Top Cities For Pet Friendly Winter Vacations

 Just because the thermometer is dropping it doesn’t mean it’s time to lock your self away until spring. The winter months are a perfect time for you to grab a sled and skates and head to these top destinations for pet friendly winter vacations. Each of these locations has been vetted to give you the best options for your winter travels. So bring the dogs, strap on some boots, head out and enjoy these top pet friendly locations for winter fun.

Buster and Ty, chillin'

Buster and Ty, chillin’

Stowe Vermont

Vermont is well known for being a top destination for ski enthusiasts from around the world, but Stowe might also be the gold medal winner for pet friendly travel. The town seems as if it was pulled from a Norman Rockwell painting with its stunning mountain ranges, covered bridges, and scenery that is truly breathtaking. While this alone would make for an outstanding winter getaway, it is their pet friendly attitude that sets Stowe over the top. From cafes and restaurants to the stunning gondola ride, Stowe has made the town accessible to those who travel with their pets.

Buster is enjoying the accommodations.

Buster is enjoying the accommodations at Topnotch.

We’d recommend a stay at Topnotch, an award winning hotel and spa located at the base of Mount Mansfield – the highest point in Vermont – right on the outskirts of Stowe. Since 1958 (that is right, 1958!) Topnotch has been just that when it comes to pet friendly hotels and spas in Stowe. The entire grounds (minus the pool areas) are dog friendly and the resort does not impose additional pet fees or weight restrictions. Add the fine touches of Reiki or traditional dog massage, fleece-covered beds, and pet sitting services and the resort gets a big “thumbs up” from pet lovers.

Aspen Colorado

In 2010, awarded Aspen the most pet friendly city in the United States and it is easy to see why. The city’s residents seem to wear their pet friendly outlook like a badge. On any given day in Aspen you will see plenty of people and their dogs enjoying the downtown area.  Dog watching is just as popular as people watching around here! The city is loaded with parks, pet friendly restaurants, and plenty of activities to keep everyone busy.

Most hiking and walking trails in Aspen are dog friendly including the Hunter Creek Trail and the Ute Trail. An off-leash option, Smuggler Mountain Road, is perfect for dogs that like to do some exploring of their own. Sadly, the Silver Queen Gondola that takes visitors to the top of Aspen Mountain is only available to visitors with their pets in the summer months.

Buster and Ty enjoy summer hikes on the ski trails as well as winter fun.

Buster and Ty enjoy summer hikes on the ski trails as well as winter fun.

If you are looking for five-star pet friendly accommodations, The Little Nell might be the hotel for you. They provide in-room food and water bowls for your furry friends, pet sitting and dog walking services and even a Puppy Jet Lag Kit. Pampering your pooch has never been easier! 

Lake Placid New York

Sure, it is the home of one of the most famous Olympic moments in history, but Lake Placid has become a top pet friendly destination as well. The city’s location and terrain in the Adirondack Mountains makes it a focal point for all sorts of outdoor activities including skiing, skating and snowboarding. The village also hosts a slew of pet friendly accommodations, dining, and shopping options to keep everyone happy.

Mirror Lake in the middle of Lake Placid offers a wide paved walkway with plenty of waste bins and doggie bags to keep clean ups a snap. The east side of the lake is mostly residential but the west side offers Lake Placid’s unique shopping and business district.

With over 12 different pet friendly hotels and resorts in Lake Placid, you’ll be sure to find the ideal place to warm up and catch some rest. High Peaks Resort offers fantastic views over looking Mirror Lake. Its location is ideal to take advantage of all the shopping, dining and activities in Lake Placid and is always a solid choice.

As with all of our recommendations, it is best to call in advance to make certain that the establishment’s pet policies have not changed.

Amy Burkert runs the award-winning pet travel website,, which makes it easy to plan a trip with your entire family. Her blog, Take Paws, is an encyclopedia of pet travel tips, pet friendly destination advice, and stories of the adventures she and her husband share as they travel full-time in their Winnebago with their dogs, Ty and Buster.

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