Dog-friendly vacations: Folly Beach rentals that are pet friendly. The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).

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Dog-friendly vacations: Folly Beach rentals that are pet friendly. The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).
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The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).

This pet-friendly Folly Beach rental home was bright, open, and roomy. The 3-bedroom rental had a master bedroom with a master bath, plus two standard bedrooms and another full bath. The bedrooms were very nice, comfortable, and provided plenty of space for our human family of three and Dexter The Dog. Hardwood floors ran throughout the home, which made sandy clean up a breeze.

This dog-friendly vacation rental was very clean, neat and modern, yet felt homey and comfortable.

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The home had a full kitchen, dining room and living room, cable, Wi-Fi, wrap-around porch and fenced-in yard! It was a dog lover’s dream. The neighborhood was quiet and friendly and we were only five minutes from the ocean and fifteen minutes away from Charleston, South Carolina. This was a prime spot for our family vacation.

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Dog-Friendly Folly Beach, SC

Dexter enjoyed the large fenced-in yard for potty breaks and playtime. We also brought a gate to close the front porch in so Dexter could roam the wrap-around porch. We enjoyed our afternoons and evenings relaxing on the deck and watching the lizards.

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I can highly recommend booking through VRBO and staying at Close To The Edge in Folly Beach, South Carolina. The dog-friendly rental home was well cared for, immaculate, close to our daily adventures, and perfect for a dog.


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Dog-friendly vacations: Folly Beach rentals that are pet friendly. The family decided to take our spring dog-friendly vacation to South Carolina and stay in Folly Beach. We are most defiantly a beach family. We rented “Close To The Edge,” a great 3-bedroom beach house rental through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner, part of the HomeAway Family).
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Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
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Dexter The Dog and I love visiting dog-friendly stores and we love our outdoor adventures, so the Orvis Retail Store in Manchester, Vermont was a must-see. After all, it is the Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.

Orvis is known for their fly-fishing gear and Dexter and I snooped around at all their displays. My step-dad is a fly fisherman and I knew he would have loved all that Orvis had to offer. They even had a neat bulk fly fishing section where you can purchase and make your own flies. To top it off, Orvis offers FREE fly fishing classes. Yes, I’m thinking Vermont may need to be a do-over with my step-dad and Mom.

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Dexter and Levi

After Dexter, Levi, Chris and I toured the inside of Orvis, we headed to the outside. It was time to see the trout pond that doubles as a hands-on experience during the fly fishing classes. But before stepping out, we purchased a handful of trout food to feed the trout. Dexter was thrilled and excited to see the big trout coming up for the food. He really loves watching fish—he’s a fishing dog! After we had given the trout all of their food, we walked around the pond and even sat for a few moments on one of the many benches while we watched the families enjoying feeding the trout.

The Orvis flagship store is definitely a great place to stop on any dog-friendly vacation. Don’t forget to bring some spending money, as Orvis sells a nice variety of dog supplies, including beds and collars.


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Dog-Friendly Retail Stores in Manchester, Vermont | Dog-Friendly Orvis Retail Store. The Orvis flagship store. We enjoyed exploring the dog-friendly Orvis store. The employees were so nice and friendly. It seemed that Dexter The Dog and his friend Levi were a hit. Employees and guests came up to us to say hello.
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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 

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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. I went inside The Monument Gift where they not only sold souvenirs from the Battle of Bennington in 1777, but tickets to tour the 306-foot-tall monument. I asked if the monument tour was dog-friendly and they explained as long as the tour guide was okay with it, yes. He was, so we did!

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Dog-Friendly Bennington, Vermont

As the tour guide, Dexter, Levi, Chris and I took the elevator ride to the top of the Bennington Battle Monument, the tour guide provided us with a little lesson on the monument’s history. A group of people wanted to commemorate the Battle of Bennington and decided a monument would be a great way to memorialize the battle and at the same time store all the military supplies which had been the object of the battle.

After some funding and design issues, a proposal from John Phillipp Rinn, an architect from Boston, was approved. William Ward of Lowell, Massachusetts was hired as the contractor. The foundation was laid in 1887 and the monument was completed in 1891. The monument is constructed from blue-grey magnesian limestone and rough-faced, with the exception of two horizontal bands near the observatory level. The observation level has 20 eleven-foot slotted openings that provide a wonderful view of the area.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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The tour guide told us we could visit as long as we wanted, there was no hurry. We strolled around the top of the monument, looking out all the windows. From the observation level, we could see Vermont, New York and Massachusetts. The view was amazing and Dexter really enjoyed sniffing the windows. The inside wall of the observation level had large aerial photos of the area. It was quite a unique experience.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
Pet-Friendly Vermont Day Trips

After our inside tour of the monument, we went back down to stroll the grounds, which had a number of additional monuments and memorials. The four of us had a really nice dog-friendly day trip visiting Bennington Battle Monument. If you find yourself in the area, grab your dog and camera, and go check it out.

Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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Dog-Friendly Bennington Battle Monument. During our dog-friendly vacation to Vermont, we took a few day trips. One day we headed to Bennington, Vermont and visited the Bennington Battle Monument, which is the tallest structure in Vermont. 
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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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Dog-Friendly Restaurants: Findlay, Ohio: Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

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Cheddar's From Scratch Kitchen
Cheddar’s From Scratch Kitchen

After our dog-friendly visit at Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls, it was time to grab some lunch. We were driving around Findlay, Ohio and saw Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Restaurant, and we noticed they had a patio. I hopped out and asked the staff if the patio was dog-friendly, and with an enthusiastic “yes,” we had found our lunch spot! I grabbed Dexter The Dog, Grandma, and Eddie, and we sat down at one of the tables on Cheddar’s outdoor patio.

 

Queso with beef dip
Queso with beef dip

Our waitress was extremely friendly and welcomed Dexter. Our beverages came out in a flash, as well as our chips and homemade queso with beef dip. Oh, my. I’m a fan of queso dip; I eat it at a local Mexican restaurant almost every Friday, but this was different – cheddar cheese with seasoned ground beef and man, was it good. The melted cheese had a smoky flavor, and it made for a very unique and tasty appetizer. The tortilla chips were light and not greasy. I really went to town eating them; I think I had more than my 1/3 of the order! Sorry, Mom and Ed.

 

The manager came out to say hello and told us a story of a guest who called just the week prior to ask if dogs were allowed on the patio. This was actually a new concept for the manager, and he said sure. And now, we were the second dog guests at Cheddar’s in Findlay, Ohio. He was very pleasant, and I sure hope Dexter made a good impression.

Dog-Friendly Cheddar's Restaurant
Dog-Friendly Cheddar’s Restaurant

Cheddar’s menu was quite large, and the prices were beyond reasonable. I actually had a hard time choosing what I was going to have for lunch. Usually there are only one or two items on a menu I even like, but that was not the case at Cheddar’s. I went for the Cheddar’s club sandwich on toasted potato bread, with fresh, hand-cut fries. My mom ordered the fried fish tacos and my step-dad, Ed went crazy and ordered the Monte Cristo.

We were all extremely impressed with the quality of the food. Everything tasted great and was fresh and crisp, and I could totally tell it was from scratch. My club sandwich was stacked high with smoked ham, smoked turkey, bacon, American cheese, cheddar cheese and the works on condiments. The bread was toasted and had a really nice taste and texture. Dexter enjoyed some of my fries; I just couldn’t say no to those eyes. I wasn’t prepared for a lunch outing, so I had not packed him a stuffed food treat toy.

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Club
Fried Fish Tacos
Fried Fish Tacos
Fresh Side Salad
Fresh Side Salad

Leftovers? You bet. We were so full, we didn’t have room for dessert, but that’s OK – we got dessert to go. And I really appreciated their small, bite-sized dessert minis, so I was able to order both hand-made key lime pie cheesecake and chocolate trifle. The leftovers were great for dinner, and topping it off with those dessert minis really made this trip to Cheddar’s a home run. We are already planning our next outing to Findlay, Ohio, just to go to Cheddar’s!

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Dog-friendly restaurant: 2100 Tiffin Ave, Findlay, OH 45840


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Off to the races, the Dachshund races! Dexter and I were invited by one of our Doxie friends to come out to the Findlay Doxie Downs Dachshund Races in Findlay, Ohio. Since Findlay is only about an hour away, we couldn’t say no. We packed our dog day trip gear and headed to Findlay.

Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio
Dog-Friendly Findlay, Ohio

We arrived at Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls mid-morning and were welcomed by some cute Dachshund signs. We could tell by the signs where we needed to go – just follow the wiener dogs. 😉 The Dachshund races were held inside one of the many shelter houses around the park. The dog costume party was happening as we arrived. There were Dachshunds to our right and to our left, and they were so cute!

We didn’t stay long at the races; we decided to check out the beautiful park. Riverside Park in Findlay, Ohio didn’t disappoint. The park grounds were well-maintained, with a variety of trails to choose from. We walked along the waterfront, since Dexter is always up to getting his toes wet. Dexter enjoyed the scenic views of the waterfalls, the dam, and the overlook deck. He also enjoyed watching the ducks and sniffing anything that caught his attention.

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Dog-Friendly Day Trips

Riverside Park Waterfront and Waterfalls also offers canoe and kayak rentals. This was very tempting, but I did not have Dexter’s dog life jacket, so it was a no-go on this outing. We continued to walk the park until we were ready to call it a day and find a local dog-friendly restaurant.

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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in North Redington Beach, Florida : The Sweet Sage Cafe. On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times - it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.

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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in North Redington Beach, Florida : The Sweet Sage Cafe. On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times - it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.
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During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, dog-friendly restaurants were at the top of our list. I mean, we all love to eat, including Dexter The Dog. When planning our dog-friendly vacations, I do a little online research first. I look for restaurants that have outdoor seating, then I hit the email to inquire if they are dog-friendly. Just because a cafe has outdoor seats does not mean they allow dogs. I was tickled to find Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique not only allowed dogs, but catered to them with their own dog menu! I don’t have to tell you that feeding Dexter real food is always the way to go. Scrambled eggs for Dexter all the way.

On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times – it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.

My Monster Mug on Left

While we sipped our fresh coffee and freshly squeezed tangerine juice we chatted with each other about the cute décor. We immediately had to go inside and check out the gift shop, where there was a nice selection of dog-themed gifts. Hmm, maybe I should see if they would like to sell What’s For Dinner, Dexter? I bought a monster dog mug, I just couldn’t resist.

Sweet Sage is open daily from 7-2 with a breakfast and lunch menu. Choosing what to eat each time was a challenge because of all the great menu items. First up, classic French toast and bananas and coconut! Oh, and not too eggie. I LOVE French toast but hate it when they make it so eggie and mushy. This was perfect. I’m hungry just looking at the photo. Next up, was a homemade jumbo muffin. Yum. I love my bakery goods. Last, but certainly not least were these two huge pancakes filled with, you guessed it, bananas and a great sweet sauce. No, I’m not a sugar junkie.

Seriously Great French Toast

At every visit, our food arrived quickly, we were greeted with a smile and well taken care of. The food was hot, fresh and tasty. I really enjoyed the casual and friendly atmosphere at Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique. The dog-friendly atmosphere made this a very welcoming place to eat. The Sweet Sage is a wonderful neighborhood family restaurant that I definitely recommend. So, bring your favorite canine and head over to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique. Tell them Dexter The Dog sent you.

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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in North Redington Beach, Florida : The Sweet Sage Cafe. On our first trip to Sweet Sage Cafe and Boutique, (yes, we ate there three times - it was that good), I was impressed by the tranquil and fun outdoor seating area. It was huge and full of such fun and eclectic items. The staff was very friendly, efficient and welcoming. Dexter was greeted with enthusiasm and they brought him his own water bowl as they sat us.
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Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina’s on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina’s on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida

 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in St. Pete Beach, Florida: Nina’s on the Beach Cafe

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review from Nina’s on the Beach Cafe . However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.

When my family, including Dexter The Dog, and I arrived at Nina’s on the Beach Cafe for lunch, we were impressed to see that the outdoor tables were clean and shaded by large table umbrellas. We choose a table that had a slight view of the water. Our server came quickly after we sat down and welcomed us, including Dexter.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida
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Nina’s offers breakfast and lunch service from 11am – 2pm. The menu offered a variety of food items including soups, salads, breakfast foods, and sandwiches. It wasn’t going to be an easy decision for me since there were a variety of menu items I would enjoy. I ended up going for the club sandwich, a triple-decker BLT with turkey and a side of french fries. My mom went for the Reuben sandwich and my step-dad went for the triple-decker club sandwich with ham.

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Great food and pet-friendly!

Our food arrived quickly and it was obvious by just looking at the plate that the ingredients were fresh. The club sandwiches were delicious, moist and filling. The french fries were crispy and not greasy with a great flavor. I hate greasy food! My mom said her Reuben was perfect and the meat was lean and not fatty like some other Reuben sandwiches. The portion sizes were great, although my Mom only had room for half of her sandwich; it was packed high with corned beef!

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OMG Tasty!

I really enjoyed the casual and friendly atmosphere at Nina’s on the Beach Cafe. The service was very welcoming and quick. The food and location were perfect for a dog-friendly casual dining experience. Nina’s on the Beach Cafe is a good neighborhood family restaurant that I can recommend. So bring the pooch and head on out to St. Pete to enjoy this dog-friendly cafe.

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 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Florida: Nina's on the Beach Cafe Review-St. Pete Beach, Florida. During our dog-friendly Florida vacation, we had our share of great food, and Nina’s on the Beach Cafe in St. Pete was no exception. Nina’s Cafe is owned and operated by Laura and Jason Mattingly from Louisville, Kentucky. This dog-friendly restaurant has a relaxed, casual atmosphere, something I particularly enjoy. Vacationing with my dog Dexter means that Dexter and I eat at outdoor cafes and restaurants regularly. I actually love this, because we get to enjoy the outdoors.
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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips: Should You Leave Your Dog In A Hotel Room Alone?

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Hotel Safety when Traveling with Dogs

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When taking a vacation with your dog, you may find yourself staying in a dog-friendly hotel, bed and breakfast, rental home, or even a dog-friendly cabin. Being able to stay in a pet-friendly accommodation always comes with some kind of pet policy. Before booking your trip, you should read the pet policy carefully to ensure that it meets your travel needs. Some pet policies clearly state that a dog cannot be left in a room unattended, and others state a dog must be crated. But what if there isn’t a policy? Should you leave your dog unattended? Here are some things to consider before leaving Fido behind. If you haven’t read my post on Hotel Dog Etiquette, hop over and take a look at that first.

  1. Secure: Is your dog comfortable and secure in his new environment? If not, leaving your dog in a hotel room alone is not a good idea. For some dogs, traveling can be stressful, and having their humans leave during this time can cause some dogs to develop separation anxiety. Even with Dexter, I have a one day rule. The first day of our vacation or arriving at our destination, there is no leaving him. He is not a stressful dog, and travels often, but that first day he needs me. After I’ve unpacked, and we had one good night’s sleep, he is totally comfortable with the new situation.
  2. Crate Trained: If you have successfully taught your dog how to enjoy staying in his crate, you are in a better position to leave your dog alone in a hotel room. By leaving your dog in his crate that he is accustomed to, you are offering a safe area that is familiar to him. It also helps with any chances that someone will come into your room and he will run out. If you need a little help in crate training your dog, read this article.
  3. Potty Trained and No Chewing: If you are not using a dog crate and intend to leave your dog running free in the room while you leave, you better be sure that he won’t pee on anything or chew anything up.
  4. Barking: If your dog is prone to barking, whether because of stress, excitement, or noises, leaving him behind might make him a nuisance. This is particularly true if you are staying in a dog-friendly hotel or condo. If you have neighbors or there is a lot of outside noise, your dog may bark while you are away and annoy others.
  5. Location, Location, Location: Some dog-friendly accommodations are very quiet and comfortable. These tend to be more of an ideal scenario if you are leaving your dog behind while you go grab some dinner out. For me, I never would leave Dexter in a hotel room alone (except when I’m loading my car), but do leave him in the dog-friendly rental homes I rent for the week. It is pretty rare that I leave Dexter behind – after all, my vacation does revolve around Dexter – but I may want to participate in an occasional tourist thing that is not dog-friendly.
  6. Tell The Front Desk: If you are staying in a hotel and intend to leave your dog alone, tell the front desk and provide them with your cell phone number. This will allow them to contact you if your dog does become upset or needs assistance. Also, place the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door before you leave and play Through A Dog’s Ear musical CD if you can, to help zen out the room. And don’t forget to read my Dog Travel Essentials Check List before you leave for your trip.

Remember, when you are vacationing with your dog, you are an ambassador. In order to have more dog-friendly establishments, we dog guardians need to band together and show them that we are courteous individuals who happen to have dogs as traveling companions.

Do you have any travel tips?  Please feel free to share in the comments below.
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