When you daydream about your next vacation, where does your imagination take you? Are you hitting the slopes and sipping cocoa aprés ski? Are you enjoying a cocktail on the sun-drenched deck of a coastal cottage? Maybe you’re just asleep on a remote beach. No matter your dream vacation, the fear of leaving your pet behind is a reality that can prevent you from taking it. (Because let’s be honest: A vacation isn’t really a “dream vacation” if your pet isn’t present.)
Well, get ready to wag your tail pet-lovers, because your beastly bestie can come with you! Below are five luxury resorts that not only welcome pets, but go to extremes to pamper them.
Inn By The Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Inn By The Sea stands out not only for its beauty, but also for its pet hospitality: There are no fees for bringing your dog along. Fluffy will get her own blanket, beach towel, and treats at turndown, and she even has her own gourmet dining menu. Even better: The Inn fosters local rescue pups, who greet visitors in the lobby and are available for adoption. Through this program, Inn By The Sea helps about 45 dogs a year find their forever homes.
Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, New York
If you’re looking for charming, pup-friendly luxury with an old-money feel, look no further than Baron’s Cove in the Hamptons. This resort has sweeping views of the harbor, fine dining, and more. Best of all? Something called the “Travels With Charley” package, named after John Steinbeck’s 1962 travelogue in which he journeyed across America (starting in nearby Long Island, NY) with his poodle, Charley. With this package, you get a copy of Travels with Charley, a welcome kit full of treats and toys for Fido, and a special, dog-friendly room with access to a private garden.
The Foundry Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina
A quirky town full of culture nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a place that’s worth a visit for you and your pup. The Foundry Hotel used to be a steel factory, and is now an eccentric but refined spot to stay or dine. Pamper your pup with their Pup-Arazzi Adventure Package, which includes a custom bandana, a pet-friendly hiking tour, and a private session in the mountains with a professional photographer.
The Journeyman Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mutts in the midwest — listen up! At this boutique stay, there are no size or species limits, let alone any caps on how many pets you can bring. “As long as they fit in the elevator, we can’t wait to welcome them,” says The Journeyman Hotel’s website. Your furry (or scaly, feathery, or slimy) friend will enjoy her own bed, bowls, and treats, and you’ll enjoy complimentary access to Wag! Premium, a service that connects you to professional pet caregivers. You’ll also love the rooftop bar with sweeping skyline views and a nightly wine hour.
Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, Texas
With its shining marble, soaring columns, and castle-like exterior, Hotel Crescent Court is synonymous with luxury. Take in their private art collection (which includes a 2,000 year old Greek sculpture), relax in the 22,000 square-foot spa, or enjoy world-class dining at renowned Japanese eatery Nobu, which is attached to the lobby. Think this place is too fancy for Fido? Think again. With the hotel’s Crescent Canines package, your dog will receive a welcome bag of toys and treats, as well as her own “s-paw” service menu with treatments from a local groomer.
The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado
Aside from being Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond luxury resort, it’s also a phenomenal place for your pooch. The resort stands on historic, hallowed ground, according to its website, having previously been hunting grounds for Ute Indians, a grazing pasture, a Miner’s retreat, and a railroad depot. It’s now a ski-in, ski-out hotel with a spa, bars and speakeasies, a boutique, fine dining, and more. Upon your arrival, Spot will be greeted with a custom bandana and house-made peanut butter treats. For dinner? He can choose whatever he wants from the special pet menu, which offers meals like wagyu beef with brown rice, scrambled eggs, and carrots. And he won’t be alone once you hit the slopes: The Little Nell offers walking and pet sitting services, so you can both have a five-star experience.
Pack up your pooch and get planning. Whether you’re flying, driving, or still in the daydream stage — you’re bound to have a great time together.