This collection of dog travel links is all about destinations, starting with — why not? — the San Francisco Bay Area. Reader Joan pointed me to Dining with Sophie, a site she found useful when she was visiting S.F. recently with her two dogs. Check out its listings of dog-friendly shops and “restaurants that have outdoor seating areas where pets are welcome.”
Dropping south, the Los Angeles Times posted a list of TripAdvisor‘s top-rated pet-friendly properties in the U.S., including B&Bs and inns in Twentynine Palms, CA; Asheville, NC; Tyrone, PA; Montgomery Center, VT; St. Augustine, FL; Crested Butte, CO; Newport, RI; and Eureka Springs, AK. That link takes us eastward, but be sure to pause en route and consider the dog-friendly options available in New Mexico, per Traveling Jack (guest posting on Fidose of Reality).
Fodor’s offers you a “perfect day…on foot, and with your dog” in Portland, ME — and any day that includes good food, a good independent bookstore, and Chloe is a perfect day in my eyes. Less happy is the news (via ohmidog!) from New Hope, PA that the Bucks County Department of Health has started enforcing its no-dogs policy, to the dismay of some restaurateurs: “‘I feel like New Hope is such a dog friendly place that it’s definitely going to hurt business.'”
On the brighter side, A Brooklyn Dog’s Life pointed me to an article highlighting the increasing visibility and market power of pets and their owners. That New Hope restaurant manager has the right idea.
Another good idea: Tracking not only airline cargo incidents involving pets but also commercial shipments of animals (the proposed rule only lists dogs and cats — hopefully future iterations will expand coverage to all shipped animals). Thanks to reader María Elena for the link!
And speaking of flying, I end with a couple of links from Gigi Griffis, traveling abroad with Luna, her Schnauzer-Yorkie mix. Gigi’s posts are packed with practical info — so helpful for travelers with dogs planning visits to Belgium and Germany.