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DogFriendly.com's Newsletter
May 2007
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DogFriendly.com's 2007 Top 10 Cities to Visit with a Dog in the United States and Canada

Our 5th Annual List - Which cities welcome people who travel with dogs

 

In The May Newsletter

- DogFriendly.com's 2007 Top 10 Cities to Visit with a Dog in the United States and Canada
- Another way to get a hotel suite
- Dogs on Trains: The time has come to, like Europe, allow pets on Trains in America
- DogFriendly.com Website Updates

Also see: Our First Annual Report Card on Traveling with Dogs in the U.S and Canada (from our February Newsletter)

DogFriendly.com announces  its 5th annual Top 10 Cities to Visit in the United States and Canada . In determining the Top 10 Cities to Visit, Dogfriendly.com's researchers used criteria that includes the following:

- Is the city an appealing vacation spot and appealing for people traveling with dogs?
- Are there suitable pet-friendly hotels and lodging in the city? Are any of the resorts extra special?
- Are there dog-friendly side trips and weekend trips that can be enjoyed during a visit to this city? 
- Can you get around the city easily? Does the public transportation system allow dogs? 
- If you can't go on the public transportation, can you get around fairly easily by car? 
- Are there attractions, such as boat and carriage rides, tours, tourist sites, and side trips that welcome your dog? 
- Where can you eat with your pooch, other than in your hotel room? Are there outdoor cafes that welcome pets, or local dog-friendly parks where you can bring a picnic lunch?
- Can your dog visit any of the local beaches or parks?  Are there any off-leash dog parks in town?
- Is the city supportive of the more than half  of the population who own pets and the over twenty million people annually who travel with them? Does the city or state regulate or over-regulate what you can do with your dog? Has the city helped create more dog-friendly areas or has the city limited and restricted access to people with dogs, including travelers? 

For Last Years 2006 list you can check out this page.

DogFriendly.com's Top 10 Cities To Visit in the United States and Canada:

1. Boston, Massachusetts (see also Boston Area) - In Boston, you can see most of the best tourist sites without leaving your dog at home. Getting around Boston and the suburbs is easy as the Boston T (subway) allows leashed dogs of all sizes during non-rush hours. Follow the red arrows on the sidewalk along the 2 mile Freedom Trail, take one of a number of boat tours or whale watching tours that welcome pups. Visit one of the cities many parks including the Boston Common, Minute Man National Historical Park or the Arnold Arboretum. You can ride a horse and carriage ride together at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In Salem take a walking or trolley tour or visit the Salem Willows Amusement Park. For a weekend getaway near Boston you can take a dog-friendly ferry to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket or visit the dog-friendly beaches of Block Island.

2. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -  Visit Historic Gastown, Granville Island and the Capilano Bridge and Park with your pooch. Many ferries allow leashed dogs of all sizes and the city's public transportation allows small dogs in carriers. The city has many outdoor restaurants and cafes and quite a few of the stores allow you to shop inside with your dog. When in Vancouver consider taking a dog-friendly trip to the Minter Gardens, Hell's Gate Airtram  and to Victoria on Vancouver Island. While on Vancouver Island  be sure to see the beautiful  Butchart Gardens. There are numerous beaches and parks that welcome you and your dog. Vancouver boasts 7 off-leash dog beaches and over 20 off-leash dog parks giving your dog ample opportunity to run.

3. New York City - Stay in luxury at some of New York's most fashionable hotel addresses with your dog. The Regency, Soho Grand Hotel, Novotel and many W hotels all welcome dogs. If you want to stay outside of the city you can bring your dog on the Metro-North trains from Connecticut or the northern suburbs or on the Seastreak Ferry from New Jersey. There are also a number of Pet Taxi services in the city that you can call for transportation and some regular taxis will pick up dogs. Many of the famous stores and department stores in Manhattan will allow leashed dogs to accompany you. Take a walking tour of lower Manhattan, a carriage ride in Central Park, walk the Brooklyn Bridge or visit one of the 30 off-leash parks in the city. Or visit the William Secord Art Gallery on 76th Street. For canine swimming, check out the man-made swimming pond for dogs in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. 

4.  San Francisco, California - San Francisco is a great vacation site for a traveler with a dog. There are so many parks, off-leash areas and beaches. Try Baker Beach, Ocean Beach or Fort Funston. There are many off-leash dog areas sprinkled throughout the city. Visit Golden Gate Park, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge or shop in many dog-friendly stores in the Union Square area or throughout the city. Stay at a number of pet-friendly hotels including the Palace Hotel, the Four Seasons or the Hotel Palomar. San Francisco is a compact city and easy to walk around. Also, dogs are allowed on most of the public transportation, including the famous Cable Cars, Muni buses and trains. Small dogs are allowed on the regional BART trains that run to the East Bay. Every August the San Francisco Giants host their annual Dog Days of Summer baseball game where your dog is welcome to attend with you.

5. Austin, Texas - When visiting Austin you will have your choice of many fine dog-friendly hotels and motels. You can stay at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort or one of the many La Quinta Hotels, Red Roof Inns or other hotels throughout the city. You and your dog can take a walking tour of downtown, ride a horse and carriage or visit the Zilker Botanical Garden  Austin has  a large number of dog-friendly parks as well as ten off-leash dog areas. The most interesting tourist attraction in town may be the Congress Street Bat Colony. Around sunset from around March to November the bats all fly out looking for food. You may dine with your dog at many dog-friendly patio restaurants throughout the city. 

6. Portland, Oregon - The Lucky Lab Brewing Company is a landmark establishment for dog owners. In addition to its two locations, a newcomer to the local dog scene is the Iron Mutt Coffee Company with an off-leash outdoor area to play in while coffee and food are enjoyed. Portland boosts over 20 off-leash dog parks, some of which are fenced; a city amusement park where leashed dogs are allowed; the Hoyt Arboretum and of course the Rose Gardens that the city is famous for. Also visit  the Portland Saturday Market which is an open air market with artists, entertainment and all sorts of shops including pet items. Nearby Portland is excellent hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and throughout the Portland region.

7. Northern Virginia (see also Washington, DC) - During the summer months you may cruise the Potomac with your dog on the Potomac Riverboat Co. Canine Cruises.  Visit the outdoor areas of historic Mount Vernon, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial on Roosevelt Island. Hike the Mount Vernon Trail from Washington DC to Mount Vernon or visit over twenty off-leash dog parks with your dog. In historical Alexandria you can treat your dog to a carriage ride or attend  the Doggie Happy Hour at the Old Town Holiday Inn Select during the summer months on Tuesdays and Thursdays. While in Northern Virginia you can visit the National Mall in Washington, where you and your dog can see all of the monuments from the outside and enjoy a visit to Georgetown and the C&O Canal.

8. Orlando, Florida - Orlando, long a popular people destination, has recently greatly improved it popularity with our four-legged friends. There are some fabulous pet-friendly resorts such as the Sheraton World Hotel and the Portofino Bay Hotel among many others. While there you can take a boat ride on the St. Johns River with your dog, shop in the dog-friendly Winter Park area and dine at Sam Snead's, the center of Florida doggy dining. It was here that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed Florida's doggy dining law. Fleet People's Park in Winter Park is an excellent off-leash dog park.

9. San Diego, California - San Diego is known for its beaches and, for dogs, it doesn't disappoint. There are two major off-leash beaches in San Diego and Coronado plus many other beaches that allow dogs on leash. With its warm, yet not too hot year-round weather, San Diego is perfect for those outdoor activities that shine during vacations with pups. There are many nice outdoor dog-friendly restaurants in San Diego, La Jolla and throughout the region. While in San Diego visit the very pet-friendly  Otay Ranch Town Shopping Center with an off-leash dog park built into the shopping center. 

10. Dallas / Fort-Worth - While in Dallas ride a carriage with your dog, take a walking tour or visit Pioneer Plaza. There are many fine hotels that are dog-friendly to fit all budgets. Fort Worth offers your dog Fort Woof, one of the countries nicest dog parks and a visit to the Stockyard Stations to watch the daily cattle drives.  Dallas this year joined fellow Texas city Austin in officially allowing dogs in outdoor dining areas ending years of ambiguity on where you can eat in the city with your dog.

Honorable Mentions - While these five cities did not make our top ten this year they did make our honorable mentions as the five next best cities to vacation in with your pet.

- Chicago, IL
- Indianapolis, IN
- Philadelphia, PA
- Salt Lake City, UT
- Seattle, WA


Another way to get a hotel suite:

If you're looking for more room for you, your family and your dogs then you get in a standard hotel room and don't want to pay the higher pet cleaning fees charged at most suite hotels, then you can consider doubling up two rooms at a lower cost hotel. Many hotels have connecting rooms, which, if available allow you to walk back and forth between your two rooms without going outside. Most Motel 6 hotels as well as other hotels have such rooms. To find out if those rooms are available call the hotel and ask for connecting rooms. Especially if you are only staying for one or two nights, suite hotels can have much larger pet fees and you can often save money on the room itself. However, you do have to do without some comforts, especially kitchenettes and sofas. And if you plan on staying a long time (5 days or more) then you may want to consider staying at a suite hotel as the pet fee is spread out over the length of the stay.


Dogs on Trains - The time has come to, like Europe, allow pets on Trains in America

Since the  1970's, after Amtrak consolidated various railroads into a nationwide monopoly, dogs and cats (yes, even the little ones in carriers) have been forbidden to set foot on the trains in the United States. Before this, dogs were allowed on some trains and in sleeping cars. Given the ban against all dogs on Greyhound buses (another national monopoly) people with pets are often forced to drive simply so that they can bring their pet with them on a trip. This is wrong. There is hardly a lack of precedent for dogs of all sizes on trains. Leashed dogs of all sizes have been and are allowed on the National Rail in England. French, German and most other short and long distance  trains in Europe allow leashed dogs, as did many American trains in the past. Dogs of all sizes are allowed on some regional trains in the U.S. including the subway and buses  in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco  and the subway in Toronto also allow dogs on the subways and buses. In addition, well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed on the Metro North Trains serving New York City and points in the northern New York Suburbs, points up to the Catskill area and New Haven, Connecticut. As gas prices exceed $3.00 per gallon and calls are being made for people to reduce their driving, drive smaller cars and conserve fuel, an unnecessary ban on pets on Amtrak trains forces the over 20 million pet owners who travel annually with their pets into larger vehicles. For many of these travelers, trains could replace cars  for the drive up I-95 from Washington to New York or Boston; from Detroit to Chicago or Dallas to Austin; or on west coast routes from Portland to Seattle, San Diego to Los Angeles or Sacramento to San Francisco and San Jose to name just a few. 

Amtrak is constantly losing money and requiring handouts from the government (taxpayers) to continue service year after year. Before the next visit by Amtrak officials to Congress to ask for yet another subsidy, they should not turn away willing and paying customers. We receive daily emails from people with dogs seeking alternatives to driving. Dogs do not need to travel free, in  Europe leashed dogs are usually charged 1/2 of a 2nd Class Fare. Allowing pets on trains would bring significant benefits including fuel savings, emissions reductions,  less congestion on our highways and lower subsidies to Amtrak. Trains really have no excuse to not allow pets as they can restrict them to one of the many cars on the train (for example,  the rear car) so that nobody who has any reason to be uncomfortable with dogs or cats would ever have to share a train car with them. Let's make 2007 the year when dogs and cats return to the rails in America again.


Expanded Dog-Friendly Web Listings in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island and International Accommodations

DogFriendly.com has expanded its listings of dog-friendly places in the state of  New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Watch for additional listings in other states as well. In addition, DogFriendly.com's International Accommodation Listings have been expanded. See World Wide Accommodations Here.


Dog Travel Guide Books

DogFriendly.com's United States and Canada Dog Travel Guide (includes Lodging, Beaches, Dog Parks, City Guides with dog-friendly attractions, outdoor restaurants, parks, beaches, off-leash areas, stores and more).

DogFriendly.com's Campground and RV Park Guide (includes U.S. and Canadian National, State and Local Day Use parks and pet regulations, hiking, beaches, off-leash parks and thousands of dog-friendly campgrounds and their detailed pet policies and pet amenities).

DogFriendly.com's California and the West Dog Travel Guide - includes over 6000 dog-friendly places in California, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and a special section on Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Also includes DogFriendly.com's Top 200 "Must See" dog-friendly places in the West.

Coffeetable and Photographic Books

Winery Dogs of Napa Valley -  a captivating photography book which showcases 120 very special dogs who live at 70 Napa Valley wineries.

Winery Dogs of Sonoma - features 71 Sonoma wineries from Carneros to Dry Creek Valley. Each page is filled with gorgeous photos of the wineries best friends as well as their signature wine labels. Includes map of Sonoma and winery listing.

For all of our books see this link.

 

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DogFriendly.com's U.S. and Canada Dog Travel Guide Book - 3rd Edition  - The Only Dog Travel Guide for dogs of all sizes!  All Lodging Listed allows medium and large size dogs, too! Includes Dog-Friendly Accommodations including over 1400 Independent Inns, B&Bs and Vacation Rentals. Also includes  a Beach Guide, More City Guides than ever with attractions, restaurants, parks & more. Dog-Friendly Highway Guides  for 25 Major Interstates and Highways, a Dog Park Guide and a National Park Guide. Travel With More Than One Dog? This book tells you which hotels allow multiple Dogs.   Look here for details



CAMPGROUNDS, DAY USE POLICIES FOR PARKS, DOG PARKS, BEACHES AND CAMPING CABINS...

Get DogFriendly.com's indispensable companion to your campground directory! 448 Pages. Includes answers to questions like:

- What are the pet fees?
- How many dogs per camp site?
- Are dogs allowed in tent areas or camping cabins?
- Are there dog walking areas or off-leash areas and are dogs allowed on the parks trails or beaches?
- Are there breed restrictions?

Also includes a beach guide, off leash dog park guide, National Park Guide and Highway Guide showing campgrounds along major highways.

DogFriendly.com - United States and Canada RV Park and Campground Guide for People with Dogs


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