Archive for May, 2010

DogFriendly.com Announces its Top 10 Dog-Friendly Cities in the United States for 2010

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Want to find the best cities to visit with a dog for vacation? Here are DogFriendly.com’s best cities for vacationers with dogs to visit this year. See this link for our complete dog travel guides.

PLACERVILLE, California — May 17, 2010 — DogFriendly.com (http://www.dogfriendly.com) released its 2010 list of the Top 10 dog-friendly destination cities in the United States. The rankings are based on the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, transportation, beaches, parks, attractions, stores, dining and other things to do with your dog.

1. San Diego – The best dog beaches anywhere. Boutique hotels. Many trails and parks to hike and great weather year-round for outdoor dining.
2. Portland (OR)- Enjoy the famous rose gardens and the parks. Have food and drink at the Lucky Lab. This town is dog-friendly inside and out.
3. Austin – Dine in outdoor cafes. Visit the Zilker Botanical Gardens and take a walking or carriage tour. Enjoy many off-leash parks.
4. Northern Virginia – Visit outdoor monuments in Virginia and Washington, take a cruise just for dogs and dine or go to yappy hour in dog-friendly Old Town Alexandria.
5. San Francisco – Many off-leash beaches and areas. Shop and dine in many parts of town. Ride the cable car, walk the Golden Gate.
6. Boston – Tour Boston by boat or take the subway. Follow the Freedom Trail and visit nearby historic sites. Stay at many pet-friendly hotels.
7. Orlando – Glamorous pet-friendly resorts. Boat tour, shop Winter Park or Celebration. Dine at Sam Snead’s. Attend concerts in Lake Eola Park.
8. Salt Lake City – View downtown from Ensign Peak. Ride the Temple Square Carriages and walk the downtown area. Visit an amusement park and many historical parks.
9. Charleston (SC) – Visit the beach or a number of plantations. Take a ghost tour or an eco tour.
10. New York – Great luxury hotels, famous shopping and outdoor dining. Watch a morning show, enjoy Central Park on leash and off.

Honorable Mentions: Anchorage, Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, San Antonio

Take Your Dog on Vacation with DogFriendly.com’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

New Fourth Edition. Over 20,000 pet-friendly destinations including lodging, beaches, public transportation, national parks, attractions, dining, shopping and off-leash areas.

DogFriendly.com has released its latest edition of DogFriendly.com’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide. Using this 774 page 4th Edition guide you can take your dog with you for your holiday travel . From Key West to Anchorage, San Diego to Nova Scotia this book is your guide to all places dog-friendly.

DogFriendly.com has been providing information to travelers with pets since 1998 and has been publishing DogFriendly.com’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide since 2003. Using this guide you can find pet-friendly accommodations for dogs of all sizes. The book lists over 10,000 accommodations with information such as pet fees, weight limits, number of dogs allowed, and other pet polices. Resorts, hotels, bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals are included and the guide generally does not include lodging where dogs are only allowed in smoking rooms or dogs with weight limits of less than 50 pounds.

But a vacation is not only about finding a place to stay and DogFriendly.com’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide is your complete travel guide to selecting a destination and planning activities for your entire stay. Unlike other pet hotel lists, this book includes thousands of attractions that welcome your dog from boat tours to living history museums, ghost tours and popular tourist attractions. Also included are pet-friendly shopping centers, wineries and more. But it doesn’t stop there. The guide includes information on hundreds of dog-friendly beaches, public transportation where pets are allowed and a National Park guide for visitors with pets. Also listed are thousands of restaurants where dogs may dine with you at outdoor tables, hundreds of off-leash dog parks and a list of emergency veterinarians. All 50 states are included as are all parts of Canada.

“When we started DogFriendly.com in 1998 we wanted to create a complete guide to allow people to include their dogs in their travels as we have always included ours.” says Len Kain who co-founded DogFriendly.com with his wife Tara. “This newest edition of DogFriendly.com’s United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide is a major step towards that goal as it includes for the first time in one book our complete travel guide for all states and provinces”.

The authors, Tara and Len Kain, are previous ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award winners and have traveled over 200,000 miles throughout the United States and Canada with their dogs. Their books are available at bookstores as well as online. DogFriendly.com also offers a free online dog travel guide.

For more information or to purchase the book click here…

DogFriendly.coms United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide

DogFriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide

Saratoga Springs NY: Dog-Friendly Downtown Program Launch Event

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Sloppy Kisses and Saratoga Arts announce the official launch event for the Saratoga Springs Dog-Friendly Downtown Program (DFD). On Saturday, May 15th,
area dogs and their owners are invited to participate in the DFD Scavenger Hunt and Doggie Yappy Hour to follow.

11 am to 3 pm
Scavenger Hunt participants (both human and canine) are tasked with visiting as many DFD businesses as possible to answer a canine-related question specific to that business. Scavenger Hunt participants must answer at least 7 questions correctly to be eligible for the prize raffle, to be held as part of the culminating event of the day, Doggie Yappy Hour at Putnam Den (63A Putnam Street – Saratoga Springs). Many DFD businesses will be offering special discounts to Scavenger Hunt participants.

3 pm to 5 pm
At the Doggie Yappy Hour at Putnam Den, the Mayor of Saratoga Springs (the Honorable Scott Johnson), his wife Julie and their new dog will be recognized and will confer prizes donated by DFD businesses to those Scavenger Hunt participants that qualify. A special prize will be awarded to the Scavenger Hunt participant who collects the most correct Scavenger Hunt answers.

Scavenger Hunt ballots (see attached) are available at Sloppy Kisses (493 Broadway, Saratoga Springs). Scavenger Hunt ballots can also be downloaded from the DFD website (www.dogfriendlydowntown.blogspot.com). The event will take place rain or shine. Sloppy Kisses and Saratoga Arts would like to thank Event Sponsor The Adirondack Trust Company for their support of the DFD Program.

The DFD Program provides an opportunity for Saratoga Springs businesses to identify and market themselves as dog-friendly, hopefully reaching new customers and increasing sales. For locals and Spa City visitors, DFD offers an easy and accessible way to find businesses that cater to them and their dogs. To date, over 30 businesses are part of DFD. Dog owners can identify dog-friendly businesses via a window decal that is prominently displayed by participating businesses (see attached DFD decal). In addition, participating businesses are listed and linked on the DFD website.