With the holidays over, vacationers are looking for active getaways to burn off those extra pounds. For those who want to bring their furry family members along, options do exist. Here are a handful of Fido-friendly ways to enjoy a winter getaway with the entire family.
Cross-Country Skiing: While following you on a downhill run might be a bit much for your Dalmatian to deal with, a cross-country ski getaway is perfect for Fidoís participation. At Maineís Bethel Inn, canines can join their human companions on the resortís cross-country ski trail at no extra charge, although there is a nominal $25 per room pet fee. Grafton Notch State Park and the White Mountain National Forest are also nearby, providing additional outdoor adventure options for both you and your pet.
Similarly, at Snow Mountain Ranch near Winter Park, Colorado, families can book accommodations in pet-friendly yurts for $89. This rate includes a number of Fido-friendly freebies such as complimentary access passes for the Nordic ski trails and the opportunity for a tubing experience.
Sledding: If spending the day sledding in the snow appeals to you, then bring Fluffy along to a venue that includes access to a great tobogganing hill. For example, the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park has a sledding hill with snow-making capability on site, and rooms booked for families with a four-legged friend come with a gourmet dog bone prepared by the resortís executive chef. If your pennies need extra pinching, consider a daytrip to a local snow-covered hill where your dog will be welcome to participate in the festivities. Your only cost will be a bit of hot cocoa, a few snacks and fuel for your vehicle.
Explore Some Wine Country: Hoping for a little less snow? Head to Californiaís San Luis Obispo County, where affordable lodging, pet-friendly wineries and free access to dog-appropriate entertainment are in abundant supply. The 5.6 mile Bob Jones Trail is complimentary to area visitors, including those with names like Beauty and Max.† Itís suitable for hiking or jogging with your dog, and includes views of the Pacific Ocean. The region also has a number of free, off-leash dog parks, including those in Cambria and Olde Port Beach. For further information, visit www.winecoastcountry.com.
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