February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day, but let’s be honest, what day isn’t? We know it’s hard to truly enjoy yourself when spending time apart from your fur baby, but finding pet-friendly accommodations isn’t always easy. Well, you and Fido are in luck. New York State has plenty of pet-friendly getaway options, from campgrounds, beaches, and dog parks, to upscale inns and hotels. Read on to find the trip that’s pawsitively perfect for you and your pooch.
Firelight Camps (Finger Lakes)
Firelight Camps are comfortable and charming lodgings for people and pets who want to surround themselves with nature. Wake up each morning to complimentary locally sourced breakfast and freshly brewed coffee. Feel free to use the phone-charging station, join in communal campfires, play a game of cornhole, and more. You’re also a stone’s (or stick’s) throw from Upper Buttermilk Falls hiking trails. Bring your pup for an additional fee of just $25 per night. And wine lovers with dogs will be excited that all 16 participating wineries on the nearby Cayuga Wine Trail are dog-friendly (many even have treats stashed away behind counters).
Lake George RV Park (Adirondacks)
The Lake George RV Park is one of the rare luxury RV parks replete with Wi-Fi, cable TV, tennis courts, basketball courts, a cafe, a pond with paddle boats, and a trolley shuttle service. Best of all, it’s super pet-friendly. Pups can race around the two-acre off-leash dog park, “Charlie’s Bark Park,” which has both large and small dog areas. There’s an indoor dog wash station, a pet treat vending area, dog spray fountain, walking trails, and a turf play area. Opt to stay in a pet-friendly rental unit with up to two pets, or at any campsite with up to six! Just an 8-minute drive away you and your dog can enjoy stunning views of Lake George aboard a one-hour historic Lake George Shoreline Cruise with fascinating narration from the captain. Well-behaved pups are also allowed on a number of cruises, including the evening sunset cruise.
Inn at Lake Joseph (Catskills)
This Catskills retreat is all about the pups (no cats allowed, unfortunately). Enjoy a stay up in the mountains, where dogs of all sizes are welcome to trek the trails in the 2,000-acre forest preserve and cannonball themselves into beautiful Lake Joseph. Humans will enjoy the daily country-style breakfast and 24-hour “help yourself” lunch and snacks. You can also relax by the fire pit with your fur baby and other guests. Dogs are welcome in six of the accommodation options, including the cozy four-bedroom cottage.
Soho Grand Hotel (NYC)
Treat your pup like the VIP he or she is. The Soho Grand Hotel is ready to welcome fur-riends with open arms and lots of pats. Organic treats will be waiting, as well as all the doggy bags, bowls, and bedding your baby needs. Dogs stay over at no extra cost and the hotel even designates entire floors as pet-friendly so you don’t have to worry about making any other guests uncomfortable. But the Soho Grand Hotel truly goes above and beyond with its very own dog park. That’s right, you don’t even have to leave your hotel to let McScrufferson stretch his legs. The park includes fire hydrant water stations, benches, and a nice garden. Guests at the sister Roxy Hotel, are welcome to bring their pups over too.
Mill House Inn (Long Island)
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Every pup deserves a trip to the beach. Watch them roll in the sand, bark at the approaching tide, and maybe even meet their first crab! At the East Hampton Main Beach, dogs are welcome to enjoy the seashore off-leash during the off-season (from the end of September until the second week in May). Be sure to book your stay at the Mill House Inn. Pet-friendly suites come with homemade dog food ready and waiting in the fridge (choose between turkey or lamb). The inn owners have walkers and sitters on call if you want to go out, and are more than happy to direct you to all the dog-friendly beaches and restaurants in the area.
Comfort Inn & Suites Watertown 1000 Islands (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
Enjoy the Thousand Islands region 1,000 times more when you can visit with your dog. You’ll love the clean, cozy, and affordable rooms at the dog-friendly Comfort Inn & Suites Watertown 1000 Islands. There’s grass and sidewalk nearby for early morning walks, and just a hop, skip, and a 15-minute drive west will bring you to the Black River Trail. Thanks to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the Black River Trail makes for easy strolling in nature, where your dog can feel the soft earth beneath their paws. Head to Wood Boat Brewery for fresh-brewed beer, brick-oven pizza, and a front deck overlooking the St. Lawrence River.
Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs (Capital-Saratoga)
Dogs and people who love them will feel right at home in Saratoga Springs, thanks to its Dog-Friendly Downtown initiative. You’ll notice a special sticker in the window of 70 different restaurants, cafes, shops, wineries, bars, and more, indicating that they’re down with dogs. All participants can be found on Discover Saratoga’s website. Post up with your pup at the clean and comfortable Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs, where it’s only a $25 pet deposit per stay. Guests with pets are usually booked on the first floor so it’s easier to get out for walks.
Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa (Hudson Valley)
The folks at the calm and peaceful Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa know you can’t truly relax when you think about your pup missing you at home. That’s why dogs are warmly welcomed on this 75-acre farm/animal rescue/luxurious lodging. Your doggy’s welcome kit includes a plush bed and fresh-baked, artisanal treats. Dogs are free to roam leash-free on the grounds, which include a stream and pond. They can also join their pawrents for complimentary breakfast in the Sun Room terrace or at the onsite locavore Henry’s Restaurant. Your pup can even make new non-dog friends with the rescue farm animals, including Holly the miniature donkey. Dogs of any size are welcome for just a $25 fee.
Comfort Inn Jamestown (Chautauqua-Allegheny)
Bring your four-legged buddy to the dog-friendly Comfort Inn Jamestown. Pet owners are welcome to bring two pets of any size for just $25 per pup. There’s a nice grassy area by the hotel where your pooch can do its business. Just a 20-minute drive will bring you to most of the Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails, absolutely stunning trails through pine and hardwood forests, countryside, and vineyards. The flat terrain is easy for dogs large and small. Check their website to find the trail that’s as long or short as you’d like. If you want to relax at the end of the day, bring Fido to the Ellicottville Brewing Company, where you can enjoy a cold pint at one of the sidewalk tables and the staff will happily supply your bestie with water in a doggy bowl.
The Giacomo Hotel (Greater Niagara)
Take your little wonder to see one of the seven wonders of the world! That’s right, Niagara Falls State Park is dog-friendly so you can snap the perfect family photo with ALL your family members. That’s more than 400 acres of land to sniff out. Just remember that pups must be on a leash and up-to-date on their rabies shots. Go all out and stay at the Giacomo Hotel, a luxury hotel with views of the Niagara River. Besides human treats such as custom chocolates, fresh cookies in the evenings, full European breakfast, whirlpool baths, and sunset toasts on the weekends, you can bring dogs up to 50 lbs. for an extra $25 per night and per pet. If you have big dogs, or just want something a little more affordable, go for La Quinta Inn & Suites Niagara Falls, where you can bring two pets of any size for an extra $20 per night.