Carmel and Bar Harbor Top Dog-Friendly Resort Destinations in’s List

These tourist regions go the extra step to welcome your family and dogs. From budget to luxury they are great choices for this summer’s getaway.  released  its Top 10 dog-friendly resort regions  in the United States for 2009. The rankings are determined by the staff and take into account the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, things to do with your dog, beaches, parks and dog-friendly patio dining.

1. Carmel / Monterey CA – Many pet-friendly accommodations. Off-leash Carmel City Beach.  Many walking and hiking options. Shop and dine in luxury.

2. Bar Harbor/Acadia ME – Pet-friendly Acadia National Park. Shop in the historic downtown. Take a ferry or boat cruise.

3. Black Hills SD – Lots of dog-friendly attractions and campgrounds. Mt Rushmore still worth visiting with a dog. See Badlands National Park.

4. St Augustine FL – See the historic downtown. Lots of dog-friendly shopping and dining. Take a harbor boat cruise and a ghost tour.

5. Cape Cod MA – Visit Cape Cod National Seashore. Many cruises and ferries.  Also take in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

6. Key West FL – Quaint B&B’s and outdoor dining. Dog-friendly attractions, boating and stores. See the Southernmost Point Monument.

7. Charlottesville VA – Visit estates of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. Shop at the downtown mall. Visit dog-friendly Shenandoah Park nearby.

8. Mendocino CA – Stay in a pet-friendly B&B or resort. Walk the seaside town. Go to the beach and dine outdoors.

9. Asheville / Blue Ridge NC – Tour the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit the Biltmore Estate grounds and shop at Biltmore Village.

10. Amarillo TX – Visit the famous Cadillac Ranch. Spend a day or camp at Palo Duro Canyon. Stay at the Big Texan Steak Ranch Motel.
Honorable Mentions – The following five places are also excellent vacation spots to visit with your dog –
Corpus Christi TX
Grand Canyon AZ
Lake Tahoe CA/NV
Mackinac Island MI
San Luis Obispo CA

See here for’s Top 10 Large Cities in the U.S. to visit with a Dog

14 Responses to “Carmel and Bar Harbor Top Dog-Friendly Resort Destinations in’s List”

  1. I had a definitely difficult time to locate a name for my puppies. I named them Tom and Jerry haha, i was watching the cartoon. Quite funny but incredibly good names.

  2. Im glad to see asheville on this list. They city and area in general is very pet freindly, as long of you pick up after your animals. 😉

  3. Tatiana says:

    Wow I am looking to move and am really bummed about all these on leash rules! I currently live in Jackson, WY and can’t imagine how crazy my giant Lab would become without his hour plus running free in the National forest, Dog Park, river walk. Or bike riding leash free. You just train your pup a great heel and recall what is going on with this leash stuff poor dogs out there and what to do I want to move to GA?

  4. dog crate says:

    What a great read. It’s so hard to find pet friendly hotels and resorts. I prefer to take my dog away with us, as she loves the outdoors so this list really is nice to have.

  5. Jockey says:

    I just found this after searching for Asheville after considering moving. After reading Angela’s comment I think my answer is pretty clear now. What a shame.

  6. Jeanette says:

    Susan, thank-you so much for posting this review of Bar Harbor. I’m considering moving to the area and I have three dogs. This review just made me so happy about my decision! We currently live in a big city that is NOT dog friendly and I feel like all they get to do is play in the back yard. They are even shutting down on places that allow you to sit with your dog OUTSIDE around here so I’m so excited about taking them to Bar Harbor where they will be welcome!

  7. Angela Smith says:

    I do not think Asheville is among the most dog friendly places – maybe to visit but definitely not to live. I am repeatedly fined by Asheville because my dogs live 2 counties away and they do not want me to bring my dogs there to the Vet, unless they conform to Asheville City animal ordinances. Then they tell me that my dogs have to conform but they can not live in the city limits. Animal control here is a joke and all they want to do is confiscate animals and put them to sleep. I took my 4 month old sheepdog to the French Broad dog ark and he contracted Giardia from the nasty French Broad River. Why don’t you ask the residents that live here how City Government operates – tehy are on a money getting scheme because the City has such a deficit.

  8. Siberian Husky…

    Carmel and Bar Harbor Top Dog-Friendly Resort Destinations in … was a very useful read….

  9. Susan says:

    My bear-ish Siberian husky and I spent Independence Day weekend in Bar Harbor, and it’s crazy dog friendly. He’s allowed in almost all of the stores, and he was allowed ON both the covered and open patio at the restaurant where we had dinner. We went on the Margaret Todd, a 150′ four-masted schooner and hiked in Acadia National Park. Dogs are even allowed on the LL Bean free shuttles that transport you around the area. It was AWESOME!!!

  10. Terry Beecroft says:

    I travel to Stowe, VT and Lake Winnipausaukee, NH quite often with my two beagles. Both places offer many dog walking opportunities, and I have found numerous hotels and motels that are dog friendly.

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  12. David says:

    For great adventure and outdoor fun for you and your dog…and great food for you, check out The BALSAMS in NH. This is a Grand Resort Hotel, with award winning food and 60-90 miles of hiking, biking, x-country trails (as well as fishing, private alpine, kayaking, etc.) all on a private resort that welcomes pets.

    The rooms are an “inn” feel but there is sooo much to do for you and your pet.

  13. ELizabeth Stewart says:

    Dear Dog,

    I have lived in several of the places that are listed as tops (including Cape Cod and Ellsworth, Maine)

    I wonder how to go about encouraging the local leaders here in Wheeling, WV to start being more dog friendly in hopes of encouraging more dog lovers to visit the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia.

    Do you have any literature that I can send to them, or, can you contact perhaps the Mayor of Wheeling, Andy McKenzie, and suggest something?

    There are some wonderful walking trails in West Virginia, but there are few sources for water for a pet, and there are not very many places where a pet would be welcome. However, there are lots and lots of really good dog owners in this vicinity.

    Your attention would be appreciated, greatly!


    Elizabeth Arden Stewart
    43-1/2 Haddale Avenue
    Wheeling, WV 26003

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