Seven Paw-fect Pet-Friendly Stays in the US to Celebrate National Pet Month
For many pet owners, no vacation is complete without their furry companion, which means bringing their four-legged family member along is an absolute essential. With surges in dog and cat ownership during the pandemic, also noticeable by the proliferation of puppy and cute kitten photos seen on social media, even more people are thinking about future vacation plans that take their pets into account, particularly as it becomes safe to travel again. In fact, one-third (33%)* of US travelers say they plan to make a decision about where to stay based on how pet-friendly the property is. With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world (even our four-legged friends) and ahead of National Pet Month this May, Booking.com has delved into its more than 28 million listings in over 153,000 destinations around the world to present seven beautiful stays in the US with fabulous facilities that will keep both people and pets paw-fectly pleased.
Virgin Hotels Chicago, Chicago
A city trip can be just as much fun for canine travelers as it is for their two-legged companions, with lots of new sights and scents to explore. Welcoming dogs of any size and breed, this pet-friendly hotel in the heart of downtown Chicago is a great base to discover all the Windy City has to offer, especially for those are traveling with their four-legged friends. Just a few blocks away from numerous green spaces and parks, the Chicago Riverwalk and the shores of Lake Michigan, the hotel is ideally located for an urban getaway with the pooch, with welcoming pet-friendly rooms, complete with comfy dog beds, food and water dishes, and treats to make every pet feel special.
Inn By the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
For many beach-loving dog owners, the perfect escape includes a leisurely stroll along the sandy shore while their canine companion runs free with the wind in their ears and waves lapping at their paws. Offering designated pet-friendly oceanfront rooms and suites, this resort is surrounded by lush greenery, just steps away from Crescent Beach State Park and the Atlantic Ocean. As part of the property’s ongoing collaboration fostering dogs for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, travelers staying at the resort will have the opportunity to spend time (and maybe fall in love) with amazing rescue dogs looking for a permanent home. Water bowls, beach towels, cozy blankets, and signature treats at turndown are only some of the pampering amenities four-legged travelers can expect at this indulgent inn.
The Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection, New York City
Boasting an illustrious history of notable human guests, the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan is also home to one of the hotel world’s most famous animal residents – its resident cat. The property has hosted feline guests since the 1930s, when legend suggests a stray wandered into its lobby. The first cats were dubbed Billy and Rusty, however, all male cats have subsequently been named Hamlet (suggested by an American actor who thought a more regal name would be appropriate). If lucky during their stay, guests may even meet the hotel’s Chief Cat Officer, whose sole role is to look after their feline charge, whether that’s pampering Hamlet VIII or replying to his legions of fans over mail. Truly devoted to fabulous felines, every year the hotel hosts a fund-raising event to benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, with activities that include a cat fashion show.
Staypineapple, Hotel Rose, Downtown Portland, Portland, Oregon
Staying in the heart of a busy city can be a challenge when four-legged family members are involved. Just steps away from Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park, this modern hotel offers comfortable dog beds, water bowls and treats so that canine guests can also enjoy a truly relaxing trip to The City of Roses. After an early morning walk along the Willamette River or exploring the downtown sights, your pampered pooch can make friends with the stuffed husky (aka ‘chew toy’) while you take a well-deserved nap.
Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort, Big Sur, California
On a hillside overlooking Big Sur's beautiful Pacific coastline, Ventana Inn & Spa is an adults only resort situated on 160 secluded acres of prime California real estate. Surrounded by so much beautiful land, dogs have plenty of exciting new terrain to explore, as long as they are on a leash. They also have their own special area at The Sur House Terrace during breakfast and lunch. The resort’s resident pooch Ela (a Sheepadoodle), welcomes guests and their four-legged family members and has personally tested all the dog-friendly parks in the area.
Huttopia White Mountains, Albany, New Hampshire
Situated in Albany, in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, this holiday park is a pet-lover’s paradise, complete with a picturesque lake nearby and a beautiful forest crossed by two sparkling streams. As furry friends also deserve a getaway in the great outdoors, they are welcome to enjoy the stunning scenery and stay with their human companions in one of the property’s cosy chalets or tents. Once the day’s adventures have come to an end, guests and their four-legged friends can relax outside in the shade of the lush pine trees.
Bobby Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
Just steps away from the live music and entertainment on Broadway Street in downtown Nashville, this vibrant boutique hotel features a unique rooftop lounge bar where guests can party under the stars in the rooftop’s retrofitted 1956 Greyhound bus. Leashed dogs are allowed at the bar and they can even have their dinner ordered from the hotel's special dog menu. Upon entering the property, Sasha welcomes all guests, also helping raise funds for the shelter she was rescued from. To top it all off, the tasty dog treats and fun toys in every room will elevate even the most pampered pooch’s stay from good to grrrrreat.
For travelers looking to book their spring and summer 2021 getaways, as it becomes safe to do so, Booking.com is sharing Getaway Deals, where discounts start at 15 percent and are valid for stays until 30 September 2021. In addition, Booking.com is bringing the great value of its Genius program to even more customers by giving all account holders access to the program’s Level 1 benefits, with no minimum number of previous bookings to qualify, including access to exclusive 10% discounts at hundreds of thousands of participating properties around the world. All travelers have to do is download the Booking.com app, log in and look for the Genius logo to identify associated benefits, discounts and perks.
For more inspiration on dog-friendly vacation spots in the US, visit https://www.booking.com/articles/dog-friendly-vacations-US.html.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 47,728 respondents across 28 markets (1,997 from USA, 1,987 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 1,996 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,994 from Australia, 985 from New Zealand, 1,993 from Spain, 1,993 from Italy, 1,993 from France, 1,984 from UK, 1,989 from Germany, 1,977 from Netherlands, 983 from Denmark, 986 from Sweden, 998 from Croatia, 1,997 from Russia, 999 from Israel, 1,997 from India, 1,992 from China, 991 from Hong Kong, 1,991 from Thailand, 1,977 from Singapore, 998 from Taiwan, 953 from Vietnam, 1,990 from South Korea, 1,987 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in November 2020.