The Best Dog Friendly Luxury Hotels And Resorts

In recent years “Man’s Best Friend” has morphed into “Everyone’s Best Travel Friend.”

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In recent years “Man’s Best Friend” has morphed into “Everyone’s Best Travel Friend.”

More people are traveling with their pets than ever before, and more luxury hotels are rolling out the red carpet for dogs.

- excel at some or all of these second and third levels of welcoming and can fairly be considered among “The Best Dog Friendly” lodging. I will note that because I live in the Northeast, most of my dog stays have been in a drive market range from Montreal to the Carolinas, so my list skews that way, but there are other hotels on this list that I have visited without my dogs or know people I trust who have been with pets.

on three different occasions with different doggie children over the past two and half decades, and it has remained an exceptional example of the genre. The vast majority of luxury hotels welcoming pets charge an extra fee, and I don’t blame them, because there can (and should) be extra cleaning required, even if it’s just a lot more vacuuming. But Inn By The Sea does not have a fee even though complimentary extras include water bowls, beach towels, cozy blankets, and signature treats at turndown daily. They offer dog walking and dog sitting and have an outdoor bar and restaurant deck serving both cocktails and full fine-dining meals where your dog can join you - and order off a gourmet pet menu. The huge back lawn is similarly equipped with cozy Adirondack chairs staffed by servers bearing treats for humans and pups, water bowls and adult beverages.

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NBA Superstar Magic Johnson On His Love Of Travel, Food, Italy And More So, to be considered truly dog friendly, hotels must actually welcome dogs, small or not, but that’s just the first step. Over the past 20-plus years I have stayed with my dogs at many different top tier properties, and I have found that there is also a clear industry difference in attitude between hotels that are “dog accepting” and those that are truly “dog friendly,” meaning a warm sense of welcome. Allowing dogs is just the first step, welcoming them with toys, treats, amenities, facilities and menus is another. The very best offer services like pet sitting, dog walking and even spa treatments, while increasingly, some have house dogs to greet who had to leave pets behind and miss it The following properties - many of them Forbes 5-Star winners - excel at some or all of these second and third levels of welcoming and can fairly be considered among “The Best Dog Friendly” lodging. I will note that because I live in the Northeast, most of my dog stays have been in a drive market range from Montreal to the Carolinas, so my list skews that way, but there are other hotels on this list that I have visited without my dogs or know people I trust who have been with pets. Inn By The Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine: I put this eco-friendly oceanfront resort just outside Portland first on this list, and it was not an accident. If you are a hotelier considering a shift toward dog-friendly, this is the place you should visit to see how it is done. I have stayed at Inn By The Sea on three different occasions with different doggie children over the past two and half decades, and it has remained an exceptional example of the genre. The vast majority of luxury hotels welcoming pets charge an extra fee, and I don’t blame them, because there can (and should) be extra cleaning required, even if it’s just a lot more vacuuming. But Inn By The Sea does not have a fee even though complimentary extras include water bowls, beach towels, cozy blankets, and signature treats at turndown daily. They offer dog walking and dog sitting and have an outdoor bar and restaurant deck serving both cocktails and full fine-dining meals where your dog can join you - and order off a gourmet pet menu. The huge back lawn is similarly equipped with cozy Adirondack chairs staffed by servers bearing treats for humans and pups, water bowls and adult beverages. Inn By The Sea features a resident rescue dog to greet guests, and the program has placed nearly ... [+] 200 pups with guests over the years. Inn By The Sea That would be more than enough, but it’s far from the entire list. In a unique partnership with a local shelter, the house dog greeting guests in the lobby is always an available rescue and they are approaching 200 dogs placed with visiting guests over the years. The concierge has a list of nearby pet-friendly walking trails, beaches and off leash parks, the resort has its own private beach welcoming dogs in off-season, and for the last week of the warm weather season each fall they close the resort pool to humans and turn the hounds loose for swimming fun at the “Pool Pawty.” Inn By The Sea is a member of the luxury Virtuoso travel network, so if you use a good travel agent you can get a lot of extras booking here, and its ultra-sustainable ocean to table Sea Glass restaurant is a New England standout. In an example of perfect timing, right around the start of the pandemic they unveiled a new level of luxury lodging, the Cove Suites, 2-bedroom residences with extensive indoor and outdoor living spaces, fireplaces, kitchens, and furnished decks. These are set in separate beachfront buildings with their own exterior doors, the kind of private lodging everyone wants now.  To top it all off, the resort added tented open air beachfront cabanas for spa treatments, anticipating exactly what guests crave in these strange times. Ellie greets guest at the check-in office for Nantucket's Woof Cottages. Woof Cottages Woof Cottages, Nantucket, MA: Nantucket is one of the top private jet destinations in America, an oasis of open-air tranquility off Cape Cod. But most people arrive by ferry, and these are also very dog friendly, making a visit easy - even the public busses on the island allow dogs. Nantucket love dogs, everyone seems to have one, there are lots of beaches and parks and preserves that allow off-leash access (times vary seasonally), dog stores, and great outdoor eateries allowing dogs (especially the Cisco Brewery!). Chilling outside the Woof Cottages is a big highlight at Nantucket's most dog friendly ... [+] accommodations. Brian Sager Photography Woof Cottages . These are a dedicated subset of the Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin, an all-cottage resort set on piers right in the heart of the main waterfront, walking distance from the ferries (but they transport you with golf carts). Super popular with dog owners, boaters, or in many cases both, these have real New England flair, are large, comfortable and very private, but super close to everything. The resort is first class, part of the hotel group that owns and runs Nantucket’s two top luxury properties, the White Elephant and the Wauwinet, and they have shuttles to both if you want to eat at one of the great restaurants (the White Elephant’s Brant Point Grill is nationally famous for its decadent lobster Bloody Marys, FYI). The Cottages do not have their own eatery, but most of the island’s best restaurants are within walking distance. In addition, the concierges have an encyclopedic knowledge a of all things dog friendly, from hiking trails to dining spots. They even have a “Pet Concierge,” Bailey, the resident Black Lab/Britney Spaniel mix. Cottages are one or two bedrooms with kitchens, outdoor seating areas, loaner bikes, and add dog beds, bowls, welcome amenities, turndown treats, and personalized dog tags with hotel info for your stay to increase the safety (just in case). Dog walking is available, and my two goldens are still playing daily with the high-quality and suitably fish-themed dog toys they were given there last summer. But my favorite thing about this place is getting up in the morning, coming back from a dog walk, and sitting outside on the wharf drinking coffee with the dogs, taking in the harbor scene and salt air. Hard to beat! Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, CO: A pioneer in the world of luxury dog friendly travel! I attended the 2002 grand opening, and for the 20 years since they have been doing it right. Bachelor Gulch was the world’s first Ritz-Carlton with a canine “Ambassadog” to greet visitors, my friend’s yellow lab was the original “Bachelor,” and today there is Scout, a 5-year old Bernese Mountain Dog who is on the clock, and part of his job is “Four Legged Greetings” every weekday afternoon to spread the joy, especially to kids. Amenities include dog beds, bowls and treats, concierges know area walks and activities like the back of their hands, and they even offer dog friendly rooms and suites on the Club Level, which is extra special. The resort is best known for skiing but has incredible outdoor access in a mountain paradise all year round, and Beaver Creek is a very pet friendly community with a pedestrianized village, lots of outdoor dining and drinking, and plenty of access to nature and trails. To help guests enjoy non-dog activities, such as a raft trip or long day ski expedition, the Ritz-Carlton has a day care partnership - including transportation - with the deluxe Wanderlust Dog Ranch. This rustic-luxe resort has fairly been credited with helping to change the hotel pet paradigm, popularizing the house dog concept, and inspiring many other luxury hotels. Camp Long Creek is a waterfront deluxe glamping resort, complete with dog park, that is part of the ... [+] larger Big Cedar Resort next door. Edward C. Robison III Camp Long Creek, Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, MO: For over a decade Big Cedar Lodge has been quietly but rapidly expanding into one of the nation’s top truly “full-service” resorts. Owner Johnny Morris is the founder of retail giant Bass Pro Shops, also owns retail giant Cabela’s and many other companies, including several of the nation’s largest boat manufacturers, and Big Cedar Lodge is his personal passion project. He spares no expense to showcase his beloved Ozarks and has grown the 4,600-acre outdoor activity focused property in every conceivable direction. He quickly built it into one of the nation’s premier golf resorts with five courses, including the top three in Missouri and , complete with caddies - just named America’s Best New Course of 2021 by Golf Digest . It sits on a huge, beautiful lake with the best equipped freshwater resort marina in the country, a kids adventure park, one-of-a-kind cave tour, and he recently added a state-of-the-art shooting facility. But Morris is also a longtime dog owner and dog lover, and two years ago he opened Camp Long Creek , a dog friendly mini-resort right on the lake just down the road, sharing all the Big Cedar main property facilities but with its own full service marina. A more elaborate spin on the glamping concept, it offers the choice of well-appointed cottages, cabins and safari-style glamping tents, all welcoming pets, and even has its own dog park, a virtually unheard-of amenity! Few hotels in New York City can match the 5-Star Lowell when it comes to outdoor living space. The Lowell Hotel All rights reserved 2015 The Lowell, NYC: If it is possible to be a “well-known hidden gem,” the Lowell would qualify. Easily skipped over by those who look first at big brands like Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton or Peninsula, it is nonetheless a luxury hotel in the truest classic European style, intimate with a hands-on staff who make every visitor feel like they have just returned home. A Forbes 5-Star, The Lowell is extremely popular among the nation’s best and most well-informed luxury travel agents and advisors, and is a boutique property occupying a slender, low key 17-story residential building just off Central Park. That is one of its key selling points, as the biggest failure of the many dog friendly upscale hotels in the Big Apple is lack of proximity to grass. Other centrally located patches of green space, such as Bryant and Madison Square Park are near some good hotels, but very much off limits for dogs, as is much of midtown and most of the East Side. They have pet beds and fancy cookies, concierges know the neighborhood well in terms of everything dog, and the room service menu includes a pet version (or custom dishes). But beyond location and pet amenities, the Lowell is just an exceptional hotel with an equally hidden gem restaurant, Majorelle, the kind of place most tourists would never go to, but when they do, they discover it is chock full of neighborhood regulars for whom it is a once weekly favorite, with the same kind of warm, personal, old-school service as the hotel - service that is increasingly hard to find. While even the “basic” rooms here are wonderful, another area in which the Lowell excels is its suites, many of which are true residences, large and spacious with fireplaces, vast living rooms, gourmet kitchens and best of all, outdoor garden areas and corner terraces, though by New York standards the word terrace does not do these justice. There are very few hotels here where you can sit outside your room and drink coffee and read the paper amidst greenery and the Lowell is one. The three-bedroom penthouse has four outdoor terraces and its own private elevator.  It also sums up its pet policy succinctly: “The Lowell proudly accepts pets.” It is the only place I ever paid staff to walk my dogs as we had to go crosstown for a long holiday dinner, and afterwards the person who did it described the walk so vividly that our conversation alleviated all the concerns I had going in. Simply put, the Lowell is a spectacular home away from home for dogs as well as people. The Forbes 5-Star Boston Harbor Hotel is an exceptional waterfront property - and exceptionally dog ... [+] Boston Harbor Hotel Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA: Another home away from home type city hotel, another Forbes 5-Star, and another best-in class luxury property that often gets overshadowed for first time visitors by the city’s big chain brands. But once you’ve stayed, you go back, and the waterfront Boston Harbor is not just my favorite hotel in Boston, it is one of my favorites nowhere. Ditto for my dogs, who over the years have loved nothing more than sitting in the big bay windows and staring out, mesmerized by the boats and scene in Boston harbor. It is the kind of hotel where the doorman immediately knows your name - and your dogs’ names - the Rose Kennedy Greenway is immodesty outside, and it has exceptional food and beverage options. In warm weather, there is lots of outdoor dining and entrainment space and it has direct boat taxi service from its pier to Logan Airport in under ten minutes - one of the coolest hotel arrivals in the nation (very close by regular taxi too). The Boston Harbor hotel is home to the longest running wine festival in the United States (