10 Dog-Friendly Resorts That Go All Out for the "Howlidays"

Posted by Erin Ballinger

Deck the halls with bones and holly! These dog-friendly resorts extend a special holiday welcome to you and your furry elf, with over-the-top decorations that include everything from magical light shows and visits with Santa to ice skating and enormous Christmas trees. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of a pet-friendly stay that is sure to bring joy to your and Fido’s world.

1. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort

Scottsdale, AZ
Canine ambassador Bixby welcomes guests in the festive lobby. Photo by @fairmontscotsdl

Christmas in the desert may not be the first thing you think of when you picture the holidays. However, once you visit the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort with your dog, you’ll never forget the experience. The hotel sparkles with more than 4 million LED twinkle lights in palm trees and a four-story Christmas tree with light shows set to carols and songs. #ChristmasatthePrincess also goes all out with an ice-skating rink, Build-a-Bear Workshop, nightly Menorah lightings, photos at Santa’s Secret Workshop, and S’mores Land, complete with a carousel, Ferris wheel, and campfire for roasting marshmallows. Enjoy holiday dining specials on the patio with your pup at the on-site restaurants, La Hacienda and Ironwood American Kitchen. At the end of the day, Fido can dream of sugar plums in his Posh Paws dog bed.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess welcomes two pets for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $242.

2. Westin St. Francis Union Square

San Francisco, CA
Stay in the center of all the holiday action. Photo by Westin St. Francis Union Square

Located in one of San Francisco’s most iconic downtown plazas and holiday shopping areas, the pet-friendly Westin St. Francis Union Square overlooks the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink and Christmas tree. In the hotel lobby, a 12-foot Sugar Castle is on display and a Sweet Boutique is stocked with delicious holiday treats for sale. Families will want to book a room on The Holiday Hideaway floor. You’ll receive a kids’ welcome gift of candy canes, holiday coloring books and crayons, plus a ticket to be redeemed for in-room sweets and a “Letter to Santa” kit. In the evenings, elves will deliver special treats for everyone in the family and the following morning, you’ll awake to a special delivery of San Francisco-inspired gifts. Four-legged guests will be treated to a welcome bag at check-in and Heavenly Dog Beds in the room.

Westin St. Francis Union Square welcomes one dog up to 40 pounds for no additional fee. Nightly rates start at $639.

3. The Resort at Paws Up

Greenough, MT
Dashing through the snow! Photo by Resort at Paws Up

This pet-friendly resort on a working cattle ranch in Montana is a ruggedly luxurious retreat. The Resort at Paws Up celebrates the holidays with classic festive style during the month of December with A Montana Christmas. Families can stay in a private lodge outfitted with a custom-decorated Christmas tree. Fido will get a personal welcome note from the owner’s dog, Coco, along with a doggy bed, bowls, a tennis ball and treats. All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are also included. On Christmas Eve, chow down on a yuletide dinner prepared by Executive Chef Sunny Jin and get a personal visit to your lodge from Santa. Holiday activities include gingerbread house making, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and even sleigh rides. Best of all, Fido is welcome to join you on hiking trails and most outdoor activities.

The Resort at Paws Up welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $865.

4. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Fish Camp, CA
Celebrate the season with sledding and massages at Tenaya Lodge. Photo by @lifestyle_with_linds

With its stunning location at an elevation of 5,288 feet next to Yosemite National Park’s South Gate, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite provides a breathtaking setting for your holiday merriment. You and your dog can admire the 35-foot sustainably harvested fir tree in the lobby and can snowshoe in an evergreen forest outside. Other holiday activities include an ice-skating rink, sledding hill, sleigh rides, dinners with Santa and gingerbread house workshops with instruction from Tenaya’s culinary team. Fido is welcome at Christmas dinner at the on-site restaurant, and you can even treat him to an early gift of a spa day and dog massage during your stay.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite welcomes two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $100 per stay. Nightly rates start at $189.

5. The Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville, NC
Treat your pup to a joyous holiday in the mountains. Photo by @bonlove

At the dog-friendly Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, thousands of twinkling lights and the warmth of two 36-foot majestic fireplaces create the perfect mountain setting for you and your pet to celebrate the holidays. Settle into one of the rocking chairs next to the Christmas tree and share holiday tales by the fire while your tail-wagger lounges at your feet. The resort also hosts the renowned Annual National Gingerbread House Competition, with hundreds of edible works of art on display until mid-January.

The Omni Grove Park Inn welcomes two dogs up to 60 pounds in Premium and Mountain View rooms for an additional fee of $150 per stay. Nightly rates start at $199.

6. The Sagamore Resort

Spend a white Christmas in the Adirondacks. Photo by @thesagamoreresort

Located on Lake George in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, The Sagamore Resort is adorned with boughs of holly and evergreen, bows and sparkling lights for the holiday season. Spend Christmas at The Sagamore with your four-legged friend and he’ll be greeted with an Opal Paws gift bag full of useful goodies like dental stick treats and waste bags, as well as a mat and dog bowls for use during his stay. On Christmas Day, enjoy a holiday-themed dinner at the on-site restaurant.

The Sagamore Resort welcomes dogs up to 30 pounds for an additional fee of $75 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $167.

7. The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

New Orleans, LA
“Heaux, heaux, heaux!” Photo by @fleur.de.luna

Every December, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel transforms into a magical #WaldorfWonderland. The holiday spectacle has been a tradition since the 1930s, and on this joyous season the lobby dazzles with 44 Christmas trees and birch tree branches adorned with more than 135,000 lights. The pet-friendly hotel also hosts several dates for Teddy Bear Tea during the month of December with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus in attendance. While you’re visiting dog-friendly New Orleans, take Fido to check out LUNA Fête, a holiday event with light shows, art installations, a nightly art market, drinks and food from local vendors in Lafayette Square. On Christmas Day, celebrate with brunch in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom and dinner in the Fountain Lounge.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel welcomes two pets up to 25 pounds for an additional fee of $175 per stay. Nightly rates start at $189.

8. The Cloister at Sea Island

Sea Island, GA
Spend the holidays in beautiful Sea Island. Photo by Facebook.com/seaisland

Bring Fido to The Cloister at Sea Island for holiday festivities all December long. From elf tuck-ins at night to live carolers, even the biggest Grinch will be in the spirit during Christmas at Sea Island. Let your dog don antlers and participate in the Sea Island Reindog Parade, where he may even win a prize! The resort hosts gingerbread house making classes, Christmas buffets, an Annual Yule Log Ceremony, a Reindeer Dash Family Fun Run and an Italian “Feast of the Seven Fishes.” Your pup won’t feel left out because you can order him a holiday meal from the doggy room service menu. You’ll even experience a white Christmas during the resort's Snow Day.

The Cloister at Sea Island welcomes two dogs up to 35 lbs for an additional fee of $125 per pet, per stay. Nightly rates start at $359.

9. St. Regis Aspen Resort

Aspen, CO
Give yourself the gift of a pet-friendly holiday getaway. Photo by @kittythebernese

Have a jolly old time in the snow this holiday season at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. You and your pup may even be greeted by the hotel’s resident pooch, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Kitty. The dog-friendly resort hosts daily public Menorah lightings and has a 30-foot Christmas tree which is lit each year at a ceremony with holiday cookies, festive beverages and, of course, a visit from the big fellow in a red suit. Participate in winter activities like skiing, ice skating, dog sledding and sleigh rides. During the 12 Days of Aspen there are also free activities like caroling, gift-making and live music events.

St. Regis Aspen Resort welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per stay plus $25 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $349.

10. Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff, AB
Oh what fun! Ride in Santa’s sleigh during Christmas at the Castle. Photo by @pursuingpretty

Located in Banff National Park and known as “Canada’s Castle in the Rockies,” the Fairmont Banff Springs is filled with holiday spirit during Christmas at the Castle. The pet-friendly resort is decorated with greenery, lights and a large Christmas tree. Daily holiday activities are offered throughout the month of December, including Letters to Santa, Snowflake Scavenger Hunts, ice skating at the on-site rink, and sleigh rides.

Fairmont Banff Springs welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of 50 Canadian dollars per night. Nightly rates start at $272.

Which of these resorts would you bring Fido to this holiday season? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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