Last fall, reader Dolce sent me some great photos and information about a vacation she and Maia, her Yorkie mix, had taken on Cape Cod. She kindly followed up with a message about a weekend trip to Eastern Pennsylvania — not the easiest part of the world in which to find a good dog-friendly hotel, but she did, and here’s her report.
“We ended up in Easton [about 65 miles west of New York, and about 50 miles north of Philadelphia] at The Lafayette Inn (“We welcome dogs and cats traveling with their well-behaved owners in rooms 1, 2, and 3. Bowls, mat, towel, treats, and clean-up bags are provided. There is a $20 per night additional charge. Pets must be kenneled when left alone in the room. We also offer a Pampered Pet Package.”)
Rooms 1 & 2 have a private entrance to the yard + parking, so you can just go out for a short walk if you need to. We booked Room 1 which is en suite, and had a parlor area with a sofa and space for Maia & her bed — although you would have had enough space for a Great Dane as well, not just a 10 lb. Yorkie. Upon arrival, Maia was greeted and petted, and offered a treat. In the room, we had the promised food bowls, towel for clean up, and poop bags.
There is a garden around the inn where you can walk your dog if you want. The neighborhood is residential and rather quiet — as long as your dog is on leash, you are fine there (beside the occasional squirrel, that is…). The inn is literally 5 minutes away from Lafayette College and the campus is pet-friendly too — we were not the only dog people there on Saturday morning. Maia loved stretching on the grass when we stopped to rest, and otherwise exploring.
The inn people are friendly and can show you pet-friendly trails around Easton, for quiet walks in the woods. We had a real nice stay there — it was a quiet place and even though I saw other people with dogs in the inn, there was no noise/smell/anything indicating dogs were around!”
It sounded like such a nice weekend getaway that I was hoping I’d be able to tell you that you could get there from NYC or Philly by public transit, but that turns out not to be the case (the best transit option from/to Easton is a bus — and the buses that run there, including Trans-Bridge Lines, don’t allow pet dogs on board). Load up the car for this one! Thanks so much, Dolce, for the report — dog-friendly B&B’s are thin on the ground, and it sounds like you found an excellent one.
I’d love to see how you and your pup spent your time together this week — please post your photos on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page so we can all see them!