Who will house my dogs during a snowshoe trip?
Question: My wife and I are thinking of going to Vermont between Christmas and New Year's. We'd like to do a little snowshoeing, most likely in the Green Mountain area. Our challenge is that we want to take two golden retrievers with us. Any thoughts on where specifically to go and any places to stay that would allow two very well-behaved goldens to stay with us?
Adventure Adviser: I have two thoughts. Unfortunately, they don't fit perfectly together. My first suggestion is to go snowshoeing at the brand-new Tubbs Snowshoeing Center at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph, Vermont. The center offers 50 kilometers of trails that weave through forests and along the Third Branch of the White River over rolling meadows and open fields. The adjoining Three Stallion Inn is a picture-perfect New England farmhouse which, unfortunately, doesn't allow pets. But if you leave your dogs at home, you can take advantage of the Inn's "Take Time for Two Special Packages" that includes two nights lodging, four breakfasts, four trail fees, and two dinners for $210. Call 800-424-5575 or 802-728-5575 for details.
My second suggestion is to invest in the books Vacationing With Your Pet, by Eileen Barish ($19.95, 800-496-2665) or On the Road Again With Man's Best Friend, by Dawn and Robert Habgood ($14.95, 800-428-5331). According to Vacationing With Your Pet, the closest dog-friendly hotel to Randolph is the Econo Lodge (800-424-4777) in Montpelier, approximately 30 miles north. Stowe, Vermont, a very snowshoey kind of destination, has a number of hotels that allow dogs. Try Stowe Mountain Resort (800-253-4754), Walkabout Creek Lodge B&B (800-426-6697), Topnotch at Stowe Resort (800-451-8686), or Miguel's Stowe Away Inn (800-245-1240).