So you want to take a trip, but can’t stand that heart-breaking where-are-you-going-without-me face your dog makes when he sees you leaving? We feel you. Here are some of the best pup-friendly spots in New England.
A great doggy destination is Burlington, Vt., which boasts, among other pup-friendly spots, an off-leash dog park near Lake Champlain, Starr Farm Dog Park (1 Sunset Cliff, www.burlingtondogpark.org) and on-leash Burlington Bike Bath, which skirts some eight miles by the lake. Plus, Church Street Marketplace, the bustling heart of downtown’s red brick area, is pedestrian-only and lined with boutiques, shops, galleries, and restaurants, including some with pup-friendly outdoor seating. www.churchstmarketplace.com.
Both you and Buddy can lay down and stay at Burlington’s pup-friendly boutique bed and breakfast Made INN Vermont. The restored 1881 Victorian home is now a hip B&B offering bowls, bedding, and treats for both man and his best friend. Man-treats include art books, vinyl records, board games, hot tub, and roof top deck with birds-eye view of Burlington. 204 South Willard St. 802-399-2788. www.madeinnvermont.com.
Bring the kids and both dogs to Field Guide, a rustic barn-chic boutique lodge in Stowe, Vt. with cottages that can sleep up to six humans and two pups. Bring the leash, too — there are miles of nearby hiking trails; each cottage is equipped with an iPad field guide loaded with informative apps about the area, including trails. Rover may not notice it, but you’ll appreciate the inn’s attention to detail — from the smooth river stone fireplace to the tree stump end table. Humans can enjoy the outdoor hot tub with mountain view. Everyone, Rover especially, might enjoy sitting around the firepit at night. $35 per dog per night. Dogs under 70 lbs. 433 Mountain Road, Stowe. 802-253-8088. www.fieldguidestowe.com.
Take Prince for a prance around Providence, R.I., and spend the night at the ultra-hip Dean Hotel, where dogs under 20 pounds are welcome in any room for free. Wake to fresh pastries and espresso at on-site dog-friendly Bolt Coffee. (Call ahead to inform of four-legged guests. 401-455-3326. 122 Fountain St. thedeanhotel.com.) Lunch at nearby pup-friendly barbecue joint Rick’s Roadhouse, where the doggie menu includes grilled chicken, beef patties, and scrambled eggs with bacon. Person menu includes buttermilk cornbread and fall-off-the-bone ribs. (370 Richmond St., Providence, 401-272-7675. www.ricksroadhouseri.com.) Burn off energy at Lincoln Woods State Park, a short drive from Providence, which boasts some 600 gorgeous acres of woods, pond and trails. 2 Manchester Print Works Road, Lincoln.
Treat Lady like royalty at Lord Camden Inn in Camden, Maine, where she’ll get her own bed, food, and water bowls, and homemade biscuits — you’ll get the option of in-room Champagne and massage. Wake to Belgian waffles with Maine maple syrup and fruit, scrambled eggs and sausage, or homemade granola. ($35 fee for dogs. 24 Main St. 207-236-4325. www.lordcamdeninn.com.) Then head for the hills to nearby Camden Hills State Park, offering some 30 miles of hiking trails with views of classic rocky mid-Maine coastline. 280 Belfast Road, Camden.
Bring Bowser to Blue, a luxury beachfront boutique hotel on Plum Island near Newburyport. With full kitchen, breakfast bar, screened-in porch and private bath, the cottage sleeps four humans and one pampered pup. (Island beaches off-limit to dogs May 15 to Oct.15. Pet fee: $35 per night. 20 Fordham Way, Plum Island, Newbury. 978-463-6128. www.blueinn.com.)
Rest in luxury at Newport’s Vanderbilt Grace, a pup-friendly 1909 Vanderbilt family mansion restored as a luxe hotel. Forget the kibble: Noodles can select from one of three canine entrees — shredded chicken with white rice and sautéed apples; salmon and wild rice stew with potatoes, peas, and carrots; or steak tips with roasted sweet potatoes and wilted spinach. For dessert, his own peanut butter and banana frozen yogurt. Pet room fee: $150 per dog. 41 Mary St. 401-846-6200. www.gracehotels.com/vanderbilt.
If you’re planning a late spring or summer trip to Martha’s Vineyard, camp at Summercamp, a seasonal pup-friendly boutique inn in Oak Bluffs that opens April 28. Designed to make you feel like a kid at camp again, whimsical touches include snacks from the Camp Cantina and stocked game room. Fulfill your childhood fantasy of bringing your dog to camp. Dogs under 70 pounds. Pet fee $35 per night. 70 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs. 508-693-6611. www.summercamphotel.com