Post # 1
My husband and I are trying to find somewhere to take a mini vacation in a few weeks. We are currently in the middle of a move and are having to stay at my parents house until we can close on a house in January. My parents dont want our dog having free roam of their house (which we totally get), so we were hoping to get away for a few days and be able to take our dog with us so he can “get away” from having to be kenneled more than he’s used to.
We’ve never taken a trip with a pet before, so we don’t have any ideas of things you can do that are pet friendly (especially in December). We know obviously there are pet friendly hotels which would be a must, but does anyone have any ideas of locations or things to do? We are in the Midwest, a few hours away from Chicago. We would like to do something driving distance as our puppy is definitely not a lap dog and we don’t want to board him to fly.
Does anyone have any reccomendations?
Post # 2
I’ve heard that Kimpton brand hotels are pet friendly. They definitely have some in Chicago (not sure if you are trying to go somewhere different, though). But other than that, I’d consider air bnbs.
Post # 3
We moved cross country with our dogs twice and in planning our moves, I found a website called https://www.gopetfriendly.com/ that has a really great trip planner. You can pick a destination and find pet friendly hotels and activities.
On our last move in May, we found a great hotel (Marriott residence inn) that was pet friendly AND right across the street from a great dog park and walking trail. It was in South Bend, IN. I’m not sure what other dog activities there might be in that area, and I’m guessing that winter weather may be a concern, but I think it sounds like you’re fairly close to there.
Post # 4
Lots of hotels are pet friendly and as a poster said above, Kimpton hotels actually welcome your pet and buy treats and have dog bowls and what not.
Also, lot’s of Airbnbs allow pets. Just choose that in the filter.
I travel with my doggo often and it’s really not too difficult. Just have to look a little bit harder and sometimes pay additional, but it’s worth it!
Post # 5
We bring our dogs to hotels if we’re driving to the destination, we dont do any dog friendly activities with them though. I just hate boarding them so we bring them along.
I always bring a baby gate and gate them off in the bathroom while were out, on the off chance they decide to piss on something at least it’s not on the carpet! Something to consider if you’re worried about leaving him alone with free roam of the hotel room.
Post # 6
We also love Airbnb! We have a very large dog, so hotels are not always accomodating (weight limits), but we’ve had a lot of success finding Airbnbs that are ok with our big guy.
Post # 7
lindsayE : Awesome, thank you! South Bend is about 4-5 hours away from us, so definitely within driving distance!
sharpshooter : littleanchor : Now that yall say that, I do remember staying at a Kimpton hotel before and remember there being dog bowls in the room!
missinthecity : We’ve stayed in Airbnbs before and had good experiencs, I didn’t even think about searching there as opposed to a hotel. Our dog is a big boy already (6 months and almost 50 lbs), so I’m sure in a couple months he will be over the weight limit of any place that imposes a weight limit on pets.
Thank you all for the suggestions, I really appreciate it!