Two Paws Up: Vacations You AND Your Dog Will Love
Frequent flyer, Karl Froelich, relaxes on a chaise during a recent trip to Santa Monica.
Those of us with canine companions have all been there—you take your dog on the road, expecting some family fun with your furry friend, then BLAMMO! You get socked with exorbitant fees in “pet friendly” hotels, told your fur baby has to stay in his room in said pet friendly hotel, and the “play” area is a small patch of AstroTurf that smells like the men’s Porta-Potty after an all day music and beer festival.
I don’t know about Fido, but Karl “the Canine Unicorn” Froelich does not put up with that shizz! Thankfully, the times they are a changing. People are traveling with their pets more than ever—according to a 2012 survey by PetRelocation.com, 85 percent of dog-owning respondents said they were planning to vacation with their pups that year. And the number has continued to rise—causing a boom in the pet-friendly industries (pet food, pet clothing, doggy daycares, dog-walking services, pet-friendly airlines and hotels).
Karl Froelich cares about other dogs and their fun—actually, he cares about having some other tushes to sniff—so this week, he brings you his top five places to stay and play in the United States, courtesy of the geniuses at the Ruff Guides and Karl’s favorite book, Ruff Guide to the United States: 365 of the Best Places to Stay & Play with your Dog in All 50 States.
1. Dreamland Safari Tours Kanab, Utah
Everyone loves a safari, including Karl. But considering I don’t want him to be lion bait, he has to settle for something slightly tamer—which is why he loves Dreamland Safari Tours, near Kanab, Utah, which offer more than 30 different day-tour options, including hiking through a mystical slot canyon, hunting for petroglyphs, and playing at the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Stay at the retro-fab Quail Park Lodge, which may look like a traditional roadside motel on the outside, but is seriously chic on the inside, with amenities like iPod docking stations, cruiser bikes for guests, spa quality products, pillow topped mattresses, and triple sheeted bedding. Dogs of any size stay free.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. (Photo: Dreamland Safari Tours)