The Inn by the Sea – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Photo provided by Linda Laban
This adorable beachfront resort treats dogs as guests, offering in-room spa services and a custom menu of their own, cooked fresh to order. Pet massage is especially welcome for older pets with health and joint issues. Dogs are welcome to join their caretakers for meals on the outdoor decks or in the fireplace lounge, and can order from the pet gourmet menu.
In the fall, dogs are allowed to enjoy the outdoor pool before it is cleaned and closed for the winter. Bowls, beach towels and biscuits are provided when the beds are made and the dogs are daycare. However, the lodge’s commitment to animal welfare runs much deeper; The dogs are fostered by the Greater Portland Animal Shelter Association, and many are adopted by guests who qualify as good canine guardians.
Fairmont Copley Plaza – Boston, Massachusetts
Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts – Photo provided by Linda Laban
It started with Katie, a black Labrador, who was mistaken for a blind dog training school (she had a lot of personalities) and was adopted as the hotel’s canine ambassador. Then came Carly, another black spin-off of the black lab, and took over when Katie retired. Now, Cory presides over the grand lobby, greeting guests and sleeping in her gorgeous bed.
Guests can bring their own dog to the Fairmont Copley Plaza, where they can choose a special dog package, order all-natural Polkadog Bakery, and enjoy dog sitting services. Dogs can dine with their humans in the cozy corner of the fine dining restaurant. Walking is easy with Copley Square right in front and Boston Park just a few blocks away.
Twin Farms – Barnard, Vermont
Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont – Photo provided by Linda Laban
If you and your dog need complete relaxation in nature together, check into Twin Farms’ dog-friendly log cabin. Not only are dogs welcome to lounge in and out of the cabin on the private covered deck that overlooks nothing but trees, but the decor pays homage to dogs in its decor. Two dog sculptures adorn the front porch, dog portraits are etched on pillows and artwork line the room, and antique dog toys fill the closet.
Walking the trails around the property opens up a world of smells and sounds that not only a dog can appreciate, but that you can try to absorb as well.
The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resort Collection – Newport, Rhode Island
Auberge Vanderbilt Resorts Collection in Newport, Rhode Island – Photo provided by Linda Laban
This former private mansion built by a descendant of Vanderbilt is now a luxury hotel set around a delightful outdoor courtyard, where dogs are often welcomed for events, such as a neighborhood s’mores night around the fire pit.
A two minute walk takes you to Queen Anne Square, a lovely green space in Church and Times Street, where dogs can run around in the small garden. Or you might wander more to the waterfront. Back at The Vanderbilt, the four-legged guests receive dishes, beds, and treats. Note that cats are also allowed.
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Kimpton Marlowe Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts – Photo provided by Kimpton Marlowe Hotel
When guests arrive at the Marlowe entrance, a welcome board displays the names of all of the resident pets. However, dogs care more about a bowl of dog biscuits. The location is perfect for easy walking: Just off Edwin H. Land Boulevard (named after the inventor of the Land Camera), take a relaxing walk in Canal Park or stroll along the Charles River, west toward Kendall, Central, and Harvard Squares.
All Kimptons are dog friendly, regardless of size. Each guest with dogs is provided with a dog bowl and bed. Dog sitting services may also be arranged.
Wilburton Inn – Manchester, Vermont
Wilburton Inn, a resort destination in Manchester, Vermont – Photo provided by Jeff Fox
Nestled among the Green Mountains and the magnificent Taconic Mountains, the great outdoors awaits you and your friends at the Wilburton Inn. The grounds are beautiful, and provide untold space to wander respectfully. Every Mother’s Day and Halloween and at the beginning of December, the lodge holds doggy slumber parties, presided over by the four-legged Jetson, and is open to all dogs and well-behaved caregivers. Of course, the lodge is dog-friendly year-round, but these festive occasions are all about a special appreciation for animal friends.
Saybrook Point Resort & Marina – Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Saybrook Point Resort & Marina in Old Saybrook, Connecticut – Photo provided by Linda Laban
Sea dogs can relax at this waterside resort, enjoy the perfect anchorage and walk along the boardwalk to Fort Saybrook Monument Park at the mouth where the Connecticut River empties into Long Island Sound. The park borders protected salt marshes, and is easily traversed by a network of boardwalks.
Each guest dog is provided with portable bowls, perfect to take with you, and a comfortable dog bed to relax in.
Four Seasons One Dalton – Boston, Massachusetts
Four Seasons One Dalton in Boston, Massachusetts – Photo provided by Linda Lapan
Although very luxurious, this high-rise luxury hotel gives dogs the warmest welcome from start to finish. Tucked in a quieter corner of Back Bay near the Fenway neighborhood, Fens Park’s relaxing trails are a walk in the park. This dog-friendly hotel offers pet amenities like dog beds, bowls, treats and custom-made Four Seasons One Dalton toys. If your best friend needs an extra special treat, like a chef-cooked breakfast, just make a request.
Omni Bretton Arms Inn – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Bretton Arms in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire – Photo provided by Linda Laban
Nestled in the Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire’s gorgeous White Mountains, this cozy boutique inn is a rustic retreat with trails on its doorstep and plenty of opportunities for hiking to explore the many new scents on offer. Inside, dogs are greeted with treats and may join their humans in the Lobby Lounge to unwind before a good night’s sleep in an elegant guest room.
Newbury – Boston, Massachusetts
Newbury in Boston, Massachusetts – Photo provided by Linda Laban
Every dog that passes the entrance to The Newbury on Arlington Street on its daily walk pauses. In fact, some dog walkers lead to this very spot, because it has long been tradition for the doorman here to say hello with a biscuit or two, greeting both the four-legged neighbors and those checking into the hotel.
Guests of all sizes are welcome and are treated to comfortable dog beds and bowls. Stroll the public park across the street and Boston Common, where there is an area for off-leash dogs to play and run.