Looking to fill your fall schedule? Travelers may find it hard to book the perfect hotel — especially if they plan on bringing their dog.
Dogs are like family, and even though there are plenty of places they rightfully can’t enter (like, say, a Broadway play), more places are starting to welcome them. After all, many people treat their dogs as if they are children. If you have a very good boy or girl, you know why. Just seeing that sad puppy face makes it hard to leave them behind. Unless you have a service dog, which will be welcomed in most public places based on the dog’s important job and very demanding training requirements, traveling with your pup this past summer probably required a lot of research.
Where can they go? Which places will pamper them? The worst thing is to book a vacation and have to pen your dog up indoors for most of the trip.
Now that it’s fall and much cooler outside, it’s time to get creative again. Every pooch should be able to fully enjoy the season. Maybe you’ll even piece together some new fall traditions that will become annual events. Here are 16 suggestions, especially if you’re new to the idea of traveling with your pup.
1. Pumpkin Patch
Since all legitimate pumpkin patches are outside, there’s a great chance you can bring your dog to one. Just make sure to double-check your location’s website, on the slim chance that it has other rules in place. Not only will you get some memorable outdoor fall photos of your dog in a scenic and colorful location, but you’ll have a buddy who will be able to sniff out the best pumpkin of them all.
2. Dog-Friendly Restaurant
To be fair, most dogs aren’t allowed inside for obvious reasons. Restaurant kitchens and dog hair aren’t a good combo. But plenty of restaurants and bars have a nice patio for dogs to hang with their owners, far away from where the actual food is prepped. It’s ideal to take your dogs out to eat in the fall since the weather is perfect enough for them to avoid getting overheated. If your dog is friendly, she’ll probably also enjoy getting plenty of love from new neighborhood friends. And if you happen to be new to the neighborhood this season? A dog is a perfect icebreaker.
3. Boat Ride
Sure, summer is generally considered to be the optimal boating season. But as long as it’s not too cold out, you can still boat in the fall. If you’re new to the idea, the first thing you should know is that your dog absolutely needs a safety vest. Even if he’s a great swimmer, it’s the best way to keep him safe. And the fact that dogs look adorable in the vests doesn’t hurt!
4. A Very Dog-Friendly Hotel
One example is Dream Hollywood in California. If you live locally, you can book a room for a staycation — otherwise, just know that this hotel is worth traveling for. It allows one pet, and its pet-friendly hotel package includes a PupJoy box. There are also rumors that guest dogs get their own mini bathrobes, so make sure you’re ready to post a bunch of photos on Instagram the second you arrive.
5. Run a Race
If you’re looking to get a little more physically fit this fall, you should do some research on local races — or races the next state over, if you want a great reason to travel. Plenty of them offer the chance to race alongside your dog. If your pup is in decent physical health, this can be a great way to bond. Plus, since exercise is important for dogs, you’re keeping them healthy.
6. Dog Beach
Did you know that there are beaches out there that encourage you to bring your pup? One of them is Downs Park in Maryland. Its dog beach is the perfect destination for any dog to learn how to swim and socialize with others. If you’re not down for a trip to Maryland, search your state to see if there are any similar beaches (ocean or lake) that are a little closer.
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