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!
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
The staff at Tenaya Lodge takes the concept of “treat yo’self” to a whole ‘nother level. Sign up for the hotel’s Deluxe Pampered Pet Package, which comes with a dog bed, dishes, toys, fresh-baked treats, and waste bags.
Want to go somewhere Fido can’t? No sweat—your Deluxe Package also comes with two hours of pet-sitting.
For the ultimate nature experience, Yosemite National Park is right outside your door, waiting for you to explore. Or if your pooch prefers a little R&R instead, treat him to a professional dog massage at the resort’s Ascent Spa.
8. Barkwells—Asheville, North Carolina
The Barkwells’ tagline says it all. Touted as “The Dog Lover’s Vacation Retreat,” this destination was designed with dog people in mind. Let your worries melt away as you relax in one of their eight luxurious cabins. The resort’s entire perimeter is fenced-in and features a pond where your dog can take a dip if he likes.
9. The Muse—NYC, New York
If you’re less of the outdoorsy type, and more of an urban explorer, The Muse in NYC awaits your reservation. This boutique hotel is just steps away from Times Square, but feel free to ask the knowledgeable concierge about other nearby pet-friendly establishments that you can visit during your stay.
Bonus: the hotel welcomes ALL pets (regardless of breed or size) at no extra charge.
10. Viceroy Palm Springs—Palm Springs, California
If snow isn’t really your thing, a stay at the Viceroy offers the perfect winter reprieve. Catch some sorely missed sun rays while taking full advantage of the hotel’s pet sitting and walking services. The resort’s specially curated canine menu will have your dog’s mouth watering—PB&J bites, anyone?
11. The Little Nell—Aspen, Colorado
Located in the picturesque Rocky Mountains, The Little Nell is the premier spot to experience the winter wonderland of Aspen, Colorado. From dogsledding to snowshoeing, this is one winter vacay that won’t leave you twiddling your thumbs.
Enjoy the sweeping views while your pup munches on epicurean delicacies from the resort’s special pet menu. To make their stay more comfortable, all canine guests are gifted a “puppy jet lag kit,” which includes a Little Nell dog leash, treats, and a comfy bed.
12. Salamander Resort & Spa—Middleburg, Virginia
This popular Virginia resort offers all the amenities you and your dog could ever wish for. You’ll have your pick of recreational diversions: guests at the Salamander Resort enjoy equestrian programs, cooking classes, spa services, and fine dining. Plus, your four-legged friend will be treated to complimentary food and water bowls, organic treats, an impossibly cozy bed, and plenty of dog toys.
13. Snow King Resort—Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The folks at the Snow King Resort understand that a vacation just isn’t the same without your precious pooch. Which is why they’ve nixed all weight limits and breed restrictions. (woohoo!)
While you hit the slopes, your dog can make some puppy friends at the hotel’s canine daycare. Make sure to set time aside to explore Jackson Hole’s pet-friendly trails together—you’ll both sleep soundly after a full day of hiking.
14. The Resort at Paws Up—Greenough, Montana
This all-inclusive resort is about as pet-friendly as they come. Located in the stunning Blackfoot Valley of Montana, the hotel boasts 37,000 acres of untouched wilderness: ideal for a day of hardcore hiking.
At Paws Up, your dog can expect to be treated like royalty. During your stay, he’ll receive his very own doggie bed, locally-made treats, toys, and even a letter from Coco, the resort owner’s dog.
15. Justin Trails Resort—Sparta, Wisconsin
If you and your dog enjoy an active lifestyle, a winter vacation at Justin Trails Resort in Wisconsin could be just the thing you need. The resort’s 10-mile trail system is a treat for both avid snowshoers and skijoring fanatics. When Fido feels like doing some socializing, feel free to visit the hotel’s on-site dog park.
Have you ever taken your dog on a winter vacation? Let us know in the comments—we’d love to know where you’ve been!