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11 Dog-Friendly Vermont Lodging Options for Your Next Vacation

By Adam LouisMay. 2, 2023

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Is it really even a getaway if you can’t bring your pooch? We are unabashedly dog people here at the Vermont.com HQ, so we’re always on the lookout for great pet-friendly holiday choices. 

Vermont as a whole is pretty dang dog friendly. It’s not unusual to encounter dogs at local breweries or farmers markets, and many of the area’s best restaurants have outdoor seating options so you can keep your pal close by. Then there are the hiking, biking, and swimming options that will keep tails wagging a mile a minute. So, while there are certainly no shortage of activities to keep your pup loving his Green Mountain adventure, what about where to stay?

Thankfully more and more lodging options keep popping up around the state that will allow you to bring a dog, but the establishments below go above and beyond to make sure your entire crew (four-legged or two) feels welcomed and special. Check out some of our favorite pet-friendly places to stay on your next Vermont getaway.

Basin Harbor Resort

Basin Harbor Resort

Vergennes, VT

2+ Guests | $300/night

When we tell you that Basin Harbor knows how to treat their four-legged guests, we’re not yanking your chain. With upscale amenities, including a private Lake Champlain dog beach, special K-9 welcome packages, dog walking/sitting services, and a plentiful supply of locally-made dog treats at the front desk - your pup might never want to leave. They even go so far as to throw an annual Festival of Fidos with vendors, food stands, and activities, to help celebrate their love for pups. All of this spread across 700 acres of gorgeous lake-front grounds helps make Basin Harbor an ideal and luxurious getaway for the entire family. Furry and otherwise.

What guests are saying: “Basin Harbor is one of the real gems on Lake Champlain. Amazing lake and Mountain Views and an awesome swim area. There are a lot of activities to keep everyone busy. The cabins are well kept and the marina is nearly new. The food and service were excellent!! Highly recommend BH!!”

The Wilburton

The Wilburton

Manchester, VT

2+ Guests | $311/night

The Wilburton’s pet motto is “More than pet-friendly, we’re pet celebrating!” and judging by the lengths they go to ensure your pup is having an unbelievable visit, we believe it! They’ve even brought on a full-time Canine Concierge, Jetson, the King Charles Spaniel. Jetson is the perfect gentleman welcome party, making sure that your dog feels warmly welcomed and at home. With 30 acres filled with stunning valley vistas, and suites, cabins, bungalows, and mansions to explore, there are plenty of places to curl up and truly relax.

What guests are saying: “Fabulous stay at this comfortable and quite unique inn. Innkeeper Melissa, doggy concierge Jetson and all the staff were delightful, welcoming and couldn't do enough to make us feel at home. Breakfasts were delicious and substantial, and the villa rooms are just perfect if you bring your dogs as the outside is only steps away. In fact, this has to be the most pet friendly place that we have ever stayed at. The Wilburton is a treasure, and we will certainly return!”

Fabulous All-Season Lakehouse, 600' Lakefront, Lake Eden Fall Foliage Lake
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Fabulous, Pet-friendly Lakehouse

Eden, VT

Sleeps 8 | $225/night

It’s tough to say who is going to enjoy this lakefront cabin escape more, you or your pup. Found at the tip of a private peninsula on Lake Eden, there are tons of hiking, biking, and skiing trails just minutes away, and in the warmer months the boat dock is the ideal place to relax after a swim or canoe. Inside you’ll find a great kitchen space to make a delicious dinner, as well as a field-stone fireplace to lounge out in front of and play games. Again, we don’t know if these are bigger selling points for you or Fido, but either way, this home has got you covered.

What guests are saying: “Just back from another great stay at this perfectly placed lake house on a small peninsula on Lake Eden. The sights and sounds are quintessential Vermont Fall. We barely left the property during our 9-day stay. I suggest getting the kayaks and bringing your camera. Our 5-year-old loved exploring the shoreline, and the dogs were at home as well. See ya next year!”

The Grafton Inn

The Grafton Inn

Grafton, VT

2+ Guests | $189/night

The Grafton Inn has always been a favorite spot of ours to spend a weekend holiday, and with their inclusive pet policy, we’ve loved being able to get away for a visit, together with our dogs. Some places are pet-friendly up to a certain size dog, but here, our extra-large golden retrievers are greeted with smiles and head rubs. The nearby hiking at Grafton Trails is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon, and every shop we visited seemed to have dog treats and water bowls aplenty. 

What guests are saying: “This Inn is the total package if you are looking to unplug and unwind! Beautiful buildings (yes more than 1!!!) make up the Grafton Inn, each with its own charm and personality. Guest rooms are spacious, well stocked with coffee and toiletries. Fun game room space, delicious home made cookies daily, and an amazing pub restaurant with live music!! This was a girls weekend and we had a blast!”

Trapp Family Lodge

Trapp Family Lodge

Stowe, VT

2+ Guests | $245/night

Pups are greeted at The Trapp Family Lodge with tasty treats, fluffy dog beds, and a cozy blanket. Once you check-in, you’ll also be given a map of the dog-friendly areas on the property, and with 2600 acres of land and trails, there are a lot to choose from! Be sure to check out the von Trapp Brewery during your stay, where you’ll always find a ton of doggy-playdate partners chilling out at the picnic tables and Biergarten. 

What guests are saying: “This is a beautiful property. The location and views are epic. It is a quiet and relaxing experience overall. The trails (visited in summer) are well maintained and marked, and suitable for walking, hiking, and biking. You will feel taken away from all of your troubles and stress here.”

Kimpton Taconic Hotel

Kimpton Taconic Hotel

Manchester, VT

2+ Guests | $224/night

When booking a room at the picturesque Kimpton Taconic, keep an eye out for the Pampered Pooch package. A personalized welcome treat awaits your pup, as does an Orvis dog bed and bowls (the flagship store is right down the street), a Timberwolf braided collar, and an evening Doggie Dessert. If this is how they roll out the red carpet for canine guests, you can imagine the treatment you’ll be receiving. As they say at the Taconic, “Fido won’t be ruffing it.”

What guests are saying: “Had a great stay here! I love Kimpton hotels because I bring my well-behaved dog everywhere I go and most other hotels charge unnecessary and non-refundable fees for pets. From the moment I arrived, the staff was so friendly and efficient, from the person working the door to the front desk. My pup was greeted too and she loved it!”

Phineas Swann

Phineas Swann Inn & Spa

Montgomery, VT

2+ Guests | $157/night

When it comes to making your dog feel welcomed, Phineas Swann is the leader of the pack. In fact, CNN has gone as far as to recognize this quaint B&B as one of the World’s 12 Most Dog-Friendly Hotels. Yeah, the world! With several stay packages geared toward making sure both you and your pup have the best getaway possible - we’re talking complimentary dog walking, treats, plush dog beds, and more - if you’re headed to Jay with your pupper, this is the place for you.

What guests are saying: “We adore this little gem and so do our dogs. The hospitality is unlike anything we’ve received anywhere else. The breakfast is delicious, the beer and wine selection is impressive, the rooms clean and they walked our dogs TWICE while we spent the day skiing. We can’t imagine staying anywhere else when we visit Jay.”

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Seesaw's Lodge

Seasaw's Lodge

Peru, VT

2+ Guests | $286/night

With several pet-friendly cabins spread out across this rustic-chic property, your dog will fit right in and love every second of it. Located in the middle of “The Golden Triangle” there are three ski areas, tons of hiking trails, fishing and swimming galore, and just about every other outdoor activity you could ask for, practically right outside your front door. When you get back to the Seesaw’s home base at night, first grab a drink at the dog-friendly Warming Hut, followed by a decadent dinner around the stunning original hearth at Johnny Seesaw’s Restaurant. Life is good.

What guests are saying: “Seesaw's was the perfect, cozy lodge to spend a romantic ski weekend away! We stayed in the lodge itself, where the pillows and beds were super comfortable, and having a full kitchen at our disposal was very convenient. The cedar hot tub was amazing at the end of a long day on the slopes or touring around town and the onsite restaurant was a lively hub of nighttime fun. We will definitely book Seesaw's again!”

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Sterling Ridge Resort

Sterling Ridge Resort

Jeffersonville, VT

2+ Guests | $197/night

With a variety of cabins to choose from, the lodgings at Sterling Ridge Resort will be the perfect getaway for all members of your pack. On the property itself, you’ll find miles of trails and hikes to explore, plus easy nearby access to some of the best hiking and biking in the area. Check out  the Sterling Pond trail during the warmer months for an excellent trek your dog will love.

What guests are saying: “My family and I have been glamping for quite a few years and I’ve always brought my two dogs. This is the most dog-friendly place I’ve been to. There were lovely dog boxes waiting for them in the cabin. The pond house was perfect for us for a luxury camping experience. There were plenty of things to do and the staff was very friendly. Thank you for a wonderful experience.”

The Essex - Double Queen Room
The Essex Resort & Spa

The Essex Resort & Spa

Essex, VT

2+ Guests | $181/night

The Essex Resort and Spa is renowned for their culinary excellence. The Junction Interactive Restaurant is one of our favorite places to enjoy a mind-blowing dining experience and when coupled with the hospitality and luxury of the accommodations, we look forward to our stay each and every time. And just because you’ll be staying in some sweet digs doesn’t mean you have to ditch the dog. The Essex welcomes visiting pups with their own dog toy, comfy dog beds, and of course loads of treats.

What guests are saying: “Amazing culinary hotel with great restaurant options and local scenery. We've been here a few times and we love it! Will be coming back year after year. And pet friendly too!”

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Dog-friendly Cabin in the Woods

Wardsboro, VT

Sleeps 4 | $176/night

Instantly feel warm and cozy in this intimate home in Wardsboro. A great yard with plenty of space for your dog to get out and run, as well as an easy-to-use electric fireplace to sit in front of at night. Wardsboro is in between both Stratton Mountain Resort and Mt. Snow, so you’ll have plenty of outdoor recreation to dive into. Or, just bring a book/dog bone and take it easy.

What guests are saying: “It was perfect for my wife and I and our dog, Rocky. The cabin was very comfortable and it was a relaxing weekend. The nearby market had everything I needed to cook a nice dinner Friday night. The cabin was very private and quiet. When I took Rocky for a walk on Saturday, one of the locals pulled up next to us and asked if he could give Rocky a dog biscuit. True Vermont hospitality! Would definitely come back.”

By Adam LouisMay. 2, 2023
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