Jason Daley - Outside Magazine
November 11, 2013

Five perfect dog-friendly adventure lodges and hotels around the U.S.

Class VI-Mountain River, Lansing, West Virginia
The New River Gorge National River is a 70,000-acre playground with some of the best whitewater in the east, 1,600 climbing routes, and a maze of mountain biking trails. The Class VI resort gets you and your dog deep in the canyon in a dozen cabins.

The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
The Nell was pampering pooches long before “pet-friendly” became a hotel selling point and it’s still a master at giving canines the 5-star treatment. Besides amenities like water dishes, beds, gourmet doggie biscuits, and brass ID tags, pups also get their own menu, which includes beef tenderloin, scrambled eggs, salmon, and brown rice. No, you can’t try a bite.

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
This euro-inspired mountain resort includes everything a dog needs, including water and food dishes, a bed, and plenty of treats. But the best perk is open access to much of the lodge’s 2,500 acres of mountaintop terrain so your furry companion can work off all those biscuits. Owners can earn their meals on 37 miles of private (and dog-free) hiking and Nordic skiing trails. Doubles from $195 a night. trappfamily.com

Photo courtesy of Dan Landwehrle

Canine Camp Getaway, Lake George, New York 
Held at the always dog-friendly Roaring Brook Ranch in June and September, the Canine Getaway is summer camp for you and your best friend. There’s Barks n’ Crafts, doggie CPR, agility training, Yappy Hour, swimming, hiking, and general four-legged mayhem. 

Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp, California 
Located just outside Yosemite National Park, this mountain resort’s Deluxe Pampered Pet Package includes a plush bed, doggie toys, treats, and recommendations for dog-perfect hikes nearby. But the best service is two hours of complimentary pet sitting—especially useful if you want a to spend a little time chewing your own bones at the resort’s five restaurants or relaxing in the spa.

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