This summer, you want to get away from your endless household chores, grumpy boss, chatty co-workers, nosy neighbors and maybe even your sweet-but-frustrating teenagers. But no matter where you go on vacation, you definitely do not want to get away from your darling fur baby.
Fortunately, there are plenty of vacation destinations that will allow you and your precious pooch to have some much needed time away together. Whether it’s just the two of you or the entire family plus your four-legged friends, the following suggestions are ideal for both people and pets.
Fort Collins, Colorado
If you are thinking about a road trip, a stop in Fort Collins is a wonderful respite for the two and four-legged members of your family. As Cesar’s Way describes, the town is brimming with dog-friendly activities. Many of the local brew pubs welcome pooches on the outside patio, and both New Belgium Brewery and Funkwerks let your pups accompany you into the tasting room. When it’s time to get into Mother Nature, head to nearby Horsetooth Reservoir for a hike and fun in the water; if your dog loves to swim he or she will have a great time splashing around. For lodging, check out The Best Western University Inn; half of the rooms are dog-friendly.
British Columbia, Canada
For families who are looking to get away from the extreme summer temps, British Columbia is a cool and relaxing place to visit. As Pet Friendly Canada notes, the Canadian province also boasts plenty dog beaches. The site is also a great resource for lodging that allows pets; choices include rustic cabins, family-friendly motels and even swankier hotels. If you and your dog like getting out on a boat, there are ample places to do that in British Columbia; imagine afternoons relaxing on a motorboat and fishing while your dog happily keeps you and your family company. One word of advice: to avoid having to get your Canadian boating license once you arrive at your destination, visit a website like SafeBoater.com prior to your departure. There, you can get all of your necessary permits and licenses that you’ll need for your trip up North.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
If you live on or near the East Coast, a road trip to Cape Cod is a great way to spend a summer vacation with your dog. While not all of the beaches will allow pets Orleans, Wellfleet and Truro do. Cape Beach Dog is a terrific resource that features not only a complete list of dog-friendly beaches, as well as which campgrounds, motels, restaurants and cabins allow pets. If you are ready to stretch your legs after a long car ride, be sure to visit the Cape Cod Rail Trail; the walk covers 22 miles of old railroad and meanders through pet-friendly beach towns. To stay hydrated and ward off hunger, there are plenty of places to stop along the way to eat and drink, and you can walk as little or much of the trail as you wish. For lodging, the Quality Inn Cape Cod is one of many dog-friendly and comfortable places to sleep.