By Chloe Mulliner, on September 29, 2016

6 pet-friendly hotels to chew on

You and your pup are in sync—you hike mountains, play fetch in the park, and even tandem paddle board together. You’re so attached that the thought of a getaway isn’t very appealing unless it’s a vacation you can take with your dog.

Traveling with a pet no longer means smuggling him into a motel or having to stick to dog-friendly campgrounds though. Not only are many hotels becoming more pet welcome, but some are creating programs especially for your pup.

We know your pooch is not only your best friend, but your family member, too, so we’ve picked some of the best hotels in the country that treat your pup like a first-class guest. These hotel programs offer drool-worthy treats, chew toys, and plenty of belly rubs, so your dog will actually be happy when you pull out the pet carrier.

The Iron Horse Hotel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Your dog lives the sweet life, but that doesn’t mean he should forgo a vacation. Book a trip for two and head to The Iron Horse Hotel, where your fur ball will be greeted with treats at the front desk and a doggy-in-room dining menu. If Fido has been especially good this year, spoil him with the Big Dog Package, which offers extra luxuries such as a massive pet pillow, toys, gourmet dog treats, and more. Looking for pet-friendly restaurants or parks in the Milwaukee area? The hotel staff is eager to offer suggestions.

Hutton Hotel: Nashville, Tennessee
It’s ruff leaving man’s best friend at home, and now you don’t have to. Pack your bags and head for Nashville with your pup in tow. The Hutton Hotel is as pet-friendly as it gets, providing your dog with treats, a welcome toy, and a special Hutton bandana. Ol’ Spot will drool over the organic Furry Friend Room Service Menu, while you plan your doggy-and-me adventures with the hotel’s pet resource list.

The Ritz-Carlton: Laguna Niguel, California
Your dog will be California dreamin’ in no time when you stay at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. Sitting on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this fancy hotel invites you and your four-legged companions to relish in the Posh Pooch program. Upon your arrival, your pup will be treated to a plush doggie bed, chew toy, and food bowl. You’ll even receive a special doggie menu and a vista view dog walking map to ensure your canine experiences the luxe life during your Cali romp.

The Benjamin: New York, New York
At The Benjamin, your mutt can expect the all-star treatment. We’re talking in-room pet mini bars stocked with treats and non-alcoholic Bowser Beer, as well as a BarkBox packed with toys and hygiene products. You’ll even get paw wipes, baggies for walks, and a collapsible water bowl—everything’s taken care of. After a day of NYC adventures with your partner in crime, crawl into your respective beds for a blissful night’s sleep.

Viewfinder Tip: Some hotels charge pet fees and may have weight and breed restrictions. Check with the specific hotel before booking.

Loews Atlanta Hotel: Atlanta, Georgia
Loews Hotels are leading pack, as they were the first national hotel chain to offer pet programs. Your furry friend won’t be able to stop wagging his tail once you arrive at the Lowes Atlanta Hotel, where he’s treated like a VIP (Very Important Pet). Along with offering gourmet pet room service, rawhide bones, and cozy bedding, this A-town hotel provides pet-sitting and dog-walking services, so you have the freedom to explore the city on your own.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When it comes to traveling in Philly, consider stay at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, where Mr. Hershey Diego will greet you and your pup with a wet kiss—don’t worry, Mr. Hershey Diego is a dog! (The branch’s official Director of Pet Relations, to be exact.) At this accommodation, you’ll receive pet beds, feeding bowls, and a list of nearby pet-friendly services and attractions. Your dog can even join you during the hotel’s nightly wine reception! Best of all, every kind of pet is welcome at no additional charge.

Where do you stay when you vacation with your dog?