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August 20, 2013

Artistic View of Seattle Washington

Despite having lived in Oregon, I have amazingly never made it to Washington. And I’ve heard Seattle is super pet friendly so I thought I would do a little research. Here is what I found.

There is no lack of pet friendly accommodations in Seattle. Hotels and vacation home rentals are abundant. Multiple modes of transportation are also available for you and your dog. Check out all these options: city buses, the Seattle Ferry Service, Dog Gone Taxi, Argoys Cruises (water taxi service only), and Emerald Country Carriages. In fact, most of the ferry services are dog friendly. While browsing online, I think I even saw a seaplane tour that allowed dogs!

If you love gardens, Seattle has some astonishingly beautiful places to visit. And many will welcome your best friend. There is the Carl English Jr Botanical Gardens, Woodland Park Rose Garden, and Kubota Garden.

Check out this dog enjoying his visit at the Kubota Garden:

There are also a ton of off-leash dog parks, stores, and restaurants in Seattle. Even many of the farmer’s markets welcome dogs. And don’t forget the many parks in Seattle. A few fun parks to visit include Discovery Park, Blake Island State Park, and Green Lake Park. There is also the Sand Point Magnuson Park which also has a wonderful off-leash dog park where your dog can go swimming.

For a more extensive list of things you can do with your dog in Seattle, Washington, visit DogFriendly.com. Also, check out a blog article about Seattle from GoPetFriendly.com where they recommend a number of places, including Norm’s Eatery and Ale House as a dog friendly restaurant.

Do you live in or have you been to Seattle, Washington? Tell us what you do with your dog when you’re there. Have photos you want to share? Email us at naturebydawn@aol.com.

Also, if you’d like to be featured in an article about your favorite pet travel destination, let us know.

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Perkasie Covered Bridge

Perkasie Covered Bridge

This post is for all of you who love your pets and are captivated by Colonial America. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has a number of early history sites that you can visit without having to leave your dog all alone in the hotel room.

Even if you did have to leave your dog at the hotel, he’d really have it made at Hotel Bethlehem! This hotel has a number of fantastic pet services. And best of all, the size of your pet is not an issue (unless it is a horse, of course). While you go out and see the sites that are not pet friendly, your best friend can lounge on the plush hotel pet beds. He can get delicious biscuits from Bone Appetit. Pet services include pet sitting and walking services.

Oops, that hotel is so nice I almost forgot about the dog friendly Colonial America sites you can see! Visit the Burnside Plantation and check out a colonial farm. Walk a historical colonial town in the Colonial Industrial Quarter. And take the Dutch Hex Tour to see some barn art. You’ll have to read more about these sites on DogFriendly.com.

Want to see some gorgeous Pennsylvanian scenery? About an hour north is the Lehigh Gorge State Park. See what Buster with GoPetFriendly.com has to say about his visit there. A closer destination (about 30 minutes north) is the Nockamixon State Park. Bucks County is just an hour south of Bethlehem and there are a lot of scenic sights there.

Check out the New Hope Towpath trail and find a lot of pet friendly restaurants along the way. The above photo of the historical bridge is in Perkasie, Pennsylvania in Lanape park. Near the park is also a dog park.

Be sure that while you are driving around and visiting all these great historical and nature sites that your dog is secured in the car. Wear a dog car harness or ride in a secured pet travel carrier. As always, be safe and have fun! 🙂

* Would you like to share your favorite pet travel destination? Email us at naturebydawn@aol.com. Share your experience, share photos, and we will post about it on our blog with a link to your own website or blog.

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July 30, 2013
Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Last week, we had a review from Lily Grace’s mom on the Ruff Rider Roadie seat belt for dogs. Lily Grace went on a long road trip from Florida to Connecticut. So our pet travel destination that Tuesday was for Hartford, Connecticut. This Tuesday, we’re reviewing southern Florida, where Lily Grace rode from.

There are so many pet friendly accommodations in southern Florida that finding one will take almost no effort at all. Just visit DogFriendly.com to get a list.

Take your dog for a walk along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk. Also in Fort Lauderdale, shop along the Las Olas district and stop for a bite to eat at an outdoor cafe. Some are dog friendly. Or you can shop along the Worth Avenue shopping district in Palm Beach.

And OMD! There are a number of parks and beaches in southern Florida. I’m just going to name a few.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

There are lots of dog parks too. Here’s one in Boca Raton:

Check out this other video of dogs having fun at the beach in Fort Lauderdale:

Doesn’t southern Florida look like fun? What would you and your dog do if your pet travel destination was southern Florida?

 

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Lily Grace Ruff Rider Roadie

Lily Grace wearing her Ruff Rider Roadie dog seat belt while on a 1,300 mile trip to Hartford, Connecticut.

We just received a wonderful review of the Ruff Rider Roadie dog car restraint:

“We just completed a 1300 mile trip from Bradenton, Fl to West Palm Beach, Fl to Hartford, CT with my 11 month old Australian Labradoodle Lily Grace.  I loved the Ruff Rider because there is no way she could pop it open and get out of it and I knew she was protected from sudden stops.  I ordered a size three and it fits her great because of the pleats underneath the chest.  She weighs abut 35 pounds but has a deep chest.  As you can see Lily Grace was very comfortable in the seat belt.  Lily Grace also has a hammock in the car.  Safe dogs make happy pet Mommas.”

We couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much for sharing this great review of your new dog seat belt. And thank you for sharing the adorable photo of Lily Grace. 🙂

Now that you’re in Hartford, what are some things you and your dog can do? We checked out DogFriendly.com and found a couple of things. There are some great scenic walks through Talcott Mountain State Park. Also, there is a very long trail that goes all the way through both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Get on the Metacomet-Monadock trail, part of the New England National Scenic Trail, from 3022 Albany Ave in West Hartford. There are other entrances to this trail as well.

We found a few more things for you and your dog to do on CBS Connecticut – Best Places to Take Your Dog in Hartford. One place mentioned is the Wethersfield Dog Park. Here is a cute video of dogs at the dog park.

Another place mentioned is the Farmington River Trail. There is an entrance from Sperry Park in Avon, CT (about 20 minutes west of Hartford).

And you have to go see Bushnell Park! There is always something going on there. Dogs on leashes are welcome in most areas.

Bushnell Park in Hartford Connecticut

Anyone who’s been to the Hartford, Connecticut area, are there any other dog friendly places you can go? What are some other great pet travel destinations?

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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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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 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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Portland, Oregon

The Best City for Pet Travelers Tournament being held by GoPetFriendly.com is still underway. It is now down to eight cities. Read a little bit about each of these eight cities, and then go cast your vote for your favorite pet travel destination.

Portland, OR
Besides a number of off-leash dog parks, Portland, OR has several pet friendly rose gardens and other gardens. It also has a few dog friendly wineries. More on our blog post at http://www.petautosafetyblog.com/?p=667.

Aspen, CO
Take your dog for a pleasant outdoor walk downtown. Then ride the pet friendly sky car of the Silver Queen Gondolas to the top of Aspen Mountain. There is much more for you and your dog to do on top of the mountain. Read more on our blog post at http://www.petautosafetyblog.com/?p=1885.

Carmel, CA
This city has quite a few pet friendly beaches, parks, tours, restaurants, shops, and hotels. My dogs have never been to the beach, so this is one city we’d love to visit.

Charlottesville, VA
Many of the estate tours, including the ones of Thomas Jefferson’s estates are dog friendly outside. Dogs aren’t allowed inside, but well-behaved dogs are welcome to tour the outside areas. Charlottesville also has a number of pet friendly wineries.

Fredericksburg, VA
This city beat out one of my favorites, Sedona, AZ, and I see why. Fredericksburg has a number of pet friendly attractions like the Chancellorsville Battlefield and the outdoor areas of George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Kenmore Plantation and Gardens.

Bend, OR
This city has a number of off-leash dog parks. Dogs are also allowed, on a leash, at the outdoor areas of Peterson Rock Gardens and Sunriver Nature Center.

Annapolis, MD
Take your dog to the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Historic London Town and Gardens. Annapolis also has dog friendly boat tours, such as Watermark Cruises, and boat rentals, such as Annapolis Small Boat Rentals.

Charleston, SC
This city also has dog friendly beaches and off-leash dog parks. It also has quite a few pet friendly hotels and vacation rentals, a number of pet-friendly stores and restaurants, and a several pet friendly tours and attractions such as the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Tour Charleston Ghost Tours, and Fort Moultrie National Historic Site.

The only one of these places I have been to is Portland, Oregon. So this is the city that has my vote! But the others look like a lot of fun too. Go vote for your favorite pet travel destination at GoPetFriendly.com.

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