5 Pet-Friendly Destinations For End-Of-Summer Getaways

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
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Check out–and then check in–to some of these pet-friendly places that are still taking reservations for your end-of-summer hurrah!

If you’re like me, you want to squeeze every last bit of summer that you can! I’m not trading my umbrella drinks for pumpkin spice a second before I have to, and we’re trying to get last vacations in before the routine of fall and the holidays come into play. So, if you’re on that same search, here are some of our favorite pet-friendly places to get away!

1. Dog Gone It

Tucked away in West Fort Lauderdale is this luxury beach getaway… complete with the Dog Gone It Pet Suite. This is a great place to do so as pets will check-in and receive their own doggie bandanas, food and water bowls and a doggie bed in-room to listen to the ocean breezes in comfort. The beaches of Fort Lauderdale are canine-friendly, and there is a Tinkle Turf Pad inside the suite in case they just can’t make it outside! Guests will find a Bark Box full of goodies just for your pup to enjoy. The resort has a pet menu just for the furry family members, and their humans will enjoy the fine dining from local gourmet restaurants. There is no pet-deposit for the suite, and clean-up fee is waived, so it’s the perfect place to get away for some special time with your pup!

2. Perry Hotel Key West

Are you and your dog more the adventurous type? Well, you’ll probably want to check out the Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina, then. You and your pooch can take a Key West Adventure through local tour company Lazy Dog Adventures. You and your pup can go kayaking and on SUP excursions through mangroves and crystal water, and then when the adventures of the day are done, you can hang out by the pool or stroll through the parks. Guests can use the Dog Days of Summer offer to get credits as well as cleaning fee discounts! If you’ve never seen the sunset in Key West, you’re missing out!

3. Marriott Stanton South Beach

Is your pup an ocean lover? All the coolest pets love South Beach, and the Marriott Stanton South Beach offers direct beach access. It’s one of the few pet-friendly hotels in South Beach and UK designer Martin Brudnizki designed it with furry family members in mind. Check out the artwork that shows the love of dogs the hotel has, and enjoy the adjacent park for puppy play time.

4. Barnsley Resort

Want a getaway that is in the woods, but has the amenities and luxury of a resort? Check out the Barnsley Resort in North Georgia. Pets of all ages and sizes are welcome and there are tons of trails and hikes that you and your pet will love exploring. Pets get pet beds, bowls, bottled water and treats, and just in case the humans want some alone time (as if!), there are Pet Sitting services as well. We love that the resort is a partner with PAWS Atlanta and donates to PAWS to help orphaned animals waiting for their furever homes. So, take your pup to escape, and you’ll be able to enjoy Yappy Hour with some pet-friendly treats and ice cream! You’ll be able to enjoy some wine and cheese and the whole family will feel comfy cozy!

5. Lido Beach Resort

This pet-friendly resort on the barrier island of Lido Key near Sarasota Florida offers pets and their humans lots of waterfront nature walks, ocean views, and gorgeous gulf-coast sunsets. You’ll love the 223 newly renovated rooms and your pooch will love the ocean breeze flowing through his fur!

Tips and Tricks for Travelling with your Pet

Are you excited to get out and travel with your pet by your side? Here are a few of our go-to tips and tricks to make sure that your next adventure is a success:

-       Book an appointment with your veterinarian before your planned travel date. This is an opportunity to make sure that your pet has all his vaccinations up to date. Get a copy of your dog’s vet records to bring along in case you need to visit a vet for any reason during your vacation.

-       Research the closest 24-hour emergency vet clinic to your destination and program it into your phone. If you are faced with an emergency, you don’t want to be fumbling to find a veterinarian. This will make it easier, and quicker, to get your pet the medical care they need.

-       Bring enough of your dog’s regular food to cover the entire trip along with some extra. You never know when something is going to come up and your trip must be extended. Switching dog food can upset your dog’s stomach. Don’t run the risk of not being able to find what you need.

-       Always carry plenty of cold, fresh water. When you’re travelling, making sure your dog has access to water at all times is important! Try freezing water bottles to provide cold water for longer trips. The water will slowly melt during your trip as it’s exposed to the elements providing you with a reliable source of cool water.

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