7 Great Cities to Visit with Your Dog
Go where pets are not only allowed but welcomed
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Thanks to a growing number of pet-friendly trails, accommodations, and even restaurants and bars that welcome dogs, you can now take stellar adventures with pup in tow. You’ll find hotels that not only allow dogs, but greet them with treats, beds, and dog-walking services to make your furry pal feel at home. We’ve rounded up some of the most pet-friendly destinations in North America, with tips on where to go, stay, and eat while you and your dog are there.
Portland might be the most dog-friendly city in the country, with heaps of outdoor restaurants and breweries that accept dogs, more than two dozen dog parks, and ample dog-friendly hiking trails. Drink coffee at Java Hound Coffee Bar and beer at Lucky Labrador Brewing—both invite dogs. Take a walk on the Wildwood Trail in downtown’s Forest Park (pets must be leashed). Stay at the Hotel Monaco, where you’ll get a yoga mat in your room, free cruiser bikes to borrow, and pet-friendly rooms at no extra cost. Your dog is even invited to the courtesy happy hour each evening in the lobby. The pastry chef at the neighboring Red Star Tavern makes dog treats that are available at the hotel’s front desk.
In summer, you can bring your dog free of charge up Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola for a hike. In winter, the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System has several dog trails for cross-country skiing, and Snowmass lets you skin uphill with your leashed dog before the mountain opens. (Be sure to check the resort’s uphill policies.) Dogs love downtown Aspen’s Wagner Park, and don’t miss Annette’s Mountain Bake Shop for homemade dog treats and tasty baked goods for humans. Book a room at the Little Nell, and they’ll pet-sit while you’re out skiing and even give your dog a jet-lag kit to help with the altitude.
Stowe’s Topnotch Resort couldn’t be more hospitable to dogs. Your pup will get a bed delivered to the room, doggy treats at teatime, pet-sitting services while you’re on the hill, even in-room pet Reiki massages. Plus, there’s a good dog-walking path that winds through the resort. After a day on the mountain, head to Alchemist Brewery, which opened in Stowe in 2016 and allows leashed dogs in the tasting room.
Carmel-by-the-Sea is known for rolling out the red carpet for pets. This lavish California coastal town allows dogs to roam free on its main white-sand beach, Carmel Beach, and you’ll find many a water bowl in front of local shops. Dogs are welcome on the patio at the Carmel Coffee House, and Forge in the Forest even has a special dog menu. The historic Cypress Inn, which is co-owned by actress and animal rights activist Doris Day, hosts a nightly “yappy hour” for pets, has a dog-washing station in the courtyard, and offers a dog bed and water bowl at check-in.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, which calls itself Dog City USA, opened a dog welcome center downtown that offers guides for dog-approved activities, special dog ice cream, and public bathrooms where you can bring your pet. Take a hike to waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest or Graveyard Fields, or walk along downtown’s Urban Trail. Asheville is packed with craft breweries, and many allow dogs in certain areas, including Asheville Brewing Company, Wicked Weed Brewing, Wedge Brewing Co., and Twin Leaf Brewery. Hotel Indigo, located downtown, has pet-friendly rooms for a small nightly fee.
If it’s summer in Sun Valley, you can hike up Bald Mountain with your dog in tow or visit nearby lakes like Redfish and Alturas Lake, which have designated dog beaches. In winter, the Wood River Valley’s extensive cross-country network has select trails that allow dogs. At the Limelight Hotel Ketchum, which opened in 2017, you’ll get a European-style breakfast spread and free fat-bike rental, and your dog is met with a bowl, leash, and Frisbee upon arrival. The Sun Valley Animal Center has $25 per day doggie daycare if you want to ski or bike without your furry friend.
Whistler, British Columbia
Dogs sleep free at Whistler’s Summit Lodge, where front-desk staff hands out food bowls and treats at check-in and helps you book dog walkers while you’re out. For you, the hotel has in-house ski techs who will tune your skis overnight and free cruiser bike and snowshoe rentals. You can take dogs cross-country skiing on more than 16 miles of select dog trails at the Whistler Olympic Park, or let the folks at Alpine Dogs take your pup on an adventure for the day while you ski Whistler Blackcomb—they even offer a pick-up and drop-off service.