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After our dog-friendly Vermont vacation, we decided a trip to Niagara Falls was in order. I mean, we were basically going to drive through New York to get back home. The first question was, “are dogs allowed at Niagara Falls?” I was super excited to learn this was a big yes! Okay, dog-friendly New York, here we come.

Dog-friendly vacations with your dog. Dog-friendly Niagara Falls, New York USA. Open 365 days, Niagara Falls is a great pet-friendly destination. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Dexter and Levi

We visited Niagara Falls USA on our way home from Vermont. Since our dog-friendly trip to Niagara Falls, New York was during the off-season and on a week day, we almost had the park to ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, there were definitely tourists and small families, but it was not busy or packed, which I really enjoyed. Niagara Falls State Park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. But no outdoor concerts, festivals, or entertainment were happening during our trip, and even the eatery was closed. That was a bit disappointing.

The landscape was very nice, even though things weren’t in their spring or summer bloom. With over 400 acres of landscape, wildlife, attractions and of course, the Falls, Niagara Falls should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Dog-friendly vacations with your dog. Dog-friendly Niagara Falls, New York USA. Open 365 days, Niagara Falls is a great pet-friendly destination. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Niagara Falls Best Views

Niagara Falls offers some really interesting attractions such as the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. However, these are not dog-friendly, so we did not partake in those adventures. However, we did explore the park through the various paved paths, saw the Falls from different viewpoints, and there are lots of great water features throughout the park.

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There are actually two USA sides of Niagara Falls, Goat Island and Luna Island. We chose to visit Goat Island and we were glad that we did. We were able to see the rapids, Three Sisters Island, Bridal Veil Falls, and Terrapin Point. It was wheelchair, or dog stroller accessible, so it was perfect when Dexter became too tired to keep walking. After a few hours exploring the park, we headed back to our dog-friendly hotel for a little R & R before coming back for Niagara Falls Illumination.

Dog-friendly vacations with your dog. Dog-friendly Niagara Falls, New York USA. Open 365 days, Niagara Falls is a great pet-friendly destination. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Niagara Falls Illumination is an amazing light show over the falls every evening! This special event has been impressing visitors since 1925. And impressive it was. The range of colors throughout the falls was breathtaking. I’m really disappointed I’m didn’t have better photography skills to really capture the spectacular show.

They even have a special Niagara Falls Illumination Board (NFIB) to manage this attraction. The NFIB also helps raise awareness for special causes through special Niagara Falls light show requests. That’s really a neat idea!

Dog-friendly vacations with your dog. Dog-friendly Niagara Falls, New York USA. Open 365 days, Niagara Falls is a great pet-friendly destination. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Niagara Falls at Night

At the end of the dog-friendly day trip, Dexter and Levi were beat! Chris and I really wore these two Cavaliers out. If you and your dog enjoy a good adventure, I would recommend checking out Niagara Falls. It truly is a breathtaking attraction.


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Dog-friendly vacations in Folly Beach, South Carolina. You won't want to miss the Lost Dog Cafe in Folly Beach, truly a dog-friendly restaurant. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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When the family headed to Folly Beach, South Carolina, we knew we had to visit The Lost Dog Cafe. I mean, how could a dog adventurer like Dexter not eat at an outdoor cafe that loves dogs?! We stayed in a dog-friendly cottage in Folly Beach and were just down the road from The Lost Dog Cafe, so we checked it out on one of our first days.

This quaint dog-friendly cafe was a great, laid-back beach cafe. Affectionately referred to as “The Dog,” this pet-friendly restaurant really felt like home. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming to Dexter, and even encouraged friendly mingling. The Lost Dog Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.

And the menu? The large menu offers something for everyone. Order a huge breakfast burrito, bagel sandwich, fish, wrap, salad, shrimp and grits, or my favorite, a mouthwatering cinnamon roll. You knew I would eat something sweet—I do love my sugary foods. Don’t forget about the drinks. They offer custom blends of coffee roasted specifically for The Lost Dog Cafe. If coffee isn’t your style, you can try chai tea, hot chocolate, or fresh lemonade.

During our week-long stay, we became regulars at The Dog. And just how did they come up with their name? When the owners were creating the cafe, they didn’t know what they were going to name it. Their dog, Hocus, ended up taking off and disappearing for a while. When Hocus returned and was bounding toward home, the name clicked and their logo was created. I’m obviously so happy Hocus found her way safely home.

The next time you and your dog are in Folly Beach, you need to check out The Lost Dog Cafe. And they even have a wall of dogs and gift shop!


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Dog-Friendly Annapolis, Maryland Activities. We enjoyed a great dog-friendly cruise on the Annapolis Harbor thanks to Cruises on the Bay by Watermark. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Extended Stay America. 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 vacation in Maryland, I knew I wanted to take Dexter on a boat ride. Dexter LOVES taking boat rides. I think there is something about the gentle rocking of the boat, the breeze in his ears and the scent of the open water that just mesmerizes Dexter.

While searching online for a dog-friendly boat cruise, I found Cruises on the Bay℠ by Watermark®. I messaged them about bringing Dexter aboard their boat, and they were very helpful and friendly in our conversations. With over 45 years of experience, this was the Annapolis dog-friendly cruise I wanted to take Dexter aboard.

Watermark’s cruises are pet-friendly as long as dogs are friendly and leashed, and the dogs cruise free of charge! The boat also had restrooms and a full bar and cruise mementos. I have to admit, I wanted to purchase a souvenir, but totally forgot.

Dog-Friendly Annapolis, Maryland Activities. We enjoyed a great dog-friendly cruise on the Annapolis Harbor thanks to Cruises on the Bay by Watermark. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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While purchasing our ticket, the nice gentleman was telling me all about his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Everyone was very happy to see Dexter and Levi board the cruise ship. Our 40-minute narrated cruise left from the City Dock at 7 pm.

We sat on the upper deck to get the most out of our dog-friendly boat cruise. It was a sunny and warm evening, but the breeze cut down the heat and Dexter and I positioned ourselves in the shade. We learned so much of the area’s history listening to the narration while sightseeing the waterways of the Annapolis Harbor. Seeing the U.S. Navy Academy was a treat, too.

Dog-Friendly Annapolis, Maryland Activities. We enjoyed a great dog-friendly cruise on the Annapolis Harbor thanks to Cruises on the Bay by Watermark. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Levi sleeping

Both Dexter and his travel buddy, Levi, enjoyed smelling the fresh air and looking around. Eventually, both dogs were lulled to sleep. Whether you are looking for dog-friendly things to do in Annapolis or want to leave Fido at home, Watermark has the perfect cruise for you! Plan a group trip, field trip, or private charter with their team of specialists. Tell them Dexter sent you.


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Pet-Friendly Hotels in Washington DC Area, Vienna Virginia | Dog-Friendly Hotel Extended Stay Tyson’s Corner Reviews #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and also has affiliate links. However, I will always try to offer my readers great product selections. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Dexter and I had another dog-friendly weekend trip recently. This time, our dog-friendly trip took us to the DC area. The weekend was going to be fast and furious, because our weekend trip was really about a dog behavior workshop I was presenting on fearful dogs. The folks at Your Dog’s Friend asked me to present a dog training workshop on Saturday afternoon, so that left me with Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening to tour the area with Dexter and our other friends Levi and Chris.

When I’m searching for a dog-friendly hotel, I look for five things I want in my dog-friendly accommodation.

  1. Safety
  2. Location
  3. Refrigerator
  4. Cleanliness
  5. Friendliness

When I was looking for a pet-friendly hotel in the DC/Baltimore area, I found Extended Stay America – Washington D.C. – Tysons Corner. The hotel is located at 8201 Old Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA, which was about 15 minutes from where I was going to be presenting my workshop on fearful dogs. After reading some reviews, the hotel sounded like it would be a clean, friendly, and safe hotel to call home for the weekend.

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Dexter and I have stayed at other Extended Stay America locations in the past, and have been very happy. What I really like about Extended Stays is that the hotel rooms are designed for longer stays, so are spacious and feature a substantial kitchen area with a full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stove top, and dining and cooking utensils! This is a pretty big deal for me, since I bring Dexter’s home-cooked dog food, and sometimes even cook for him on the spot.

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The Extended Stay America – Washington D.C. – Tysons Corner also has an on-site guest laundry, free Wi-Fi, grab-and-go breakfast, flat-screen TVs, iron and ironing board, generous work space, and updated bathrooms. Speaking of updating, this location is in the middle of some renovations and they had just laid the hallway carpet, so there was a “new carpet” smell in the halls. This, however, did not affect my room and there was not an odor in my room.

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Grab-and-go breakfast

Since Dexter and I were traveling with friends, we booked the studio suite with 2 queen beds. The studio suite was perfect for our weekend, with plenty of foot space, chairs, hanging space and drawers to more than accommodate our weekend. The hotel beds were comfortable and even included a mattress protector. I always look at my mattress to check for bed bugs or dirt. The mattress was sparkling white and crisp—just what I want to see. The inside of our room was clean and fresh, including the bathroom and kitchen.

The outside of our Extended Stay America had lots of grass for potty breaks and plenty of sidewalks around the property to choose from. There was also a small partially-enclosed courtyard for potty breaks. The hotel felt very safe and I had zero concerns walking Dexter around any part of the hotel, which was very comforting. Hotel safety is so important since I tend to travel alone and Dexter needs frequent potty breaks at various hours of the day and night.

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Clean and safe

Our stay at Extended Stay America was a great experience. The hotel was nice, quiet, safe, and a great location. Our room was comfortable in every way, including the beds and bedding. The big TV had good reception, and so did the Wi-Fi. The towels were clean and the bathroom was stocked with shampoo and soap. The hotel met my five criteria of being safe and clean, in a good location, with refrigerator and friendly staff,. I would certainly stay at the Extended Stay America in Vienna, Virginia again. For more information on finding a dog-friendly Extended Stay America on your next vacation, visit their website.


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Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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For those of you who have been following my dog blog, you know I HATE winter, snow, and the cold. But I love Dexter The Dog, and he loves dog adventures, no matter what the weather. My brother moved to Cotton, Minnesota, just outside of Duluth, last year. Dexter and I have not been too far west, and my step-dad wanted to try a little ice-fishing, so off we went.

Driving from Ohio to Minnesota the first weekend in March was a bit sketchy. We traveled in some scary wind and snow. Not a ton of snow, but enough snow and wind to create white-out conditions during our drive. But my step-dad is a trooper when it comes to road trips, so we did just fine. Slow and steady.

My brother lives in a small cabin in Cotton, Minnesota on Lake Elora. This was the perfect place to call home for an extended weekend. My brother and step-dad, Ed, were able to go out on the lake for daily ice-fishing. Unfortunately, they were not too successful in their catches, but they did have a great time!

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Standing on Lake Superior

Throughout the weekend, we had a few dog-friendly day-trips to Duluth. Today, I want to share with you our day on the Duluth Lakewalk. This was one of our favorite days in Duluth. The Lakewalk, sometimes referred to as the Boardwalk, offers a scenic path around Lake Superior for walking, running, rollerblading, or biking. Duluth Lakewalk has a dual path to accommodate everyone. One path is paved and one is a nice boardwalk, which I found very helpful. Since Dexter cannot walk for long periods, I have to pop him in his dog stroller for rest times.

Admittedly, we did not walk the entire three-mile walk, which runs from Bayfront Park to London Road, on the northeast side of town. After all, it was cold! It was a great walk and watching the waves crush developing ice around the shorelines was breathtaking. I had to hold Dexter back because he wanted to dip his toes in Lake Superior. Sorry, Dexter—not on this trip!

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No swimming today

Even though there was snow and slush around, I could tell the grounds were well-maintained, with a variety of fun sculptures and landmarks for photo opportunities. Dexter and I love our photo ops. Okay, him, not so much. The Lakewalk takes you through a variety of Duluth attractions, including the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Lake Superior Marine Museum, and Canal Park. The walk also provided easy access to restaurants, cafes, pubs, and restrooms, but it did not have a commercial feel—it was very pleasant and relaxing. There were also plenty of park benches and even poop stations. This made the Lakewalk a great dog-friendly park.

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Fun dog photo-opportunities

The Duluth Lakewalk is such a great opportunity to access both Lake Superior and historical attractions, it’s a must-do. I am happy to say that the family will be back in July, and I can’t wait to take Dexter back to the Duluth Lakewalk!

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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 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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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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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. 
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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 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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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.

Club
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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