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Dog Friendly Vacation Spots - Top Ten

Dog Paddling Adventures - Richmond Hill, Ontario
This company is based in Richmond Hill and offers canoe and wilderness excursions for people and their dogs. Eren Howell is an ORCA certified whitewater and flat-water peddler with an Outdoor Recreation Technician’s degree; Kathryn Howell holds a certificate in animal first aid. Along with their dog, “Jessie”, the couple offers a variety of daylong or extended trips tailored to suit experienced paddlers as well as beginners. “Ruff Water Adventures”, “Paws and Paddles for the Day” and “Paws in the Kawarthas” are just a few of the trips available or Eren and Kathryn will be pleased to customize a trip especially for you and your group. Meals, equipment, park permits, lifejackets and backpacks (for both people and dogs) are provided.
The Paw House Inn
- West Rutland, VT
At this cozy bed and breakfast, the rooms have child-sized dog beds next to the human ones. Discover homemade dog biscuits on the bill of fare next to French toast. All chambermaid tips go to animal charities. Enjoy activities with your dogs such as berry picking, outdoor movies at the "Dog-In" theater, scenic walks along fields of wildflowers and professional agility training. This Inn has 120 acres of dog friendly trails and streams accessible directly through the backdoor

Hike with Your Dog Tours - The Heart of the Catskills, NY
Here's the hour by hour 2 day schedule.
Kaaterskill Falls(trail time - 1 hour), a two-tiered water plunge with a slught lefthand turn, is New York's highest waterfall. The upper ribbon of water drops a full 175 feet - the same as Niagara - and the lower falls tumble an additional 75 feet into a rocky basin. Kaaterskil was an inspiration for landscape painter Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of painters, the first major art movement in the United States. The trail for the dogs is sometimes rugged but is less than one mile and a good introduction to the Catskills.

North-South Lake (trail time - 2 hours) lies at the eastern edge of the Catskill escarpment where the elevation rises abruptly from 540 feet at its base of the cliffs to 2500 feet. The campground offers easy access to the trail along the escarpment where spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley will be purchased with very little effort on this mostly level canine hike.

Canine Hike Highlight:  On a grassy flat near the campground once stood the Grand Catskill Mountain Hotel. First built in 1823.   The view from this hotel was one of the most famous in America and was enjoyed by Presidents Chester Arthur, Ulysses Grant, Theodore Roosevelt and others. The hotel is gone, but the view is still there.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve (trail time - about 4 hours)
Alfred and Albert Smiley opened the Shawangunk Mountains, the Catskills close southern neighbor, to the vacationing public after the Civil War when they built the Mohonk Mountain House. Later, a disagreement caused Alfred to move on and build the Cliff House nearby. After decades of jostling for tourist dollars the Smiley brothers reconciled and began building a network of carriageways between the two hotels. These, wide, carefully graded roadbeds are where we'll be hiking with our dogs. For spectacular views of the Hudson Valley we'll use the Castle Point Carriageway to Castle Point, the highest summit in the park. Looks at the Catskill Mountains come quickly on the short, steep Sunset Path. The trek to Gertrude’s Nose bursts from dark hemlock forest for extended canine hiking on exposed cliff tops. There will be some rock scrambling but the views will more than offset the effort on this two-mile detour. The narrow hiker-only paths are where the adventure begins for canine hikers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve and we'll use these to reach some of the treasures tucked deep in the Shawangunks, like Stony Kill Falls. The canine hiking is easy on the beautifully crafted carriageways at Minnewaska Many of the trails are on exposed cliff tops - like this stretch near Patterson's Pellet.


Cape San Blas, Florida - #1 Most Dog Friendly Beach
Just 35 miles south of Panama City, but feeling as if it is worlds away, Cape San Blas beaches are peaceful, not overdeveloped; in fact, you can sometimes walk a mile or two in the off season without seeing another dog…or person. The state park at the end of the cape was recently named Best Beach In America by Dr. Beach (a real person, not a doggie…but most doggies would agree).

Fort DeSoto Park - North Beach, Florida
North Beach at Fort DeSoto Park is a natural jewel on the finger of a sun-drenched city," says Dr. Stephen Leatherman, known best as "Dr. Beach." "It's a long, wide, sugar sand beach with great shelling and thriving natural dunes, on the Gulf of Mexico. There's a 105-year-old fort that's a landmark of Florida history. Along with being a wonderful place to swim, there's fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, bird-watching, camping, biking, walking trails, and even a dog park for enjoying the outdoors with your four-legged pals," he adds with a wide grin. The beach also offers modern facilities and plenty of parking, key ingredients for top swimming beaches.

The Ocean Lodge at Cannon Beach, Oregon
The Ocean Lodge believes nobody has to stay at home when you come to visit us in Cannon Beach! Unlike many hotels along the coast, The Ocean Lodge is delighted to welcome your pet and has designated select rooms with easy beach access to accommodate you and your friendly pets. Your best friend is welcome to share your lodging and vacation fun in beautiful Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, Dog #1 Dog Friendly National Park
Your and your dog can view the popular Grand Canyon along the South Rim where millions of visitors come every year. Dogs are allowed on the South Rim trails, which includes a 2.7 mile scenic walk along the rim. And, well-behaved pooches are allowed on the Geology Walk, a one-hour park ranger guided tour, which consists of a leisurely walk along a 3/4 mile paved rim trail. The following is the remainder of the doggie regulations. Dogs are not allowed in park lodging, or on park buses. Pets are not permitted at all on North Rim trails with the exception of a bridle path which connects the lodge with the North Kaibab Trail.

Acadia National Park, Maine, Dog #2 Dog Friendly National Park
Dogs are allowed on most of the trails and carriage roads. There is even an off-leash area within the park at Little Long Pond. Pets are not allowed on sand beaches or on the steeper hiking trails. Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash at all times, except for the above mentioned off-leash area.

Camp Winnaribbun - Lake Tahoe, California
Sessions for 2004: 3 sessions; 1 each in June, August and September. Sessions are one week long.
Camp Winnaribbun is located on the shoreline of Lake Tahoe set among 33 acres of pine forest with a private beach. The camp activities includes hiking, swimming, lure coursing, training, crafts, pet obedience, psycho cybernetics, agility, health, Frisbee, carting, free time for relaxation and sightseeing, barbecue, games, tricks, contests, camp t-shirt, dog bandana and more. Lodging consist of multiple-occupancy rustic cabins with shared bathrooms. No motor home space available. For more privacy, off-site pet-friendly accommodations are nearby.

Fourpeaks Camps - Jay, NY
Fourpeaks Camps are individual cabins or cabin complexes on 700 acres of private forest land with four 2,000-foot peaks. Each is located in its own secluded mountain/valley setting in the High Peaks of New York's 6-million acre Adirondack Park--the largest controlled use recreation area in the East. On hiking/walking trails in meadows and woods with distant views. For an Adirondack vacation/getaway in the style of the 19th century wilderness or Great Camp. Authentic handmade and antique furnishings. Full kitchens, complete with all utensils and dishes. Fireplaces. One or two bedrooms. Pure luxury for campers or backcountry hikers. A satisfying adventure for those who have never lived "off the grid."  Couples appreciate a romantic getaway with no people around. Folks with dogs enjoy the open spaces to run their pets. Outdoor loving families have fun discovering our accessible wilderness.


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