For your next sojourn in New England, give these inns a try. They not only welcome pets, they have special amenities to make their stay memorable.
Gone are the days of being stuck in the shabbiest room in the back corner because you have your dog in tow. You’ll enjoy the accommodation one expects from charming Northeastern properties, and also waggable extras for your furry friend.
Lazy Dog Inn, Chocorua, New Hampshire
Openly dog-centric, this unique property will be both four and two-legged family members’ favorite retreat. The farmhouse, which was built in 1845, includes a “Doggy Lodge,” a temperature controlled play area, as well as an expansive outdoor run (fenced, of course).
A self-proclaimed “Truly Dog Friendly Bed and Breakfast,” there is a convenient dog-wash facility for those muddy days, and the trained staff will even watch your dog at the property if you have a day trip planned that won’t be dog-friendly.
You’ll love sweet Molly and Meghan, the resident Golden Retrievers, who make the inn truly feel like home.
The Inn at Restful Paws, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
This singular pet property is situated on 31 picturesque acres in central Massachusetts. “The place where pooches bring their people to relax,” is their motto. Impeccably-maintained landscaping with gazebos, wooded walking trails and picnic tables make your time outdoors with your dog a pleasure.
Don’t miss Rosie B’s, a special treat for four legged guests. Rosie B’s is a custom designed, dogs-only swimming pool that is indoors, in ground and treated with special nontoxic, non-chemical purification systems. Your dog will have a blast jumping in after toys or wading around in the beach-style shallow end.
Your room will come with “accident” cleaning supplies, a plush dog towel, a bean bag bed for the pup and a clever paw-print-proof bed cover for the peoples’ bed too. If your dog has energy to spare after their swim, there are on-site agility classes too!
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The Paw House Inn, Rutland, Vermont
This inn gained local prestige when the Travel Channel featured it as a prime destination for pet owners. Tucked in quaint Rutland near the Killington ski area, this B & B will treat your pups to plush bedding, homemade treats daily and a huge play area. There are hiking trails and 120 acres to romp on—even outdoor movie showings, which will please humans and dogs alike.
Mario’s Playhouse is a specially designed building where your pet can stay if you have special dinner or shopping plans that aren’t dog friendly. Climate controlled, safe and comfortable, it’s a great home base if you are out of the room.
Play time and long walks with the staff are included in your room fee if you are out on the slopes. This amazing place is so dedicated to pet friendliness that they impose a fee of $10 if you arrive without a pet!
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Harraseeket Inn, Freeport, Maine
In this colonial carriage house you’ll be greeted by the coziness of home in the form of crackling fireplaces, mouthwatering meals and opulent furnishings. For your pet, there is a welcome pack that includes a cushy bed, a tin of wet food, homemade biscuits, water dish and even complimentary cleanup bags.
The inn’s green policies extend to the herbicide free yard, which will come as a relief to dog owners. After play time, there is doggy room service available, or especially spoiled canines can be fed right off their human’s plate on the patio of the Broad Arrow Tavern.
As special gesture, the inn donates $5 from the nightly pet fee to the local Humane Society.
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This featured contribution was written by Noella Schink, who writes from Portland, Maine, where she lives and plays with her 8-year-old shih-tzu, Brutus. She wrote this article on behalf of Harry’s Picks, a new online community for dog lovers.