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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - Northeast


For an absolutely heavenly time with my dogs, I head to Dog Mountain in St Johnsbury, VT. Founded by the late Stephen Huneck, an avid dog lover and artist, he created the Dog Chapel on Dog Mountain as a tangible expression of the deep and healing connection between humans and dogs. Dog Mountain is a place where people and their dogs can romp amid acres of green grass, wildflowers and sculptures that celebrate all the best things canine. Water, treats, agility obstacles and of course, The Dog Chapel are all there for the exploring as are trails and ponds. Inside the Dog Chapel, the walls are lovingly covered with notes and photos of dogs from all over the world---some in memory of a beloved dog, some in celebration. Stephen's wife, Gwen, and supporters of Dog Mountain are there to greet you and answer questions. A lovely store (that is dog friendly!) which carries the work of Stephen Huneck is there for you to browse for the perfect gift for a dog lover you know or yourself. Your purchase helps to keep Dog Mountain open free of charge for humans and canines from all over the world. — Mary Ramsden

The creme de la creme of 4-Season Inns, designed for dogs AND their owners in a beautiful, centrally located region of VT. The food is delicious, the accommodations fantastic, with their own agility ring, and deluxe "boarding house" if you want to get some time without "the kids." A class act, and very much worth the effort. The Paw House Inn, West Rutland, VT. — Katrina Anderson

Mystic Connecticut is a great place for dog owners.  You can take early morning walks on the water, and some of the main tourist attractions, including Mystic Seaport and Olde Mystik Village allow you to bring your dog.  There are some good outdoor dining spots, and there are plenty of chain hotels and inns that allow dogs. I've been twice with my dog Teddy the last several years, and plan to return again soon. — John Stemen

A great Fall adventure is going to Deep Creek Lake in Maryland.  Summer is full also but in the Fall the Dogs have more access to the parks. — Laurie Scible

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Submitted by Jane | June 10 2011 |

New England is a great place to travel with pets. In addition to all the great tips here, we have listings of dog-friendly lodgings, campgrounds, beaches, and fun destinations at www.NewEnglandDogTravel.com.

Submitted by Ann Withun | March 28 2012 |

Come join us at the Blue Ridge Dog Scout Mini Camp in Swanton, MD this year! 4 days full of fun with all the dog sports and activities you want to try, complete with campfires and s'mores. All activities and instruction (available from 9am-9pm), all meals, and lodging included in registration. Fun for all levels of dogs and handlers, and benefits the Dog Scouts' nonprofit mission of responsible dog ownership.

Ann Withun, BS, ACDBC, CPDT-KA

Submitted by Intrepid Pup | March 29 2012 |

We love getting out and about in Maine's "Vacationland." Top spots include romping at Kennebunk Beach (Kennebunk), hiking Mount Battie and other trails in Camden Hills State Park (Camden), and taking the Casco Bay Lines ferry to explore Peaks Island (Portland). We've provided more pet-friendly details and itineraries for each of these locations at http://www.intrepidpup.com/2012/03/04/vacationland/

Submitted by JPadilla | March 29 2012 |

Every summer for the last 6 years I've taken my dogs to Glen Highland Farm on a Canine Country Getaway. The property was built around people to enjoy with their dogs. Stay onsite in a tent, cabin or RV and enjoy nature outside your door. Their website is http://www.canineoutdooradventures.com - highly recommended!!!

Submitted by Anonymous | March 29 2012 |

The paw house inn VT!! Great place caters to dogs!!!

Submitted by Jerry | March 30 2012 |

You won't find a dog-friendlier place than Daggett Lake Campsites in the southern Adirondack mountains. A weekend in June dedicated to dogs (Daggett Dog Days), a "dog beach" for swimming, separate from the "people beach," hiking trails all the way around the lake that take you to heights with breathtaking views. Campsites, RV sites, camper cabins, and cottages--all dog-friendly. http://www.daggettlake.com. Check it out. You won't regret it.