Roadside Adventures Geared for Dogs






Sadie is back from her vacation with Mom and Pop-Pop and had a very wonderful time at the lake and camp.

Gram and I are sitting on the patio discussing my favorite part of our vacation. For me it was chasing squirrels up the trees at least 20 times a day. I have no real desire to catch one, but I sure do love chasing them.

Mr. Yule enjoyed just sitting under the big oak trees, taking too many naps, but I guess that goes with old age.

With summer coming and vacations being planned, Gram was telling me that about 43 percent of Americans take their dogs on vacation with them. So we decided to tell you about some places you might go and take your dog.

  • Washington, DC – now you would not think too much of taking your dog there, because dogs are not allowed to visit the monuments, except FDR’s mainly because Fala, the beloved dog of President Roosevelt sits at his feet. However there is a two mile stretch known as the National Mall, it is lined with 2,300 Elm trees, has lots of green space, and many things to interest dogs, such as people watching and the horse-drawn carriages. Convention and Tourism Corp. (202) 789-7000 (www.washington.org)

  • See Rock City! How many times have you seen that sign? The Rock City Gardens is very dog friendly that sits on top of the fabled Civil War Battlefield on Lookout Mountain. There are many things to walk around and see with breathtaking views and dogs seem to enjoy it. For information call (800) 854-0675 www.seerockcity.com it is six miles outside of Chattanooga, Tenn. or Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 322- 3344 (www.chattanoogafun.com)

  • Key West, Florida “The Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S.A.” Key West is very dog friendly and will allow dogs to sit with their owners at the outdoor restaurants and cafes. For more information call the Monroe County Tourist Development Council at (800) 352- 5397 (www.fla-keys.com)

  • For people who are thinking of going westward bound the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona is a dog friendly place to visit. It is however approximately 200 miles from the nearest big city of Albuquerque. We don’t recommend going in the middle of July, however as it is too hot. For more information call the Arizona Office of Tourism at (866) 275 – 5816 (www.arizonaguide.com)

    Many hotels just don’t allow dogs anymore they go out of their way to make them welcome. Gram and I think that the hotels believe if the dog is happy, the pet owner will be even more so and may just come back again.

    Here are a few other places to take under consideration:

  • For a great retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains visit the Dog House Resort in Jefferson, N.C. you can hike and canoe and your pet is welcome with no extra charge. They even offer free pet sitting services for those times you want to “be alone.” For information call (336) 977- 3582 (www,dog-house-resort.com)

  • If you are inclined to travel north the Inn By The Sea in Cape Elizabeth would welcome you and your dog, They even offer doggie day care for times when you want to wander on your own. Call (800) 888- 4287 (www.innbythesea.com)

    For all those other places you may want to search out here is a list of websites worth checking out:

  • www.dogfriendly.com
  • www.fidofriendly.com
  • www.petfriendly.com
  • www.petfriedlytravel.com
  • www.petswelcome.com
  • www.pettravel.com
  • www.pettravelcenter.com
  • www.puppytravel.com

    Gram and I hope these ideas might help you plan a great vacation for you and your dog. Until next time, I remain

    Your Sadie


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