Yes, Dogs Allowed!
Certain vacation spots are more welcoming than others to the furry members of our families.
- Hit the beach. "Florida's Sanibel Island is one of my favorite destinations for kids and pets," says Melissa Halliburton. "It's on the Gulf side, so the water is very calm, and the beach is covered with shells you can collect. And leashed dogs are allowed year-round." (sanibel-captiva.org)
- Step back in time. Dogs are permitted on the grounds of a number of popular historic sites, including Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, and the Biltmore in North Carolina. "They can't go in the buildings, but there's still plenty to see and do outside," says Halliburton.
- Check online. You can find many additional dog-friendly destinations on the Web. Three of our favorite resources: bringfido.com, for hotels, restaurants, and destinations worldwide that welcome pets; dogfriendly.com, for guides to pet-friendly cities, hotels, restaurants, ski areas, parks, beaches, and more; and tripswithpets.com, for hotels by route and information on the pet policies of major airlines and car rental companies.
Bringing a few key items, like a favorite sleeping pad or chew toy, can take the stress out of travel for a pooch. These items also come in handy:
- Food and water to go. A portable water bowl is ideal for car travel. The Waterboy (Lixit, $10) is a spill-proof container with a built-in bowl. The Dog Travel Mess Kit (Lixit, $8) holds six cups of food, a 12-ounce canteen, and two travel bowls.
- An old sheet or two for covering furniture
- A towel for wiping muddy paws or drying off your dog
- Biodegradable waste bags, such as the lavender-scented bags from Earth Rated ($6 for 120 bags)
- A flashlight for nighttime dog walks
- Carpet cleaner or disinfectant spray (we like the Nature's Miracle brand), just in case.
Originally published in the December/January 2013 issue of FamilyFun