Archive | Pet-friendly Travel RSS feed for this section

Washington Humane Society’s Bark Ball |

17 Jun

We love weekend getaways to Washington, DC in the spring.  This year we decided to schedule our trip to coincide with the 27th annual Bark Ball at the Washington Hilton.  A dog-friendly black-tie party at a dog-friendly hotel in one of our fave dog-friendly cities sounded like fun!

The Bark Ball was one BIG party! Over one thousand humans and several hundred pups in one huge ballroom at the Hilton. Outside of the annual Meet the Breeds event, we have never seen so many different breeds at one event! We even saw several Westies, which we rarely see in NYC!  A long red carpet led us to the reception room where we found a cute doggy treat and water station courtesy of Barkley Square.  After the reception we headed downstairs to a huge ballroom for the program and dinner.

Barkley Square dog cookies at the Bark Ball

Barkley Square dog cookies at the Bark Ball

So was the biggest black-tie doggy pawty the best? Not necessarily, but it was fun! We enjoyed a cocktail hour, a vegetarian dinner, and a variety of great silent and live auction items. We somehow missed the dancing hour — probably because we were outside on the Hilton’s dog-friendly patio enjoying the beautiful evening. We will go back! The Washington Humane Society cares for more than 43,000 animals each year. They need a BIG fundraising party to care for that many animals!

Happy dogs |

24 Apr

Because we’re happy! Bark along if you love spring! Bark along if you love the beach! Bark along if you love to feel the wind in your hair and the sand on your feet! Yes, we’re happy dogs!

Dog-friendly vacations that give back |

26 Feb

We love to travel. We also love to help animals in need. We found that combining these two passions was easy, fun, AND dog friendly. Check out two places we visited last year and hope for a repeat this year!

Glen Highland Farm
We have visited Glen Highland Farm each year for the past 3 years. Once you visit the dog-friendly camp in upstate New York, you’ll be hooked, too! Set on 175 acres of meadows, trails, wildlife, water, and beautiful views — this is an off-leash doggy paradise! Yes, we did say “off leash”! Pups are welcome to run and play off leash! Best of all, the camp supports the Sweet Border Collie Rescue that is run out of the main house and grounds. Humans are welcome to tour the rescue and meet the adoptable pups during their stay. Over 2,000 pups have found forever homes through the rescue group! The 2014 camp season is open May 23 to September 30. Book early to get the dates and accommodations you would like! They offer tents, cabins, and RVs for your 2-night minimum stay. Glen Highland Farm is about a 4-hour drive from NYC.
(Side trips: We went out for dog-friendly ice cream, visited Cooperstown, and checked out a dog-friendly brewery — all an easy drive from the camp.)

Glen Highland Farm

Glen Highland Farm

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
We visited Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT last summer and LOVED it! We stayed in an Angel Canyon cottage overlooking their horse pasture and surrounded by beautiful nature. Book early because these cabins and cottages are in high demand! Visiting pups are welcome in the accommodations, the visitor center, and the tour bus with preapproved reservations. Visiting pups are not allowed in the adoption centers or grounds. As the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary houses hundreds of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, horses, birds. Mom toured the grounds and visited Dogtown and Cat World. People are able to sign up to volunteer in different areas. It really is a magical place!!
(Side trips: We visited Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and the Coral Pink Sand Dunes! The area is the Golden Circle of national parks with many beautiful and dog-friendly stops!)

5 dog-friendly places to visit on Presidents’ Day |

17 Feb

Today we celebrate George Washington’s birthday! It’s also a day to celebrate and remember all presidents. Lucky for us, there are many dog-friendly places we can visit to learn about the presidents and the history of our country.

Washington, DC – We love to visit the DC area! We can frolic on the National Mall, take a dog-friendly river cruise, see the FDR Memorial up close, visit a winery, and so much more! Read the post on our recent trip to dog-friendly Washington, DC.

FDR Memorial

FDR Memorial

Arlington National Cemetery – Such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Leashed pups are welcome to tour the grounds, too! See the final resting place for JFK.

Mount Vernon: A trip to the Washington, DC area would not be complete without a visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 15 miles south of the city. Leashed dogs are welcome to tour the grounds during daytime visiting hours.

Monticello: Leashed dogs are welcome on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello grounds, too!

Home of Franklin D Roosevelt: This is a beautiful area to visit about 90 miles north of NYC in Hyde Park. We toured the estate grounds including the beautiful rose gardens!

Mount Rushmore: Dogs are NOT allowed inside Mount Rushmore Memorial park. Leashed pups are welcome outside the park with a very distant view of the monument. We stopped at Mount Rushmore on a cross-country trip 2 years ago!

Visiting JFK’s final resting place |

23 Nov

The 624 acre cemetery, Arlington National Cemetery, is dog friendly. We headed there on a dreary day to take a long walk and visit gravesites. On this 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, we remember our walk in the rain and the prayer our mom said at his gravesite. Over 400,000 American servicemen and famous Americans are buried at the cemetery. The cemetery is open year round and well-behaved and leashed pups are invited to walk the grounds. It’s a beautiful place to visit if you tour the Washington, DC area.

Arlington National Cemetery - JFK gravesite

Arlington National Cemetery – JFK gravesite