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10 Pet Travel Tips! (

Thursday, July 24th, 2014


Going on vacation is always a fun treat for the whole family and it’s even better if you get to take your canine companion along with you. To make the trip a great experience for you and your pet here are a few travel tips:

1. CARRIER – it is important to bring a carrier that is big enough for your dog to sleep and turn around. They like a place to help make them feel secure.

2. BED- Make sure to bring a dog bed, rug, or blanket that they like to sleep on at home. Place it in a spot that is out of the way, but near you and show them where to nap. Sleep is important for all puppies and dogs.

3. SEAT COVER- this applies more to those who travel with their pet outside a carrier. Train them to stay on a rug covered back seat or use a seat cover. This will definitely help with clean up on a rainy day or a trip to the beach. For a longer trip, place a bed on top for comfort.

4. LEASH- it is always important to leash your dog before opening the car door and especially important that the leash cannot slip.

5. STRESS RELIEVER- If your dog is a nervous traveler, start a calming agent like Doc Roy’s® DOCILE DOG. Start this treatment two weeks before the trip. It is not a tranquilizer, but will take the edge off for any added stress.

6. FEED LIGHTLY- make sure to feed your pet lightly before you leave. You can sprinkle something like shredded cheese in their food to encourage them eating 1 hour prior to leaving. If your pet is prone to car sickness, feed ginger snaps two hours before leaving and repeat one hour into the trip.

7. FOOD/WATER BOWLS- this one goes without saying, but it is especially important to bring these along with a mat to go under the bowls to decrease the mess.

8. GREETING- On arrival, bring the dog on a leash to greet people. Keep the dog on the leash when setting up the dog bed and food/water dishes. Let them take a drink, go on a short walk so they empty their bladders before getting too excited! Once they have calmed down from the excitement, they can be taken off the leash.

9. SETTING UP THE CARRIER/BED- Place the pet carrier in your bedroom and open the door for access. The bed should be in a common area like a family room. For a cat, place the bed on the furniture you have previously ask permission to use and put the cat on it (cats like being up high).

10. WHEN LEAVING- Always place the pet in their carrier when leaving the house (if not taking with you). Never lock them in a room or a bath, stick with the carrier since it is something that is familiar to your pet. It helps to put a treat or toy in the carrier with them and will keep them busy for plenty of time!

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Manor Lake on Pinterest!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Have you been following us on Pinterest? Our Pinterest is full of dog safety tips, articles, DIY dog related projects and recipes, pictures of Manor Lake dogs and customer testimonials. Check out our Pinterest boards by clicking the logo below:


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Manor Lake Jaxson and Petunia Picture Update!

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Our two Manor Lake labradoodles, Jaxson and Petunia love camping and each other! They are both such sweet, fun dogs. Love these two!

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Dog-Friendly Chicago!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We found some wonderful dog-friendly restaurants for all of our families in Chicago, IL! Enjoy!

Feast Restaurant & Bar (Chicago Gold Coast & Wicker Park/Bucktown): Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Feast is a great dining choice any time of the day. The Gold Coast Feast location provides ample outdoor seating, the food is exceptional, and the atmosphere is chic, yet casual. I try to hit Feast at least once a week for lunch and I strongly recommend you do the same.

P.J. Clarke’s (Chicago Gold Coast & Streeterville): If you’re in the mood for a burger and a beer, drop by P.J. Clarke’s, with two separate locations located at 1204 N. State Parkway and 301 East Illinois. The food at this classic Chicago bar and restaurant is delicious, the games are always on the HD TVs, and the drink menu is extensive. What else do you need?

Penny’s Noodle Shop (Wicker ParkDepaul & Wrigleyville): With three locations in Chicago, Wicker Park, DePaul, and Wrigleyville, Penny’s Noodle shop is a local favorite for tasty Asian cuisine. Patrons can get anything from Vietnamese spring rolls and Japanese Gyoza to signature Pad Thai and Fried Rice dishes. If you’re craving Asian food, Penny’s is always a great choice.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House (Chicago Gold Coast): Serving arguably some of Chicago’s best sea food should be reason enough for you and your pooch to make a trip over to Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House. However, the upscale vibe around the restaurant and the surrounding Gold Coast neighborhood make this a must visit, no matter where you live in Chicago. And while you’re there, don’t forget to try the crab cakes-you’ll be glad you did.

The Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant (River North): As a true Irish pub setting, the Kerryman outdoor dining space is absolutely spectacular. My favorite time to visit this one-of-a-kind place is for brunch (the Bloody Mary’s are terrific), but no matter the time of day or night, the Kerryman won’t disappoint, and the menu offers a wide-variety of Irish and American dishes.

The Fifty/50 (Wicker Park): The three-level Fifty/50 restaurant and bar is a great place to catch a game, mingle with friends, or simply enjoy a drink out on the front patio. As the Fifty/50 website says, the menu centers around three main sections: smoked food, fried foods, and sandwiches. Need I say more?

O’Briens Restaurant & Bar (Old Town): As one of my favorite Old Town joints, O’Briens offers casual dining in the heart of one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods. The menu at O’Briens features seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, steaks, and more, so there’s definitely something for everyone at this long-standing Old Town restaurant and bar.

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar (Lakeview): Located almost directly off the Paulina Brown Line stop, Frasca offers delicious specialty pizzas, endless pasta dishes, and a very extensive wine list. The pizzas at Frasca are very reasonable priced, the selection is tremendous, and the atmosphere is true Italian. If you haven’t been over to the Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, make a trip this weekend and try the Spinaci-it’s AMAZING!

Bar on Buena (Buena Park): If you haven’t been to Bar on Buena before, shame on you. The beer and whiskey menu here is long enough to fill a book, and the atmosphere is quite relaxing. In addition, the patio is nicely shaded, which is an absolute must during some of these hot Chicago days we’ve seen over the past week. If you’re a beer lover, you have to check this place out.

Here are some other dog-friendly restaurants in the Chicago area also:

  • Bad Dog Tavern & Grill
  • Scozzi
  • Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier
  • Cody’s Public House
  • Big Star
  • Wrightwood Tap
  • 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
  • Super Dawg
  • The Grill on the Alley



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Dog-Friendly Lodges- The Bark

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Are you looking to take a fun vacation any time soon and want to bring your canine companion along? We found this great list of dog-friendly lodges all across the United States! Check it out!
Dog-Friendly Lodges
Summer Adventure Planner
By The Bark
Dog Friendly Accommodations - Chico Springs

Open space, quiet mornings filled with bird song, the cozy comfort of pinepaneled walls and rag rugs: something about bunking in a classic lodge or rustic cabin flips the summer-vacation switch in us.

Paradise Valley, Mont.: Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa sounds a lot more posh than it is. In fact, this Old West lodge, nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Absaroka Mountain Range, is more swinging door than Golden Door, with a down-home hospitality that extends liberally to dogs — plus, it’s hard to argue with natural, mineral-rich hot springs outside your back door. From $55 to $225, plus $20 per pet per stay;

Klamath Falls, Ore.: The 1892 homesteadturned- fishing-lodge-turned-gourmetgetaway Crystalwood Lodge is dogcrazed — from its 133 poison oak–free acres of meadows, marshes, ponds and streamlets and the nearby Fremont-Winema National Forest to amenities such as a grooming hut and lint brushes in the rooms. Take advantage of dog day care for a guilt-free visit to Crater Lake National Park, which is epic but not for dogs. From $95;

Lyme, N.H.: Loch Lyme Lodge has no telephones or televisions, no video arcade, no hot tubs, no air conditioning, no microwaves and no bar with nightly entertainment — nothing to come between you, your pup, 120 acres of fields and woodlands, the lake (with a special canine swimming area) and the picturesque Connecticut River Valley. From $130;

Grand Marais, Minn.: You and your dog can sniff around the pristine Northwoods and/or canoe a few of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes from your base in the piney cabins at Gunflint Lodge on the north shore of Lake Superior. Woofta Uffta and Waggalot Dog Lover’s weekends feature K-9 Olympics, dog socials, special presentations on pet health, training, communication and more. From $59, plus $20 per pet per night fee;

Frostburg, Md.: Adorable yellow Labs Koko and Karma welcome their brethren to Savage River Lodge near the Savage River State Forest. The great old-world lodge, with its 700 acres of trees, giant Frisbee field and fresh-baked dog biscuits, is the stuff of canine dreams. From $185, plus $30 per pet per night (dogs in cabins only);

Shenandoah National Park, Va: As national parks go, this one is rare: dogs are allowed on nearly all of its 500 miles of trails. It’s a perfect place for you and your pup to soak up the quintessential American lodge experience at Big Meadows Lodge, which the Civilian Conservation Corps built with stones cut from Massanutten Mountain in the late 1930s. From $109, plus $25 per pet per night (up to two pets); 

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Dog Friendly Cafes in Los Angeles (L.A)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

We really like to feature different cities and show you how dog-friendly they really are. For all you Californians living near Los Angeles, this article is perfect for you! We found this list of dog-friendly cafes in L.A.that you and your dog are sure to love!

Dog Friendly Los Angeles

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cafe dogLos Angeles has a reputation for being one of the best places you and your pooch can call home (or visit). There’s lots you and your dog can do together in L.A., like visiting one of its dog-friendlybeaches, going for a hike in the “Hollywoof Hills” or dining at one of the city’s wet-nose welcoming restaurants orbars.

It’s no surprise then that L.A. is also home to several dog friendly cafes that serve both hot or cold coffee bliss that are perfect for enjoying all year long.

1. Intelligentsia Coffee – 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice (map), 310-399-1233

With three locations in VeniceSilver Lake and Pasadena that are each only a few blocks away from a dog-friendly park, Intelligentsia has prime locations close to where you and your pooch will already be walking. With blends like El Gallo, which features hints of silky milk chocolate; a tart Honey Badger espresso; and a premium Santuario Geishi blend that combines jasmine, orange and black currant flavors, Intelligentsia is serving up more than just your everyday cup of joe.

Dogs are allowed outside at each of its three locations, where Intelligentsia’s internationally recognized baristas will brew you a made-to-order cup of coffee or hand-craft you a spectacular espresso drink. Intelligentsia even has its own iPhone app that allows you to view their current, in-season brews. Hours vary by location, so be sure to check their app before you go.

2. LAMILL Coffee – 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake (map), 323-663-4441

Named one of Bon Appetit’s ”10 Best Boutique Coffee Shops,” LAMILL’s boutique location in Silver Lake not only offers finely-crafted cafes, but phenomenal food as well. For foodies who want to enjoy breakfast or lunch with their pooch, this is the place to go. Their menu includes warm brioche donuts topped with ice cream or poached eggs for breakfast and speciality sandwiches for lunch. The coffee is brewed in a Clover machine, or as Bon Appetit calls it, “the Ferrari of coffee makers.” Some of their signature beverages include the crème brulee; an espresso and caramel concoction; and an orange-infused cappuccino that’s topped with cacao.


Dogs are welcome on the patio and the Silver Lake dog park is less than a 10-minute walk away. LAMILL is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays when they close at 11 p.m.

3. Fix Coffee – 2100 Echo Park Ave. (map),  323-284-8962

Just a short walk away from dog-friendly Elysian Park, Fix Coffee proudly serves an assortment of L.A.’s finest foods and beverages. Brewing Intelligentsia coffee, tea from Art of Tea and sandwiches from BreadBar, this L.A. coffee shop is a great place to sit with your pooch and enjoy different foods in one spot. Featuring free Wi-Fi, a fire pit and spacious outdoor seating for you and your pup, you’ll want to get your coffee fix here.

4. CoffeeBar LA – 600 S. Spring St. (map), 213-327-1157

Nested in Downtown L.A.’s burgeoning Old Bank District, CoffeeBar is where you can grab a cup among the city’s coffee aficionados. CoffeeBar meticulously creates each cup it serves, making sure the detail is up to par down to the very last drop. The downtown location is perfect for those who want to grab a quick bite or mid-work-day pick me up. Dogs are welcome to accompany their pet parents on the outdoor patio. CoffeeBar opens at 7 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and closes at 6 p.m. daily.

5. Alcove Cafe and Bakery – 1929 Hillhurst Ave. (map), 323-644-0100

Located near Griffith Park, Alcove is a great spot to grab brunch after a morning hike with your pooch. Housed in two historic bungalows and with a dog-friendly garden patio, Alcove not only serves hand-roasted coffee, but also teas, artisan baked goods and cocktails. The Alcove menu has delicious selections for breakfast or brunch, including a shrimp and crab omelette, brioche french toast, crepes, grilled paninis and a great salad selection. Be sure to check their hours before you paw on over to this cafe.

PHOTOS: Michael FraleyIntelligentsia Twitter


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Top 10 Ski Resorts-West Coast

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Top 10 Ski Resorts

Are you doing any skiing or snowboarding this winter? City Dog Magazine has a great list of the Top 10 Ski Resorts focusing on the west coast and with your canine companion in mind!

Written by Craig Romano | Photo by Keoki Flagg

1. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
With its diverse terrain, multitude of trails, immense area, mile-high vertical drop, and wide array of après ski amenities, you’ll be hard-pressed finding a ski resort grander than Canada’s Whistler Blackcomb. No surprise either that this top notch winter sports destination has been chosen to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Ski venues. What may surprise you however is that Whistler is perhaps the dog friendliest resort in the west as well! In fact, it’s the top dog when it comes to doggie catering ski resorts.

According to Tourism Whistler, “nearly 10,000 people live in Whistler and almost all of them have dogs. Whistler is not only pet friendly, its dog crazy!” And more than a handful of village accommodations are more than happy to host you and your hound. Even the posh Fairmont welcomes dogs. And some lodges really welcome them. When your pup checks in at the Crystal Lodge, she’ll be treated to her own bed, blanket, towel, and welcome biscuit.

2. Sun Peaks Resort, British Columbia
Just north of Kamloops in British Columbia’s interior, plenty of powder snow and ample sunshine await you at the Sun Peaks Resort. With over 120 trails on three mountains, Sun Peaks boasts having the third largest skiable terrain in all of Canada. And you can bring ole Yeller out cross-country skiing with you here. The Nordic Center’s long and scenic McGillivray Lake Trail is open to dogs.
According to Ashley Tait, Director of Communications at the resort, Sun Peaks has a wide selection of pet-friendly accommodations including the stylish Delta Sun Peaks Resort in the main village center. At the Delta, visiting dogs are given special treatment-from a friendly welcome to a package of gourmet dog treats to specially designed pet-friendly rooms. “As someone who has stayed at the Delta with my own two large dogs,” states Ashley, “I can honestly say the rooms are especially provided for guests traveling with their furry companions-and the rooms are gorgeous.”

3. Fernie Alpine Ski Resort, British Columbia
Out in the Canadian Rockies, your snowbound hound will feel welcomed as well, especially at the Fernie Alpine Resort. Of course you’ll enjoy Fernie too; being that this former-mining-town-turned-outdoor-recreation-haven was recently named number five in Skiing magazine’s listing of the Top 25 Resorts in North America. The Fernie Lodging Company offers dog-friendly suites in both its slopeside lodges, Snow Creek and Timberline. Now while your snow munching German shepherd will have to sit out while you take to the slopes he may be comforted to know that some of his four-legged brethren are busy working on the mountain. Fernie is the home to a number of CARDA(Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association) training dogs. Maybe you’ll be able to meet rescue dog Keno while visiting. Several winters ago Keno saved the life of a lift operator who was buried for twenty minutes under avalanche snow.

4. Crystal Mountain, Washington 
Washington’s largest downhill ski resort, Crystal offers good cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well. Every Saturday the resort offers guided snowshoe tours into Silver Basin, a beautiful backcountry area. A tasty fondue dinner is served in the base area lodge after the tour. Your intrepid pup is invited to accompany you whether he fancies to fondue or not. Call 360.663.3040 to reserve your spot. For cozy accommodations for you and your cuddly Chesapeake Bay retriever consider one of Mount Rainier Vacation Rental’s cozy cabins (

5. Mount Baker Ski Area, Washington
The Northwest’s snowiest ski area, Mount Baker offers some of the best terrain around. But what about your husky; will he find Baker to his liking? According to marketing director Amy Trowbridge who owns a schnauzer, he should. Amy’s dad, ski area manager, Duncan Howat had his trusty border collie, Jojo by his side for many years while on the job. “Jojo was legendary,” she says. “He practically ran the ski area!” Amy adds, “People love bringing their dogs here and we love seeing them out playing around. They’re allowed in the backcountry ski and snowshoeing area and they’re welcome around the main base area if well-behaved.”
The little burg of Glacier at the base of Mount Baker is a huge dog town according to Trowbridge. Dog-friendly accommodations there include the pleasant Glacier Creek Lodge and cozy Mount Baker View Guest House.

6. Methow Valley, Washington
With over 200 kilometers of groomed and interconnected trails, the Methow Valley in Washington’s OkanoganCounty boasts the second largest Nordic ski trail network in America. A myriad of trails tie the communities of Winthrop, Twisp, and Mazama with adjacent preserves, ranches and national forest lands offering skiers varied terrain amidst outstanding scenery. Maintaining these trails is the Methow Valley Trails Association; and like a growing number of other Nordic ski associations, they’ve opened a handful of trails to dog accompanying skiers. Currently three trails (Lunachick, Big Valley, and you gotta love this one, Cougar Bait) totaling 13.5 kilometers are dog-friendly. And there’s no shortage of dog-friendly lodging in the valley ranging from economical in Twisp; TheBlue Spruce and Idle-A-While, to fancier in Winthrop; the Virginian and Cascade Inn.

7. Mount Bachelor, Oregon
Blessed with ample sunshine and snowfall, Oregon’s Mount Bachelor offers some of the best skiing in the northwest. In the shadow of the volcano’s excellent downhill runs are some mighty fine Nordic ski trails as well. TheMount Bachelor Ski Resort maintains over 50 kilometers of groomed trails where you can find some open to your winter wonderland weimaraner. There is no shortage of dog-friendly lodging in nearby Bend. But one of your better options is to stay at Sunriver just south of Bachelor. Here you can choose from a multitude of cabins and condos in this pet-friendly resort. (If you want to read more about Sunriver, check out our full article here.)

8. Diamond Lake, Oregon
Dogs may not be allowed on Crater Lake National Park’s ski trails, but at nearby Diamond Lake they’re warmly welcomed. The rustic resort high in the Central Cascades has over 10 kilometers of groomed and 75 kilometers ofungroomed cross-country and snow shoeing trails. And your intrepid setter is allowed on nearly all of them. She’s welcome to spend the night with you too, in the resort’s main lodge or cabins.

9. Squaw Valley USA, California
Like Whistler, the village at Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe is a bone-a-fide dog town! A wide array of lodges at Squaw welcomes your pooch and they’re even allowed to ride the gondola during the summer months. In South Lake Tahoe you can take your buddy on a sleigh ride with you. At the Hope Valley Cross Country Ski Center south of Tahoe, you and your pooch can go schussing together. And on the north shore, Tahoe City’s Tahoe XC has 8 kilometers of dog-friendly trails. A number of dog-friendly lodges can be found in the Lake Tahoe area; Fireside Lodge and the Inn at Heavenly among them. Four-legged guests are often provided with their own bed, water bowl, feed bowls, treats, and toys at these accommodations.

10. Sun Valley, Idaho
One of the oldest and swankiest ski resorts in the west, Sun Valley is quite popular with the fur wearing sect; and not just the two-legged ones. Over a decade ago the North Valley Trail System began allowing dogs on their groomed ski trails, becoming one of the first Nordic Ski Centers in the country to do so. And they didn’t just designate a trail or two; they devoted an entire 30 kilometers worth over to the dogs. A wise decision indeed for today, over 50% of North Valley’s skiers take their dogs along with them. Sun Valley continues to expand its dog-friendly terrain with over 70 kilometers of the North Valley-Woods River-Galena Lodge trail network currently open to them.

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Dunham Cellars – Dog Friendly Winery in Walla Walla, WA

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Learn all about this dog-friendly winery in Walla Walla, Washington. We are proud of our local businesses here in Washington that make their companies dog-friendly! If you are in the area, be sure to check it out!
Walla Walla winery

Written by Sara Schneider

Walla Walla, WA

Play: At funky, dog-friendly Dunham Cellars(, two wines are named for dogs: The “Three Legged Red” ($19) is a meaty red blend; the “Four Legged White”($14) is a lush, balanced Riesling($5 tasting fee).

Stay: Crash comfortably at downtown’s Marcus Whitman Hotel ($$, $20 per night pet fee;


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Dog Friendly San Francisco

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Did you know that San Francisco made the list for the Top 10 Most Dog Friendly Cities, ranking in at #8? For all of you that live in the San Francisco area or are looking to travel to the area, we wanted to share some dog-friendly hotels and restaurants to take your furry friend!

dog friendly sf

One of our favorite websites for dog-friendly places such as restaurants, bars, cafes, and more, is and our featured city today is San Francisco, CA!

To check out some dog friendly restaurants, check out the website here

Looking for a place to stay in San Francisco, check out some dog friendly hotels,  check out the website here



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Dog Friendly Road Trip

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
We came across this great article full of beautiful places that are dog-friendly so this is perfect if you are looking to make a road trip anytime soon. We know how fun it is being able to include your canine companion in your journeys! 


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Do you feel a sense of freedom when staring at a map or atlas, knowing that you can just pick any one of the roads you see, hop on it and let it take you to somewhere new?

This feeling of freedom is why road trips have long been a favorite activity for adventurers worldwide. As temperatures rise and the frost-covered trails begin to thaw, our minds wander to destinations we’ve put on hold for the winter.  If your dog is anything like mine, as you pack for your trip, your pup follows you EVERWHERE as if to say “you’re taking me with you right?” Then when he sees “his pack” come out, his tail starts flying, swinging his entire body back and forth. This time he’s saying, “yup! I call shotgun!”

If you have a dog friendly road trip planned this spring, we’d love to hear about it. Where are you heading, what will you do when you get there and what are you packing specifically for your dog?

If you’re not sure where to go, here are a few recommendations from our friends, dealers and ambassadors.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, CA (and NV)

If you like to hike, bike, paddle, swim, camp, backpack, the list goes on and on, Lake Tahoe has it. When we asked George Richter of Dog Dog Cat ( if he thought Lake Tahoe was a dog friendly road trip destination, he had this to say:

“South Lake Tahoe has an incredible environment for adventurous pet lovers.   Dogs or no dogs Lake Tahoe is spectacular and bringing your pet along for the experience makes it even better.   My favorite places to go with our dogs are the amazing Tahoe Rim Trail, or Nevada Beach.   The “Rim Trail” is fantastic for trail runners, hikers, or Mt. Bikers in the summer months, and cross country skiing in the winter and it stretches 100+ miles around the mountain tops surrounding Lake Tahoe.   Nevada Beach is a sandy beach with beautiful clear Lake Tahoe water and an amazing view of Mt. Tallac Tahoe’s highest peak and it is located next to a dog friendly campground just a few minutes from South Lake Tahoe.    Lastly SLT has a long list of Pet Friendly hotels for any budget.”


Cajun in Moab

Moab, UT

Famous for its mountain biking, splitter crack rock climbing and canyon exploring, Moab is always a great road trip destination. Plenty of dog friendly camping and lodging options await is this southern Utah high desert town. Don’t take it from us that this place is dog friendly, but definitely take it from local Moab rock climber, base jumper and major dog lover Steph Davis.

“Moab is very dog friendly: most of the trails and things to do are on BLM land which does not discriminate against dog friends. The famous desert climber Jimmie Dunn always says “Any place that’s good for dogs is good for humans!”  And that pretty much sums up Moab :)”.


Animas River Durango

Durango, CO

Just a short two to three hours from Moab lies the slightly larger mountain town of Durango, CO. Don’t let the “slightly larger” comment throw you off. Durango is a quaint town with a strong outdoor mountain culture home to just over 17,000 residents as well as one of our favorite brands, Zuke’s Pet Treats! We had to ask them why they thought Durango is a great dog friendly destination. Grant Berry said “Durango is a community that is absolutely full of dogs, and people who are passionate about dogs. Whether it is the local off-leash dog park, or the world class singletrack available minutes from downtown, there is no shortage of places to have fun with your mutt. The Animas River provides a great place for all to cool off in the summer, and businesses downtown often put out water bowls and treats to keep pups fueled. Overall, Durango is a great place to be a dog.


Blue Ridge Mountains, NC

Asheville, NC

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina lies one of the southeast’s premier road trip destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all types, artists, families and anyone seeking mountain landscapes and fresh air. If you need a little help finding pet friendly adventures when you get there, stop by and ask our friends at Diamond Brand Outdoors. Sarah Merrell of Diamond Brand recently sent us this note:

“Asheville is a very dog friendly destination, we have many locations that not only allow dogs, but are fun for dog owners and have amazing scenery.  Some great destinations in the Asheville area include the Mountains to Sea Trail, Bent Creek, and also a number of trails in Pisgah National Forest like Looking Glass Rock Trail and John Rock Trail, which both offer breath taking views, and Grave Yard Fields which includes a beautiful waterfall.  Many of these trails include streams so that your dog can stop for a drink, and thanks to Asheville’s climate, you can usually hike any time during the year without it being unbearably hot or cold. ”



Adirondacks, NY

No matter the season, there are multiple recreation opportunities in the Adirondacks. According to, this park is over 6 million acres and has over 2,000 mountains, 40 high peaks, and more than 2,300 lakes and ponds connected by 1,500 miles of rivers and 30,000 miles of brooks and streams. This park has it all! Spend the summer paddling miles of lakes, hiking multiple peaks and climbing clean granite. In the winter, you can ski, snowshoe, ice climb and more. “The Adirondacks are most certainly a Dog Friendly Destination!” said Sara Ellis of Dawgdom in Saratoga Springs, NY.   “Whether it is a quick easy hike or an all day adventure our trails are dog friendly, often welcoming off leash goers!  Favorites are the less known – Shelving Rock State Park, tucked away on the Southeastern side of Lake George is a favorite of mine so much so we ended up wedding there with all 3 dogs of the time, Sadie, MavDog & Fred.”


Here’s some gear you should consider bringing for your road-tripping canine:


  •    Packable Dog Bowl – keep your dog hydrated whether being active or spending hours in route.
  •    Dog Bed – dog beds are a signal to dogs that they have a place that they can rest and let their guard down – especially in unfamiliar environments. Plus they just like them!
  •    Dog Pack – if you are heading out for long day hikes, mountain bike rides or overnight hikes, dogs packs are a great way to let your dog carry their own gear and water.
  •    Extra Leash – It’s always good to keep an extra leash handy in the car. One of our favorite road trip leashes is the Just-a-Cinch Leash that you can quickly slip on and off for quick pit stops.


Do you have a favorite dog-friendly road trip destination? Please share by leaving a comment below or tell us on our Facebook page.


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