This has been an outstanding couple of weeks for dog travel links. Leading the pack is the Take Paws team, which wrote a bunch of great posts, but I want to highlight their post about U.S. national parks (so often not terribly dog-friendly) and national forests (overlooked, but beautiful and more welcoming to dogs) and their post about visiting several dog-friendly Russian River wineries.
Sticking with the West Coast, check out this post from Young Hollywood listing eight dog-friendly places to eat in Los Angeles. An article you can’t check out online, alas, unless you’re an L.A. Times subscriber, appeared on page L8 of the June 19 edition of the Times and was sent to me by alert reader Tony: Author Rosemary McClure visited dog-friendly B&Bs in Julian (Tucker Peak Lodge), Dana Point (Blue Lantern Inn), Desert Hot Springs (Dog Spa Resort & Wellness Center), Santa Barbara (Old Yacht Club Inn), and Paso Robles (Christopher Joyce Vineyard & Inn). Every place she described sounds tempting — I’ll likely start with the Old Yacht Club Inn, because I’m overdue for a visit to beautiful Santa Barbara. [In fact, I’m wrong — you can read the article, and here it is. Thanks so much, Rosemary!]
Food trucks are the happening places to eat in Seattle and Portland — and Vancouver too, according to a recent article in The Vancouver Sun. On my recent visit, I didn’t get a chance to visit any of the trucks profiled by author Mia Stainsby, but a food-loving friend praises Re-Up BBQ — and food trucks are the perfect solution for visitors with dogs.
Changing coasts, check out this post from City’s Best (Philadelphia) about five dog-friendly restaurants in Philadelphia, and a post from Nazareth Patch about five dog-friendly parks in the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton area of Pennsylvania/New Jersey. If you’re traveling to Philly, you’ll want to read this week’s post from Montecristo Travels about the pet relief areas at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
Speaking of plane travel, here’s a post from HuffPost Travel about the flight Finney, the author’s new dog, took on the pets-only Pet Airways. I’ve been intrigued by Pet Airways since it began operations, so I was keenly interested to see what a flight looks like, in pictures.
I love these two last links. The first is from my friend Jennie’s blog, called Two Little Gits (she adores her Papillons, but is refreshingly acerbic about their misdemeanors) — her post about camping with Bo and Tip at Cape Henlopen State Park, in Lewes, Delaware, is full of good tips about camping with small dogs, about the town of Lewes, and about protecting your dogs from ill-behaved children. The last link is from Travels with Ace, and describes the author’s visit, with Ace, to a minor-league baseball game. Both major- and minor-league teams are hosting dog-friendly baseball games — this one, between the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the West Virginia Power, sounds like a perfect summer evening: “Minor League baseball, particularly on dog nights, offers a sense of community — something that seems to be fading away in America.” Even if you’re not a baseball fan, the pictures in this post are not to be missed.