Can you tell that I’m already making plans for our next vacation? Back in 2009 I pointed you towards Landmark Trust and National Trust vacation rental properties in the U.K. (and elsewhere, including, blissfully, France and Italy) that welcome pet dogs, and a few months later I added a post about Scotland’s dog-friendly National Trust vacation rental properties. I remember (or I think I do, at least) looking for similar options in Ireland, and not finding them.
How happy I was … Read more
On our recent road trip from Seattle to San Francisco, Chloe and I were traveling with our friend Chandler, a truly remarkable illustrator, who wanted to draw Mount Shasta, and neon signs in Dunsmuir and Redding, and the olive and almond trees in the Central Valley — so south we went on I-5 and Hwy. 99. We spent two nights on the road, in Ashland, OR and in Colusa, CA. Chandler found a lovely pet-friendly bungalow to stay in in … Read more
About a week ago, fellow blogger Gigi Griffis posted a link on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page to a post she’d written about traveling with her pup Luna in the Flanders region of Belgium. She mentioned that they had “couchsurfed” in Ghent — that is, they found a place to stay through the peer-to-peer site CouchSurfing. When I looked at the site in 2010, there was no way to search up front for pet-friendly homes (though you could generally see if … Read more
About a year and a half ago I wrote a quick post on how to navigate around HomeAway and VRBO to find pet-friendly vacation homes. It turns out that I should also have included FlipKey, their competitor (owned by TripAdvisor). Because I have Burgundy on my mind (and why not? gorgeousness and great food plus wine equals happy, in my book), I searched for properties there, and while I’m tempted by the 30-room pet-friendly château (call for price) just south … Read more
Remember when VRBO was kind of edgy? When you wondered whether it was really a reliable way to make your vacation plans? VRBO and HomeAway now feel like solid, dependable resources, and their sites reflect their maturity. Among other things, you can search for properties using a variety of parameters (including whether a property is pet-friendly) to narrow your choices. To find edgy now, you need to look at a new crop of sites offering couch space, floor space, rooms, … Read more
East Lodge at Crathes Castle (a dog-friendly vacation rental)
Scotland has its own National Trust organization, and like its counterpart to the south, it protects and offers public access to dozens of homes, monuments, gardens and landscapes important to Scotland’s history and heritage. It also makes some of its properties available as vacation rentals.
Dogs are welcome to visit several of the Trust properties — click on “Visits” on the main page, then select “Dogs” under “Special features” to get a … Read more
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We’ve decided to spend a couple of weeks in Paris this fall, and we’re bringing Chloe with us. I’ll be writing a series of posts about our trip; this one focuses on finding a dog-friendly apartment to rent. (We’ve enjoyed the hotels we’ve stayed in in Paris, but for a longer trip — anything, really, over just a few days — we recommend renting an apartment. It’s cheaper and way more fun.)
Given how open Parisians are to … Read more
Dog-friendly gîte located in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt
Nothing makes late winter more bearable than tickets for a trip to France, so here’s another suggestion for finding dog-friendly places to stay in the Land of Deliciousness and Beauty. A couple I recently met at a dinner party spends part of every year in France, and they always arrange their stays through Gîtes de France. The site offers rural gîtes (a “gîte” being a simple vacation place), bed & breakfasts, “stopover gîtes” for large … Read more
There are lots of vacation rental sites out there, so how do you choose among them? The local rental agencies I’ve used in Paris and Rome worked out fine, but didn’t make it easy to tell if a property is pet-friendly (on the other hand, the staff did respond rapidly to e-mail inquiries). Two of the bigger sites, however, do make it easy to identify pet-friendly properties, and they have inventory around the world. A good friend has used VRBO … Read more
In my last post, I mentioned that a handful of Landmark Trust properties are located in the United States and managed by Landmark Trust USA. They include Rudyard Kipling’s Vermont home, a 200 year-old farm that for 20 years was home to Carthusian monks, a Greek Revival farmhouse with magnificent views of Mount Monadnock, and a cozy former sugarhouse located near Brattleboro.
Upon enquiry, I learned that the Sugarhouse is dog-friendly. There is no limit on the number of dogs that … Read more