Lakeside Resorts That Welcome Dogs

Posted by Jessica Roberts

If you’re looking for a vacation of scenic beauty, fun activities, and a relaxing waterfront environment, a lakeside resort provides all of the above and more. From doggy room service to campfires on the beach, these pet-friendly lakeside resorts provide a calm setting perfect for spending quality time with your four-legged loved ones.

Mission Point Resort

Mackinac Island, MI
Life is better at the lake. Photo by Linda Axnick

If you are venturing to picturesque Lake Huron on Mackinac Island with your four-legged friend, book a stay at Mission Point Resort, a nominee for the most dog-friendly hotel in America. The resort’s ‘Pooch at the Point’ package includes a room in the resort’s historic Straits Lodge, breakfast for humans, a welcome gift for Fido, and round-trip tickets to the island on Shepler's Ferry for the whole pack. During your stay, enjoy drinks prepared using herbs from the resort’s “Cocktail Garden” and explore the expansive grounds with Fido by your side.

ission Point Resort welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $100 per stay.

Mill Falls at the Lake

Meredith, NH
“Can we stay forever?” Photo by Mill Falls at the Lake

Mill Falls at the Lake on Lake Winnipesaukee offers a number of pet-friendly guest rooms that include a plush dog bed, food and water bowls, a doggy throw blanket, treats, and toys. A portion of the nightly pet fee is donated to the New Hampshire SPCA. Get out on the lake with your pup during your stay on a private pontoon boat charter, or with a stand-up paddleboard or canoe rental available at the resort’s activity center. In the evenings, relax and enjoy live music, lawn games, and s’mores at the lakeside fire pit.

Mill Falls at the Lake welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay.

The Woodmark Hotel & Spa

Kirkland, WA
Soaking up the sun. Photo by @woodmarkhotel

Just across Lake Washington from downtown Seattle rests The Woodmark Hotel & Spa, a luxurious resort hotel with a breathtaking view of the city and the Olympic Mountains. The hotel provides old-fashioned country elegance replete with modern amenities for you and your pooch. Guests with pets can sign up for the Woof, Wag & Worry Less package, which includes a plush dog bed, water and food bowls, pet treats, and a custom Woodmark tennis ball. After a day of lakeside strolls and time on the water, enjoy tasty, unpretentious Italian fare at Ristorante Paradiso, where pets are welcome at outdoor tables.

The Woodmark Hotel & Spa welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $75 per stay.

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior

Lutsen, MN
“I’m on lake time.” Photo by @lutsenresort

Overlooking a large pebble beach and framed by charming bridges on Lake Superior is one of Minnesota’s most iconic and historic hotels, Lutsen Resort. The property is situated on a secluded, private cove, and the resort has an on-site recreation department to help guests plan and book experiences like guided waterfall tours, kayaking, and bonfires on the beach. Book a tasting at the pet-friendly North Shore Winery while in the area, and then enjoy a glass or two of fine wine or cider.

Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior welcomes two dogs of any size in the Historic Lodge rooms for an additional fee of $35 per night.

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

Chittenden, VT
Sunny days at the lake with a pup are my idea of heaven. Photo by

The dog-friendly accommodations at Mountain Top Inn & Resort are the perfect getaway for anyone seeking to relax and recharge lakeside. The property is made up of 700 acres with sweeping views of a pristine mountain lake and a practically endless expanse of national forest in Central Vermont. Four-legged guests are permitted in cabins and select guest houses at the resort, and Fido will be greeted with locally-made cookies, a dog bed, and a water bowl. While your pup is welcome to join you on the resort’s miles of hiking trails, dog walkers can also be booked up to three days in advance should you want to spend a day at the spa or partake in an equestrian adventure.

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night.

The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa

Loving the lakeside luxury. Photo by @isabellaandpenelope

Stay at the lakefront resort where Baby and Johnny Castle danced their way to love in the 80s movie classic “Dirty Dancing” at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa. The resort overlooks a pristine mountain lake in the charming historic community of Lake Lure. There are lovely gardens to stroll through and two restaurants with outdoor seating on the property. When you’re not relaxing in your room, rent a pet-friendly pontoon boat from Lake Lure Adventure Company for an idyllic sunset cruise with your pup.

Dogs are welcome at The 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night.

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