Summer’s on its way, and now is the time to start planning your next getaway! Everybody needs a little vacation now and then – but what about your beloved Pet? It doesn’t seem fair that dogs have to miss out on all the fun in the sun when you take off on your summer vacation destination. Here’s a list of five of the best places where dogs and their owners alike are guaranteed to have a great time, as long as responsible pup owners remember to pay attention to the leash laws and always clean up after your pup!
1. Chattanooga, Tennessee
The hiking in Chattanooga is one of the must-do highlights of any visit there. If you’re looking for a fun all day hike for you and your dog, the North Chickamauga Creek Pocket Wilderness is a great place to start for dogs that are capable of handling distances up to ten miles. There’s also a creek that runs along the hiking trail, so you and your furry friend can take advantage and splash around in it.
The Best Western Heritage is a dog friendly hotel where you can crash before your next stop – the Walnut Street Bridge, which you can stroll along to check out the Tennessee River. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the restaurants that feature outdoor patios.
2. Sonoma Valley, California
Most people aren’t aware that many of the wineries in Sonoma are all dog friendly! If you go on a wine tasting tour, you’ll most likely be able to bring your dog along as company. There are also restaurants in town, such as the Glen Court Café and Howards Station Café that have menus crafted especially for dogs as well as humans. You can dine side by side before you head out for a hike at one of Sonoma’s many regional parks. Make sure that you pick a hiking trail that both you and your dog are comfortable handling!
3. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Make sure you pay attention to the signs on the beaches when you hit Cape Cod, because many of them do prohibit dogs from accessing the beaches during the summer. Still, several of the Cape’s beaches allow pups all year around, such as Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and the Orleans. On those particular beaches, dogs are allowed in any spot where a swim beach for humans hasn’t been roped off, so you’re more than welcome to have fun in the picturesque seaside landscape – as long as you pay attention to the signs warning about the location of shore birds. They nest in the summer!
There’s also a terrific historical walk that used to be a 22 mile railroad. It’s called the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and if you decide to use the trail to travel between beaches, rest assured that water and food are available at multiple intervals.
4. Fort Collins, Colorado
The assortment of craft beers that can be sampled in Fort Collins is unparalleled – and just like in Sonoma, your dog is welcome to hang out with you on the patio as you make your way from brewery to brewery to sample their wares. At Funkwerks Brewery and the New Belgium Brewery, you’re even allowed to bring your four legged pal right inside the tasting rooms. Afterwards, when you’re looking for a fun outdoor experience, the Horse tooth Reservoir is a quick drive away. There’s a little bit of a hike to make it all the way down to the water, but once you’re there, both you and your pooch can enjoy a relaxing and refreshing splash in the clear water.
5. Austin, Texas
If the fifteen off-leash dog parks in the Austin city limits aren’t enough to convince you that this is a fabulous vacation spot, maybe the attitude of all the restaurants and retail shops in Austin will. The city is extremely dog friendly – shops are welcoming as long as your dog is a very well behaved, and a lot of the restaurants offer patio dining options where you can sit and relax outdoors with your pup.
Guest post by Patrick Jane who is a pet lover and loves to travel around with his pet dog scooby. Visit his website if you are looking for Pet Friendly Cottages Devon.