Bed & Breakfasts for Bowser & Flicka
These B & Bs Have Gone to the Dogs... and Horses Too -- Some With "Over the Top" Pet Amenities - DENVER, CO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/14/2004 -- America's love affair with household pets is growing by leaps and bounds. In the last decade, the number of pet owners has increased to some 36,000,000 households. According to Parade Magazine (3/28/2004): "Every year, more than 10 million Americans include 4-footed family members in their travels. 80% of us take the dog, 15% carry a kitty, and the balance bring other pets."
Many BedandBreakfast.com members in the Northeast have responded enthusiastically, opening their rooms and grounds to both dogs and horses. To ensure that your fine furry friends get the welcome they deserve, BedandBreakfast.com offers these tips on staying out of the doghouse:
-- Get advance details on the inn's pet policy; innkeepers will interview you to determine if your pet is a good traveler and a good fit at their inn.
-- Never arrive with a pet unannounced.
-- Leash your pet when outside your room. Health regulations may prohibit pets in areas where food is served.
-- Although often provided, bring your pet's own bedding, toys, treats, bowls, plus a sheet or blanket to protect furniture.
-- Clean up after all pet messes -- inside and out.
For more tips on B&B travel with pets visit http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/about/pressRoom.aspx
Listed alphabetically by state, these Northeastern BedandBreakfast.com members go out of their way to make Rover and "Mr. Ed" feel as welcome as their owners. All rates are for double occupancy, include breakfast for guests, excluding tax and gratuity, unless otherwise stated.
B&B By The Sea, Branford, CT: A kennel behind the house contains an extra large crate, outdoor shower for washing off Bowser after swimming or hiking, (with many 'dog-towels' available for drying); a variety of dog snacks and toys are also available. No deposit or fee, but guests must cover any pet damage. Rates: $120-145. Info: www.bandbbythesea.net, 800-434-2985.
Foothills Farm B&B, Brownfield, ME: Both two and four-legged creatures will be delighted with this fifty-acre farm. An extensive trail system is perfect for those who love to ride, accompanied by their dogs. Dog-sitting services available. A new four-stall barn accommodates horses. Rates: $18 per horse, $10 per dog, $68-125 for people. Info: www.foothillsfarmbedandbreakfast.com, 207-935-3799.
The Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport, ME: While their masters enjoy this historic inn, doggie divas are welcomed with special doggie towels, bags, treats (served on silver trays), tennis balls, food and water bowls, a matching mat, and even scented waste bags. Doggie rates, $30; people rates, $110-340. Info: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, 800-839-6844.
Perennial Inn, Rumford Point, ME: Stay at this pet-friendly inn, and a dog bed or crate and ceramic food bowls will be provided. Acres of private walking trails and woods await owners and their pets. The innkeepers have a kennel where they raise yellow, chocolate, and black labs, so ask about puppies. Dog rates are $20 nightly; people pay $75-165. Info: www.perennialinn.com, 207-369-0309.
Gilbert's Tree Farm, Rehoboth, MA: People and horses can enjoy this award-winning tree farm and 1840s farmhouse. Owner Jeanne Gilbert, a licensed riding instructor, is happy to guide riders through miles of field and forest. Stalls cost $25; guestrooms are $70-90. Info: www.gilbertsbb.com, 508-252-6416.
Bayberry Inn, East Falmouth, MA: The half-acre back yard is fully fenced so animals can explore. Dog biscuits are always available, supplemented by nearby bakery for pets. Pets stay free; humans pay $50-95. Info: www.bedandbreakfast.com/ppf/inn/200804/Listing.aspx, 508-540-2962.
Ivy Terrace B&B, New York City, NY: Just a ten-minute walk from Central Park. Two of the suites have private terraces, and all pets receive special treats. Deposit required for pets; rates are $175-200. Info: www.ivyterrace.com, 516-662-6862.
Pipe Creek Farm B&B, West Falls, NY: Horses, cats and dogs will be in good company here, joined by the innkeepers' horses, dogs, cats and even a pot-bellied pig. Dogs and cats are welcome in the B&B; there's also a large dog pen outside. Those traveling with horses will find guest stalls, a turnout pen, riding area, and acres of riding trails. Stalls are $10 each, cats or dogs stay free; humans pay $50-125. Info: http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/ppf/inn/216518/Listing.aspx, 716-652-4868.
Sun and Cricket B&B, Gibsonia, PA: Horse owners enjoy the carriage house (a.k.a. the "horsy hotel"), where their mounts are sheltered below them in one of six roomy box stalls. The porch of the carriage house is 20 feet from a grassy pasture, reserved for guests' horses. Stalls rent for $25 with bedding and hay; pasture only is $15 per mount. Owners pay $120-130 for their choice of the log cabin or carriage house. Info: www.sunandcricket.com, 724-444-6300.
Mountain Top Inn (shown above), Chittenden, VT: Horses and dogs are welcome at this 350-acre resort, featuring a world-class equestrian center with miles of scenic trails and lessons for all. Overnight guests may board their horses for $75 daily, including a box stall with shavings, hay, grain, turnout, grazing, use of the trails, rings and X-C course. Dogs may stay with guests in the resort's rustic cabins for $25 nightly per pet, plus a $200 per pet security deposit, and get a dog bed, food & water bowls, and a welcome treat. Rates: $170-495. Info: www.mountaintopinn.com, 800-445-2100.
Inn at Mountainview Farm, East Burke, VT: Dogs and horses are welcome to accompany their owners at this 440-acre farm in the scenic Northeast Kingdom. For $15 a day, horses are boarded in box stalls with hay; dogs $25 daily; rooms $155-255. Info: www.innmtnview.com, 800-572-4509.
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