Bring Your Pup to These Six Travel Spots for National Dog Day on Aug. 26
The Crystal Coast — North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks
Flocking to the beach, but wanting to bring fido? Look no further than The Crystal Coast. Eighty-five miles of gleaming pet-friendly beaches await exploration. Beyond the beach, outdoor adventurers can walk, bike or hike alongside their furry friends at Emerald Isle Woods Park Trail (a 1.7 mile path on the North Carolina Birding Trail); Fort Macon State Park (a charming landmark with sand dunes, hiking trails and tide pools); Cape Lookout National Seashore (accessible only by a pet-friendly ferry, offering 50-miles of undeveloped beaches and a stunning “diamond lady” lighthouse) and PAWS Bark Park. The majority of the restaurants tout al fresco pet-friendly dining, and while shopping at charming boutiques, you’ll often find dog bowls a-plenty lining the walkways. Beer fans can bring their dogs inside The Growler, The Backstreet Pub and AB Bottle Co to enjoy a cold one. Oh, and be sure to snag a coffee from Muttigans — this pet store/coffee shop is an island favorite. Their dog-themed lattes — like the ‘Milky Bone’ and ‘Sandy Paws’ — and dog-loving atmosphere are perfect for a morning coffee with your best friend. Additionally, The Crystal Coast is home to more than 100 pet-friendly beach house rentals (through companies like Emerald Isle Realty and Blue Water Realty), and the ever-retro Atlantis Lodge even has dedicated dog park on-site.
The Palm Beaches – South Florida
Enjoy fun-filled days without having to leave your pooch behind, The Palm Beaches have a great selection of pet-friendly things to do. With 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, the destination is home to Boca Raton’s Bark Park Dog Beach, and the Jupiter Dog Beach where pups are more than welcome to frolic in the sea. Don’t let your furry friend hold you back from shopping till you drop… simply bring them along for the day! Take a stroll down Worth Avenue or Royal Poinciana Plaza and when window shopping gets the best of you, stop for a drink at one of the dog-watering fountains around town. Looking for lodging? The Palm Beaches are home to a plethora of pet-friendly hotels and resorts, many of which are ready to give your pooch a royal treatment of their own. From a pup catered room service menu to doggie robes and spa products, The Ben, The Colony, Chesterfield Hotel and Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach will not fall short in giving fido the best care possible.
CANNINE AMBASSADOR PROGRAMS
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Meet the regal Sir Winston of Westgate, the official Canine Ambassador of Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino! An adorable West Highland White Terrier, Sir Winston is first generation royalty at Westgate Las Vegas and has become a guest and team member favorite since his “coronation” in 2019. Sir Winston makes a multitude of appearances at special events and celebrations throughout the year, and his favorite hobby is greeting guests during daily walks throughout the resort. This pampered pooch hosts Westgate’s annual Sir Winston Slot Tournament in September, boasts his own line of Sir Winton plush toys and other doggie merchandise for purchase so pups may look and feel like royalty.
In the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino offers luxury accommodations, 13 mouth-watering dining options including the #1 rated Las Vegas Steakhouse on TripAdvisor Edge Steakhouse, legendary entertainment such as Barry Manilow, and the award-winning Serenity Spa. There’s no need to leave the fur babies at home, your tail-wagger can wag and tag along with you on your Vegas adventure with a world class, pet friendly experience at Westgate Las Vegas! Westgate Las Vegas also has its own in-house pooch that has quickly become the King of Westgate.
“Bark Butler” at The Brazilian Court Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla.
Tucked away on Palm Beach Island, The Brazilian Court Hotel is most often whispered about as a favored rendezvous promising anonymity for the affluent – all tucked within its lushly cloaked courtyards. However, this boutique retreat isn’t only favored by those that walk on two legs, it’s also pretty popular with those that walk on four, as it offers top notch service for its furry friends as well.
Taking pet amenities over the top, The Brazilian Court’s ultimate pooch-pampering package – “Bark Butler” – features everything from a welcome BarkBox, pampering spa services and a $500 shopping spree, to a photo shoot, bark boat adventure aboard “The Casablanca” and special in-room monogrammed bowl and designer doggie bed – starting at $9,300. Additionally, for every package sold, 5 percent will be donated to the Humane Society of Broward County in hopes of helping local animals find forever homes. For those looking to travel with their pet without spoiling them to the point of no return, The Brazilian Court also offers a basic “Pet Package,” featuring a complimentary amenity and nightly turndown service, all for a one-time fee of $100.
“Crescent Canines” at Hotel Crescent Court — Dallas, TX
Hotel Crescent Court, the Uptown Dallas icon, is home to the luxury “Crescent Canines” pet amenity program. Serving up the best in hospitality for canine travelers, the program including a take-home collapsible water bowl, complimentary toy, branded doggy bandana, and a “s-paw” service menu with services provided by a local groomer. *Offer based on availability, $150 pet fee per stay.
“At the forefront of Hotel Crescent Court is our exceptional service, so keeping those guests with pets in mind – we wanted to go above and beyond to open our doors to them, allowing for comfortable and convenient travel. Our biggest question wasn’t ‘why’ we wanted to cater to pets, it was ‘how.’ We’re incredibly proud of the Crescent Canines program as it offers the same level of detail and service to our guest’s pets as we have provided to them for decades.” – Denise Mope, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Crescent Court.
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa — Denver, CO
Known as a legend among downtown Denver hotels since 1892, The Brown Palace — Denver’s “grand dame” — has played no small part in the history of this great city, attracting everyone from luminaries and cultural icons to political change makers. Encompassing 241 richly appointed guest-rooms and presidential suites, The Brown captivates guests with its historic heritage fused with modern-day amenities.
The Brown also extends its luxury features to canine guests, offering a complimentary memory foam dog bed, stainless steel water and food bowls, biodegradable waste collection bags as well as readily available dog treats. Additionally, for guests looking to explore Denver with their furry companion, the property concierge can direct visitors to nearby dog parks, pet-friendly parks, a dog spa as well as dog friendly restaurants. *The hotel welcomes one dog under 60 pounds for a non-refundable deposit of $125.
“Bark City” – Park City, Utah
Recognized as Winter’s Favorite Town,” Park City, Utah welcomes travelers and their four-legged companions with open arms (and paws). Often referred to as “Bark City,” Park City is a truly dog-friendly destination giving the entire family access to restaurants, lodging and an excess of fresh, outdoor space to hike, run and roam together. At Montage Deer Valley, they understand the importance of quality time and traditions created with the entire family, offering personalized pet-friendly amenities and programming – including meet-and-greets for all ages with the Bernese Mountain Dog Canine Ambassadors, Monty and Summit. Another top-rated Park City resort, Hyatt Centric Park City, provides a VIP welcome to furry friends with an amenity bag from Ellie – the Canine Concierge who greets visitors upon arrival and extends her expertise to accompany guests on mountain adventures like hiking.