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Florida Panhandle

Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals—“Pet-Friendly Travel for Pet-WELCOMING Memories”

No Pet Fee! The powder white sands and emerald water of the Gulf of Mexico await you with a wide range of affordable accommodations—most are pet-WELCOMING. Non-peak discounts—mention FIDOFriendly.

Multiple locations in Destin, Sandestin, 30-A, Panama City, and Ft. Walton Beach/Okaloosa Island.

Shoredreams.net
(855) 550-8005

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe Mountain Lodge, located at the base of Mount Mansfield within Stowe Mountain Resort, reaffirms Stowe’s place as a renowned four-season destination for discerning world travelers.


For over a century, Stowe has attracted visitors who cherish the beauty of the area's covered bridges, sparkling lakes, rambling woodlands and majestic peaks. Having opened in June 2008, Stowe Mountain Lodge sets a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for the East Coast's most magnificent resort. Built at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort, in the new "Vermont-Alpine" style, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a truly luxurious setting, while still paying respect to the Vermont traditions of utilizing local artisan products and embracing the tranquility of nature.

We know your dogs are part of the family and deserve a vacation as well. At Stowe Mountain Lodge, we create a relaxing experience for the whole family. When your dog joins in on the fun, they'll receive:

  • A plush dog bed
  • Vermont-inspired food and water bowl
  • A bag of assorted all natural treats wrapped in a paw print bag
  • A bottle of scented dog spritz

Click here to visit Stowe Mountain Lodge.

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport - Burlingame

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport - Burlingame

Located in the quaint town of Burlingame, the full service hotel offers complimentary, 24-hour airport shuttle service, which is only two miles from SFO and a local trolley to downtown Burlingame’s restaurant and shopping district.  Just two miles from San Francisco International Airport.

Guests with canine companions can have a maximum of two dogs, up to 50 pounds each, in their guest room. The “Doggie Welcome Kit” includes a welcome letter, “dog on vacation” door hanger, a Hyatt branded dog bed, bowl, ID tag, and special dog treats.  Fee: $35 per dog.

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Candlewood Suites- The Woodlands

Candlewood Suites- The Woodlands

Our location in The Woodlands is nearby many upscale shopping areas such as The Woodlands Mall, the boutiques of Market Street, and Old Town Spring as well as many family friendly entertainment areas like Spashtown and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion.

If its a run through the park you're looking for, The Woodlands offers over 160 miles of hike and bike trails and many dog parks to choose from for a relaxing day outside.

Whether you are visiting for pleasure at the Texas Renaissance Festival, or participating in a sporting event at the Natatorium swimming complex, our leisure and corporate travelers are sure to enjoy the comforts of home at our Candlewood Suites. 

At our hotel, we put the amenities where they count- in your room. Our guests can enjoy our suites with fully equipped kitchens and relax in a recliner while watching movies from our free movie library. Business travelers will work more efficiently utilizing their suites executive desk and high speed internet access. The exercise facility, outdoor pool and covered gazebo with grill and sitting area offer an exciting alternative to a busy day of travel and work. 

The free guest laundry and "Cupboard" convenience store are also unique amenities of Candlewood Suites. We invite you to "Consider Us Home" during your next trip to The Woodlands, Texas.To enter, please write what you and your four legged friend would do with a trip to The Woodlands, TX.

 

Rachel Findley
17525 St. Lukes Way
Texas, 77382

(936) 271-2100
ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cw/1/en/hotel/houww

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Delamar Greenwich Harbor - Greenwich, CT

Delamar Greenwich Harbor - Greenwich, CT

Delamar Greenwich Harbor is arguably one of the most elegant boutique hotels in the country. This stunning jewel is located along the beautiful Greenwich Harbor in Fairfield County, Connecticut, offering its discerning guests 82 Deluxe Rooms and Suites, all designed to evoke an ambiance of old world charm, bespoke services and modern technology. Delamar Greenwich Harbor features a full service spa by Elemis, 500 feet of private dock and an award winning restaurant and bar, L'escale.

Whether your travels bring you here for business or a weekend getaway, we are delighted to exceed your every need.

Delamar Greenwich Harbor is a proud member of the prestigious "Small Luxury Hotels of the World".

Delamar Greenwich Harbor
500 Steamboat Road,
Greenwich, CT 06830

(203) 661-9800
(866) 335-2627
delamargreenwich.com

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast Inn

Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast Inn

Stonehurst Place offers elegant designer interiors and the same luxury amenities and greycoat service found in boutique hotels. Heralded for gourmet breakfasts, superior service and convenient Midtown location. Recent awards include Best Urban Inn, Best Luxury Hotel, Best Business Hotel, Best Romantic Hotel, Best Amenities and Most Comfy Bed Hotel.

Travel light with your dog ... we'll provide a lovely dog bed, food and water bowls, current issue of FIDO Friendly magazine, and a Stonehurst Place treat to Pamper Your Pooch!

We do require dogs to be on-leash at all times, both in house and in the gardens, and request you not leave your dog unattended. Dog bed, food and water bowls are for use while staying with us, and are returned at check-out.

FREE Pampered Pooch Package with stays of three or more nights at rack rates!  $100 value.

Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast Inn
923 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 881-0722
stonehurstplace.com

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Inn at Cape Kiwanda - Pacific City, OR

Inn at Cape Kiwanda - Pacific City, OR

Pamper yourself and Fido at the oceanview boutique hotel where each room has a private balcony, gas fireplace and down comforters. At Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Fido and you will enjoy the No Excuses Service, and Fido enjoys the pampered pet stay for only $20 per pet, per night. Amenities include: pet-friendly rooms, pet treats at check-in, pet towels and blankets, a warm water wash/shower station including a mutt mitt dispenser, pet food/water dishes (upon request), and lots of love and attention to our furry 4-legged friends!

33105 Cape Kiwanda Drive
Pacific City, OR 97135

(888) 965-7001
innatcapekiwanda.com

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash

Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash

Bark 'N Bubbles Dog Wash gives you all the self washing tools you need to make your dog look and smell great! If you don't want to get your hands dirty, take advantage of our new We Wash drop-off service and pick from one numerous packages. Think grooming only makes your dog look good? Not so! One of the most important things you can do to maintain your dog's health is to make sure he or she stays well groomed. Regular grooming will ensure that potential problems like parasites and skin conditions are prevented and dealt with swiftly. Having a healthy coat benefits your dog in so many ways. By maintaining good grooming habits, you are doing far more than just showing off your dog's beautiful fur. You are also giving your dog the gift of good health. You wash, we wash, professional grooming, Bark Lounge, charity dog washes, all-natural retail items and much more! Franchise opportunities available…

 

Bark ‘N Bubbles & Bark ‘N Play
20604 Gordon Park Sq, #170
Ashburn, VA 20147
barknbubblesdogwash.com/ashburn
(703) 729-3161

Bark ‘N Bubbles of Fairfax
11725 Lee Hwy., #A-17A
Fairfax, VA 22030
barknbubblesdogwash.com/fairfax
(703) 352-WASH (9274)
 
Bark ‘N Bubbles Dog Wash (Corporate office)
795 Center Street, 1A & B
Herndon, VA 20170
barknbubblesdogwash.com/herndon
(703) 437-WASH (9274)

Bark ‘N Bubbles of Leesburg
545 E. Market Street, Suite F
Leesburg, VA 20176
barknbubblesdogwash.com/leesburg
(703) 777-6269

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Half Moon Bay Inn - Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay Inn - Half Moon Bay, CA

This magnificent, award-winning boutique inn was built in 1932 and recently renovated to preserve its Spanish Revival Architecture. Our gorgeous and luxurious rooms have an old world charm, designed with your comfort in mind. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Half Moon Bay, you’re just a stroll away from some of the best restaurants and shops including the locally-celebrated on-site restaurant, It’s Italia, where you can cozy up to the fireplace on the terra cotta tiled patio. During your stay, explore the beautiful Northern California coastline, rich with state parks, beaches, farms and rural hamlets tucked between the coastal range and the Pacific Ocean. This fantastical and luscious location is like a little bit of Europe in downtown Half Moon Bay.

Dogs of all sizes welcome! When you make your reservation, please let us know that you’ll be bringing your dog to the Half Moon Bay Inn. Dog beds and bowls are provided during your stay. Dogs are welcome on the patio of It’s Italia, our fabulous on-site restaurant.

401 Main St.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

halfmoonbayinn.com

(650) 726-1177

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  The Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio - Carmel, CA

The Vagabond’s House Boutique Inn & Spa Studio - Carmel, CA

The Vagabond's House, a pet friendly Carmel Boutique Inn, is a wonderful place to stay as you travel with your pet to Carmel. Carmel is a pet friendly town where dogs can run free on Carmel Beach, and walk on leash throughout the town. Doggie pick up bags and a spot to wash off your pet after a romp at the beach are located in the Courtyard. Rooms range from $165 to $275. Where artists, writers and travelers come together under the ancient oak, amongst treasures from the past, to relax in the peaceful and inspiring luxuries of today. From the magical courtyard to the breakfast tray delivered daily, this inn always feels like home. 

Pets cannot be left alone in the room at any time under any circumstances, must be kept on a lead in public areas, not permitted on the furniture without inn-provided pet blanket. When you make your reservation please notify us that your pet(s) will be joining you. Please note: There is a $30 pet fee per night for one pet, a $50 fee for 2 pets, or a $70 charge for three pets per night.

Dolores and 4th Ave
Carmel, CA 93921

vagabondshouseinn.com
(831) 624-7738


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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Camas Hotel - Camas, WA

Camas Hotel - Camas, WA

Friendly staff, classically elegant rooms and a relaxing new Atrium ensure a pleasant visit. Conveniently located only 12 minutes from the Portland Airport, at the mouth of the scenic Columbia River Gorge yet only 1/2 hour from downtown Portland, the Camas Hotel provides a unique and convenient haven for travelers.

Downtown Camas is a wonderful place for a relaxing stroll. There are numerous local spas, shops and some excellent restaurants nearby. The historic Liberty Theater is only a block away. Our award-winning, onsite restaurant and cocktail bar, Oliver's at the Camas Hotel, is sure to please even the most discerning palates.

Clean and quiet dogs  50 lbs. or under allowed in pet-friendly rooms. Limit of 2 total. $20/nt fee for each dog. Should not be left along for more than 1.5 hours (basically for meals).

405 NE 4th Avenue
Camas, WA 98607

camashotel.com
(360) 834-5722

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Cottages at Little River Cove

Cottages at Little River Cove

The Cottages at Little River Cove are havens for travelers and their pets. Situated high on a bluff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, each cottage is newly renovated and features a great ocean view, full kitchen, bedroom, sleeper sofa and flat panel TV.  We love well behaved pets! We have six pet-friendly cottages available and welcome our four-footed guests with pet beds, food and water bowls, and an outdoor pet shower.     

7533 North Highway One
PO Box 387
Mendocino, CA 95456

cottagesatlittlerivercove.com
(707) 937-5339

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Westwood - Los Angeles, CA

Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Westwood - Los Angeles, CA

The story of Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Westwood is Art in Motion. The experience at Hotel Palomar is one of timeless sophistication paying homage to art`s many articulations such as visual art, fashion, dance, literature and architecture.  All Kimpton Hotels will graciously welcome pets. Kimpton is the first hotel company to not only accommodate pets but more importantly feature the expanded creative services and amenities our hotels feature. There are no weight or size limitations.   

10740 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

hotelpalomar-lawestwood.com
(310) 475-8711

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Lamp Lighter Inn/Sunset House - Carmel, CA

Lamp Lighter Inn/Sunset House - Carmel, CA

Closest Inn to the famous pet-friendly Carmel Beach. Pets to be on lead and never left unattended in room.  

P.O.Box A-F
Carmel, CA 93921

carmellamplighter.com
(831) 624-7372 

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Montage Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, CA

Montage Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, CA

Set in the Golden Triangle just steps from Rodeo Drive, between Canon and Beverly Drives, the luxurious Montage Beverly Hills features 201 guestrooms, including 55 suites, three restaurants, a 20,000-square-foot, two-story spa, and a rooftop pool are just some of the features that'll leave you feelin' VIP. Pets are welcome to enjoy Montage Beverly Hills just as you would, but we ask that they do not enter restaurants, pool or spa areas. Please visit our site for complete details. 

225 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

montagebeverlyhills.com
(310) 860-7800

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Houseboats.com - Bella Vista, CA

Houseboats.com - Bella Vista, CA

Luxury houseboat vacations on 3 California lakes-Shasta, McClure and New Melones. Seven pet-friendly models, 10-22 passengers, 3, 4 or 7 night voyages. Must have leash on docks.

PO Box 1189
Bella Vista, CA 96008

houseboats.com
(877) 468-7326

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa - Scottsdale, AZ

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa - Scottsdale, AZ

Set amidst flowering cacti and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains, the resort features a 2.5-acre "water playground" with 10 pools, sand beach, and 3-story waterslide. Additional amenities include championship golf, tennis and so much more. The "4Paws" non-refundable rate for pets, which must weigh 40 lbs or less, is $25 per visit through September 7, 2009, and $50 per visit from September 8 through May.

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Scottsdale.hyatt.com
(480) 483-5597    

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Arsenic and Old Lace Bed & Breakfast Inn - Eureka Springs, AR

Arsenic and Old Lace Bed & Breakfast Inn - Eureka Springs, AR

Arsenic and Old Lace is your luxury B&B escape in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Our Inn has 2 "Fido Friendly" rooms. Let us let us treat you like you treat your 4-legged family member. Dogs are welcomed in the Patio and Library Rooms with prior approval. $30.00 one time pet fee.

60 Hillside Ave.
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

EurekaSpringsRomanceBB.com
(479) 253-5454

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast - Eureka Springs, AR

5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast - Eureka Springs, AR

Visit historic 5 Ojo Inn Bed and Breakfast in Eureka Springs and experience exemplary Ozark hospitality and gourmet breakfasts in a luxurious setting. Jacuzzi`s, fireplaces, complimentary drinks and snacks in your room. Dogs up to 50 pounds are welcomed in either the Carriage House or the Anniversary Suite with prior approval of the innkeepers.

5 Ojo Street
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

5ojo.com
479-253-6734

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Anchors Inn Waterfront Cabins - Ucluelet, B.C.

Anchors Inn Waterfront Cabins - Ucluelet, B.C.

Anchors Inn Waterfront Cabins is a half acre of decadence, including two cabins and one suite. Each unit sleeps two;  enjoy the privacy and indulge in the romance. Gated decks give you the sense of intimacy and security. Self-catered breakfast included. All pets welcome - $20 per pet per stay donation requested for our local SPCA.

Box 541, 131 Garden Street
Ucluelet, B.C. V0R 3A0
Canada

anchorsinn.com

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  The Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging - Lincoln City, OR

The Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging - Lincoln City, OR

Heaven for canines and canine walkers, Lincoln City boasts miles of spectacular and uncrowded beach just steps from the clean and comfortable oceanfront rooms at the ultra-friendly Sea Horse.

 

1301 NW 21st
Lincoln City, OR 97367
seahorsemotel.com

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Fagan’s Haven B & B - Boring, OR

Fagan’s Haven B & B - Boring, OR

While staying at Fagan's Haven B&B you are near hiking, fishing, golfing, fabulous snow-covered Mt Hood, and some of the greatest quilt stores on the West Coast. Whether in the Sewing and Crafts Studio, the B&B, or outside, on clear days you can enjoy a view of Mt. Hood while working on your favorite craft or sewing project.

Well mannered dogs are welcome to bring their people, and may sleep on the floor or bed. Dogs may be off-leash indoors, but must be on-leash outdoors for the safety of resident critters.

14024 SE Holy View Terrace
Boring, OR 97009

faganshavenbnb.com

(503) 658-2010

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Inn by the Sea

Inn by the Sea

Inn by the Sea rolls out a foamy coastline ready for Fido and family.

Overlooking the untouched beauty that is Crescent Beach, Maine, Inn by the Sea is an eco-sensitive celebration in hospitality featuring water-view dining; full-service spa with 57 guest rooms, suites and cottages; acres of protected seaside plantings—and it is completely Fido-friendly. Inn by the Sea holds the esteemed honor of being one of the first luxury hotels in the US to accept pets. We embrace and rejoice in that standard.

Pets stay free and are provided water bowls, beach towels, cozy L.L. Bean dog blankets, handmade treats at turn down and information upon check-in of area Fido-friendly “must-sees” and “go-tos.” With all these “extras,” could Inn by the Sea possibly up the bark any higher?…

Inn by the Sea

See full story Issue 049.

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  The Westin - Denver, CO

The Westin - Denver, CO

In  the heart of a bustling metropolitan downtown beats the heart of a Fido-friendly four-diamond hotel. Go mile high and take a trek to Denver, Colorado, for some Rocky Mountain hospitality at The Westin Denver Downtown (formerly known as Westin Tabor).

Despite its hub-of-the-city location, parking is plentiful at the on-site parkade. The attentive valet service took care of our needs and displayed extreme graciousness to our pooch. The rooms are some of the largest we have stayed in, and Fido is welcome to do some “chillaxing” on Westin’s Heavenly Bed®. So divine are the pillows, bed and linens that Westin makes them available for purchase…

With a grassy area for Fido nearby, access to a host of Fido-friendly stores and amenities at the 16th Street Mall, the Westin Denver is a picture-perfect hotel when staying in the Denver area...

Go Mile High and take a trek to Denver, Colorado for some doggone Fido friendly fun!!

We visited the Denver, Colorado region and stayed at the Westin Downtown Denver where we discovered just how Fido welcoming and enjoyable the nearby 16th Street Mall area is.

In the heart of Denver’s downtown area is a mile-long pedestrian mall. This tree-lined region is a mile long and brimming with shops, chain stores, quaint boutiques, and plenty of cafes and eateries.

FIDO is welcome to explore this region with you, as it is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown Denver district.

Many of the restaurants and cafes allow Fido to eat with you outside as you watch the passersby and enjoy the feel of a small town within the surroundings of big city. We chose the Corner Bakery Café, where toasty panninis, grilled sandwiches, and divine desserts made for a delectable outdoor dining experience (highly recommended: the lemon bars).

Be sure to stop by the Barkin’ Boutique and Bakery for some Fido gourmet treats and goodies  (note: we love the glow-in-the-dark “My Mummy Loves Me” Halloween shirt).

Stop for some gelato, window shop, have a sample of Rocky Mountain chocolate (the apples are oh-so-worth the trip), and grab some Broncos souvenirs along this downtown district’s pathways.

Check out this video FIDO Friendly shot and make this one of your “places to spend a day” the next time you are in the Denver area.

For the Full Story, see Issue 047.

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Yurts

Yurts

Yurt Locker

When Fido has that particular scratch that needs itching, the one that can only be relieved by a ruffing-it adventure, there are many options— all of which Fido will be up for. Camping or backpacking may be Fido’s favorites, but when you don’t want to have to haul all the gear while your dog just runs around with his tongue sticking out of his mouth, the perfect option is to rent a Yurt…

More Yurt Listings
parks.state.co.us
loonlakerv.com
voga.org
sbwellnessdirectory.com
normandyfarms.com
visitmaine.com

See Full story in Issue 044.

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Love It or Leaf It! Our Top 10 Leafy Destinations

Love It or Leaf It! Our Top 10 Leafy Destinations

That’s not a typo but rather what Fido will be doing as you crunch through autumn’s quilt that blankets our nation’s trees this fall. Not sure if you’re a leaf peeper? Do you love the gorgeous fall foliage and rich hues turning green leaves to goldens, oranges and reds? Then grab the camera, pack some apple cider and a few Fido biscuits and head for less-than-greener pastures, as FIDO Friendly presents the Top 10 Leaf-Peeping destinations.

Washington County Maine
Looking to the trees and wishing to escape the tourists? Head over to Washington County for a tranquil natural fortitude. Regionally, the birch, oak, aspen, maple, and ash trees produce a vibrant array of burnt oranges and fi ery reds. Also famous for being the world’s largest blueberry producer, take home a few quarts and sample the pies and pancakes while visiting. This area is generally the first place the sunrises each morning on US soil. Washington County is comprised of 85 percent woodlands, eight percent lakes and four percent bogs, so one can imagine the bountiful beauty gracing the landscape in the autumn months.

Acadia National Park in Mount Desert Maine
In 1947, a fire destroyed many spruce-fi r trees in this historic park and left behind pockets of space for the rich colors of fall to showcase themselves. Considered to be one of the best views in the state of Maine, the top of Cadillac Mountain at 1,532 feet is the highest point along the north Atlantic seaboard. Fido is welcome to color gaze with you. The “peak” season is generally considered to be mid-October but this varies. Certain lakes and trails prohibit Fido but the majority of Acadia welcomes the canine variety.

Lake Champlain Vermont
Complete with its own seven-day fall foliage calendar, Lake Champlain is one of North America’s best places to fish. Instead of walking or riding through fall foliage, the waters of the lake invite a boat ride amidst historic lighthouses and forests of fall foliage. The Fido-friendly resort of Basin Harbor Club and Resort is located right on the lake. While in Vermont, check out Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury. Situated on this glorious land is 400 acres of nature, leaves and the famous Dog Chapel.

Catskill Mountains New York
Located in New York’s Hudson Valley and within 100 miles north of the city, nestled away is this beautiful mountainous region harboring vibrancy and golds galore. During the last two weeks of September and up until mid-October Fido is sure to “start spreading the news” in this historic region. Harvest festivals, farmers markets, orchard picking and craft fairs line the charming towns that surround the Catskills. Often called “America’s First Wilderness,” there’s enough here to do to make a complete week’s vacation out of it. There is a unique leaf identification and peak peeping map online.

Pocono Mountains Pennsylvania
Known to many as the “honeymoon capital of the world,” Pennsylvania is home to 127 tree varieties, so early fall reveals a glorious blanket of ambers, purples, oranges and more. Pack a picnic and take Fido to the Delaware River area where eagles soar, a rural countryside graces the landscape and sightseeing is at its most spectacular finest. State parks and wineries galore are scattered throughout this section of the state.

Shenandoah Valley Washington DC
Spend some time exploring Washington DC with Fido (including hiking Arlington National Cemetery together) and then head over to the nearby Virginian Shenandoah Valley. Located 90 miles west of the Capital Beltway, Shenandoah National Park features over 500 miles of trails and close to 200,000 acres of land. Take the scenic route and let Fido sniff the aromatic pleasures gracing the grounds along Skyline Drive. This 100+ mile road meanders throughout the length of Shenandoah National Park.

Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina
Spanning 469 miles and connecting the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, this scenic drive is riddled with nature areas, trails and plenty of overlooks to pit-stop and take in nature’s beauty. Explore your inner hiker and take Fido to Grandfather Mountain along the parkway in Linville, North Carolina. Of special interest is Blowing Rock in the town of the same name. A 4,000 foot cliff overhanging a river gorge.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Texas
Yee haw meets dog paw and Fido’s ready to hit the fall trail. Nature’s spectacle displays her glory at McKittrick Canyon, one of the most prized locations in the entire state. Enchanting in this region are the leaves plus the cacti. Rock enthusiasts rejoice at Permian Reef. Trees of the region include Alligator Juniper, Ponderosa Pine and Velvet Ash. Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in all of Texas at 8,749 feet. For those less inclined to high the 80 miles of trails, a 4×4 road runs through the park for scenic driving.

Aspen Colorado
Though images of ski slopes and powder hounds, Aspen is not only king of snow. Rich yellow-gold leaves glisten on the aspen trees at their peak every fall. The John Denver Sanctuary is small yet rich in beauty and the nature Denver sang about in so many of his songs. Behold the quaking aspen tree of North America while visiting Denver. Listen closely when autumn’s breeze shakes the leaves and they “quake” and shimmer in the wind. Backpack through San Isabel National Forest where over a million acres of mountains are sure to take both yours and Fido’s breath away.

Great River Road Wisconsin
Located in the western region of the state, this area winds 250 miles along the shores of the Mississippi river. Quaint towns pepper themselves along the route for plenty of sightseeing, leaf peeping and Fido pit stops. Steamboats including the Delta Queen may pass by, as visitors are welcome to 50 local parks and beaches. The road generally parallels the river but where it does sway from it, vistas and spectacular farmlands are abundant. Learn more.

Illustration Corey Olin
Photography courtesy istock/Elena Thewise

Full story at Issue 045.

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Top 10 FIDO Friendly Beaches

Top 10 FIDO Friendly Beaches

The dog days of summer are upon us! Visions of sand castles, ocean waves, SPF, and your canine BFF delight. We’ve scoured the country for the Fido-friendliest seashores on which to play Bowser beach blanket bingo (or take long walks with toes and paws in the sand). So pack a basket, leash, suntan lotion and a canteen of water: Summertime’s upon us and Fido says Surf’s Up!

Photography Susan Sims
Photography courtesy Huntington Beach Dog Beach

Huntington Beach, California
There are beaches and then there are those with Dog in their name, imploring us to wag our tails in the direction of Huntington Beach Dog Beach. Aptly located about 10 miles from Disneyland, this beach is an amusement park of sorts for Fido. Leash-less and living large is how Fido will feel sinking his paws into the sand. Doggie alfresco diners abound in the area, so Fido and his guardian can cool down after a hot day of surf and sand.

Carmel-by-the Sea, California
Wish we all could be California dogs might just ring true when visiting this very Fido friendly beach. Leave preconceived notions and leashes in the car because Fido is free to frolic off lead under voice control. So Fido-friendly is this beach area that they have their own newspaper, Doggie Gazette. Nearby Carmel Fountain is for dogs only and many stores along Ocean Avenue allow Fido to shop inside with his guardian. Keep the outdoor spirit flowing after a day at the beach and dine alfresco at one of the many Fido-friendly restaurants in the area.

Susan Kimmelman Off-Leash Dog Beach
(Montrose Dog Beach), Chicago, Illinois
Dogs are welcome to channel their inner puppy and head for sandy beaches from the waves of Montrose Dog Beach. Ensconced in shallow waters for the smaller Fido ‘guppies’ and rougher waters for the braver pooches, this beach has something for everyone in Fido’s family. Leave the leash at home (or at least in the car) and be sure to pay your $5 fee for a dog beach tag. If visiting Chicago, you’ll want to make a trip to this fun-in-the-sun getaway for the canine member of your entourage.

Dog Beach, Ocean Beach, California
Year round off lead: four words to delight any Fido-friendly beachgoer’s ears. This rings true at the popular Dog Beach in beautiful Ocean Beach. This section of beach is located at the north end for canines to let loose and lap it up. Ocean Beach is a small community located a few miles northwest of San Diego. Off-leash is a dog’s Disneyland, and with 38 acres to explore, this beach has been open to Fido since 1972. Keep the good karma swimming and please pick up after your pet.

Del Mar Dog Beach (Also known as North Beach), Del Mar, California
From 29th Street to the Solana Beach border, leashed dogs are permitted from June 15th through Labor Day. From Labor Day through June 14th, Fido is welcomed to explore the beach leash-free under guardian voice command. Looking to mingle with like-minded Fido folk and their furry friends? Del Mar Dog Beach is a very social and easygoing, clean beach where dogs can play amidst the ocean’s surf. Pay attention to high tide periods so you can sink paws into sand and not rocks.

Coronado Dog Beach
, Coronado, California
Draw paw circles in the sand at this beachy find near the Naval Air Station. Fido is welcome to channel his inner surfer, as Coronado Dog Beach is leash-less. Restrooms for humans on premises and a water spigot at the entrance to wash sandy paws. The beach is far enough from the road to feel safe and close enough to the ocean to catch a wave. The Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog competition is held nearby as Fido takes to the water to surf.

Town of Duck Beaches
, North Carolina
Beaches aren’t public access, so for those traveling with Fido, you’re in for unleashed luck in Duck! Dogs are permitted to play on the town’s beach under voice control of their watchful guardian. Fido is allowed off lead on Duck’s beach year-round. Due to their lack of public access, the beaches tend to be less crowded and more intimate. In fact, the Travel Channel’s annual America’s Best Beaches List ranks Duck’s beach amongst the highest. With its miles of clean beaches and surrounding shops and activities, not only is this a Fido-friendly beach town but a great vacation getaway.

Fort DeSoto Dog Beach
, Fort DeSoto, Florida
An entire section of this Fido-friendly beach is totally leash-free! In addition to having fun in the beach sun, Fido is welcome to visit Paw Playground and play to his heart’s content. Wash sandy paws and cool Fido off with a frolic in the water or borrow the hose available on site. “Fido’s dream beach come true,” “family and Fido-friendly to the max” and “clean and serene” are all comments beachgoers have shared about this tail-waggin’ find!

Cape San Blas beaches
, Florida Panhandle/Gulf County
Some areas like Fido on their beaches, but the sandy coastline of Cape San Blas says they LOVE dogs on their beaches! Nearby pet-friendly rentals add to the convenience and hospitality extended to canine travelers. Fido is allowed to take in the ocean air ANY time, as there are no set “dog” hours. Several restaurants in the Apalachicola area welcome Fido, so hit the surf and refuel on the turf.

Dog Beach (Bonita Beach Road), Lee County, Florida
Bring soda for your thirst and expect SOODA when you arrive. SOODA is Save Our Off Leash Dog Area, and is a group of local volunteers who maintain this beach. Beach size varies according to tide and time. Located in the coastal tideland area of south Lee County, this leash-less beach is the perfect place to leave pawprints in the sand. The county’s honor system trusts that Fido will be under guardian command, and as always bring waste bags.

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Amsterdam

Amsterdam

...Amsterdam is one of the most Fido-loving cities in the world. Luckily, it’s also one of the easiest to navigate with a four-legged friend. A walk in this charming capital wends past picturesque canals, through lively neighborhood markets and into Fido-friendly shops, cafes, restaurants and beyond.

But it’s the many public parks that make this pocket-size city especially Fido-friendly. There are more than 30 to choose from, and most allow dogs of all sizes. Below are top recommendations on where to spend the day outdoors with your trusty companion:

Vondelpark
The largest park in the city and easily the most popular (it attracts more than 10 million visitors each year). It is conveniently located near the major museums and the popular Leidseplein area. The park offers 120 acres of open green space, small lakes and an outdoor theater with free concerts during the summertime. There are several cafes and restaurants within the park, including a lovely open-air Fido-friendly terrace at the Filmmuseum. It can get a bit over-crowded during the summer, which makes it a great choice for people-watching but not for a quiet day with Fido. The main entrance is located between Leidseplein and Museumplein.  Trams 1, 2, 3, 5 and 12 stop near the park.

Oosterpark
A smaller neighborhood park that satisfies pets with a large duck pond and plenty of green grass.  It displays many interesting sculptures, memorials and monuments along the pathways. This park is an excellent option if you are looking to soak up some local culture while also spending time outdoors with Fido, and it’s located in the eastern side of Amsterdam.  Trams 3, 7, 9, 10 and 14 stop near the park.

Flevopark
To really escape from the city while remaining within its borders, a visit to Flevopark is a must. The park is only a 15-minute tram ride from the city center, but it offers peace and tranquility not found anywhere else in Amsterdam. This under-rated park is comprised of open green fields, trails through forests, a fitness trail and even a dog beach during the summer. It’s the best park in Amsterdam for those seeking to take a break from the urban landscape, and it’s located in the eastern side of Amsterdam.  Trams 7 and 14 go to Flevopark.

Westerpark
As its name suggests, this park is located on the western side of the city. This part of Amsterdam is a busy residential area. The land used to belong to a now-defunct gas factory and most buildings still remain, adding an intriguing architectural quality the other parks lack. The park is now the site of many cultural activities including art exhibitions, large music festivals and performances in its theater and cinema.  It has an excellent combination of cultural activities and outdoor fun.  It’s located on the western side of Amsterdam, and Bus 21 goes to Westergasterrein.

Keukenhof Gardens
Leashed dogs are welcome. The park is within easy reach of Amsterdam and offers a great retreat from the city. 

All of Amsterdam’s parks are best enjoyed during the spring and summer months when the weather warms up and the days are longer. Most parks are open from sunrise to sunset (which can be as late as 11PM in June).  While there are leash laws in the city, these are usually ignored in practice, and it is common to see dogs running around without their humans.

Everyone knows the numerous and interesting reasons that Amsterdam is a unique European city. Let it now be known that another reason on the list is that Fido can romp freely due to all of these friendly parks.

Travel Requirements:
✔ Health certificate (with USDA/APHIS endorsement).
✔Rabies vaccination at least 21 days prior to arrival.  A blood test may also be required.
✔Electronic microchip. Note: Airlines and states may have additional requirements


European Pet Import
Pet Export

Amsterdam Visitor's Information

If planning on traveling around Europe, it is advised to get an EU pet passport from any approved vet upon arrival. Leashed dogs are permitted on all forms of public transport for free. This includes the trams, buses and metro. Leashed dogs are allowed on board all trains. If the dog is not in a carrier or crate, a 3 day ticket needs to be purchased.

10 Things Fido Might Say in Amsterdam

  1. Two Great Danes in the Red Light District: “Honestly honey, that Poodle is just an old high school friend.”
  2. Papillion: “Van Gogh museum? Have you seen what he does to ears?”
  3. Two Rottweilers in a bar: “I’ve been on so many blind dates, I oughta get a free dog!”
  4. One Airedale to another in a vet’s office:  “Frankly, I support bacteria. It’s the only culture some folks have.”
  5. At customs: “No, no, it’s Spinone like the breed, not spumoni like the dessert!”
  6. One Japanese Chin to another: “Did you pack the camera?”
  7. Cairn Terrier while looking at the famous Amsterdam canals: “We’re not in Kansas anymore!”
  8. Sussex Spaniel to his significant other in a designer boutique: “The way you spend money, the Royal Palace won’t be the only thing that’s baroque!”
  9. Group of Border Collies in Vondelpark: “Last one to herd 10 tourists is a rotten egg!”
  10. Pharaoh Hound puppy to German Shepherd Dog walking through a street market: “Have you seen my mummy?”

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The Riviera Resort & Spa - Palms Spring, CA

…N. Palm Canyon Drive is Pam Spring’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame and invites a casual stroll to read the names of the famous whose lives not only impacted Hollywood, but Palm Springs too. You may even spy some famous faces in real life, as this city is a retreat for the rich and famous.

This street also has two fabulous pet boutiques to browse and shop. Warm Heart and Cold Nose has some very trendy merchandise. While Pawz situated behind a coffee shop called Koffi  (known for its delicious muffins for humans) has some delicious dog treats. The store opens out on to a pocket-size dog park for hanging out and munching on goodies just purchased. Pawz owners Suzanne Delahanty and Paula Walters generously donate 20 percent of all sales toward funding a new no-kill shelter for the city.

And while you’re browsing stop in at The Alley, a furniture and home décor store offering a treasure chest of fabulous merchandise.  Don’t worry, Fido is very welcome to browse too.

Now that’s Fido-friendly for you! 

The Riviera Resort and Spa
1600 North Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-8311

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Travel  >  Destinations  >  Paws Up Resort - Greenough, MT

Paws Up Resort - Greenough, MT

37,000 acres of playground for you and your pup.

Montana is different. I knew there had to be a reason why the slogan “The Last Best Place” accompanied any discussion of Montana, but only when you visit this special state does the meaning truly take hold. Paws Up Resort in Greenough, MT, held its fi rst annual Wine & Bitch event that attracted an eclectic group of mutts and mutt lovers. There are few vacations where Fido feels as welcome as you do.

Paws Up Resort is such a place. Even the name of the resort resembles owners Dave and Nadine Lipson’s love for animals and genuine family-like hospitality. The name Paws Up originated several years back when the Lipsons would visit a ranch that had two dogs that would always great them with two paws up. The welcoming gesture stayed with the Lipsons and the name expresses the nature of this resort.

Greenough is about 45 minutes away from the Missoula International Airport. If you’re fl ying into Montana, a bellman from the resort will meet you upon arrival and provide your pack with transportation to the resort. There are more than 30 homes to choose from, and all vary in size and location. With 37,000 acres, you have options! All homes are uniquely styled with Nadine Lipson’s own touch and offer plush elegance in a country setting. Guests are provided with their own electric golf cart to travel around the property on special cart paths that light up at dusk.

You sure are not limited in accommodation options. If you’d like a more rugged elegance, plan to visit the resort during the warmer months where tents and romantic furniture create a never-before-had experience. Tent city gets you closer to nature, while still in a king-size bed! The owners and staff at Paws Up Resort are innovative, and will try to accommodate most guests’ requests. (Sorry, currently no pups allowed in pup tents.)

The first night of the Wine & Bitch weekend started with all guests and their dogs invited to a cocktail reception where canine and human alike mingled in the Lewis & Clark Reception Barn. One of the famous guests at the resort during the weekend event was Kevin Salem, “the dog prodigy.” He offered priceless training advice in an upbeat manner to dog guardians throughout the weekend.

After everyone got acquainted the staff took each dog out for doggie daycare while the pet parents adjourned to the Pomp Restaurant for a delicious evening of food and wine. Mutt Lynch Winery co-sponsored this fi rst annual Wine & Bitch weekend with select wine pairings for each dish of a gourmet meal. Doggie bags were given at the end of the meal to take home to a played-out Fido.

There are many activities offered at the resort you can enjoy with Fido. Hiking is top on the list, and Paws Up Resort has an outdoor activities center that those in the know call “WO,” which stands for Wilderness Outpost. At the WO you can reserve your spot on a doggie geocache hike, where a guide leads a scenic hike, hands you a couple of GPS units and lets you and Fido fi nd some of the hidden treasures on the trail. Dogs on voice command can wander ahead as Tasha did. She was the leader of our pack and would come back, search through the crowd until she found me and then she’d bound ahead to clear the path for all. After a long hike, you may want to head to Spa Town where both you and your pup can get the royal massage treatment.

The second night of the Wine & Bitch weekend offered a unique experience for pets and pet parents. All guests were shuttled to the immaculate Saddle Club, an equestrian center, where wine and hors d’oeuvres were served while agility and training demonstrations were performed in the rodeo ring. Owners displayed a quality of confi dence in what some may consider a recipe for chaos: dogs off leash, food, wine and ringside entertainment. Instead, all dog guardians slipped into a casual role of knowing where to keep food out of Fido’s reach, and with all guests eyeing the same vision of party elegance, all canines followed suit and took their guardians’ lead of creating a calm atmosphere. This was the pinnacle of the weekend; I stood back as a proud parent and watched Tasha “work” the room, going from one person to the next canine and back to me to check in. I don’t use the word cute too often, but that was the cutest thing I have seen her do.

After we all had our individual pictures taken with our pups on hay bales we sat down in the Tack Room to an elegant doggie-themed buffet style dinner prepared by the resort’s chef. The food was delicious and with Tasha and other dogs at my feet I felt this was the life. I cannot say enough about the food prepared by the resort chef throughout the weekend. The wine pairings were perfect and each dish offered a surprise to the senses.

My only disappointment about the weekend was leaving. We could have used a few extra days at a resort that truly welcomes Fido. Some of the wonderful people I met on the vacation are throwing a post-Wine & Bitch get together, so the party continues. Sounds like Paws Up Resort made an impact!

The Resort at Paws Up
Sunset Hill
Greenough, MT
(800) 473-0601

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