Looking for dog friendly hotels in New England? I hate leaving my dog Roscoe at home when I travel. After all, vacations are more fun when you can bring your best friend. But finding a dog friendly hotel in New England requires a lot of research. What’s the hotel’s dog policy? Is there an extra fee? Are there weight or breed restrictions? And you might worry that you have to sacrifice your own comfort in order to travel with your dog. Are the only options to “ruff” it in dingy roadside motels and campsites? Or are there places to stay that not only allow dogs, but actually cater to canines and their owners?
I’m here to save you a lot of time and trouble when planning your next vacation with your dog. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of my favorite dog friendly hotels in New England where I’ve stayed with Roscoe. So there’s no need to leave your best friend behind the next time you’re on the road! Get your paws on some of the most pooch-pampering places to stay across New England.
Dog Friendly Hotels in Vermont
Basin Harbor, Vergennes
Located on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vergennes, VT, Basin Harbor believes no family vacation is complete without four-legged family members. Their pet policy states that well-behaved dogs of all sizes are allowed to join their humans in cottage accommodations only, for a daily fee of $20 per pet. To book online, you can select any of the cottages, then add on the pet fee at checkout.
This resort has everything you need to have a perfect vacation without ever having to leave its sprawling 700 acres. You can choose from a wide assortment of activities that are fun for the whole family, from the land to the lake. The pool and guest waterfront are are pet-free areas, but dogs have their own designated swimming area, Fanny’s Beach. We were even able to rent a sailboat to take out onto the lake with Roscoe! Plus you can dine at one of the resorts five onsite restaurants. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the dining areas but are welcome to dine with you at the Red Mill’s outdoor casual seating area. Dog walking and sitting services are also available if you want to enjoy some fun without Fido.
Field guide lodge, stowe
Field Guide Lodge in Stowe, Vermont is a stylish boutique hotel run by Lark Hotels. Like many of their properties, Field Guide Lodge’s pet policy allows dogs under 70lbs for an added fee of $50 per dog per day. We stayed in one of their three dog friendly Cottage Suites, which had a nice amount of space and a private exterior entrance. You can book these suites online, just make sure to add add a note at checkout with the quantity, size, and name of your dog. Dogs are not allowed to be left in a guest room alone. Out of respect for other guests, dogs are permitted only on the porches and exterior common areas of the hotel, and only while on leash.
One of the things that makes this hotel stand out is its stylish, lodge-chic decor. The lobby lounge, comfortably decked out with retro wood stoves and cozy fur throws, invites you to linger over a book or a board game. Breakfast is available at the lobby coffee bar or drinks and small bites at their brand new vintage ski-themed bar Après Only. You have to book the outdoor hot tub in advance, which is a bit inconvenient. But the advantage is you’re guaranteed to have it to yourself. And the location can’t be beat. We were able to walk to downtown, and the mountain shuttle stops right in front of the hotel. It’s the perfect home base for you and your pup’s Vermont adventures.
Inn at Mountain View Farm, East Burke
Inn at Mountain View Farm is a very special place to stay in the heart of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. According to their pet policy, dogs are allowed for an additional $50 per night in select rooms: Peacham, Danville, N. Danville, Maidstone, and Lost Nation. You can select the “pet friendly” option to book your room online. The inn is so welcoming to animals that a friendly golden retriever works the front desk and there’s even an animal sanctuary on site. Just be aware if your dog is reactive around other animals!
We stayed in the Deluxe Peacham room, which was homey but comfortable. Roscoe especially loved falling asleep in front of the crackling wood-burning fireplace. In the morning, we were greeted with hot out of the oven pastries and coffee at the inn’s main building. Just when we thought we couldn’t take another bite, the inn’s owner brought out stacks of her famous pancakes with farm-fresh blueberries that we couldn’t resist.
Boasting 400 acres located atop a ridge line in the unspoiled Northeast Kingdom, this historic farm is one of the most picturesque places I have ever stayed. It was worth getting up at the crack of dawn to see the sunrise, with pastel pinks and purples spilling over the mountains and early morning fog settling into the valley.
Kimpton Taconic, Manchester
The Kimpton Taconic in Manchester has one of the most liberal hotel pet policies I’ve ever encountered. All are welcome, from furred to feathered, as long as they fit in the elevator! There are no limits on size, weight, breed, or number of pets allowed, and no extra deposit or fees. Just filter by pet friendly when booking online and complete a pet form at check in.
The Kimpton Taconic truly is the perfect place to pamper your pooch. Rooms are equipped with food bowls, toys, treats, and a plush Orvis dog bed (the flagship Orvis store located just down the street is a must-visit with your dog). Dogs are allowed in the lobby and on the front porch dining area of the hotel’s onsite restaurant, the Copper Grouse. During the cooler seasons, they have outdoor heaters, making sure both you and your pups are keeping warm. Plus you can request pet services including but not limited to pet sitting, dog walking, and pet spa services by contacting the front desk.
Made Inn Vermont, Burlington
Made Inn Vermont in downtown Burlington is a home away from home for both you and your pet. The pet policy of this urban chic boutique bed and breakfast welcomes well-behaved furry friends for a charge of $25 per day per pet. You can book directly online, just make sure to add your dog to the guest count and indicate details in the notes.
We stayed in room 904, one of the larger rooms recommended for larger dogs. Even it was pretty cozy with Roscoe, and the bathrooms are down the hall (though they are at least private). The inn’s quirky character might not be for everyone, but it is in a great location within walking distance of downtown. The owner is very friendly and will readily offer suggestions for pet friendly restaurants and things to do in Burlington.
Explore more: Dog Friendly Guide to Burlington, VT
Mountain Top Resort, Chittenden
Situated between Killington and Rutland in central Vermont, Mountain Top Resort not only allows dogs, they put dogs first. Their pet policy outlines that canine companions are welcomed in the resort’s four luxury king cabins and a selection of guest houses with a Vermont made cookie, dog bed, and bowls. You can book for an additional fee of $50 per night per dog, for a maximum of two dogs per unit. Dogs must be registered at the time of your reservation.
The inn invites you to “come for the view, stay for the experience.” Set on 700 acres of land amidst the Green Mountains, this resort has incredible views overlooking the Chittenden Reservoir. With direct access to this incredible outdoor playground, there is no shortage of fun things to do with your dog year round. In the warmer months, enjoy a private beach with complimentary kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals. In the winter and spring, explore the cross country ski and snowshoeing trails. Dine outside with your dog on the terrace with spectacular meadow, lake and mountain views by day and cozy fire pit seating by night.
The Stowehof, Stowe
The Stowehof is my go-to choice for dog-friendly accommodation in Stowe. Dogs of any size are welcome for an additional $25 per night. Call to book the dog-friendly rooms on the ground floor, which have sliding doors with direct access to the hotel’s expansive grassy lawn.
This warm and welcoming lodge built around raw wooden beams and stunning mountain views feels like a true alpine escape. There’s something so timeless and comforting about this place. It feels as if the world around it might change, but The Stowehof will remain a familiar place to call home away from home.
With simple but clean rooms, it’s also one of the more affordable hotel options in Stowe. Breakfast here is a bit overpriced and leaves something to be desired, so head elsewhere for your morning meal. But do grab drinks from The Fritz Bar and settle into your favorite cozy spot with your pup. Maybe’s it’s playing a board game at the large booth in the lounge, reading a good book in front of the large sunken fireplace, or stargazing around the roaring outdoor fire pit.
The hotel’s location is hard to beat as well. Located right off of Mountain Road, it’s within walking distance to the Stowe Recreation Trail. Plus there’s direct access from the property to Weissner Woods with dog-friendly off leash trails for hiking or cross-country skiing.
Discover more: Dog Friendly Guide to Stowe, VT
Update: The Stowehof is currently closed for renovations until 2024.
Pet Friendly Hotels in Maine
Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth
For luxury pet-friendly accommodation near Portland, look no further than Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth. Not only does the Inn welcome your dog with open arms, they also work in collaboration with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland to foster shelter dogs at their seaside resort. Located on the first floor and available at no extra fee, their oceanfront dog-friendly suites have direct access to private decks and the Inn’s expansive lawn, making daily walks and playtime a breeze. Their pet policy asks that when you make your reservation, be sure to let the Inn know about the dog(s) who will accompany you so they can reserve the appropriate lodging and have all the pet necessities ready.
The Inn makes every effort possible ensure that all guests, both human and canine, have the most enjoyable experience possible. Pamper your pooch with pet massages and gourmet pet menus, or leave Fido at home for the night with pet sitting services available on request. Explore the surrounding area with recommendations from the knowledgeable Inn staff about nearby walking trails, pet-friendly beaches, and free-range parks. Our favorite nightly ritual: snuggling up with s’mores around the fire pit set up on the Inn’s lawn each night.
Discover more: Dog Friendly Guide to Cape Elizabeth, ME
Terramor Outdoor Resort, Bar Harbor
Situated at the entrance of Acadia National Park in Maine, Terramor Outdoor Resort believes there’s no better way to explore nature than with your four-legged friend. This luxury glamping resort has a pet policy that allows up to two dogs for $30 per day per dog. You can indicate in the guest count that you’ll be bringing a dog with you when making your reservation online.
This ultra chic wilderness retreat is the perfect basecamp for exploring Acadia National Park with your dog. You won’t be “ruffing” it in the luxe canvas tents with beds decked out in Frette linens and Pendleton blankets and private attached bathrooms. The tents are equipped small space heaters to stay cozy on frigid Maine evenings (though it was still too cold to really get comfortable when we visited in the late fall – I’d recommend visiting in the summer). You can roast your own marshmallows over your private fire pit, or have a meal cooked for you at the resort’s main lodge. Dogs are not allowed inside the dining room but you can take your meals outside to the covered outdoor porch.
Pet Friendly Hotels in Massachusetts
Brass Lantern Inn, Nantucket
Brass Lantern Inn is a quaint bed and breakfast in Nantucket. Their pet policy welcomes one dog up to 65lbs in select rooms for an additional $25 a night. You can book online and indicate you will be bringing a pet, and the inn’s owner will reach out to confirm your dog’s weight, size, and breed. The inn provides a dog bed, bowls, and even a gated dog run alongside the property. Note, however, that the walls are thin and the dog-friendly rooms are all in the same wing of the house. So if your dog is like mine and whines or barks when he hears other dogs, it may not be the best choice.
The inn provides a lovely breakfast spread in the morning, which you can enjoy with your pup on the outdoor garden terrace. Nantucket is a very dog friendly destination, and the inn will happily provide you with a list of dog friendly restaurants, places to go with your dog, and names and numbers for pet supply stores and services.
Explore more: Dog Friendly Guide to Nantucket, MA
Summercamp, OAK BLUFFS
Summercamp in Oak Bluffs is the ultimate dog friendly seaside escape in Martha’s Vineyard. Like other Lark Properties, their dog policy allows dogs under 70lbs for an added fee of $50 per dog per day. They have two dog-friendly king rooms that are located on the ground floor with private exterior entrances. Please be sure to let us know when making your reservation if you will be accompanied by your canine friend and they will happily provide a dog bed, bowl, and a welcome toy. Be aware that dogs are the only pets allowed, they must never be left in a guest room alone, and are permitted only on the porches and exterior common areas of the hotel, and only while on a leash.
Set amidst the adorable gingerbread cottages for which Oak Bluffs is famous, Summercamp is a renovated former 1879 Methodist camp. Today, the hotel’s chic decor plays on the nostalgia of childhood sleep away camps, with a canteen, scavenger hunts, ping pong tables, and a camp-store. At the end of a fun day exploring Martha’s Vineyard, you’ll be content to relax in a rocking chair with your dog on the hotel’s expansive wraparound verandah and enjoy views of the sun setting over the harbor.
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