If you and your pal are the adventurous and outdoorsy sorts, Aspen is the place for you. In the winter enjoy the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System with its many dog trails for cross-country skiing. Ski uphill with your leashed dog before the mountain opens! In the summer you and your dog cab ride the Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola for free and hike down. Visit downtown Aspen’s Wagner Park, stop in for a homemade treat for dogs and humans at Annette’s Mountain Bike Shop, and book a room at the Little Nell. They’ll pet sit and give your dog a jet-lag kit to help with the altitude.
Carmel by the Sea, California
Rated as one of the USA’s top pooch friendly towns your beloved is welcomed everywhere in this charming seaside village- at 25 hotels, inns and B&B’s, 44 restaurants, bars and coffee houses. Check out the patio at the Carmel Coffee House and Forge in the Forest with its special dog menu. Perfect for the pampered pet, it offers many high end services including doggie spas, massages and even a dog psychiatrist. 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. But the best part is the off leash beach- one of the few remaining in California where your dog can frolic and maybe even get to join in one of the popular organized dog parties.
Lake Louise: Alberta, Canada
One of the most picturesque and gorgeous places in the world with crystal blue water and soaring mountains. Lake Louise is a must-see destination for you and your pet. Stay at the famous flagship Fairmont Chateau Resort voted the number one pet-friendly hotel in Canada! Dogs are allowed in all but one of the Fairmont’s wings, and the hotel even offers pet-sitting services. There are over 100 kilometers of trails for you and your four legged buddy to explore. Take a walk to the Lake Agnes Tea House where your dog will be welcome too!
Portland is consistently ranked as the most dog-friendly city in the USA with over 382 restaurants and breweries that welcome dogs, over two dozen dog parks and tons of hiking trails for you and your friend. Did you know that Portland is the only place outside of France where it is OK to take your pet inside a tavern? Have a coffee at Java Hound Coffee Bar or a beer at at Lucky Labrador Brewing, with your dog. Head down to the Tin Shed Garden Café on a Tuesday night to enjoy a free item from the dog menu for each human-friendly dish you order 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. Explore downtown’s Forest Park and take a walk on the wild side on the Wildwood Trail. Don’t miss a visit to the Red Star Tavern where your pooch will be given a homemade dog treat.
The world’s capital of live music is also one of the world’s greatest places for canines and their hipster owners. Dogs are welcome nearly everywhere in Austin, from restaurant patios to outdoor concerts to stores. If your dog likes to swim head over to Red Bud Isle Park, one of the most popular off-leash playgrounds situated on a peninsula. For humans wanting to socialize a little too, Doghouse Drinkery Dog Park might be a better bet; this dog park also features a bar and game room. In February check out the Mardi Gras Dog Parade. And don’t miss out on the most unique activity of all- the Congress Avenue Bridge’s famous bats—more than 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats make their home here mid-April through October. Take a dog-friendly kayak tour to see the batty scene.
Barkwells, North Carolina
While there are many hotels and vacation spots that allow you to bring your dog, Barkwells is a vacation retreat designed specifically for your pet. with “dog-centric luxury vacation cabins.” Each cabin has a fenced yard and a dog door, so your dog will have freedom to come and go as he or she pleases With two locations to choose from in Asheville or Brevard in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains , you and your best friend can run, swim, and play in fully fenced meadows or swim in the pond. All luxury pet-friendly vacation rental homes provide every convenience, fully equipped and furnished for your relaxation and enjoyment. If the humans want to stay connected, there is cell service, wireless internet, and Direct TV.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess ,Scottsdale, Arizona
This Arizona retreat’s Posh Paws programs provide everything your four-legged friend might desire: a plush pet bed, fun toys and a specialized pet menu. Staff is even available to walk your dog if you don’t feel like leaving the pool or want to check out some of the great things to do in Scottsdale. Hang out with the hotel’s canine ambassadors Bixby, a yellow Labrador retriever, and Gibbs, a red golden retriever. Bixby especially loves golf cart rides — keep a lookout for him zooming across the property!