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All year long, FIDO Friendly field reporters sniff out Fido-friendly cities across the country so that each issue will have new and exciting destinations for Fido; after all, no one wants Fido to miss out on his or her well-deserved vacation. To kick-off our new look, we decided to feature the top 23 Fido-friendly cities. This quick guide offers an overview of these cities—keep it handy just in case you come home one Friday night and Fido has the bags packed and ready to go on an impromptu adventure!
1. Albuquerque, New Mexico
A classic Southwest town rich in history, this ultra- pup friendly town boasts plentiful brick pathways, lush gardens, chic shops and great restaurants.
Hotel: Plaza Inn Albuquerque
Shopping: Bath Brush and Beyond
Restaurant: Flying Star Café
Dog Park: Rio Grande Triangle Park
Adventure: Rinconada Canyon
2. Austin, Texas
With 206 parks, 12 preserves and 26 greenbelts, there is plentiful outdoor fun for you and your pup in this “city with-in a park!”
Hotel: Hotel San Jose
Shopping: Fetch Boutique
Restaurant: Freddie’s Place
Dog Park: Auditorium Shores Park
Adventure: Congress Avenue Bats
3. Boise, Idaho
This Northwestern city is essentially made for pups, especially in the summer months with waterways galore.
Hotel: Shilo Inn Riverside (208) 344-3521
Shopping: Charley the Pet Boutique (208) 331-6605
Restaurant: Parilla Grill (208) 323-4688
Dog Park: Military Reserve Off-Leash Park
Adventure: See Spot Walk
4. Boston, Massachusetts
Take your little bean to bean town for some on-paw action.
Hotel: Nine Zero Hotel
Shopping: Polka Dog Bakery & Boutique
Dog Park: Boston Common Park
Adventure: “T” subway
5. Caramel, California
Caramel’s Mayor has a city video called “A Dog’s Dandie Day in Carmel.” We need say no more.
Hotel: Cypress Inn
Shopping: Diggity Dog
Restaurant: The Village Corner
Dog Park: Carmel City Beach
Adventure: Walking the Streets
6. Charlottesville, Virginia
Take your pawtriotic pup to the home of Thomas Jefferson—Monticello’s greens are ready for your dog’s frolics.
Hotel: Mont Fiar Resort Inn
Shopping: Charlottesville Historic Downtown
Dog Park: Darden Towe Park
7. Chicago, Illinois
The Windy city is one of the most dog friendly off-leash urban areas around, with some 9-inning baseball fun pitched in for good measure.
Hotel: Hotel Allegro
Shopping: For Dog’s Sake
Dog Park: Of Mutts And Men
Adventure: Canine Cruise
8. Colorado Springs, Colorado
This resort town offers the best of both worlds- indoor luxury for hoomans, outdoor adventure for hoomans and pups alike. Become one with your inner canine!
Hotel: The Broadmoor
Shopping: Le Pooch Connection (719) 522-9000
Restaurant: Poor Richard’s Restaurant
Dog Park: Cheyenne Meadows Dog Park
Adventure: Garden of the Gods
9. Dallas, Texas
Home to the largest urban art district in the U.S., all walking tours offered through-out the city for viewing dozens of public sculptures will welcome dogs!
Hotel: W Dallas-Victory
Restaurant: Cadillac Bar
Dog Park: White Rock Lake Dog Park
Adventure: Party Animals Carriage Rides
10. Huntington Beach, California
Hit the waves in Surf City with plentiful water sports for fuzzy family fun.
Hotel: Extended Stay America
Shopping: Main Street
Restaurant: The Park Bench Cafe
Dog Park: Huntington Dog Beach
11. Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Known for the the MontBlue, With casino and spa onsite, the Resort caters to canines with their Bleu Ribbon Pets Program.
Hotel: Montbleu Resort, Casino, and Spa
Shopping: Dog Dog Cat
Restaurant: Colombo’s Burgers A-Go-Go (530) 541-4646
Dog Park: Echo Lakes Trail and Water Taxi
12. New York, New York
There are endless apples for your dog to bite into in NYC! Central Park, Madison Square, Shake Shack- the fun goes on for miles (or blocks, as it were!)
Hotel: Hotel Pennsylvania
Shopping: The Barking Zoo
Restaurant: The Shake Shack
Dog Park: Madison Square Park
Adventure: Dog Walking Tour and Limo Rides
13. Portland, Oregon
Home of the Portland Dog Bowl in the North Park Blocks, the 8’ x 10’ fountain has checkerboard granite tiles and a bubbling dog bowl at dog level with much more to boot.
Hotel: Hotel Monaco
Shopping: Lexi Dog Boutique
Restaurant: Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
Dog Park: Chimney Park
Adventure: Hoyt Arboretum
14. San Diego, California
Beach bum? Look no further for sun and surf than the water sports awaiting you in San Diego.
Hotel: Ocean Villa Inn
Shopping: Dogma Catma
Dog Park: Ob Dog Beach
Adventure: Family Kayak Adventure Center
15. San Fransisco, California
Union Square, baseball, and a dog parade?! Um, yes. Sign us up.
Hotel: Westin St. Francis
Shopping: Macy’s At Union Square
Restaurant: B44 Bistro
Dog Park: Crissy Field
Adventure: SF Giants Dog Days of Summer
16. Seattle, Washington
Water front strolls, live music, and The Blue Dog Pond (home to an enormous statue of a blue dog) are just some of the offerings of this west coast must.
Hotel: The Alexis Hotel
Shopping: Three Dog Bakery
Restaurant: The Pink Door
Dog Park: Blue Dog Pond
Adventure: Blake Island Adventure Cruise
17. Stowe, Vermont
Your pup might just turn into a mountain goat with all the delightful trails Stowe offers—there’s even a Dog Mountain, with a Dog Chapel speaking to the canine/human bond.
Hotel: Commodres Inn
Restaurant: The Shed Restaurant And Brewery
Dog Park: Dog Mountain Studio and Chapel
18. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Sung Harbor Inn is a highlight of this Midwestern town, offering quaint cottages, boat rides, and delicious local cuisine.
Hotel: Snug Harbor Inn
Shopping: Stove Dog Bakery
Restaurant: Waterfront Macy’s at Beach Harbor Resort
Dog Park: Potawatomi State Park
19. Telluride, Colorado
There are only two people for every dog in Telluride, so dogs are welcome nearly everywhere! We’re talking city buses, mountain gondolas, mountain trails, and more.
Hotel: Hotel Columbia
Restaurant: La Cocina De luz
Dog Park: Telluride Town Park
Adventure: Mountain Gondola
20. Tucson, Arizona
The blending of Western American, Mexican and Native American cultures results in an exceptionally unique town, with pup furiendly terrain seemingly as far as the eye can see.
Hotel: Windmill Inn and Suites
Restaurant: El Charro Cafe
Dog Park: Gene C. Reid Park
Adventure: Colossal Cave Mountain Park
21. Quebec City, Canada
Santol and Whisky are two local celebrity dogs awaiting meeting you and your pup as Quebec’s canine ambassadors! Drop by the Fairmont le Château Frontenac and Boutique Nanouk for the local pup treatment.
Hotel: Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac
Shopping: Boutique Nanouk
Adventure: Tours Voi Québec
22. Brugge, Brussels
Known as the Venice of the North, Brugge is one beautiful city—only made more beautiful by your pup! Walk along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, because nothing says romance like a great puppy date!
Hotel: Die Swaene
Restaurant: Pergola Kaffee
Adventure: Walking Tours
23. St. Moritz, Switzerland
A quintessentail glamour spot for celebrities and locals alike, St. Moritz specializes in pup-friendly cafes and glitzy walks, helping you and your dog alike have a taste of the champagne life-style.
Tourist office: St Moritz
Hotel: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
Adventure: Hiking Trails
Enjoy your adventures!
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