Holiday stress got you down? Have you tried a hometown staycation? What’s a staycation, you may ask? A staycation is simply a weekend vacation within your hometown. It’s a way to escape your sometimes busy, hectic life without the large travel expense.
What can make a staycation even better? Your dog, of course! 😉 If you are like us here at Benebone, your dog is a member of your family and being without him or her for the weekend just wouldn’t be the same. Luckily, we are in a progressive era where many hotels are opening their doors to your four-legged bff, as well.
Benefits of a Staycation ….
One of the great benefits of a staycation is that since you are in your own hometown, you can find some great last minute hotel deals. Without needing to book a flight, you have more flexibility, which usually equates to cheaper rates.
Another benefit usually overlooked is that you get to explore your hometown. Check out your local city tourism website to find great deals on fun experiences. Sure, you’ve been to your local baseball stadium for games, but have you ever taken a tour of the stadium? Many don’t know, but the tours are often open to the public and are usually dog-friendly! You get to see all the behind the scene spots you normally wouldn’t get to see on a gameday. Plus, there’s a lot of great photo opportunities for you and your dog.
Depending on the city that you live in will ultimately determine how many places you can go into with your dog. However, during the winter months, there are often holiday themed village pop-ups in cities that offer indoor and outdoor activities in which your dog can take part in both.
Another fun activity you could do with your dog is visiting a local pottery and paint store. If you’ve never been to a paint your own pottery store, why not give it a try? You can purchase a pottery piece that has already been sculpted and paint it yourself however you choose. Then, you return in a few days to pick up your finished glazed artwork.
Not only are these stores dog-friendly, but you can create a fun masterpiece featuring your dog’s pawprints.
Where to Stay?
These days, more and more hotels are becoming dog friendly. Easiest way to check to see if a hotel near you is pet friendly is to call or check their website, however, there are a few hotel chains that are always pet friendly no matter what city you are in.
Lowes Loves Pets
The Loews Hotels are always dog friendly and welcoming to all dogs. With each stay, your dog will be welcomed with a place mat, bowls, waste bags and treats. Loews even offers a in-room doggie room service menu! There is a pet fee of $75.00 per pet per stay (may be subject to change at different locations).
Kimpton might be one of the most welcoming dog-friendly hotels. Kimpton believes in treating your dog like family and they certainly hold up to their word. With each stay, your dog is welcomed with a dog bed, bowls, treats and a warm welcome with a handwritten card. Staff members truly loves dogs, as they will often stop you to ask your dog’s name and give some belly rubs. With Kimpton, there is never a pet fee.
What to Bring?
So you’re ready to jump in the car and have a staycation with your dog? Great, but don’t forget the necessities. While you may be able to eat on the road in any city, it can often be tough to feed your dog depending on their diet. If you have a picky dog, be sure to bring your dog’s food and water bowls, as most hotels only provide “one size fits all” metal bowls. And, don’t forget to be a responsible dog parent and bring extra waste bags. While some hotels do provide them for their customers, not all do and it’s better to be safe than to be “that” dog parent!
If your dog eats a raw or homemade diet, be sure to call your hotel beforehand to check on the availability of a mini in-room refrigerator. While not all hotels offer them in-room, you can often rent one and have it set up, chilled and ready in your room by time you check-in.
If you’d really like to treat your dog, take them out to dinner with you. You would be surprised at how many restaurants keep their outdoor patios going throughout the winter with heaters and tent enclosures. If you do consider taking your dog out to eat with you, give our Dining Out With Your Dog post a read, so that you know what to expect and what to bring.
If you know of a dog-friendly hotel or activity that you like to do in your city, we want to hear about it! Leave us a comment below so we can check out your suggestions next time we are in your area.
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