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Top 10 Pet Friendly Lodgings in New England

top 10 pet friendly lodgings

We dog people and cat people know that a family getaway vacation is no excuse to leave our family pets at home. New England is filled with wonderful walking trails, forests, lakes and ocean shorefronts where happy dogs can go nuts running, sniffing, and playing. Below is a list of hotels, resorts and lodgings that welcome your dog like a family member. Many provide beds, treats, dog-walking and dog-sitting services, along with information on nearby dog parks and trails. Add your pooch to all your family activities! Find more pet friendly lodgings.

When you make a reservation for the dog in your life at pet-friendly Saybrook Point Inn, mention your pup’s name and breed so the hotel can prepare welcome treats, a souvenir bandana, and a doggie bed. And, your dog can bring a pal on vacation, too, because up to two dogs are allowed per guest room. Dog sitting can be arranged if the humans want to visit the fabulous spa, but otherwise, why leave your dog in the room? The beach is waiting!

Make this waterfront resort in Falmouth on Cape Cod the spot for your me-and-my-dog getaway. Green Harbor is in a quiet area with acres of scenic, open space just right for walks, running, playing ball and dozing, all located on a sheltered cove. Your pup jump for joy at the chance to visit the private boating beach and dock, ride on a rowboat, and sniff around the barbecue grills. All just an hour’s drive from Boston and Providence.

Lake! It’s time to go to the lake! That thought might be running through your head as you arrive at Echo Lake Inn. It's also ringing in the canine brain of your family dog, who is more than welcome to join you at the Inn. In the Green Mountains, the Inn is near to enough parks, trails, and swimming beaches to wear out any dog by bedtime. The Inn has rooms, a family suite and condos, so there’s lots of room to spread out. A pet-friendly room can be set aside when you make your reservation.

A vacation in New Hampshire's White Mountains is all about the outdoors. That’s why Merrill Farm Inn welcomes the dog in your life. Several cabins are designated for dog guests. They are located along the Saco River, with grassy areas outside the door for mini-walks. Bring the whole family – including your pup – for a memorable getaway in the outdoors, filled with hiking, swimming, and nose-to-the-ground exploration. Reserve early!

With its vast Fort Adams State Park, the Cliff Walk, and many other parks and pretty, walkable neighborhoods, Newport is a place you would not want to visit without your family dog. Howard Johnson Inn welcomes your canine friend with advance notice. Enjoy the gorgeous sights of this historic city or kick back at the Inn, with its in-room amenities, pool, fitness room and other comforts. Your pup needs a vacation, too. He or she is welcome in Newport.

Brilliant White Mountain panoramas surround both you and your best canine friend at the dog-friendly Eagle Mountain House. Pets are welcomed in designated rooms, but you and your dog very likely will not stay indoors for long. The wide open spaces are great for walking; and mountain trails are abundant on every side. Wear out your pup and then let him snooze while you visit the nine-hole golf course or the outdoor pool.

Your dog will love the variety of walks in breezy, seaside Portland. Bring your canine friend to stay with you at Portland Harbor Hotel in this walkable city. The wonderful smells during waterfront walks in the Old Port with send your pup to heaven. And make sure to take him or her on the Marginal Way, too. The hotel offers services to you and your pet including pet sitting and dog walking, and information on dog parks, beaches and trails.

A boutique hotel is known for its fine and exacting service, and for dog lovers, that means opening its doors to the family’s favorite four-legged member. The Ethan Allen Hotel welcomes people and their canine friends on a visit to explore the pleasures of western Connecticut. Grab your dog friend and jump into a cool world of hiking trails, antique shopping, tastings along the Connecticut Wine Trail and the fall foliage drives.

Bring your pet along for a waterfront adventure to Nantucket Island. Pet-friendly Woof Cottages have one or two bedrooms with all the amenities, along with dog beds and bowls, a bag of treats and a pet turndown. Both dogs and cats are welcome at Woof Cottages. Ten percent of the pet guest fee is donated to the local animal shelter. Have your pet's picture taken so that he or she can shine in the The Cottages' Facebook Contest.

If you have a water dog (or sporting or herding or lap dog), why would you leave the pup at home during your deluxe getaway at the Basin Harbor Club? Basin Harbor Club has a long history of treating its human guests with hospitality, and that goodwill extends to your dog. Canine guests have their own swimming area on Lake Champlain. You two can ramble the resort’s 700 acres to your heart’s content. Pet-sitting and dog-walking are available.

The Country Inn at Camden/Rockport understands that dogs who go on vacation with their owners are well trained, and that makes them welcome. The Inn has several cottages and rooms for pets, where you dog will have his own bed and dishes, paw-wiping towels and treats. Reserve early; the number of pet rooms is limited. Make plans to stop at the nearby PAWS Dog Park at 146 Camden Street in Rockport. Don’t forget to pack a can opener and a spoon!