Pets are full-fledged members of the family and traveling with them makes the trip all the more fun, especially for kids. Pet-friendly hotels have special offerings, tailor-made for our animals—special menus, in-room amenities, waking and sitting services … the works. From the Emerald City to the Sunshine State, we’ve rounded up the best family-friendly resorts in the US that welcome pets with open arms.
Canopy by Hilton - Minneapolis, MN
Canopy by Hilton loves pets. This hotel, located in the Mill District, offers a “Paws in the Neighborhood” package. The hotel has partnered with Planet Dog, a company that supplies sustainable doggy accessories and promotes canine health and welfare, to create the ultimate hotel experience for guests’ four-legged family members. Guests staying with their dog will receive Paws in the Neighborhood Cinch Pack, a Planet Dog Orbee ball, house-made or locally-made doggy treats, pick-up bags in their very own dispenser and a pet-friendly guide to the neighborhood. Each pet-friendly room comes equipped with a dog bed, food and water bowls, courtesy of Planet Dog, as well as a loaner collar and leash. Plus, each time you shop with Planet Dog while staying at the hotel, you’ll receive a 20% discount at Planet Dog. Click here to book a room now.
Other attractions nearby: Canopy by Hilton is close to the Mill City Museum, Guthrie Theater, Mills Ruins Park and St. Anthony Falls Visitor Center. Borrow a complimentary bike and head for the waterfront or grab a train at the U.S. Bank Stadium light rail stop and explore other parts of the city, as well as St. Paul.
708 3rd St S
Kimpton Shorebreak Resort - Huntington Beach, CA
Visit Surf City and stay at Kimpton Shorebreak Resort with your kids and dog in tow. This beach-vibe resort is so chill you will actually sigh in relief when you arrive. Think: strolling down Main Street, bouldering on the outdoor climbing wall, enjoying the views at the end of Huntington Beach Pier and noshing on s’ mores by the fire pit at the end of the day. Bonus: you won’t incur a pet fee and your pooch will have access to plenty of treats, bowls and beds.
Other attractions nearby: Disneyland, Fashion Island, Knotts Berry Farm and Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve.
500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA
Hotel Max - Seattle, WA
One thing is for sure, Seattle is a dog-pro city. You’ll see people pushing little pups in strollers or carrying them on their person in baby carriers, kids walking dogs past Pike Place Market, and dogs catching frisbees in one of the many off-leash green park spaces. Many hotels in the Emerald City are pet friendly, including The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Seattle and Kimpton Hotel Monaco Seattle, but the trendiest digs might be Hotel Max. Dogs and cats here receive special pet amenities, including a special room service menu, beds and treats. The vibe throughout the property is ultra-hip, and the location is pretty great too—you’ll be within walking distance to major Seattle attractions.
Other attractions nearby: Bark Espresso, Discovery Park and Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse all allow dogs. Plus, kids love visiting the Seattle Great Wheel, Museum of Pop Culture, Pike Place Market and Space Needle.
620 Stewart St.
Hyatt House Augusta Downtown - Augusta, GA
If you’ve been searching for a year-round pet-friendly destination, look no further than Augusta, Georgia. The weather is conducive to dining alfresco and dogs are welcome on many patios including The Hive, Bodega Ultima, Farmahus Burger, Fuse Augusta and Riverwatch Brewery. Hike and enjoy fun in the sun, along with your kiddos and pets, at Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, Phinizy Swamp, Mistletoe State Park and Augusta’s Riverwalk. The wildlife here is wide-ranging—keep your peepers peeled (and your dogs leashed) for alligators, river otters, hawks and majestic blue herons.
Stay in the heart of the action at the dog-friendly Hyatt House Augusta Downtown, where up to two dogs can stay overnight. Suites are equipped with full kitchens and breakfast is complimentary.
Other attractions nearby: Augusta Riverwalk, James Brown Arena, Miller Theater, 10 area golf courses and restaurants and shopping along Broad Street.
1268 Broad St.
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort - Hilton Head, SC
Celebrating your furry friend is easy at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. After Labor Day weekend, dogs are finally allowed to romp around on the crowd-free beaches again. You’ll have many opportunities to play in the sand, toss a ball around and relax.
Other attractions nearby: Art Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, The Sandbox: Children’s Museum, Palmetto Dunes Golf and Tennis, Shelter Cover Harbour and Marina, Zipline Hilton Head and Pinckney National Wildlife Refuge.
23 Ocean Ln.
Hilton Head, SC
Kimpton Muse Hotel - New York City, NY
New Yorkers love their pets. You will see people walking their pooches at all hours of the day. Many hotels have special amenities for pets, and The Kimpton Muse Hotel is one of them. This boutique hotel is nearby Times Square and the theater district. There’s no extra charge for pets, no weight restrictions and the hotel will take any kind of pet: feathers, scales, fluff or fur. The Muse has water bowls delivered to your room, courtesy bags and a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques.
Other attractions nearby: Times Square, Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Top of the Rock and Rockefeller Center.
130 W. 46th St.
New York City, NY
Ten Thousand Waves - Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe is a warm-weather destination that is easy to travel in with dogs and kiddos in tow. The Japanese-style inn, Ten Thousand Waves, is unique, serene and perfect for a little getaway with your family. You’ll be situated near the National Forest, surrounded by hundreds of acres of green space, and when you’re done exploring the great outdoors you can enjoy a ryokan-inspired outdoor hot tub. Dogs can run around outdoors, safe in a fenced-in area; sleep on a plush bed and hang out on the enclosed deck while you soak your cares away.
Other attractions nearby: Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe Farmers Market, Meow Wolf, and Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
21 Ten Thousand Waves Way
Santa Fe, NM
Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa - Vero Beach, FL
Vero Beach is one of the most peaceful and lovely beach towns in central Florida’s Treasure Coast. Enjoy a round of golf at a private or public course, splash in the water, spot wildlife on a nature tour and visit one of the grassy parks with your pet.
Since 1981, every Kimpton property invites pets, no matter what shape or size, at no extra cost. Basically, if your pet can fit through the front door, it’s welcome. Many properties employ a Director of Pet Relations, important dogs that are in charge of greeting guests, bringing up morale and testing pet amenities (they’re paid in dog treats and belly rubs). Be sure to stop by the concierge desk, at Kimpton Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, to pick up a list of pet-friendly restaurants, parks and boutiques. Also, bring your pet to the hotel’s nightly social hour to meet other pets and their owners.
Other attractions nearby: Majestic Movie Theater, Vero Bowl, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Sea Glass Boutique and Indian River Mall.
3500 Ocean Dr.
Vero Beach, FL
Swissotel Chicago - Chicago, IL
Walking along the Chicago River or throughout Millennium Park—Chicago’s top-visited attraction—with your whole family, Fido included, is such a treat. The award-winning Swissotel Chicago is ideally located in the city, with stunning Chicago River and Lake Michigan views. You can walk to the Magnificent Mile for shopping, pop over to Navy Pier for a ride on the Ferris Wheel or just enjoy the in-room amenities at the hotel. There’s no need to pack bowls, pillows or even toys, everything will be provided in the pet-friendly room. Lakeshore East Dog Park is only one block away for dog relief (and fun). Book the Swissotel Kids Suite, which is outfitted with toys, games and books. Plus, kids will receive an in-room movie and welcome amenity to sweeten the deal.
Other attractions nearby: The Art Institute of Chicago, parks, sandy beaches, Millennium and Grant Parks, Lakefront Trail, Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, State Street Shopping, Willis Tower and more.
323 E. Upper Wacker Dr.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences - Vail, CO
Colorado is all about the outdoors, and there’s nothing that dogs love more than romping around with their owners in wide-open spaces. Vail Mountain allows dogs on many hiking trails, and there are routes for all ages and abilities. Booth Falls and Lake Trail allow dogs and even have water spots along the way. And, if hiking a trail isn’t your thing, bring your pet to Stephens Park Off Leash Dog Park or Bighorn Park Off Leash Dog Park (there’s a kid’s playground here).
House-made treats, in-room amenities, and a special Vail bandana are offered to furry friends at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail. You’ll have access to doggie bags, drinking bowls and a plush bed for your canine. The concierge can help you find parks, dog walking services, groomers and more. For kids, pop in the Kids for All Seasons activity room where little ones can do arts and crafts and special projects tailor-made to their interests.
Other attractions nearby: Lionshead Village, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail Mountain Resort and Vail Farmers Market.
One Vail Rd.
Park James Hotel - Menlo Park, CA
This hotel in Silicon Valley is perfect for guests and their furry friends. With the "Paw-fect Packege," little VIP (very important pet) will enjoy accommodations that include a puppy spa day, in-room treats, bed turndown, toys, a pro snap of your pet and some treats for you, too. Not only will your pooch be totally pampered, but you’ll be helping other furry friends because for each booked stay, 10% of the package will benefit the local Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. What about the two-legged guests, you ask? There’s something for you too, as the hotel is offering pet-inspired food and drink like the “Seeing Rye Dog,” the “Seven Salty Spaniels, and the “Crabby Puppy” Dungeness crab toast. Book the “Paw-fect Package” at the Park James Hotel by clicking here.
Other attractions nearby: Be sure to stop by famous indie bookstore Kepler's, head to Burgess Park for outdoor play and grab a bit at Squeeze In, in nearby Redwood City, where kids get a basket of toys to keep them occupied until the food arrives.
1400 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
St. Regis Houston - Houston, TX
Loads of hotels in Houston allow dogs but the St. Regis Houston goes the extra mile to make sure animals—and kids—have a great stay. The tree-studded property and grassy areas nearby make this hotel a win for dog owners. Kids love the child-sized robes, in-room kid amenities and treats and childcare services. You’ll be located in the swanky Uptown district, steps from The Galleria shopping area and the property has an outdoor pool that is super fun for kids.
Other attractions nearby: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Minute Maid Park, Rothko Chapel, Houston Zoo and Space Center Houston.
1919 Briar Oaks Ln.
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch - Scottsdale, AZ
Your kids will love the doggy ambassador the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. The "4Paws program" includes a custom-made bed, complete with pillows, a special dog menu, “pupcakes” dog treats and more. Kids can play and slide at the water playground, enjoy nightly entertainment and learn about Native American culture through special programming.
Other attractions nearby: hot air balloon rides, hiking, desert Hummer tours, Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square.
7500 East Doubletree Ranch Rd.
Red Mountain Resort - St. George, UT
Red rocks are all around in St. George, Utah. Red Mountain Resort has special accommodations for families traveling with pets. There’s a 55-acre green space on the property, and Snow Canyon Park is nearby. Dogs can enjoy water bowls and bedding, plus organic treats are also given at check-in. Families will love the hotel’s offerings: horseback riding plus the “Hike for Hounds” activity where you can bring your dog along for the fun.
Other attractions nearby: Candy Cliffs, Zion National Park, golf and more.
1275 E. Red Mountain Circle
Mountain Top Inn and Resort - Chittenden, VT
Stay in a fully furnished deluxe cabin set on 350 acres, with lake views and national forest access nearby, at Mountain Top Inn and Resort. Give three days advance notice and you can even snag a dog walker for $12 an hour. The best part, though, is the 10 miles of trails that you can play on with your dog, year-round. Boat rides, fishing, disc golf and horseback riding will keep you entertained in the warmer months while cross-country skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides and tubing will provide hours of fun in chillier temps.
Other attractions nearby: Farmer’s Market, Hathaway Farm Billings Farm, Green Mountain Rock Climbing and Baird Farm Maple Syrup.
195 Mountain Top Rd.
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