Sometimes the hardest part about a vacation is leaving your furry friend behind. Fortunately, more and more hotels, inns, and campgrounds are making traveling with pets easy — and some even offer amenities, such as high-end therapeutic pet beds and customized baskets of treats, that will have Fido feeling right at home. Below are Yankee editors’ picks for top-notch pet-friendly lodging options in New England.
Favorite Pet-Friendly Lodging in New England
Mt. Philo Inn | Charlotte, VT
Too often “cozy” can signal cramped quarters, but not at this gracious 1896 inn overlooking the long sparkle of Lake Champlain. Its four apartment-style suites and many porches provide ample room for you and your canine companion to spread out. To really stretch your legs, hit the old carriage road that winds from the back door to Mount Philo itself. With all the fellow dog walkers you’ll pass on your way to the summit, it’s easy to see how this place earned the nickname “Mount Fido.”
Cabins at Lopstick | Pittsburg, NH
Search for #dogslovelopstick and you’ll see snapshots of pups gazing out from a mountaintop, cruising in a motorboat, hanging out at an ice fishing hole, and even just snoozing in front of a cabin fireplace. Furry faces are familiar ones at this Great North Woods getaway, where more than half of the 57 housekeeping cabins are pet-friendly. Gun dogs like retrievers and pointers are a natural fit at Lopstick, a longtime favorite of hunters — but any mutt will surely love hearing the call of the wild.
Woof Cottages | Nantucket, MA
Cuter than a wee lobster chew toy, these 12 wharfside cottages at the Nantucket Boat Basin overlook no detail in welcoming dogs to island life: a basket of treats and toys, a personalized ID tag, a high-end therapeutic pet bed, and even doggie sunscreen. Owners, meanwhile, get a list of Nantucket’s many pet-friendly attractions — and can direct additional inquiries to Bailey the concierge, a black Lab mix who knows all the island’s ins and outs.
Grace Vanderbilt | Newport, RI
Though it’ll cost more than some kibble, you and your pup can live like tycoons at this 1909 Vanderbilt family mansion restored as one of Newport’s finest hotels. For hobnobbing, the garden terrace regularly hosts a “Yappy Hour” that features treats from the hotel’s “Gracious Canine Menu” (think: steak tips and wild grain pilaf, peanut butter–banana frozen yogurt). Even dog walking is elevated here, thanks to the hotel’s proximity to the ne plus ultra of seaside strolls, the Newport Cliff Walk.
Inn by the Sea | Cape Elizabeth, ME
Let’s face it: Rover won’t care much about Inn by the Sea’s many eco-friendly initiatives, from its native-plant gardens to its recycled paper key cards. But he’ll be swept off his paws by the dog-friendly touches at this upscale coastal Maine hotel. Plush pet blankets and Maine-made turndown treats are standard, while the “INNcredible Pets” package adds a doggie massage session, nightly snacks from the gourmet pet menu, and a personalized L.L. Bean bed.
Where are your favorite pet-friendly hotels in New England? Let us know!
These “Editors’ Picks for Dog Lovers” originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Yankee.
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