Several Dog Jaunt readers have sent me marvelous reports about their travels, and I’m determined to catch up and post them all. Taking a LIFO approach (and that is the entirety of what I remember from my Accounting class), I bring you today reader Dolce’s notes from her recent Cape Cod vacation with Maia, her Yorkie mix:
We stayed for the first night in Cambridge, at the Meridien. We paid a $150 security deposit but no additional charge for the dog. They did request her to be crated/restrained if left alone in the room, but there was no issue at all. At checkout, the security deposit was refunded upon checking that we did not mess up the room whatsoever. I had set up food & water bowls in the bathroom for easier cleanup (but did not have to clean anything).
Thereafter, we stayed 4 nights in a pet friendly motel in Falmouth, the Seaside Inn. While this is most likely not the best hotel on the Cape, the rooms were clean and bright, and there was no request from the management to crate your pet while leaving her in the room. There is, though, a $15/night pet fee. The motel had a kitchenette with the usual bells and whistles, so for those who want to pack raw food/prepare a doggie dinner on site, it is definitely doable.
The beaches are NOT dog friendly during high season except at night/early morning, but off season, you would be free to roam around with a pet. Parks, boardwalks etc. are totally fine.
One day we took the ferry from Falmouth to Martha’s Vineyard. We were anxious about taking Maia with us, but the ferry people are very dog friendly. When boarding, Maia was even given a treat, and there was a large water bowl in the boarding area for, quote, “our 4-legged passengers”.
We walked a lot on Martha’s Vineyard and I am glad we all had water – for us and for Maia. The only drawback here is that unfortunately there are not that many lunch spots on the island with outdoor seating, so either you need to rush there to ensure space, buy take-out or bring your own. We ended up snacking in a large park by the water, close to the ferry docks.
We also went to Provincetown, where there are a couple of outdoor spots for lunch. The food court located in the middle of Commercial Street has outdoor seating where you can take a dog without being frowned at and there is decent human food (including a great lobster salad). I also liked that many parking places in the town had signs advising people NOT to leave their dogs in their cars.
Overall, there were lots of people walkings dogs in Provincetown & Falmouth and it is pretty easy to bring your pup over there. We passed a couple of pet shops on the way (from family-owned to chain brands), and a couple of veterinary offices, including a 24/7 emergency vet care, in Buzzard’s Bay and in West Falmouth, which, fortunatelly, we did not have to use!
Thanks so much, Dolce, for sharing your pictures and tips! I so appreciate hearing about your experiences, Dog Jaunt readers, and I so appreciate your willingness to share them with other travelers. If you have pictures of your own to share from this week, please post them on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page so we can all see them!