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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dog-Friendly Vacation Rentals and Guides

It was one of those weeks that just dragged on and in true New England fashion, the weather was all over the place.  Monday was 70 degrees sunshine and everything amazing about spring but it just went downhill from there.  45-50 degrees and raining has been the theme of the end of the week.  Luckily, warmer weather is on the horizon and I have some amazing trips coming up ranging from long weekends in California to camping trips here in New England.  Lets talk about vacations, shall we?

Today's post is the last in my "everything-dog-friendly" series and I have to say it's a good one. Today I am collaborating with to talk about vacation planning with your pooch.  Spoiler:  Trying to find dog friendly lodging just got a whole lot easier. 

If you know me, you know I just about bring my dog everywhere.  Matter of fact, Olive is one of the most well-traveled dogs I know.  She has dipped her paws in the Atlantic and the Pacific, and about 100 different rivers and lakes in between.  She's been to more National Parks than a lot of people I know. Olive has seen for herself what the Golden Gate Bridge looks like on a sunny June afternoon and has watched the sunrise over Cadillac Mountain in Maine with her best boxer friend. My dog has been to freakin Napa Valley.  

A lot of the times, our travels end at a campsite and there aren't any issues with trying to find dog-friendly accommodations.  But sometimes (as in the case of my California and Oregon trips) we forgo the camping for the luxuries of king sized beds and air conditioning.  

When this happens, it's a struggle of finding a dog friendly house/hotel that isn't going to cost a fortune.  And let's be honest, a lot of the dog friendly lodging can be on the... dumpier side.  When I travel I usually stick to Motel 6's because I know they are ALL dog friendly without crazy pet fees which can range as high as $50 per DAY and usually have weight restrictions.  Motel 6's can be hit or miss, as in they can be newly renovated or on the dumpier side and let's be honest, its nice to splurge once in a while. is your solution to the "where do I stay with my dog" problem that all of travel loving dog owners face.  Instead of searching sites one by one, allows you to search top sites with easy to check filters like "Pet friendly" lodging. 

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Luxury condos in major cities, furnished beach houses, ski cabins and the widest variety of unique accommodation can be found on Whether you’re seeking an oceanfront mansion in Hawai’i, a modern apartment in New York City, a cozy chalet in the Swiss Alps, or an affordable bungalow in the tropical Maldives, you can book it all on"


The site is easy to use, comparing prices and different sites for the same lodging options.  Once you decide on a house or hotel room, you are automatically directed to that site (be it or somewhere else) to book your site.  Think of it as Kayak but for vacation rentals.  You no longer have to go site to site to site to find a rental for your upcoming trip.
Easy Peasy, right?

They even post guides and blog posts ranging from the best Mexican food in Denver to the top dog friendly beaches in Florida.    Traveling with pets offers its own set of unique rewards and challenges. I highly recommend taking advantage of all the amazing content out there, like sites and guides at to help you plan your next dog-friendly trip.  Check out their guide below on the best dog-friendly beaches in Florida to visit and then check out their Florida vacation rentals to search for the perfect vacation rental home near those beautiful beaches. 

If you love to travel Katie Wanders style (i.e. with your dog and a lot of road trips) then is a great tool for you.  Search their site for pet-friendly lodging options and be sure to check their guides and trip tips under the explore tab.  

Happy Traveling,

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  1. Thank you for writing this post. I just checked out and bookmarked them. We have an old Lab who I'd like to take for a couple more trips in upstate NY or New England so your blog's just become inspirational to me. Your post on Mt Greylock was how I found you, so thanks.

    1. Hi, Michael thank you for reading and for your comment! Sounds like you have one lucky lab who gets to join you on your adventures. I am so glad you found my blog and it inspires you to get outside more with your pup! I hope you had a fantastic time on Greylock!

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