Bring Fido!


My mom doesn’t get to travel much, but when she does her cocker-spaniel goes with her. Sometimes it’s not so easy to find a place to stay that allows pets. One of mom’s favorite desitinations? The beach. Why? She can rent a pet-friendly cottage.

But what if you’re traveling and need to book reservations along the way where you know you and your dog will be a welcomed?

You might try sites like You can find a hotel by entering your destination, dates, and occupancy information and they’ll fetch some pet-friendly results, which just might save you a little trouble. I was perusing the site for ideas (since I’m not going to be traveling anywhere with my enterage of furry friends) and have to admit that the top 20 dog-friendly vacations was a lot of fun to see. Maybe that’s because out of the 20 popular pet places, 4 are fairly close by and I never knew they were “pet-friendly” destinations.

Their list includes:

  • Asheville, NC
  • Boston, MA
  • Big Bear Lake, CA
  • Branson, MO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Destin, FL
  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Hilton Head, SC
  • Key West, FL
  • Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Nags Head, NC
  • Orlando, FL
  • Pigeon Forge, TN
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Yosemite, CA

About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).


  1. You may also want to book mark the new site PAW; Pet-friendly Accommodations Worldwide at for pet-friendly hotel searches. PAW exclusively features four-star or higher rated luxury, pet-friendly hotels from around the world. The site will be live after July 15, 2008. PAW is one of the only sites that lets the user search for luxury, pet-friendly hotel accommodations by pet weight restriction, which is a wonderful timesaver if you travel with a large dog!

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