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Dog-Friendly Winter Getaways

by Kris Phillips

The weather has been unseasonably nice lately but it wont last forever. Winter is coming and it might be time to think about getting out of town. But what fun is travel when you have to leave your pup behind? Whether you want to stick to the mountains, check out the desert or even hit the beach I’ve got a few great getaways that’ll be just as much fun for your four-legged family.


Glenwood Springs, CO

Last November we spent a long weekend at Hotel Glenwood Springs. I was blown away by just HOW pet friendly they were. We were greeted with dog biscuits and a big hand drawn sign at the front desk. Our room had laminate floors, so no need to worry about upset travel tummies costing us an extra cleaning fee.
While we make it a point to find dog-friendly activities like hiking there are some places the fur-kiddos just can’t go. This is the only hotel I’ve stayed that didn’t have a policy that you keep your dogs with you at all times. We were able to head out for a couple hours here and there to enjoy the local hot springs, the adventure park, and better yet take a spin at Hotel Glenwood’s indoor water park.
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway with your fur-ball I can’t say enough nice things about Hotel Glenwood Springs.


San Diego, CA

When it comes to dog-friendly vacation spots San Diego has it all. Sunshine, sandy beaches, and lot’s and lot’s of dog-friendly places to go! You can enjoy shopping and good eats in Seaport Village. And take some time to splash through the waves off-leash at Fiesta Island dog beach. The winner of USA Today’s “10 Best Dog Parks”. If you’re a fan of paddleboarding you can take your pup out for a cruise around the bay. And don’t forget to visit one of the many dog bakeries for some sweet treats.

Sedona, AZ

Don’t let the desert fool you, there is a lot of beauty to be found at Sedona’s Red Rocks State Park. You can find an epic hike that will take you up iconic Bell Rock, or pick up a map that will lead you to the almost magical vorexes. Sedona is best visited in Winter since Summer is too hot to enjoy the outdoors. If you want to really explore the Sedona Red Rocks and get the local perspective reserve a tour with one of the local Jeep companies. Many of them even allow you to bring your dog along for the adventure! But be prepared, it does occasionally snow.

Wherever you wander this winter HAVE FUN and take LOT of photos!!!

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