Go, dog, go: Pet-friendly winter destinations
Don't leave your best friend behind this winter. Whether you want to relish the cold or escape from it, we have some fabulous dog-friendly travel destinations that you and your pet will love.
Play in the snow
This winter, take your dog with you when you head out on vacation. He'll love to play in the snow, hike through the mountains and, of course, cozy up to you next to the fireplace. Though you can find numerous dog-friendly hotels and resorts around the world, the best idea for a winter vacation is to rent a cabin.
PetVR.com is one of the many sites that provides pet-friendly listings for cabins, bed and breakfasts and other lodging options. Some of our favorite winter vacation destinations include Telluride, Colorado, and Park City, Utah. You can also find some spectacular cabins in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Georgia Mountains.
If you are looking for an urban vacation, Boston is great because dogs are allowed to ride the subway, travel on the ferry, hang out at the parks and go to many restaurants.
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Escape the chill
If Fido doesn't have enough fur (or you are just looking for a warm-weather retreat instead), consider these dog-friendly, warm cities for winter travel: Austin, Key West, Phoenix or San Diego. All of these cities have plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, attractions and activities that your whole family can enjoy.
If the Pacific Northwest is on your travel itinerary, don't worry about your dog. Though it might be rainy, Portland is considered one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country due to their many pet-friendly attractions, dining, lodging, parks, shops and transportation options.
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Products to make traveling with pets easier
When traveling with your pet in the wintertime, consider his comfort. Short-haired dogs may need a sweater or layers, while all dogs need proper foot care.
Carry baby wipes with you to clean your doggie's paws after walking on salted sidewalks. Also check between the pads for forming ice. If your dog will actually wear rubber booties, they are a great option for his safety and comfort. Carry a copy of your dog's medical records with you as well as proof of vaccinations. These other pet products might also make your life and your dog's life a little easier.
- Sleepypod Air— This is a versatile and intelligently-designed carrier that can compress or widen based on the amount of space under the airline's seats.
- Popware for Pets— You'll love these expandable/collapsible pet bowls for eating and drinking. Plus, Popware for Pets also offers travel cups, Grippmats to prevent spills and suction lids to keep pet food fresh.
- Kurgo Wander Bed — This is a cozy dog bed that rolls up like a sleeping bag, features a nonskid bottom and has its own handle for easy transport.
Resources for traveling with pets
Apps, websites and other resources can take some of the stress out of traveling with your dog this winter.
- DogVacay— This new service offers a more affordable and kinder alternative to traditional kennel cage boarding by connecting traveling pet owners with qualified hosts in communities across the U.S. and Canada. So if you can't find a pet-friendly hotel on vacation, your dog can stay right nearby in a safe, comfortable environment. (This is also a fabulous service if you are leaving your dog behind, back in your home city, and don't want to use a traditional kennel.)
- Petcentric— This app helps you locate nearby pet-friendly lodging and dining options as well as local dog parks, vets and other pet spots.
- The Jet Set Pets — Get travel information for your pampered pet about dog-friendly destinations, transportation options, current news and other pet-related air travel info.
When planning your winter vacation, don't assume you have to leave your dog behind. With so many pet-friendly destinations available and pet travel resources at your disposal, you and your pet can have an amazing trip.