Beautiful antique furniture, big fluffy robes, extravagant breakfasts, and intimate settings are what most people bring to mind when thinking of bed and breakfast inns. Handmade doggie treats, however, is one luxurious amenity that one would not normally include. The truth is that more and more inns are accepting, as well as pampering four legged guests. Here is some information about how you and your dog can have a relaxing stay at a bed and breakfast.
If you decide to take your dog with you to stay at a bed and breakfast, it is important to plan your itinerary around them. It is key to book accommodations that are pet friendly. Visit www.BnBFinder.com/PetsWelcome, which lists more than 400 pet friendly inns in 300 cities around the country. With so many to choose from it is easy to find the perfect bed and breakfast for you and your dog.
When booking, tell the innkeeper that you want to bring your dog. Some inns have policies regarding the size, weight, and type of pet that they can accommodate. Make sure you find out if the innkeeper requires any special deposits or extra fees to cover your pet’s stay. Also, find out if there are animals that live at the inn to avoid any potential problems for your dog. Ask about designated rooms for people staying with their furry friends. These rooms are often located on the ground floor for easier access.
Upon arrival remind the innkeeper that you are traveling with a special guest. Some inns provide a goodie bag for dogs that include treats, pick up bags, and information on local veterinarians and pet friendly establishments. Check in with them and see if there are any restricted, as well as the designated places for pets both indoors and outdoors. Check with the innkeeper about walking your dog through the gardens, along the shore, or on trails. This way, you and your dog can take in the lovely atmospheres that help make bed and breakfasts so special.
As you will see when you get to your room, innkeepers put a great deal of effort in maintaining a beautiful, immaculate house, and it is your responsibility to keep it that way. Wipe your dog’s paws every time he comes in from outside. Discourage your dog from sleeping on the furniture and cover all furniture and the beds your pet might go on. Many inns provide special sheets, towels, and beds for your dog so that he too can relax in comfort. Put fresh water and food on a mat if you are feeding in the room and try to keep your dog on the same feeding schedule you would at home. Some inns will even provide your dog with fancy crystal dishes and homemade food and treats to let your dog know how pampered he truly is.
When you leave your room, refrain from leaving your dog behind. Most bed and breakfasts have policies against leaving your dog unattended. Crate your dog to avoid any unwanted situations if you are permitted to leave your dog in the room, and be sure that all employees of the inn know that your dog will be in there. Some inns offer in-room dog sitting services, as well as doggie daycare areas that allow your dog to socialize and play while you are off premises. When outdoors, keep your dog on a leash and always clean up after him. Respect all the guests at the inn and their feelings about dogs.
At the end of your stay at the inn, inspect your room for any damage your dog may have caused. Notify the innkeeper and volunteer to pay for any repairs. Pet friendly inns know that sometimes an accident may happen and would prefer you to let them know right after it happens so they may deal with it accordingly.
Doesn’t it sound nice to be able to go on a relaxing, intimate vacation and be able to bring your dog along? Many bed and breakfast innkeepers have said that some of their most memorable guests are dogs and their owners. Hopefully your visit at the bed and breakfast will be just as memorable!
Here are some bed and breakfasts that love to pamper you and your dogs too!
The Lodge at Sedona- www.bnbfinder.com/LodgeAtSedona Sedona, Arizona
The lodge is noted for being an extremely dog-friendly place to stay and offers many special amenities for your pet.
- Several designated main level King suites especially for guests visiting with dog companions.
- Throw blanket, extra towels, a comfortable sleeping cot and water bowl.
- Canine goodie bag at check-in.
- Designated landscaped Walking Area.
Collingwood Inn Bed and Breakfast- www.bnbfinder.com/Collingwood Ferndale, California
At Collingwood Inn, pets (and owners) are always welcome. Being the premier inn in Ferndale with pet-friendly rooms, they strive to please their four-legged guests as much as their two-legged ones!
- Designated rooms where pets are welcome.
- Water and food dishes, blankets, poop bags, and a “welcome treat".
Beside Still Waters Farm- www.bnbfinder.com/BesideStillWatersFarm Willits, California
Anderson, the inn’s dog welcomes you and your pet to come to their farm where his people will take really good care of you.
- Designated cottages for dog guests.
- Comfortable doggy beds and fancy crystal bowls.
- Homemade dog treats- “faux chocolate indulgence”.
Lazy L at Willow Creek- www.bnbfinder.com/LazyL Lewes, Delaware
The Lazy L is a pet friendly resort with a creek that dogs love. They welcome well-mannered, housebroken dogs to come enjoy all they have to offer.
- Large fenced in area for running, exercise and off-leash play.
- Pet walking services.
Gazebo Inn Ogunquit- www.bnbfinder.com/GazeboInn Ogunquit, Maine
The innkeepers understand how wonderful it is to bring the family pet on vacation, as they have in the past, and this is why they allow guests to bring small dogs.
- Information on vets very close by, and areas you can walk the dogs- beaches and pet friendly parks.
- Does not charge a fee for bringing your canine family member.
- Designated rooms for dogs and their owners.
The Lamb and Lion Inn- www.bnbfinder.com/LambandLion Barnstable, Massachusetts
You and your dog can enjoy this unique combination of a classic Cape Cod Inn with the spirit of a small luxury hotel.
- Provides special sheets and towels for your dog.
- Offers 4 beautiful acres to which your furry friend is welcome to explore.