Pet Friendly Albuquerque, New Mexico

February 27th, 2010

Wildly colored balloons can be seen for miles at Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta happens in October

Visit pet friendly Albuquerque, New Mexico for a true taste of the American Southwest. As one of America’s oldest cities, Albuquerque boasts a unique blend of Native American, Hispanic, Latino, and Anglo influences. Whether you prefer hiking with your dog in the spectacular Sandia Mountains, shopping at one of more than 3000 shops and galleries, exploring fascinating museums and cultural centers, savoring delectable New Mexican cuisine, golfing at one of 14 beautiful golf courses, taking a hot-air balloon flight, or strolling through Old Town, there’s something for everyone in pet friendly Albuquerque.

There are many reasons to visit Albuquerque, but it is best known as the “Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World.” Every October, the city hosts the world-famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta -often called the most photographed event in the world. This magical festival attracts a huge crowd of balloonists and spectators, and the sky may fill with as many as 700 hot air balloons at once. No pets are allowed on the grounds of the event itself, but visitors traveling with their pets might enjoy watching the colorful balloons from one of the many pet friendly venues in the city.

 

Examples of Native American images at the Petroglyph National Monument

Examples of Native American images at the Petroglyph National Monument

Albuquerque lies a mile above sea level, and the region’s sunny skies and low humidity are perfect for outdoor activities during all four seasons. Pet owners can hike with their dogs in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains amid cholla cactus and desert sage, or they can trek to higher elevations where ponderosa pines and shimmering aspens frame breathtaking mountain vistas. Farther to the west, pet owners will enjoy walking through ancient lava flows with their pets, as well as exploring Native American carved images at the Petroglyph National Monument. In winter months, nearby Sandia Peak offers world-class skiing and snowboarding.

Albuquerque’s unique heritage is reflected in its distinctive cuisine, art, music, architecture, and culture. To get an authentic feel for the city, take a pet friendly guided walking tour of historic Old Town. This area is Albuquerque’s cultural center, with seven museums and more than 100 shops, galleries and restaurants. During your visit, be sure to stop by one of the off leash dog parks in the area where your pet can run and play to his heart’s content.

Another interesting pet friendly walking and driving tour is famous Route 66 through Albuquerque. Here, historic neon signs guide visitors from the volcanoes on the far west side of the city, through historic Old Town and the Downtown business district, and then continuing eastward to the trendy Nob Hill area where many of the best restaurants and shops in the city are located. In addition to silver and turquoise jewelry and other traditional art forms, discerning shoppers will appreciate the eclectic selection of exciting, contemporary artworks in a variety of styles and expressions.

 

Pet Friendly Albuquerque landscape

Pet Friendly Albuquerque landscape

After the sun sets, the whole city comes alive with gallery openings, salsa dancing, concerts, plays, and casino action. Enjoy yourself, and then head back to your pet friendly accommodations for a nightcap and a warm bath to soothe your aching feet. Pet friendly lodging options in Albuquerque include RV and tent campgrounds, budget motels, full service hotels, charming inns, historic bed and breakfasts, and luxurious resorts.

Albuquerque is a pet friendly city just begging to be explored, from fascinating New Mexican culture and unparalleled shopping to historic Native American ruins and stunning high desert landscapes. No matter what you choose to do during your stay, a visit to pet friendly Albuquerque will be both culturally enriching and fun. It is truly a must-see American destination.

For pet friendly hotels in Albuquerque, visit www.PetTravel.com and search our worldwide database of pet friendly hotels.

Pet Friendly Hotels and Casinos in Las Vegas

February 27th, 2010
Pet Friendly Las Vegas offers lots of entertainment for you and your pet!

Pet Friendly Las Vegas offers lots of entertainment for you and your pet!

Pet friendly Las Vegas is certainly the biggest and perhaps the best value in entertainment. Luxury hotels that once posted rates of $300.00 and more per night are now offering rooms for a third of that price. If you are on a budget, rooms are available in very nice hotels for as little as $30.00 a night.

The hotels in Las Vegas are so big and so elaborate, they are hard to imagine. Hotels with 3000 rooms, waterfalls, circus clowns flying overhead, tigers roaming in their cages, all of this and more are available in Las Vegas. Did you know that 17 of the largest hotels in the United States are located right here?

Some our favorite pet friendly places to stay in Las Vegas are:

  • The Atlantis Casino
  • Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
  • New Frontier Hotel and Casino
  • The Westin Casuarina Hotel, Casino and Spa

There are many more pet friendly hotels in Las Vegas. For more details, visit PetTravel.com and search our database of pet friendly hotels. For more details on fun things for you and your pet to do in Las Vegas, read our article on this exciting, pet friendly city.

Pet Friendly Vacation – Choose a smaller town

January 4th, 2010
Consider a small town for your next pet friendly vacation.

Consider a small town for your next pet friendly vacation.

For your next pet friendly vacation that you will always remember, consider avoiding the big cities, all the traffic and congestion, and traveling the road less used. Small towns have a lot to offer, especially for people traveling with a pet who enjoy the outdoors. The people are often more friendly and helpful. It is easy to get around and see the local sights, sample the local food, attend a farmer’s market, or hike a back woods trail (your pet’s favorite past time, no doubt.)

Pet friendly Hebron, New Hampshire, is a beautiful New England town on the shores of Newfound Lake. Newfound Lake is the fourth largest lake in New Hampshire and one of the cleanest lakes in the world. Ragged and Tenny Mountain ski resorts are nearby and provide for winter ski amenities. How about 100 miles of maintained snowmobile trails nearby! If you would rather venture out on foot, there are plenty of snowshoe and cross country trails as well.

Outdoor warmweather activities abound in Hebron and the surrounding mountains and lakes include boating, swimming, skiing, hiking, riding, shopping, farms, fairs and festivals, museums, science centers, state parks, AMC trails, excellent hunting and fishing, and countless natural wonders. Audubon Centers allow for lots of exploring, and allow leashed dogs on their trails.

Pet friendly Pilot Mountain State Park has miles of pet friendly trails.

Pet friendly Pilot Mountain State Park has miles of pet friendly trails.

Located off of Hwy 52, (future I-74), 25 miles north of Winston Salem, Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, prides itself on being a growing community with a small town atmosphere. It is home to Pilot Mountain State Park and lots of hiking trails where you and your pet can enjoy breathtaking views from the lookouts. (Pets must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long at all times while in the park.)

Attractions nearby include Hanging Rock State Park, where the pet friendly hiking trails offer sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, views of the piedmont plateau that stretch for miles.

Deep Creek Lake, near McHenry, Maryland, is the perfect get away for you and your pet.

Deep Creek Lake, near McHenry, Maryland, is the perfect get away for you and your pet.

 McHenry is located on the northern most shore of Maryland’s largest fresh water lake, Deep Creek Lake. There are more than 69 miles of shoreline. Birdwatchers will enjoy the aquatic birds in and around the lake. Fishing is a great attraction on this lake with catches including trout, bass, perch, crappie, bluegill, carp, and pike. Boating and swimming are other popular activities permitted.

Pets are permitted in certain sections of the campsites, and also on the trails as long as they are on a leash. The trails range from moderate to difficult. Nearby, Wisp Ski Resort provides both summer golf adventures as well as winter sports with 132 acres of ski terrain.

While you are visiting the area, don’t miss the Western Maryland Railroad trip which runs from Cumberland to Frostburg. The splendor of the Allegheny Mountains can be enjoyed in the cabin of the train. Although only certified assistance dogs are allowed on the train, if you can arrange for a pet sitter, this is a beautiful ride through the Allegany Mountains.

Pet friendly Ellijay, GA is full of wonderful attractions for you and your pet

Pet friendly Ellijay, GA is full of wonderful attractions for you and your pet

Ellijay, Georgia’s official Apple Capital is nestled in the foothills of the vast Chattahoochee National Forest, part of the Appalachian Mountain Range. This popular, yet unspoiled mountain getaway is filled with natural beauty, deep emerald forests, cool, clear rivers and streams, peach and apple orchards, and an abundance of wildlife. There is lots of room to hike with your pet and they will be welcome on the streets of this beautiful community.Nearby Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest offers hunting, fishing, camping, horseback riding, hiking, swimming and more. Pets are allowed on leashes except in swimming areas. If you are more inclined to browsing antique shops and enjoying a great meal, downtown Ellijay has all you need. This is apple country and in mid October, the annual Apple Festival, people come from everywhere to “celebrate the apple”.

These are just a few of the smaller towns on the east coast that await your visit and will welcome you and your pet. Discover a new place to relax and enjoy the beauty that our country has to offer with a small town experience. If you have personal experiences in any of these towns or others like them, we welcome your comments.

Pet Friendly Destinations New Mexico Ski Country

November 24th, 2009
Wheeler Mountain at the Summit

Wheeler Mountain at the Summit

What pet friendly ski vacation promises world-class mountains, sparkling sun, brilliant blue skies, and amazing winter activities? A Northern New Mexico Ski Country vacation, of course! From champagne powder skiing to high-altitude golf (balls travel 10% farther!) to myriad opportunities for exploring the region’s rich historical and cultural attractions, Northern New Mexico Ski Country is truly a pet owner’s dream vacation destination.

 

Winter Sports are popular in Northern New Mexico

Winter Sports are popular in Northern New Mexico

Located an easy drive from Albuquerque to the south and Denver to the north, Northern New Mexico Ski Country lies at the southern end of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The legendary Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Jemez Mountains, and San Juan Mountains dominate this region. Named for the fiery red winter sunrises and sunsets that illuminate its snow-capped mountain peaks, the Sangre de Cristo range–whose English translation means “Blood of Christ”–is home to most of New Mexico’s ski areas, including Angel Fire Resort, Taos Ski Valley, Red River Ski Area, “Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, and Ski Santa Fe. Another ski area, Pajarito Mountain, is situated on the east slopes of the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos.

 

Hiking in this beautiful country is worth the views!

Hiking in this beautiful country is worth the views!

A pet friendly Northern New Mexico ski vacation has no equal in the lower 48 states. Unlike other high-priced, crowded ski resorts, the region’s ski areas combine affordability and accessibility with small crowds and epic, deep powder snow. The extraordinary sunny, dry weather is perfect for morning skiing on snow-covered mountains in the upper elevations; an afternoon golf game in the mountain foothills, and an early evening hike with Fido through the picturesque high desert, all in the same day! Visitors in this pet friendly area will have no problem finding an experienced pet sitter, dog walker, or doggie daycare provider for dependable pet care while they hit the slopes or the links.

Whether you’re a novice skier or an experienced pro, there’s something for everyone in Northern New Mexico Ski Country. Families will appreciate the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere at Sipapu, Red River, and Pajarito Mountain ski areas, while skiers and snowboarders alike will relish the excellent variety of terrain at Angel Fire Resort. Exciting Taos Ski Valley features not only a top-ranked ski school, but it also boasts some of the most difficult, unspoiled ski terrain in the country. Ski Santa Fe, with a base elevation of 10,350 feet, is one of the highest ski areas in the continental United States. Its dramatic mountain vistas are the backdrop for thrilling steep bump runs, powder filled chutes, and gladed tree skiing. After a challenging day of skiing, what could be better than heading back to your vacation rental and snuggling with your pet in front of a roaring fire?

For more information about a pet friendly vacation in Northern New Mexico Ski Country, visit our articles on pet friendly travel.

Pet Friendly Destination Myrtle Beach

November 19th, 2009
The beach is focal point of Myrtle Beach. Pets allowed off hours

The beach is focal point of Myrtle Beach. Pets allowed off hours

A fabulous vacation awaits you in pet friendly Myrtle Beach! As part of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, the Myrtle Beach area features more than 60 miles of sandy, pet friendly beaches along the shores of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Sunbathing, shelling, golfing, boating, water sports, amusement parks, fishing, camping, shopping, casinos, nightlife, festivals, and fine dining are but a few of the reasons you’ll wish you had more time to enjoy this exciting playground. With almost 15 million visitors each season, Myrtle Beach is often called the “No. 1 Family Beach in America.”

Myrtle Beach is the action-packed hub of the Grand Strand, which stretches from Little River in the north to Georgetown in the south and includes the communities of North Myrtle Beach, Cherry Grove, Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet, and Pawleys Island. Pet owners have their choice of pet friendly accommodations in the area, including beachside campgrounds and RV parks, budget motels, full service hotels, modern condos, charming bed and breakfasts, vacation rental homes, and oceanfront resorts. When it’s time to eat, choose from one of the many local restaurants that welcome pets on their delightful outdoor patios. Here, diners will enjoy delicious fare ranging from down-home southern barbeque to scrumptious seafood to sophisticated contemporary cuisine.

The fun in Myrtle Beach always starts on the pet friendly beach. After awakening and grabbing that first cup of coffee in the morning, head over to the beach with Fido to watch a beautiful ocean sunrise. (From May 15 to September 15, leashed dogs are welcome on the beach only before 9AM and after 5 PM, but they are allowed at all times during the rest of the year.) Afterwards, enjoy one of the many pet friendly activities in the Myrtle Beach area. Take a relaxing walk on sandy white beaches, in season. Rent a pontoon boat and enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Intracoastal Waterway. Take a hike in beautiful Huntington Beach State Park  to experience the diverse natural environments of a salt marsh, a freshwater lagoon, and a fabulous stretch of beach. Visit pet friendly La Belle Amie Vineyard  to sample its delicious private label wines. Walk the boardwalk for miles of specialty shopping, or hit the factory outlet stores and flea markets for fantastic deals. Check out the popular off-leash Barc Parc, where Fido will have a great time romping and playing with new friends. At dusk, don’t forget to head back to the beach for a spectacular, fiery sunset over the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Some of the best golfing in the world can be found in Myrtle Beach

Some of the best golfing in the world can be found in Myrtle Beach

Exciting Myrtle Beach offers countless other recreational opportunities that may not be pet friendly. At those times, you’ll have no problem finding an experienced pet sitter, dog walker, or doggie daycare provider to care for your pet. Be sure to hit the links at some of the more than 100 area golf courses  to find out why Myrtle Beach has been called “The Golf Capital of the World.” Check out the thrilling amusement parks and water parks. Enjoy the exhilaration of jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing, or deep sea fishing. Take a day or night cruise on a casino ship  and enjoy fine dining, live entertainment, and Vegas-style gambling. In the evening, unwind and enjoy the vibrant Myrtle Beach nightlife at endless nightclubs, discos, sports bars, and dance clubs.

So what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to incredible Myrtle Beach and find out why it’s a top pet friendly vacation destination. You and your pet will have a grand time!

Pet Friendly Destination: Lake Tahoe

November 8th, 2009
Beautiful Lake Tahoe

Beautiful Lake Tahoe

Pet Friendly Lake Tahoe
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Welcome to beautiful, pet friendly Lake Tahoe!  Located in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in the United States.  Resplendent with 191 square miles of clear, cobalt blue water and 72 miles of pristine shoreline, the lake is split down the middle by the California and Nevada border.  Lake Tahoe is the perfect year-round pet friendly vacation destination, averaging 300 days a year of warm, glorious sunshine and 396 inches of annual snowfall.   Although most famous for its twelve world-class ski resorts, Lake Tahoe also boasts beautiful beaches, challenging golf courses, great fishing and boating, fantastic hiking trails, and the thrill of 24-hour casinos and big-name entertainment.

Pet friendly summer activities are plentiful in Lake Tahoe.  If hiking is your pleasure, the National Forest System offers miles of pet friendly trails where you will enjoy colorful meadows, breathtaking waterfalls, and spectacular vistas. Great hikes include the 10-mile roundtrip trek to the top of Mt. Tallac, the scenic Susie Lake Trail in the Desolation Wilderness, and the incredible 165-mile-long Tahoe Rim Trail, most parts of which are pet friendly. Many of the region’s ski resorts also welcome pets on designated paths in the summer.  At Squaw Valley Ski Resort, you and your four-legged companion can take a gondola to 8200-foot High Camp, where you’ll enjoy uninterrupted views of Lake Tahoe and the High Sierra before your hike back down.

Flyfishing in the Truckee River - courtesy of Tahoesbest.com

Flyfishing in the Truckee River - courtesy of Tahoesbest.com

If water sports are more to your liking, several companies offer pet friendly boat rentals. On Lake Tahoe fishing charters, you can expect to catch Mackinaw, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, or Kokanee Salmon in season.  Other pet friendly boating options include guided sightseeing charters of Lake Tahoe, private party boat rentals, and self-guided river raft adventures in the scenic Truckee River.  Don’t forget to check out the dog friendly beaches in the area, including the Tallac Historic Site, North Beach at Zephyr Cove Resort, Hidden and Chimney Beaches on the east shore, Coon Street Beach in Kings Beach, and Echo Lakes.  Just remember that the lakes and streams in the Lake Tahoe area are very cold year-round, so it’s advisable that dogs wear life jackets whenever they’re near the water.

Downhill Skier

Downhill Skier

When the winter wind comes whistling through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is transformed into a winter wonderland.  Most visitors hit the slopes, but there are plenty of pet friendly activities, too.  Your active pet will enjoy romping in the snow as you challenge yourself at cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on miles of pet friendly trails.  For a more relaxing pastime, take an old-fashioned sleigh or carriage ride through peaceful wintry meadows.  If you can’t resist the temptation of world-class skiing and snowboarding, one of the many pet sitters in the area will walk your dog, provide in-home visits, or even hike with Fido while you experience the thrill of deep powder and freshly groomed ski trails.

No matter what the season, Lake Tahoe attracts visitors with its numerous art and music festivals, exceptional dining and accommodations,�
interesting towns, and great shopping.  Pet owners can choose from a multitude of pet friendly lodging ranging from charming bed and breakfasts to luxury home rentals.  Your four-legged friend is welcome on many outdoor restaurant decks, many of which offer panoramic views of beautiful Lake Tahoe.�
If you wish to shop, fascinating areas and towns to explore include Homewood, Hope Valley, Incline Village, North Lake Tahoe, Soda Springs, South Lake Tahoe,
Tahoe City, Truckee, and Zephyr Cove. Each town offers its own distinctive boutiques, shops, and markets.  Be sure to visit The Village at Squaw Valley, where many shop owners welcome leashed pets into their stores.

Enjoying Casino Games

Enjoying Casino Games

When night falls on Lake Tahoe, the area comes alive with high-stakes gaming, cabaret shows, live music and dancing, and big name entertainment such as Tony Bennett, Bonnie Raitt, and Robin Williams.  Harrah’s, Harvey’s, Cal-Neva Resort, and the Tahoe Biltmore are just a few of the casinos where you can pull the handle on the slots, double down playing Blackjack, or catch a world-class show.  If you want to enjoy the fabulous Lake Tahoe nightlife, hiring a pet sitter is as easy as picking up the phone or contacting the front desk.

So why not plan a visit to fabulous Lake Tahoe with your pet?  The “Jewel of the Sierras” is the ultimate pet friendly paradise, offering limitless opportunities for fun and entertainment in stunning alpine surroundings.  Once there, you’ll quickly realize why many visitors say “So much to do—so little time.”  A Lake Tahoe pet friendly vacation is simply pure perfection.

Check out our database for pet friendy hotels in Lake Tahoe and you will also
find lots of other services and things to do in this wonderful vacation spot.

Pet Friendly Hotels and Activities in Colorado Ski Country

October 12th, 2009

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There’s always something to do and see in pet friendly Colorado Ski Country. Located just west of Denver in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, the area offers unparalleled opportunities and exceptional experiences. Breathtaking scenery, abundant outdoor pursuits, exciting festivals, and world-class winter sports are but a few of the activities available to you and your pet.

Travelers to Colorado Ski Country have a wide variety of pet friendly hotels from which to choose, including full-service hotels, economical motels, five-star mountain resorts, historic bed and breakfasts, modern condos, rustic lodges, and primitive campsites. When it’s time to eat, there’s something for every palate. Visitors can dine on everything from lean, succulent bison burgers to tender Colorado lamb loin with a piquillo pepper crust. Many cafes welcome your pet in their outdoor seating areas, but be sure to call first to ask if the outdoor dining area is open. The weather in Colorado Ski Country is often not favorable for outdoor dining!

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 Although this region is famous for its incredible skiing, exciting pet friendly opportunities abound in every season. In summer, many resorts transform their ski runs into hiking trails where your leashed dog is welcome. Your pet can also run free on adjacent National Forest Lands, where you might hear the haunting music of a bugling elk or experience the grandeur of a mountain sunset. For something different, you and your pet can ride the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of 11,212-foot Aspen Mountain and begin your hike there. The dramatic mountain vistas from this Rocky Mountain peak are both humbling and awe-inspiring.

 colorado_ski_country_falltree_200x214Fall brings spectacular, fiery displays of yellow and orange Aspen leaves shimmering in the sunlight—perfect for a hike with your pet. Then winter arrives in all its snowy glory, and Colorado Ski Country comes alive with visitors from all over the world who wish to experience first-class skiing and snowboarding. Other exciting winter sports include snowmobiling, sleigh rides, dogsledding, snowshoeing, snowtubing, and cross-country skiing. Pets aren’t allowed on any of the groomed Nordic trail systems in the winter, but they’re welcome to ski or snowshoe with you on non-maintained trails.

If you wish to enjoy some of the exciting activities in the area that aren’t pet friendly, it’s no problem. Several affordable pet sitting and daycare businesses will lovingly care for your pet while you ski, golf, rock climb, mountain bike, fly fish, go horseback riding, or experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting. Some resorts can also arrange an active pet caregiver who will take your pet hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing. Your pet will have a blast!

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 During your visit, be sure to take a stroll through the charming pet friendly towns and resorts in the area, including Aspen, Basalt, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Fraser, Keystone, Silver Creek, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Vail, and Winter Park. There you’ll find everything from historic buildings and quaint shops to sophisticated art galleries and five-star spas. In Aspen, dogs are welcome on the outdoor pedestrian mall, where they can quench their thirst in several fountains. Many Aspen shop owners allow dogs inside. Pet friendly Telluride even provides “puppy parking” posts throughout town to which you can leash your dog while you shop around.

If you’re still looking for something to do, check out one of the dozens of pet friendly festivals in the area. Whether it’s Jazz or Cinema or Western Heritage, you’re sure to find something that interests you. Just be sure to verify beforehand that the festival you wish to attend is pet friendly. For a change of pace, Fido might enjoy playing with new canine friends at one of the off-leash dog parks in the area. Carter Dog Park in Breckenridge is especially popular with locals and visitors alike.

So why not plan a getaway to pet friendly Colorado Ski Country today? No matter what the season, this vacation destination is certain to capture your imagination. Few places in the world can compare to the magnificent splendor of the rugged Rocky Mountains and the unequaled opportunities they provide. After your first visit, you’ll want to return with your pet—again and again.

Pet Friendly Featured Destination: White Mountains of Arizona

September 30th, 2009

arizonawhitemountains3The White Mountains of northeastern Arizona are a tranquil haven for outdoor lovers in search of pet friendly activities. Boasting shimmering snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine trout-filled lakes and streams, sun drenched meadows, and breathtaking vistas, the White Mountains are a pet traveler’s dream vacation destination.

Just a three hour drive from the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, this wonderland is especially popular with those seeking to escape the sweltering Arizona desert heat. The White Mountains enjoy a cool, comfortable summer climate because of their high elevation. Visitors can choose pet friendly accommodations ranging from rustic rental cabins to luxurious bed and breakfasts. The area is also dotted with pet friendly private and public campgrounds.

The White Mountains include the culturally rich communities of Pinetop, Lakeside, Show Low, Greer, Springerville, Eagar, Snowflake, Taylor, Heber, St. Johns, Overgaard and Forest Lakes. There visitors can shop for antiques, tour historic pioneer homes, visit local and Native American artisans, or catch the thrill of casino gaming and big-name entertainment.

The primary attractions of the White Mountains are its gorgeous scenery and four colorful seasons, however. If visiting in spring, summer, or fall, you’ll enjoy miles of scenic, pet friendly hiking trails. You might spot elk, bald eagles, foxes, coyotes, bears, songbirds, or other Arizona wildlife in pine-scented forests and colorful meadows. After your hike, you can relax and enjoy trout fishing, sailing, or canoeing in one of the many sparkling streams and lakes in the area.arizonawhitemountains1

The White Mountains also offer myriad recreational activities for winter sports enthusiasts, including cross-country and downhill skiing, sleigh rides, ice skating, snowmobiling, snow tubing, and ice fishing. If you’re a cross-country skier, your leashed pet is welcome with you on pristine, freshly groomed trails, after which you might escape to your pet friendly accommodations and warm up by a roaring fire.

So why not plan a trip to the pet friendly White Mountains of Arizona today? You and your pet will savor the peaceful serenity of this unspoiled wilderness, and your visit will undoubtedly be a memorable experience you won’t soon forget.

Pet Friendly Hotels California Wine Country

September 15th, 2009

california_winecountry_163x2501Looking for a great pet friendly getaway? Then look no further than California Wine Country. One of the finest wine growing regions of the world, it features a mild climate, gently rolling hills dotted with lush vineyards, and delightful towns. When visiting, your choice of pet friendly hotels and lodging ranges from tent or RV camping near the magnificent Pacific coastline, to gracious bed and breakfast inns brimming with charm and character, to world-class hotels and spas that pamper you and your pet in decadent luxury. There’s something for everyone.

 Since so many activities are available in California Wine Country for you and your pet, your trip will most certainly be interesting and fun-filled. Begin by visiting a few of the many pet friendly vineyards in the region. Many of them have their own “winery dogs” to greet visitors! While some vineyards allow well-behaved pets only in picnic areas, others warmly welcome our furry friends by allowing pets into their tasting rooms, providing water, and offering tasty dog treats. Leash-trained cats and even a pet llama have been known to show up at tastings. Some vineyards have taken the term “pet friendly” to a new level by hosting dog clubs, agility and rally events, and championship practices.

 Next, take a stroll through some of the picturesque towns in the region, which include Sonoma, Napa, Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Healdsburg, and Yountville. There you might find stately oak-lined streets, lovely Japanese gardens, interesting antique architecture, eclectic boutique shopping, or sun-drenched fresh air markets. If your pet needs a break, stop by one of the off-leash dog parks in the area. Your dog will love playing with new friends! When you’ve worked up an appetite, you can choose from many fine restaurants that welcome leashed, well-behaved pets in outdoor seating areas. You’ll savor delectable gourmet cuisine while your pet relaxes with a bowl of water provided by the restaurant.california_winecountry1_250x1681

Before you conclude your stay in California Wine Country, don’t forget to visit the Fort Bragg and Mendocino areas near the Pacific Ocean. At several pet friendly parks and beaches, you and your pet will enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, awe-inspiring hikes through ancient redwood forests, and whale watching. The area also boasts dog friendly canoe rentals. On your canoe trip down the Russian River, you’ll have the opportunity to see hundreds of species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a magnificent Sandhill Crane.

 Today, California produces over 17 million gallons of wine annually. And with the growing popularity of wine, more and more people are choosing California Wine Country as a weekend getaway or vacation destination. Since tourists are increasingly opting to take their pets along with them, California Wine Country has opened its doors to pets and become one of the top pet friendly destinations in the country. If you decide to visit pet friendly California Wine Country with your furry companion, it will undoubtedly be a memorable experience you won’t soon forget.

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Camping with Your Dog in a Pet Friendly State or National Park

August 17th, 2009

Camping with Your Dog

Are you planning a camping trip, but can’t decide whether to bring your pet?

Going on a camping trip doesn’t mean that you have to leave your dog behind. That’s right! Bringing your dog on a camping trip is a great way for them to get exercise, experience new sights and smells, and spend quality time with you.

Although camping is fun for both you and your pet, you should be aware of the responsibilities as well as precautions involved with bringing along your furry friend. Below is a list of steps that will help you and your pet have a fun and safe vacation, as well as some great campgrounds that allow pets.

Before your camping trip:

-Consider your pet’s health and disposition. When it is time for a walk, does your pet respond with enthusiasm? Is your pet an outdoor lover, or is it more comfortable curled up on a pillow at your feet? Is your pet in shape? Answering yes to all of these questions will ensure a more enriching vacation for your both.

-When planning your vacation, research pet friendly campgrounds and parks. Some national parks do not allow pets, but there are some great alternatives that offer everything a national park does, and you can take your dog along on the vacation as well.

- For safety purposes, have a friend or a neighbor take a photo of you and your pet on your cell phone. If you and your dog get separated, this will come in handy in identifying you as the pet owner.

-You will need current vaccinations as well as paperwork from your veterinarian, so plan to make an appointment shortly before your vacation date. Keep a copy of the paperwork with you in case it is requested by a park or campground official.

-Go to the hardware store and grab an extra set of dog tags with the exact address and campsite number where you and your dog will be staying.

-Getting your dog micro chipped and registering it is always be a good idea. If you ever get separated, this could be the difference in whether you see your best friend again or not. Eighty per cent of all dogs that are lost are never reunited with their owners. The first thing the local shelter will do is to scan your dog for a microchip.

-If you are driving to the campsite, please restrain your pet in the car, either with a harness or a crate. In case of an accident, these products acts as a seat-belt, and will keep your dog safe. If you are transporting the dog by truck-bed, it is imperative that you crate your pet during transport. There have been plenty of horror stories of dogs jumping out the back of truck-beds and sustaining serious or fatal injuries. A leash is NOT an alternative.

-Make sure to pack 2 leashes with a maximum of 6 feet in length, a few towels, and a brush to help against the dirt and insects you might encounter on the trip. Don’t forget your pet’s food and plenty of bags to clean up after your pet.

-Another great idea is to attach a bell to your pet’s collar. (A jingle bell will do fine.) This way, you can hear your pet no matter where they are. GPS trackers are fine, but you might not want to bring your laptop with you, so this device might not be as helpful as it would in town.

-If you plan to have your dog sleep outside the tent, make sure you bring a doggie bed or their favorite sleeping apparatus. This will make them feel more comfortable as well as keep them a little cleaner. In addition, bring some rope or a sturdy anchor to tether your pet while you sleep.

-You and your dog will need plenty of water, so make sure to plan accordingly. A convenient alternative to water for your dog would be a product called Waterbites. It is easy to transport, non spill, keeps you dog completely hydrated, and comes in a great beef flavor that your dog is guaranteed to enjoy.

During your camping trip:

-When choosing a campsite, try to pick a spot with a shaded area, especially during the summer times. Your dog will be exposed to a lot of heat during the trip and it is important to stay cool.

-Pick up after your dog! This is the cardinal rule of camping with your dog and one reason many parks don’t allow pets. Let’s try to change these perceptions, one scoop at a time.

- Try to keep the barking at a minimum. Quiet hours usually start around 10 P.M. at most parks and are strictly enforced. If barking is an issue, try to see a specialist prior to going on the trip.

-When camping with your pet, NEVER leave them unattended.

Some fun activities like swimming and/or hiking are perfect to do with your dog. Here are a couple of tips when engaging in these activities:

Swimming:

- Unless your dog loves to swim, do not throw them into the water. As excited as both of you are, it is a new environment for them and might take them some time to get used to it. Get in the water first and throw a ball in to help encourage the process.

- Bring plenty of fresh drinking water. Even freshwater lakes and streams can contain different bacteria and parasites that maybe harmful if swallowed.

-Make sure your dog always has an exit route. Some dogs are so excited about jumping into the water, they don’t always know the best way to get back on land. Jumping off a dock or a boat is a perfect example of this. Try starting in shallow water where they are not fully submerged.

- Depending on where you’re camping, always be careful of other animals. Especially in the Southeast, alligators tend to reside near the shores of large lakes. Snakes can also be a concern. Check beforehand and ask park officials. Most importantly, respect posted warning signs. They are there to prevent accidents and keep you and your pet safe.

- If you plan on fishing with your dog, make sure to keep all fishing accessories far away from your dog’s reach. Cutting a fishing hook out of a dog’s paw would certainly not be fun for either of you.

-After swimming, be sure to clean your dog’s ears out extensively. Not doing this could lead to bacteria in the ear canal, resulting in painful ear infections.

Hiking:

-Unlike the relaxing time you can have camping with your dog, hiking is a physically strenuous activity. It is recommended that when you see your veterinarian for your health exam, have them do a physical on your dog to make sure they are healthy enough for hiking. Obviously, age and condition would also play a role in your decision to bring your pet along for a hike.

-Keep your dog on a leash and as close as possible at all times. Try not to let them go farther than 4 feet from your side. This is mandatory while on the trails in most dog friendly parks.

-Unlike your house, you might encounter plants or trees that your dog isn’t exposed to normally. Do not let them close to these new plants, unless your recognize them. Poison ivy affects dogs just like it affects humans. Also, you might run into shrubs with berries that shouldn’t be eaten by your pet. The last thing you want on your vacation is an emergency trip to the animal hospital.

-Always keep an eye out for the wildlife and use good judgment. If you see a animal that your dog should not be interacting with, make sure that you both keep a good distance. Have fun with your best friend on your next camping trip!

Here are some examples of great pet friendly national parks:

Grand Canyon National Park – Pets on a leash are permitted in the park and a few designated hiking trails. http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Yosemite National Park – Pets are allowed in most campgrounds, paved roads, and developed areas. http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Yellow Stone National Park – Pets are allowed in any areas within 100 feet of roads, parking areas and campgrounds. They are prohibited from entering the back-country or any trails due to wildlife activity. http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Acadia National Park – There are 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads in the park where pets are permitted. The two swimming beaches (Sand Beach and Echo Lake) are also pet friendly except from May 15 to September 15. http://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Smoky Mountain National Park- Dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs are only allowed on two short walking paths: the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Rocky Mountain National Park- Pets are permitted in Rocky Mountain National Park, however they are NOT permitted on trails or in the backcountry. They are allowed only in areas accessed by vehicles, including roadsides, parking areas, picnic areas and campgrounds. http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Big Bend National Park- Pets are NOT allowed on trails, off roads, or on the river. Basically, your pet can only go where your car can go. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/pets.htm