February Valentine

02/02/18 at 10:50 AM | Published Under Dog Behavior by Sandy Robins

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday. But you can still plan a fun weekend getaway at any time this month to celebrate. Not sure where to go? Well, try this. Grab a pencil, close your eyes and see where it lands. 

Our map+ pencil exercise pin-pointed these fun and varied pet-friendly destinations. 

Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood is known for Newbury Street, Charles River views, charming brownstones, historic sites and at the center of it all, The Colonnade Hotel with a reputation of offering canines the lap of luxury. Four-legged family members stay free as part of the hotel’s VIPets Program which includes a complimentary bed, bowls, gourmet treats and leash. The staff will also coordinate dog walking, pet sitting, vet visits, grooming and pet spa treatments. There are no size or breed restrictions, nor a pet deposit. 

In Massachusetts, there are also pooch-friendly ferries to Cape Cod, The Vineyard or Nantucket, and dogs are welcome on the beaches at Block Island too.

Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in New York with lots of pet friendly options and activities for both people and pooches. Apart from taking a boat out on the lake and the beautiful walking trails in the Adirondack mountains, the village plays host to all kinds of events from wine tastings to full moon parties.  

Gunflint Lodge on the south shore of Gunflint Lake in Minnesota is a dog-friendly destination and invites dogs to come and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Northwoods.  They have special packages year-round. The Midwinter Midweek package offers a great reduction on the rates of their rustic cabins until the end of March, making is a perfect Valentine getaway destination.

If you are heading to Las Vegas to marry on Valentine’s Day or renew your vows, the Chapel of the Flowers, which has featured in many a Vegas movie, welcomes canine ring-bearers and bridesmaids.

Aspen, Colo., has a longstanding reputation for being pet-friendly. The city’s original dog-friendly hotel, the Limelight Hotel, is across the street from dog-friendly Wagner Park and continues to host many regular doggie guests. The famous Little Nell has a special doggie menu and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit to help them get used to the altitude here.

And, on the subject of kits, be sure to pack the right clothes your dog will need for the getaway from boots and fleece if you’re heading to a snowy destination and a bowtie or lace trim if you are going to celebrate love and romance in Las Vegas.

Don’t forget appropriate toys. Anything from the Hear Doggy! plush toy line is appropriate because there are fitted with ultrasonic squeakers that only dogs can here, so you will not be inconveniencing fellow travelers or vacationers at the destination.  They are available in all sizes and fun characters such as the pink and purple elephant and the spotty giraffe. There are also characters that are stuffing-free, which may be a good idea if your pooch has a reputation for being a shredder. This will alleviate clean-up at the hotel.

And, in lieu of roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, take along a fun throw toy as a Valentine gift instead. The GoDog Retrieval GloBone will have double canine appeal because it’s the pooch crossover equivalent of a bone with two tennis balls on either end. Made from durable proprietary ToughCore technology, its erratic bounce will keep dogs engaged and it also glows in the dark. Ideal if your dog is a powder hound and loves to play in deep snow.

If you are traveling by plane it’s not always practical to take along a doggie stroller. However, the new Sherpa deluxe carrier on wheels is a great travel option because apart from its use on a plane, you have the option of wheeling your pet out and about.




About the Author

Sandy-dog-554x1024 Sandy Robins

As the country’s leading multi-media celebrity pet lifestyle expert and  influencer, SANDY ROBINS documents the wonderful relationship that we have with our pets highlighting trends and innovative ideas as they happen.

Many dogs and cats have lifestyles that mirror their pet parents’ own lives. Nothing is too good for our fur kids. Consequently, the pet industry is a 58 billion dollar business – bigger than toys, candy and jewelry combined. Sandy documents this industry every step of the way  highlighting how these trends can improve our pet’s general health and well being and enhance our human-animal bond.


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