Pet Friendly Hotels and Dog Friendly Cities in the Eastern US
Looking for pet friendly hotels as you plan your next getaway?
Spring break, followed by summer vacation, will arrive before we know it. We Americans love our pets. So much so, that we have convinced the hotel chains to accommodate pet owners.
When you’re planning a pet-friendly vacation, be sure to investigate not only hotels but other amenities for pets. Some cities offer amazing dog parks, public dog beaches, and even dog-friendly pubs and restaurants. Other cities maintain old-school thinking and ban dogs from public places.
While of that might sound confusing, don’t worry. We’ve researched the hotels, cities, and establishments across the USA that will be more than happy to host you—and your pet!
Be advised that the information we are sharing was well-researched by visiting individual hotel chain websites. However, individual properties are often private franchisees; therefore, there could be some variations to the stated pet policy. Also, be aware that pet fees indicated can be raised by hotels without notice, so it’s best to contact each property directly before you book!
11 Pet Friendly Hotels
1 - Extended Stay America
Most of the Extended Stay American hotels will allow pets. They impose a 2 pet limit per room and also charge a pet fee of $25 per pet (plus tax). In addition, they charge a $150 per pet room cleaning fee for the first month of your stay; if you stay over one month, that fee drops to $50 per pet per month.
This cleaning fee sounds steep, but if you stay for an extended time, it’s worth the price to pay for most dog lovers.
2 – America’s Best Value Inn
Budget-friendly hotel chain America’s Best Value Inn hosts pets at most of their properties. Their website does not explicitly state a per pet limit, but the nightly pet fee ranges from $20 to $25 depending on the individual property.
3 – Candlewood Suites
Candlewood Suites are a mid-budget chain that offers suites equipped with a mini-fridge and microwave. This allows you to enjoy some basic meals in-room accompanied by your dog.
Candlewood allows pets weighing under 80 pounds and request that you bring a copy of your dog’s vaccination records. Pet fees are $75 for up to a 6 night stay and $150 for over 7 nights.
4 – Loews Hotel
The Loews Hotel chain appears to not only accommodate pets, but they go the extra mile to offer some pup perks!
With the Loews Pets Program, they give your dog a name tag, treats, a bowl, and a door hanger to let you alert staff that you have a pet in your room.
They keep pet health at the top of their mind and require proof of vaccinations before you receive your room key.
Once in the room, they offer a room service menu featuring dog-friendly items.
Pet policies and fees vary from one Loews property to the next, so reach out to your desired location before you book.
5 - La Quinta Inns
The La Quinta Inns and Suites chain leaves the light on for you..and your dog. This mid-priced hotel chain offers you the opportunity to stay with them without requiring a pet deposit!
They do impose a two-pet per room limit and require you to sign off on their pet policy when you check-in.
6 – Travelodge
Travelodge is the classic American motor inn. It’s a budget-conscious chain with basic amenities for the entire family, including your pet.
Overall, the chain welcomes your dog or cat. However, most of their properties are owned by independent operators, so the pet policy and fee will vary according to owner mandates. Call ahead for details and book by phone instead of online to be sure to get all the details.
7 – Choice Hotels International
Choice Hotels International is the parent company that operates the EconoLodge, Suburban Extended Stay, Rodeway Inn, Mainstay Suites, Clarion Inn, and Sleep Inn brands.
This company was among the first to embrace the concept of allowing dogs in their hotels.
However, each property and brand within this family of companies has a different pet fee menu and pet policies. Check the individual brand website and search for your desired location to find the property’s pet policy.
8 – Red Roof Inn
This well-known value chain is best noted for its distinctive red roof. What they are better known for among pet owners is that they are one of the most pet friendly hotels. In fact, they don’t charge a pet fee or cleaning fee. Zip. Nada. Zero.
Pets must weigh in at under 80 pounds, and there’s a one per limit for each room.
Additionally, their staff is trained to know where you can find the nearest dog park (if there’s one nearby).
Some might even call this chain the Red Woof Inn.
9 – Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express
You have undoubtedly heard of Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Most of their properties allow pets. Even though a handful of their properties may exclude pets, we include them on our list of pet friendly hotels because the majority of their properties will welcome your pet.
Why the differences? Like other chains, the Holiday Inn locations are owned by individual franchisees. This will mean different fees, policies, and amenities for pets. Give the location you’d like to stay in a call to discuss their hotel pet policies.
10 - Sheraton Hotels
The middle-priced Sheraton chain has 166 pet friendly hotels in their portfolio throughout the United States.
One notable difference with Sheraton is that their properties are 100% non-smoking. While some chains will place dog owners in “smoking” rooms, Sheraton cannot do that due to their no-smoking status.
Fees and pet policies will be different between their various properties and may also encompass weight restrictions.
11 – Marriott
The Marriott, JW Marriott and Courtyard by Marriot offer pet parents over 1500 pet friendly hotels. A visit to their website indicates that they are adding more dog-friendly properties every year in response to consumer demand. Don’t you love a hotel that listens to customers?
The chain requests that you book these rooms by telephone to hear the property’s pet terms before finalizing your reservation.
Pet Friendly US Cities
So now that you know you have some great lodging options when you travel with pets, where do you go? Take a look at these dog friendly destinations that are known to be some of the best pet destinations in the nation.
Asheville, North Carolina
We’d be lying if we didn’t say we were partial to Asheville, North Carolina. This gem of a city may be small, but it will dazzle you regardless of its small size.
Asheville hosts Biltmore Estate, arguably the grandest home in America. While you can’t take your pup inside the mansion to tour with you, the estate does have rental facilities for their four-legged guests. After you visit the mansion, you can frolic with your four-legged friend throughout the woodlands, gardens, and orchards that dot the estate.
Dog friendly pubs in Asheville
After experiencing Biltmore’s exceptional hospitality, head downtown. Local craft breweries like the Wicked Weed Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, and Wedge Brewing have small pubs and outdoor seating area to welcome dogs and their humans.
Along with those breweries, you’ll find over 150 dog friendly restaurants awaiting you.
Outdoor activities for dogs in Asheville
The North Carolina mountains leave no shortage of wonderful outdoor activities. From hiking trails in the mountains to fenced-in dog parks, you’ll find adventure that leads you to gorgeous vistas around everywhere in Asheville.
And, we may be partial, but we firmly believe you can’t beat our Southern hospitality.
The Gulf of Mexico resort town of Naples, Florida gives pups a two paws up! Not only will you find many accommodating hotels that welcome your pet, but you’ll also find a few other surprises here.
Dog friendly beach
Do you and your pooch love to have fun in the sun? It’s hard to find dog-friendly beaches, so you’ll both fall in love with Bonita Beach. Located adjacent to the main beaches of Naples, you and your buddy can make new friends, play in the surf, and enjoy breathtaking sunsets together.
Dog friendly gardens
Explore lush greenery and tropical species of plants at the Naples Botanical Garden. They welcome dogs during “dog walk hours.” Dogs are permitted in outdoor spaces during these designated times.
Located just a few minutes’ drive from downtown Naples, almost a quarter-million of tourists visit these exquisite sub-tropical gardens each year to learn about Florida flora and enjoy the shade from the hot Florida sun.
Check their website for admission rates and dog walk hours, as they vary based on the season.
Bar Harbor, Maine
You’ll fall in love with the rugged and majestic appeal of Bar Harbor, Maine. These are not white, sandy beaches. Here, the mountains meet the Atlantic Ocean and waves thunder against the rocks.
In fact, the peak of Cadillac Mountain (just outside of the town) is the furthest east point in the United States. Dozens of tourists ascend the pinnacle of this mountain each day to witness the sun come up over the Atlantic Ocean and earn the chance to say they were the first Americans to witness the sun rise that day.
You and your dog can find plenty of these types of adventures around the Bar Harbor area.
Dog friendly hiking
Cadillac Mountain is only one outdoor adventure in Bar Harbor. Acadia National Park sits at the doorstep of Bar Harbor and offers dog friendly hiking that will challenge both of you! The hikes are steep, but the views are worth every step you take.
Be sure to pack plenty of water and some snacks to make the longer hikes comfortably.
Dog friendly boating
Downtown Bar Harbor hosts several scenic cruises and boat rides from whale watching cruises to fishing excursions. Many of these are pet friendly boat rides. If your dog loves riding in the car, imagine his excitement on a boat.
Charleston, South Carolina
History buffs flock to historic Charleston, South Carolina. This important port town shaped our nation’s history, but they’re now making new history by reinventing themselves as one of the most pet friendly tourist destinations in the US.
Dog friendly shopping
Downtown Charleston’s King Street shopping district bustles all day long. Charming boutiques and specialty shops sit adjacent to historically significant landmarks. Practically all the shop owners welcome dogs inside while you shop. Plus, some even offer a dog watering station to keep your dog hydrated during the summer heat.
Dog friendly restaurants
After a morning of shopping, treat your dog to lunch. You’ll find plenty of dining options as 150 or so restaurants designate outdoor patio seating as dog owner seating. Don’t worry about the chill in the winter, most of these dog friendly restaurants have outdoor heaters to keep you comfy during their mild winters.
Final Tips for Traveling with Your Pets
Here are our final thoughts on safe traveling with your pets. These are items that you should be aware of throughout your vacation.
Pet identification tags are a must
When you travel with your pets, pet id tags are an absolute, non-negotiable, must-have item. In the unlikely event that you and your pet become separated, this is how you’ll be reunited.
Carry plenty of water, a collapsible bowl, and treats
Long days of vacation fun can leave both you and your dog parched and hungry. Carry a collapsible bowl, water, and treats with you at all times. It’s especially essential to remain vigilant about hydration during the summer months, as all that playing will exhaust your pet.
Consider a martingale collar
Does your dog get spooked and pull right out of his collar? A martingale collar will help to avoid your dog slipping his collar and escaping your watchful eye.
Get there safely
Be sure your dog is restrained properly if you are heading off on a road trip. A kennel or harness safety restraint system will decrease the chance of injury to your pet should you be involved in an accident.
Check out our tips on safely flying with your dog.
We wish you and your pet a safe vacation together. Bone voyage!