletic frenchie, Blue Ridge Mountain hikes are a must. The mountains and the many waterfalls you will encounter are breathtaking. If your frenchie is not so athletic and let’s face it, many of them are not, don’t worry, there is plenty for them to do in Asheville. First, let’s talk about the WagBar! The WagBar has been described as “the happiest place in Asheville.” It combines a bar with a dog park which equals happy people and happy dogs! Asheville is known for its great craft beers! Asheville also has a great art scene much of which is located in outdoor venues so taking your frenchie to art exhibits is no problem! Asheville also has historical walking tours where dogs are welcomed. You can also take your frenchie on a guided kayak tour on the French Broad River. And don’t worry, finding dog-friendly hotels and restaurants in this laid-back dog-friendly town is NO problem!

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island is described as a “Pet-Friendly Paradise.” In a previous post about dog friendly beaches, I touched on how beautiful Gulfside City Park is. This park is pet friendly and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida, is a shell collectors delight, and boasts beautiful sunsets! There are many beautiful beaches to visit on Sanibel Island along with many quaint beach cottages and condominiums to rent during your stay.  There are also several restaurants that allow pets in their outdoor seating areas. If you are looking for a casual beach atmosphere at a dining spot that loves dogs, check out The Island Cow which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also recommend Beach Buddy Tours for a memorable excursion with your frenchie. They offer a three hour dolphin and sightseeing tour; a four hour dolphin, shelling and sightseeing tour; and a six hour “extended” dolphin, shelling and sightseeing tour which could include a stop at a restaurant or more time shelling depending on what you want! If a beautiful beach vacation is what you are looking for, look no further than Sanibel Island, Florida.

These are just four dog-friendly vacation ideas. I challenge you to investigate other dog-friendly vacations as there are many to discover. With over 50% of US households owning dogs and with dog ownership on the rise, it benefits business owners to consider pet friendly accommodations. Therefore, there are many many pet-friendly options available. Good luck on your search and happy vacationing!

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