Where to stay and what’s on offer with hotels on the East Coast
By Si Si Penaloza
Traveling with your pet can be a blissful petting-moon or a taxing buzzkill. Much of this all comes down to where you decide to stay. Routines are disrupted, new sights and sounds can exhaust even the most intrepid traveling pets. Moreover, prepping for the trip can be daunting, with such little baggage allocation as it is for hiking boots and yoga mats – never mind hauling pet bedding and sleeping paraphernalia. Here at Get Leashed, we know pet owners are increasingly doing more and more research before take off. We aim to provide a compass to find your pet-friendly bearings, wherever you are. Check back for ongoing updates on the latest in hotel pet programming. It’s not all Milk Bones n’ honey out there and not all pet programs are equal. So, how do you discern a truly animal-respecting hotel from a crass cash grab? This week, we focus on the East Coast’s finest – check out our “Leaders of the Pack” list of the most pet-friendly accommodations in the East. Pet fees and weight limits vary, so be sure to call ahead and always bring a copy of current vaccination records. If you’re feeling more like a West Coast jaunt check out these offerings.
The Surrey | New York, NY
Poised on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, The Surrey is the only Relais & Châteaux hotel in New York City. Surely, this would imply the canine cuisine would be top notch as well and indeed it is. Upon arrival, all dogs receive a welcome treat from Bocce’s Bakery, New York’s gourmet biscuit company. Select from additional amenities, including: a plush Surrey monogrammed dog bed and an in-room biscuit menu designed by Bocce’s Bakery with Truffle Mac & Cheese, Beef Bourguignon and Chicken Cordon Bleu bites. Bespoke Posh Pet concierge services are also available offering a list of local dog parks and insider tips on the best pet-friendly dining spots in the city. The Posh Pet Concierge can also arrange for grooming services, discounts at local pet boutique, Canine Styles, and dog walking services by Throw Me a Bone. The Surrey is dedicated to being a luxury destination for humans and their pet travel companions, and they give back to animals that are less fortunate. They will donate up to $10,000 per year to the Humane Society of New York as part of a recent partnership.
GL Rating: 8.5 Tail Wags
Mandarin Oriental Atlanta | Atlanta, GA
The Mandarin Oriental Atlanta pet program is designed to ensure its four-legged guests experience a level of luxury not typically extended to them while traveling to Buckhead’s most exclusive address. From customized amenities to the special MOpup in-room dining offerings, Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has been a huge hit for both furry pets and their owners. For a sweet start to their stay, pets will be welcomed upon arrival with organic bone-shaped cookies prepared by the hotel’s pastry team. In the guestroom, pets will be treated to a cozy bed, water bowl, doggie dental kit and a variety of play toys.
The in-room MOpup dining program offers a selection of special pet-friendly dishes, such as Grilled Steelhead Salmon with Roasted Asparagus and Glazed Carrots, and Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Peanut Butter Biscuits. Is it a tad troubling that our mouths are watering? To seal the deal, the hotel’s English garden has a dedicated pet-friendly seating area, perfect for relaxing and enjoying cocktails. Dogs get a kick out of exploring all of the hidden nooks on the green and also try a non-alcoholic peach flavored ‘MOcktail’ or a coconut water-infused ‘Melon Puptail.’ You’ll want to splurge on an irresistible MOpup hoodie designed with the slogan, ‘Keep Calm and Carry Treats.’ Pet turndown service is also available upon request.
GL Rating: 9 Tail Wags
The Lodge at Glendorn | Bradford, PA
Grab your furry friends and escape to The Lodge at Glendorn, located in the scenic Pennsylvania countryside, adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest. Glendron offers four-season activities for families of all sizes and their furry companions. Children and adults can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, scavenger hunts, bicycling, skeet and trap shooting and even salamander catching at Skipper Lake. Family picnics, bonfires and yard games are other activities offered where pet can join in on the fun – this is a major bonus and a real gesture of pet-respect! Your four-legged friend will be just as comfy as you in a selection of pet friendly cabins that come complete with a dog bed and dishes.
GL Rating: 6 Tail Wags
Topnotch Resort | Stowe, VT
Located at the foot of Mount Mansfield in the quintessential New England village of Stowe, Topnotch Resort re-opened in 2013 following a nearly $15M investment. Pups big and small go wild for this storied retreat in the Green Mountains. The 35,000 square foot spa at Topnotch features over 120 treatments including doggie poolside massages and Rover Reiki healing treatments. Dogs are welcome free of charge in select rooms and receive doggie turndown service including a plush doggie bed and bowl. Four-legged friends who visit Topnotch truly receive the VIP (Very Important Pup) treatment.
GL Rating: 7.5 Tail Wags
Vanderbilt Grace | Newport, RI
Let’s come to grips with it, shall we? Is your posh pup on the, shall we say, snooty side on visits to your local dog park – a bit of the “don’t sniff me, I don’t know where you’ve been” type? We’ve got a weekend pad right up your alley. The quintessential Newport mansion-turned-luxurious hotel, Vanderbilt Grace offers a dog package allowing guests to bring their best friend on vacation! Package includes bedding for any size dog, dog bowl for water, food, complimentary dog bone upon arrival, Sojos Dog Treats and the Cain & Able Dog Bath Collection available for purchase. Vanderbilt Grace comprises of 33 rooms and suites, a sumptuous spa and two restaurants including Muse, a fine dining restaurant by renowned New England chef, Jonathan Cartwright.
GL Rating: 7 Tail Wags
Twin Farms | Barnard, VT
What working breed doesn’t enjoy a good old jaunt up to New England for the weekend? Twin Farms is an intimate, all-inclusive country hideaway set amidst 300 acres of woodlands in an unspoiled valley, 15 minutes north of Woodstock in Barnard, Vermont. It is the only five-star resort in Vermont with a culinary program where dishes are specially prepared for each individual guest with local ingredients in season. Hand-painted murals, rich maple and pine woodwork, American folk art and museum-quality contemporary oils adorn rustically elegant suites. The property recently introduced dog friendly accommodations and pooch-led outings. Four-legged family members are now welcomed in select guestrooms and able to partake in hiking, biking, tennis, fly fishing and canoeing , all available on the resort’s acres of picturesque meadows. Maggie, Twin Farm’s resident dog, helps lead guest pups on hikes and to their expansive cottages.
GL Rating: 8 Tail Wags
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa | Lake Geneva, WI
From pet bedding, food bowls and treats to special pet menus and on-site pet-friendly walking paths, this Lake Geneva resort provides canine guests with top-line services and treatment. The property’s Pet Club takes great advantage of the sprawling grounds and fresh country air. Tail-wagging dishes on the Pet Club Pet Menu includes chicken pate, pork and applesauce, duck and sweet potato, and grain-free surf and turf dishes made with fresh Wisconsin produce and hand-trimmed meat and fish. Hello, and we never want to leave!
GL Rating: 7.5 Tail Wags
W Hotel Montreal | Montreal, QC
All W Hotels in North America cater to four-legged guests with a custom W pet bed and food bowls in their guestroom. With the demands of pet-loving travelers ringing in their ears, W Hotels have stocked up on everything from treats to toys. While some properties are content with simply letting pets on the premises for a fee, other hotels roll out the welcome mat with genuine gusto! The W brand has proven to be among the best for jet-setting pets and the humans who love them. At the W Hotel Montreal, a welcome amenity package awaits that includes a W pet tag, treats, and waste disposal bags. Furry visitors get a treat at turndown as well, and a welcome letter with information about local pet services.
GL Rating: 7 Tail Wags
In a game-changing move, Ritz-Carlton pampers pets with services ranging from a loaner Burberry raincoat to certified canine massage therapists. Can you say posh pet palace? The kennel just won’t cut it: gone are the days of excluding four-legged friends from family vacations. While not all Ritz-Carlton Hotels are pet friendly, those who accept pets offer welcome amenities including treats and toys, loaner beds and bowls, and special services ranging from canine room service to spa treatments for pooches between 10 and 30 pounds.
GL Rating: 8.5 Tail Wags
Hotel Indigo Atlanta | Atlanta, GA
For a snazzy stay on modest means, Hotel Indigo serves up great value with its pet program. All hotels in the group are pet friendly, and while fees and weight limits vary (a few don’t charge fees and weight limits are set by each individual hotel), you can count on amenities like dog treats and basic water bowls. The Atlanta and San Diego locations even host a periodic Canine Cocktails “Yappy Hour”, and have canine ambassadors in residence.
GL Rating: 6.5 Tail Wags