Dog-Friendly Vacations | Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont | Wilburton Inn

Traveling With Dogs on Dog-Friendly Vacations

Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont, Wilburton Inn

Dog-friendly vacations in Manchester, Vermont. Traveling with your dogs in Vermont is so much fun. Check out one of the best dog friendly vacations and dog friendly hotel in Vermont, The Wilburton Inn.
Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn

Dexter The Dog and I have always wanted to take a dog-friendly vacation in Vermont. In October 2016, we finally had our chance, and traveled with another cavalier friend, Levi, and his Mom, Chris. Not only were we planning a lot of dog-friendly day-trips in Vermont, we also planned on chilling out in our dog-friendly Inn, the Wilburton Inn to be exact. And yes, the Inn owners also have a cavalier named Jet!

Our drive from Ohio to Vermont was a bit stressful, as we drove in with a wintery mix. That’s not the way I like to travel, but it is what it is. We finally arrived late at night and drove up the windy scenic road to the Inn’s check in. The innkeeper was very friendly and provided us with check-in instructions for our villa.

We stayed in The Strawberry Inn Villa on the first floor. The villa can be rented either in its entirety or by up to six separate guests, which is what we did. The Wilburton Inn was named one of the top eight elegant US Mansion hotels by CNN, so I was a little concerned that it would be too fancy for us. But I was pleasantly surprised at how homey the room felt.

Dog-Friendly Vacations | Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn
Dog-Friendly Wilburton Inn

Our accommodation included two wooden queen beds on the ground floor with a large en suite bathroom with a shower and tub. The room also had a couple of sitting chairs, TV, and mini fridge. This was perfect for holding Dexter’s home-cooked meals.

The Strawberry Villa also included a large shared kitchen and dining space that we did not utilize. There was also a nice outside sitting area that we also did not use.

Although we spent most of our dog-friendly Vermont vacation touring the area, we did spend some time at the Wilburton Inn for a few fun adventures. First, a little history on the Wilburton Inn’s inspiring tale.

Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn
Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont |Wilburton Inn

In the early 1900s, the Wilburton was the largest gentleman’s farm in town. The current innkeeper’s eldest son, Oliver, and his wife Bonnie, continue this tradition. They grow organic heirloom produce along with baking artisanal hearth breads and, from what I hear, famous veggie burgers. They are well-known throughout New England and beyond for their high-quality organic foods.

The Wilburton Inn offers rental houses, villas, and mansions throughout their thirty-acre hillside. These historic Vermont rentals feature dramatic mountain views. As we walked around the grounds, we enjoyed the artwork and sculptures throughout our walk. They also have a museum and workshops throughout the year.

Traveling with dogs in Vermont.
Dog-Friendly Vermont Hotels

The Wilburton Inn also proudly grows botanicals, including herbs. Obviously, after a winter storm, we weren’t able to enjoy this firsthand. Another fun feature is that lead gardener Daba Kydner also provides private herbal consultations. I just may need to take another trip to Vermont in the spring.

Dog-friendly Vermont hotels, accommodations and vacations
Dog-Friendly Vermont Vacations

If you are looking for a dog-friendly vacation rental in Manchester, Vermont, I encourage you to check out the Wilburton Inn. Tell them that Dexter The Dog sent you!


Have you been to Vermont with your dog? Tell me in the comments.

Dog-friendly vacations in Manchester, Vermont. Traveling with your dogs in Vermont is so much fun. Check out one of the best dog friendly vacations and dog friendly hotel in Vermont, The Wilburton Inn.
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34 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Vacations | Dog-Friendly Manchester, Vermont | Wilburton Inn

  1. This looks like such a nice place to visit. I’m glad it’s dog-friendly and that you’re able to enjoy it with Dexter and Levi and Chris!

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely time at the Wilburton Inn! We would love to travel to Vermont one day. If we ever get there, we will be sure to check the Wilburton Inn out and tell them Dexter sent us!

  3. I see that Dexter enjoyed the sights, good thing he’s so photogenic. I think it’s wonderful there are more and more dog friendly hotels and activities. A few months ago we had to stop in a hotel with the dogs, something we’d never done before. There was nothing welcoming about it other than the fact the dogs could sleep there. It served it’s purpose, certainly nowhere near as nice as your stay.

  4. The only time we’ve ever taken our dog on a trip with us has been to agility trials. We’ve gone out of state a couple of times for those and appreciated the pet-friendly hotels. But we have started recently to explore more walking options. This past weekend, we took our dog downtime with us and explored the city streets. Next up we’ll should take him to a dog-friendly restaurant. 🙂

  5. I have never been to Manchester, Vermont but it looks like a lovely place! We drove from Cleveland to Killington a few times to ski and I remember that’s a long drive! How sweet that you made this trip with Dexter. I LOVE doing road trips with the dogs although with all three sometimes staying over is chaotic!

    1. I didn’t know you were in Cleveland! We’re only a few hours away. Yes, road trips with Dexter is my favorite thing to do.

  6. Looks like a lovely place. Never been … do you know if at a minimum patios are pet friendly in the warmer months? It’s a main reason we don’t travel in Canada and the US as much …

  7. It looks like a wonderful place to visit! We’ve been to Vermont a few times, but either rented a home or camped during the summer. It is a beautiful state.

  8. A lot of Canadians love Vermont for skiing and in summer. I sometimes do road trips but have not been to Manchester. The Inn looks lovely and even better you can take your dog. Kilo still has quite a few issues- I don’t think he would handle travel well. Eventually, I’d love to take him south in winter but we’ll see.

    1. I hear you. Me too with the kitties. It would be so fun to take a loooong road trip with the entire family.

  9. This looks like a fantastic place! I’m always looking for great dog friendly places to stay. What a wonderful tradition this family has, it’s not often you find an endearing family tradition like this. I LOVE VT & NH. We just visited NH with our dogs & VT is on our list for a visit! Sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    1. Sure thing. We were right on the edge of NH and thought about going to hit that state, but just ran out of time.

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