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We don’t have much of a chance to do any long distance traveling. So we live vicariously by GoPetFriendly, Roxy the Traveling Dog, and other dog blog travelers. Where have they been lately? Some very beautiful and interesting places. See where these dog bloggers have been, then visit their site for more fantastic photos.

Colorado Springs

Ty & Buster with GoPetFriendly.com go to Salida, Colorado – The above image is actually of Colorado Springs. Salida, Colorado is two hours west and just as beautiful (as is most of Colorado). Go check out GoPetFriendly.com to see Ty & Buster in some gorgeous scenery in Salida.

Yellowstone Geyser

Roxy & Torrey with RoxytheTravelingDog.com go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming – The above image is actually from Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is known as the gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks. Go visit Roxy’s blog at RoxytheTravelingDog.com to see Roxy & Torrey in the beautiful area of Jackson Hole.

Waterfall in Highlands, North Carolina

Rocco with ToDogWithLove.com go to Highlands, North Carolina – The above image is from a waterfall in the area of Highlands, North Carolina. This photo does not do justice to the photos on Rocco’s blog, ToDogWithLove.com. Go check it out!

Have you been on vacation with your dog yet? Where is your favorite pet travel destination? Share and show us some pictures. 🙂

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June 25, 2013
Savannah Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

If you’re interested in American history, then you will love Savannah, Georgia. It is rich in American history! Settled in 1733, it was one of America’s first colonial cities. It also survived the Revolutionary War, a couple of devastating fires, an outbreak of yellow fever, and the Civil War. Read more of Savannah’s history at SavannahVisit.com.

Savannah can also be a fun pet travel destination to visit with your pet. According to DogFriendly.com, this city has no less than 50 pet friendly accommodations! That includes the Thunderbird Inn which is featured in this fantastic video below:

Dog friendly historical sites you can visit include Fort Pulaski National Monument, Old Fort Jackson, and Fort McAllister State Historic Park. If you’re still not tired after visiting all these places, go shopping along the Savannah Riverfront area. This area is about 9 blocks long and features parks with statues and huge live oak trees, a great view of downtown from across the Savannah River, street performers, and of course, great places to shop and to eat with your furry best friend.

Despite Savannah’s location near the beach, there were no pet friendly beaches that we could find. The city does have a dog park, the Savannah dog park. Your dog followed you wherever you wanted to go. Now it is his turn to lead the way!

Include your pet in your next vacation plans. Be sure that if you’re driving to your pet travel destination that your dog wears his pet seat belt or rides safely in a secured dog travel crate. And make sure you all have fun!

Oh, and take pictures to share with us. We’d love to see your dog enjoying the family vacation. 🙂

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June 11, 2013

Look what we won! No travel destination today. But we do have a great calendar from GoPetFriendlyBlog.com with lots of great photos of their dogs Ty and Buster at great pet travel destinations.

Me Dogs Calendar 3

Look what we won from GoPetFriendly.com!

The calendar is titled “Travels with Ty & Buster”. This month for June, Ty and Buster are pictured at Bar Harbor, Maine. It’s a great photo of them chilling out on some nice lush green grass in front of the scenic harbor. There are also photos of them in Stowe, Vermont, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Newport, Rhode Island.

Ty and Buster in Woodstock

One of many great photos of Ty & Buster in the GoPetFriendly.com calendar. Click the photo to visit their blog and see more photos of Ty & Buster in Woodstock, Vermont.

Another thing I love about the calendar is that in many of the photos, Ty and Buster are wearing their Kurgo dog car harnesses!!! It’s so great seeing these guys traveling safe as they visit so many wonderful pet travel destinations across the continent.

Do you want a Ty and Buster calendar? You can win one too. Just enter the Friday Photo Challenge which is held EVERY Friday on GoPetFriendlyBlog.com. This week, enter HERE. Then visit their blog regularly for other photo challenges.

 

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Eureka! I think I’ve found a great and relatively nearby pet travel destination. I love nature, I love history, and I love a little fantasy. And Eureka Springs, Arkansas has it all!

For fantasy, check out Castle Rogue’s Manor. I called them yesterday and confirmed that friendly pets on leashes are allowed. This is a scenic castle built from the native trees of the Ozarks, including black walnut and Arkansas red cedar. The following photos were taken by our friend Flea at the Jones Natural Chews blog.

Castle Rogue's Manor 1 Castle Rogue's Manor 2

For history, check out the following two videos of pet friendly places.

Pea Ridge National Military Park

Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

For nature… Well, Eureka Springs is situated in the Ozarks. There are nature trails galore! Hike to some interesting rock formations – Pivot Rock and Natural Bridge. Or go check out the Beaver Dam just west of town.

This pet travel destination is only four-and-a-half hours from where I live. Hmmm. Perhaps I should put the dog car harnesses on Maya and Pierson, hop in the car, and go to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. What do you think?

 

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May 28, 2013

Carmel is the Ultimate Pet Travel Destination

Labrador at Carmel Beach

No, that’s not my Maya in the photo above. I wish it was. I think she’d really like to visit the beach in Carmel, California. I bet your dog would too. Carmel, California was voted Best City for Pet Travelers by GoPetFriendly.com‘s readers in 2013. Here’s why.

Check out how much fun these dogs (and people) are having at Carmel City Beach where dogs are allowed off-leash.

Garland Ranch Regional Park looks like a great place to take a nature walk. Check out this video of a beautiful dog named Lilly at Garland Ranch Regional Park.

Didn’t get in enough walking? Take your dog on a two hour walking tour through gardens, cottages, and more with the Carmel Walks walking tour.

There are also a lot of fun places to shop in Carmel. Several shops at the Carmel Village shopping area along Ocean Avenue are pet friendly. The PortaBella restaurant has a dog friendly outdoor patio on Ocean Avenue. There are a number of other restaurants in Carmel that have dog friendly outdoor patios, such as Cafe Stravaganza, Forge in the Forest, Plaza Linda, and Flaherty’s Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar.

After all that walking, relax with a nice glass of wine at Taste Morgan.  This is a winery where well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome.

Oh, we forgot to mention pet friendly accommodations. There are a number of them in Carmel, California. The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the only pet friendly accommodation we found on DogFriendly.com that doesn’t charge any additional pet fees.

I don’t think I’ve covered everything there is to do with your dog in Carmel. If you want to know more, check out DogFriendly.com and GoPetFriendly.com. If you’ve already been to Carmel with your dog, tell us about it. Or tell us your favorite pet travel destination. Don’t forget, wherever you travel, be sure your best friend travels safe.

 

 

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May 21, 2013

I had a chance to visit New York City for the first time last year. Since I couldn’t take my dogs on that trip, I thought I would share a blog post about pet friendly New York by our favorite Beagle, Maggie, at WagTheDogUK.

Here are some photos of dogs that I took while I was in Manhattan.

Lots of open space in Central Park. There is no designated off-leash area but there are off-leash times.

Lots of open space in Central Park. There is no designated off-leash area but there are off-leash times.

If you think New York is too crowded to have two big dogs, you're wrong. These two pups enjoy it here.

If you think New York is too crowded to have two big dogs, you’re wrong. These two pups enjoy it here.

Early AM, lots of people headed to Central Park to walk their dogs.

Early AM, lots of people headed to Central Park to walk their dogs.

In the fast paced life, you can take your dog for a walk, stop at an outdoor cafe for a quick breakfast, and take care of business on your cell phone all at the same time.

In the fast paced life, you can take your dog for a walk, stop at an outdoor cafe for a quick breakfast, and take care of business on your cell phone all at the same time.

The biggest dog in New York is Balto. I love this statue!

The biggest dog in New York is Balto. I love this statue!

 

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May 14, 2013

Florida Beach

The beautiful weather we have been having lately really makes me want to go to the beach. I’ve been to the west coast and to beaches in Texas, but never to the east coast. There are a lot of nice beaches to the east. But one that stands out as a great vacation spot is Key West in Florida.
According to US News Travel, the best time to visit Key West is between March and May. The weather is relatively mild and it is the off-travel season, which makes hotel rates and other attractions less expensive. So what is there to do in Key West? Lots!
The first thing you need when visiting Key West is pet friendly accommodations. Choose between dog friendly hotels, vacation homes, or RV parks. Be sure to call your stay of choice in advance to verify their pet friendly regulations. Some may charge extra fees or have weight limits.
You can’t go to the Florida Keys without doing a little snorkeling, boating, or fishing. Thankfully, some boat tours are pet friendly! Check out this cool video from Lazy Dog Outfitters:

After a day of boating, do some leisurely shopping along Duval Street. Many of the shops are pet friendly. Have lunch at an outdoor cafe such as Louie’s Backyard. Louie’s Backyard is right on the beach. And next to it is a dog beach! Check out this video:

Still want more stuff to do? Go visit the Key West Tropical Forest and Garden. Then visit the pet friendly Key West Aquarium. I’ve called them and confirmed that friendly dogs on leashes are more than welcome to visit the aquarium. Here is a video of the things you can see there:

Other attractions include the Dry Tortugas National Park and the Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Another dog park is the Higgs Beach dog park. And other dog friendly outdoor restaurants include the Six-Toed Cat, Harpoon Harry’s, Old Town Mexican Cafe, and Dante’s.
Our two primary resources for this edition of Pet Travel Destination Tuesday is DogFriendly.com and GoPetFriendlyBlog.com. Have you been to Key West? I bet you have much better photos than we do. Please feel free to share and tell us your favorite pet travel distnation. And don’t forget, wherever you travel with your pet be sure they travel safe!

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Milwaukee Skyline

Thanks to Midwest Pet Bloggers on Facebook, our next pet travel destination is in Wisconsin. It was a tossup between Milwaukee and Madison, but since they are only an hour-and-a-half drive apart from each other, why not talk about both?

Both cities have a number of pet friendly hotels. Be sure to call the hotel you’re considering in advance to make sure they take all sized pets and whether or not they charge extra fees for pets. Some dog friendly hotels are friendlier than others.

I love nature walks and there are a number of state parks near Madison and Milwaukee. There is the Lake Kegonsa state park, Blue Mound state park, Governor Nelson state park, and, one that I find interesting for historical reasons, Aztalan state park. Aztalan state park features an earthwork mound constructed by the Mississippian culture about 900 years ago. More in Wikipedia.

Pets on leashes are welcome to the Wisconsin state parks. But if you prefer your dog be allowed to run off-leash, Madison has several off-leash dog parks. Milwaukee has a few too, but Madison seems to rule as far as off-leash dog parks go. There is the Brittingham dog park, Quann dog park, Token Creek pet exercise area, Viking park pet exercise area, Sun Prairie pet exercise area, Sycamore dog park, and still more in Madison. Milwaukee has Muttland Meadows, Brookfield dog park, and a couple of others.

After all that walking around, you’re going to want to stop for a bite to eat. how about stopping by a restaurant with an outdoor patio? Some of these restaurants with outdoor patios are pet friendly. A few in Madison are the Mermaid Cafe, Capital Brewery, Marigold Kitchen, and Hawk’s Bar and Grill. A few in Milwaukee are the Apollo Cafe, Beans & Barley, Crazy Water, Mimma’s, Brewed Cafe, The Palomino, Milwaukee Waterfront Deli, and the Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar. These are just a few. You can find more on the resource links listed below.

After a nice lunch break, you can do more sightseeing. Visit the capitol building in Madison. The grounds are pet friendly so long as you pick up after your pet and make sure he stays on a leash. There is also a pet friendly botanical garden at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In Milwaukee, there are a few pet friendly boat rentals and tours. Check out Blue Max Charters, Milwaukee Boat Line, and Juneau Park Paddleboats. You can also walk along the Milwaukee Riverwalk.

Not all the places in this video are pet friendly. But as you can see, there is a lot to do here! Neither you nor your dog will get bored. I’ve only listed a few things. But you can find more fun dog friendly things to do with your best friend by checking out DogFriendly.com and BringFido.com. Also, check out a review of Milwaukee from Ty and Buster from GoPetFriendly.com. Remember, wherever you travel with your pet, be sure to travel safe and use a dog car safety device.

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Dog at a Pet Friendly Beach

I am so glad spring is finally here! This warmer weather makes me think about vacationing again. And you know, I have to take Maya and Pierson wherever I go. This means looking for a friendly pet travel destination. This week I am looking at Charleston, South Carolina.

After a little research, I found a number of pet friendly places in Charleston. Firstly, there are several dog friendly hotels. The ones I would consider include La Quinta, Red Roof Inn, and Hampton Inn. There are also places for RVing and camping. If my dogs and I get hungry, we can eat on an outdoor patio at the Dog and Duck Food and Spirits, DIG in the Park, Firehouse Subs, and Danielle Island Grille.

I’ve covered the most important aspects of travel – lodging and eating. What about fun stuff? I like gardens and Charleston has quite a few dog friendly gardens. There is the Battery and White Point Gardens, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and the Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens. Dogs are allowed on leashes but be aware that they probably are not allowed inside any of the buildings.

To get around, there are a couple of pet friendly carriage tours and other tours. Charleston even sports a pet friendly kayak rental. Let’s not forget about the dog friendly beaches and a number of off-leash dog parks in Charleston. Here are a super cute video of a dog having fun at the beach.

And check out these dogs having fun at the James Island County Dog Park.

Doesn’t Charleston, South Carolina look like fun? Have you been here with your dog? We’d love to hear about your experience. If you haven’t gone and decide to go, be sure your dog rides safe in the car with a dog seat belt or pet car seat.

(Our primary resource for these pet friendly activities comes from DogFriendly.com.)

 

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April 16, 2013
Wyatt Luckenbach Texas

Wyatt visiting the old fashioned country town, Luckenbach, Texas.

Do you enjoy hiking with your dog? Do you like country music? If you happen to be living in or visiting central Texas, then we have the perfect day planned for you and your dog.

First stop is Enchanted Rock. Enchanted Rock is located just 20 minutes north of Fredericksburg, Texas and 25 miles south of Llano, Texas. Enchanted Rock is a rock formation created out of molten lava and exposed by over a billion years of erosion. There are a lot of fantastic nature trails. Some hiking trails are short and some are for more experienced hikers. You can also go camping in the Enchanted Rock state park, do some rock climbing, have a picnic, and enjoy bird watching. If you love nature as I do, I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun you will have exploring Enchanted Rock with your dog. Here is an informational video about this great place.

After you’re done seeing the beautiful landscape of Texas, you will want to relax and drink a cold beer. How about stopping by the famous old town of Luckenbach, Texas? Dogs on leashes are definitely welcome. Luckenbach is about 15 minutes southeast of Fredericksburg. It attraction is an old post office and general store, and oftentimes has folks playing some good old fashioned country music. Be sure to try the Shiner Bock beer, a Texas favorite brewed in Shiner, Texas. See what Luckenbach looks like with this video.

The song played in this video is sung by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson who started the tradition of country music concerts in Luckenbach.

We want to thank our dog friends Wyatt and Jerry for telling us about Luckenbach. Wyatt and Jerry are a couple of three-legged dogs known as tripawds. Read about them and their experiences by clicking below:

Wyatt’s take on Luchenbach

Jerry’s take on Luckenbach

The above photo is of Wyatt, shared with us by @tripawds on Twitter. Thanks for sharing, y’all!

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