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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