15 Pet-Friendly Resorts for the Perfect Winter Getaway
At Grumble Dog, we believe that vacations are just better when our dogs can join us. Which is why we’ve rounded up the country’s most dog-centric vacation resorts for the ultimate winter getaway. These luxurious destinations feature all the things your dog really loves: outdoor activities, pet-friendly sleeping quarters, and, of course—scrummy canine treats!
Whether you’re driving or flying with your dog, get ready for a tail-waggin’ good time.
1. The Lodge at Spruce Peak—Stowe, Vermont
Calling all ski-lovers! If your idea of the perfect vacay involves skis, slopes, and snow, then Stowe, Vermont is the place for you. Hailed as “the Ski Capital of the East,” this quaint New England town is an absolute dream for avid skiers and dog owners alike.
After a long day of vigorous outdoor fun, you can cozy up with your pooch at the dog-friendly Lodge at Spruce Peak. As long as he’s leashed, your dog is welcome to explore the hotel’s common areas and outdoor terraces. Fancy a stroll? Hit up the hotel’s walking path (conveniently tricked out with doggie waste stations).
2. Lake Placid Lodge—Lake Placid, New York
Show your furry friend the good life at the Lake Placid Lodge in Upstate New York.
This resort pulls out all the stops to ensure your canine pal is perfectly pampered and comfortable, providing him with a plush dog bed, adorable bone-shaped mat, and food and water bowls. At check-in, your dog will be spoiled with a pupper-ific gift bag stashed with all of his favorites: dental chews, cleanup bags, and toys to make his stay one to remember.
Nestled in the frosty Adirondacks, there’s no shortage of winter activities to choose from here: cross-country skiing, skijoring, or snowshoeing are all popular diversions at the resort. A leisurely stroll around Mirror Lake is another classic way to spend a winter day here.
For recommendations on pet-friendly services like groomers or veterinarians, the lodge’s concierge will happily point you in the right direction.
3. Savage River Lodge—Frostburg, Maryland
If a week of tranquil serenity is what you seek, look no further than the Savage River Lodge. Located in the aptly named town of Frostburg (brrr!) this peaceful winter getaway is next-level “paw-some.”
During your stay, your pooch will enjoy a host of amenities, including a doggy wash station, a “Bone Appetit” pet menu, and a homemade biscuit every morning. When you’re ready to stretch your limbs, hit up the hotel’s frisbee field or explore the acres upon acres of trails.
If you visit in the summer months, your dog can participate in the resort’s weekly “Yappy Hour,” where he’ll socialize with fellow canine guests.
4. Gunflint Lodge—Grand Marais, Minnesota
Situated on the north shore of Lake Superior, Gunflint Lodge offers majestic scenery and plenty of outdoor activities for your pet to enjoy. Take your pick of any number of snowy winter excursions: skijoring, snowmobiling, or cross-country skiing. If hiking is more your style, be sure to check out the dog-friendly trails of Superior National Forest.
This charming destination also hosts three “Dog Lover’s” weekends per year where you pup can stay free of charge and participate in the special dog-centric activities planned by the hotel.
5. El Monte Sagrado—Taos, New Mexico
The staff at El Monte Sagrado welcomes canine guests with open arms. That and a complimentary goodie bag filled with treats, waste bags, a bandana, and a ball for Fido to play with.
For fans of the winter, Taos is positively dreamy. Whatever your preference—skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing—they have it all at El Monte Sagrado.
On chilly nights, warm up with your pup by the large outdoor fire pit. When you’re ready to retire for the night, you can catch up on some puppy snuggles in front of the warm glow of your room’s own fireplace.
6. Red Mountain Resort & Spa—Ivins, Utah
When it’s time to unwind, Red Mountain has it all: a world-class spa, healthy living activities, and a vast red rock landscape that inspires and recenters its weary visitors.
Upon arrival, your VIP guest will receive organic doggy treats as well as dishes for food and water. Rest assured, your dog will have no trouble meeting his daily quota of exercise here—he can blow off some steam running across the resort’s 55-acre lawn or in the nearby Snow Canyon Park.
7. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite—Fish Camp, California