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Choosing Favorites – Pet Friendly Travel Destinations

Last week I gave you the low-down on our 2013 travel season, but what everyone always wants to know is … what are your favorite places?

GPF 2012 Travel Map

Choosing favorites is ruff! How do you compare the uplifting experience of Glen Highland Farm with the beachy fun of Provincetown? Who could rank the stunning beauty of Acadia National Park against the unbridled merriment of New Orleans?

It’s all just a matter of personal preference, of course. But, as you’re thinking about summer travel plans, perhaps my views would help. With that in mind, I went to battle with the list of our 2012 pet friendly travel destinations and ranked my top ten. Here are the results …

#10. Stowe, Vermont

Gondola Ride - Stowe, VT

We had an amazing time and beautiful weather in Stowe – from the pet friendly gondola ride, to strolling Main Street, to hitting the hiking trails … this town took our breath away.

#9. Portland, Maine

Ty and Buster at Portland Head - Portland, ME

A great place for a pet friendly vacation! Portland has the trails, the shopping, the restaurants, the parks … and some of the best views anywhere!

#8. Boston, Massachusetts

Ty and Buster on the Charles River Esplanade - Boston, MA

Where do you even start with Boston? The Freedom Trail, the greenways, the harbor walk, the parks along the Charles River – if you love exploring cities with your dog, this is the place for you!

#7. The Natchez Trace

Birdsong Hollow - Natchez Trace Parkway

What a find! Until last year, I’d never even heard of this 450-mile historic route between Natchez, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee. Now I’d jump at the chance to drive the Natchez Trace again in a heartbeat.

#6. Burlington, Vermont

Buster and Ty - Burlington, VT

I’m partial to lakeside cities and hanging out on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington was a real treat. Lounge on the waterfront and then stroll over to Church Street for a great selection of pet friendly shops and restaurants!

#5. Newport, Rhode Island

Goat Island - Newport, RI

Last year was the first time we’d been to Newport with Buster and Ty, and therefore, we did some different things than we had in the past. If you like to walk, this a great place to vacation – the Cliff Walk, Bellevue Avenue, and  Goat Island are perfect places for a stroll with your pooch.

#4. Land Between the Lakes

Prizer Point KOA - Land Between The Lakes, KY

Western Kentucky may not top your list of pet friendly vacation destinations, but then you’d miss out on Land Between the Lakes! The peaceful week we spent there on Lake Barkely felt more like a “vacation” than any of our other stops all summer.

#3. Acadia National Park

Buster & Ty on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park - Bar Harbor, ME

National Parks have a reputation for not welcoming pets – but that’s not true for Acadia! Dogs are welcome on almost all of the 120 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads in the park and in most of the public areas. If you prefer Mother Nature with a side of civilization, spend your days in the park and your evenings in pet friendly Bar Harbor.

#2. Provincetown, Massachusetts

Buster and Ty on the Beach - Provincetown, MA

If you’re looking for a pet friendly beach, we highly recommend Provincetown! Dogs can join you on the sand all day, and are welcome to play off-leash between 6 and 9 in the morning and evening during the summer. The friendly folks make hanging out in town fun, but there are also opportunities for solitude, if you prefer.

#1. Glen Highland Farm

Glen Highland Farm - Morris, NY

The place we saw last summer that I’d most like to return is Glen Highland Farm. Buster and I could have easily spent a week exploring all 200 leash-free acres, splashing in the creek, and soaking up the sun from a hammock. Knowing that all of this goes to support Sweet Border Collie Rescue just adds to the experience. We only spent one night with John and Lillie last summer, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Rent one of their cabins, RVs, or tents and treat yourself to a truly unique dog friendly vacation.

Tomorrow we’ll be kicking off our Best City for Pet Travelers tournament – I wonder if any of these places will make the cut!

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  • Thank you. We feel pretty lucky to have them, too.

  • Why did I not get these notifications?? I’d Love too! We need to plan a trip :)

  • They’re both so beautiful, aren’t they Helen?

  • You’re so right, Peggy! It’s such a fantastic place it’s hard to describe in word (or pictures). It’s a feeling and a state of mind – I wish everyone could experience it with their dogs!

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