Lots of links to tell you about this week! Let’s start with Travel with Whippets, coming from an RV somewhere in the U.S., which posted a very positive review of the very dog-friendly Four Paws Kingdom Campground in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, NC. Good news: “You don’t even have to own an RV to camp here; they also rent little dog-friendly cottages or parked RVs, complete with fenced, gated front porches for you and your pets.”
Other eastern U.S. links include a note from uptake Hotels about the pet-friendly “Inn the Doghouse” package offered by the Hotel Providence, a new luxury hotel in an historic downtown Providence, Rhode Island district, and a tempting post from petswelcome.com about dog-friendly things to do on Martha’s Vineyard (including going to the farmer’s market!). If you’re lucky enough to live in Savannah, GA, you probably already know about the activities organized by St. Almo, the local dog lover’s club, including Halloween trick-or-treating, a summer ghost tour in the Historic District, and several Yappy Hours throughout the summer (this month’s Yappy Hour was held at the much-praised Leoci’s Trattoria).
Changing coasts, In Circle Pets described a fun afternoon itinerary, including lunch, for you and your dog in San Francisco’s Sunset neighborhood. Head south to Santa Barbara, and seek out the Arroyo Burro Beach (Hendry’s Beach) mentioned in a post this week by Six Minute Style — it’s dog-friendly! You might also like to go on the self-guided Red Tile Walking Tour (PDF) mentioned in the post.
Inland, 5280.com noted that Golden City Brewery (in Golden, CO) is a fun visit for two reasons: The brewery offers experimental and seasonal brews to its visitors every Thursday, and its backyard patio is dog-friendly. Heading west again, It’s a Vegan Dog’s Life posted a great article about visiting Moab, Utah with a dog.
Half a world away, the Sebel Pier One Hotel in Sydney, Australia welcomes pets “in one of Sydney’s prime tourist locations at Walsh Bay, alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge.” Spin the globe and land in the Netherlands, where an ex-pat blog called Clogs and Tulips explains the difference between “hondentoiletten” (on-leash dog relief areas) and “hondenspeelweiden” (off-leash dog play areas), and where to find them in Utrecht.
Head north a bit to learn that dogs have been banned from 72 parks in Nottinghamshire, in England’s East Midlands, because owners were failing to clean up after their pets. In remaining parks, new rules require that dogs be leashed, and that no more than six dogs be walked by one person. I love the link for this gloriously British quote from a local kennel club member: “‘I think this is really well overstepping things.’”
A short while ago, I wrote a post about how Minneapolis was addressing the issue of keeping off-leash dog parks clean. At about the same time, Rod & Amy Burkert of Take Paws were learning that permits are also required to visit Louisville, Kentucky dog parks. Louisville, however, allows visitors to make advance arrangements to visit the dog parks. Check out the Burkerts’ post for the how-tos, and three cheers for Louisville! I would love it if Minneapolis adopted this system someday.