Pet-Friendly Rentals to Book for Next Year's Vacay

Posted by Billy Francis

This article was updated in August 2021.

The best pet-friendly vacation properties can be reserved a year or more in advance, which gives the casual traveler little chance of enjoying a vacation inside a giant Beagle, sleeping among the treetops or camping out on the "moon." There’s still time to turn your dream vacation into a reality by making a plan and reserving early. Don’t settle for second best, especially when it comes to organizing your best friend’s trip of a lifetime.

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Dog Bark Park Inn B&B

Cottonwood, ID
“If I’m a large dog, what are you guys?” Photo by Melissa Halliburton

Located near the border of Washington and Oregon, you’ll find Idaho’s most famous dog-friendly landmark in the sleepy town of Cottonwood. Nicknamed ‘Sweet Willy’ by the locals, the world’s largest Beagle stretches to a height of 30 feet and is a featured attraction in the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States. But this is no ordinary dog – it’s actually a bed and breakfast! Dog Bark Park Inn was created by a husband and wife team of chainsaw artists in 1997. The unusual structure has garnered worldwide attention as a slice of roadside Americana ever since, and travelers come from around the globe to spend a night ‘in the dog house.’ Even if you’re not able to stay overnight, you can still browse the gift shop and watch Dennis and Frances carve wooden statues of more than 60 dog breeds in their studio. Passers-by can even take a potty break in the giant fire hydrant!

No trip to the Dog Bark Park Inn is complete without an overnight stay. Inside the belly of the beast, you’ll find a queen bedroom and full-size bathroom. Additional loft space (accessible by ladder) contains twin futons and a variety of books and games. A self-serve breakfast of homemade treats is included with your stay.

Tree House at the Shire

Conway, NH
A “furry-tail” vacation for the whole family!” Photo by @l.bloom

Book early if you want to snag a stay at 2021’s most wish-listed property in New Hampshire, Tree House at the Shire. You and your pooch are invited to unplug and get back to your (tree) roots in this tiny cabin, where you can cook outside in the outdoor kitchen, gather around the fire pit and give Fido a bucket shower before bed. Dogs are allowed off-leash on the property, as long as they don’t mind sharing the space with the host’s dog and two cats. Make sure you visit Conway Scenic Railroad while you’re in the area. Departing from the historic North Conway Train Station, there are two pet-friendly journeys to choose from, and Fido will even receive a green Doggy Ticket prior to boarding.

"These smiles are solar-powered, too." Photo by @allisonpage

Moon Camp gives guests the same feeling of isolation as Earth’s natural satellite, without Fido having to board a spaceship to get there. This fully off-grid desert dwelling consists of three buildings: a dome house and two shipping containers comprising a guest house and lounge. The entire camp is solar powered. Stargazers will relish the phenomenal nighttime views, while four-legged guests will appreciate all the open space. And then there’s the location: Moon Camp is just five minutes from Joshua Tree National Park’s west entrance.

Wooded, Old-World Luxury

Wilson, WY
A fairy tale home for your furry-tailed homie! Photo by VRBO

Whatever the season, discover old-world luxury at this cozy getaway. Nestled in a wooded mountainside, it offers peaceful isolation to two- and four-legged guests. The charming rental attracts visitors from all over the country who want to observe some of Wyoming’s wildlife and enjoy a vacation in a real-life gingerbread house. When you need a few essentials, the quaint town of Wilson is nearby.

Super Cute Retro Airstream

Wimberley, TX
The ideal escape for vintage souls! Photo by Airbnb

Experience a vintage vacation in a Texas Hill Country retro Airstream. The Dixie Daisy is equipped with a library of classic western movies, a warming fire pit and a hot tub; everything you need for a relaxing getaway. During the day, join your pooch on a stroll along the banks of Smith Creek, which lies within the 10-acre property.

The Mushroom Dome Retreat

Aptos, CA
One of the rarest mushrooms on the planet! Photo by @sarah_ty

Featured in our guide to off-grid Airbnbs, The Mushroom Dome Retreat is a unique fungal funhouse that has received more reservations than any other property on Airbnb. Sleep in the main house with your best friend, and spend the days watching hummingbirds, stargazing and more from the mushroom’s balcony.

Cozy Oceanfront Cottage

Emerald Isle, NC
Relax on the deck. Photo by VRBO

Bask in the sun at this cozy oceanfront cottage on the Crystal Coast. You and your pooch can enjoy Atlantic views on either side of the barrier island. Grill on the beach as the sun sets and experience the wonder of turtles laying eggs during turtle season with your leashed pup. The house comes with a dog bowl, toys, and a good supply of bags to keep the sand clean.

Tye Haus A-Frame Cabin

Skykomish, WA
“This is A great place. See what I did there?” Photo by @ruffryderthegr

Tye Haus is an A-grade A-frame in Skykomish, WA. This wonderfully cozy property is tucked away in a pine forest village off the beaten path. Spend a few days and nights bathing in the hot tub and soothing your soul among the towering trees with your pooch. Elsewhere in Timberlane Village, Super Host Tom rents out his other A-frame, Sky Haus, for the rest of Fido’s family to enjoy.

A-Frame Mountain View Cabin

Flagstaff, AZ
"I know it's June but I'm not ready to leave yet." Photo by @miss_sandii

Nestled on the border of Coconino National Forest, this handsome A-Frame is just 10 minutes away from historic Flagstaff. Proving you don't need modern technology to have fun, this rustic and snug abode has no internet, cable TV or AC. It's also one of the most wished for Airbnb's in Arizona. Gather around the fire in the evening with your best friend and gaze across the vast sky, spend your days playing board games, and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the scenic mountains from three separate decks.

Spectacular Ocean View Rental

Cambria, CA
Clean, unique and red all over. Photo by VRBO

This striking and spacious pet-friendly rental is situated on the Central Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Offering views of the Pacific and calming hangout spaces all over the house and backyard, it’s a great place to relax and unwind. While you’re here, take a stroll along Moonstone Beach Boardwalk with your pooch and let him feel the sea air ruffle his fur.

River View Cabin

Forks, WA
For those who love “ruff-stic” accommodations. Photo by Airbnb

River View Cabin is by far the most affordable lodging on our list. The rustic retreat is located 20 miles south of Forks in Washington, a town which Twihards will instantly recognize as the main setting of the popular Young Adult series, "Twilight." But don't worry, Fido, there aren't any real vampires and werewolves here; just gorgeous views of Hoh River and rolling hills in the distance. Explore pet-friendly wooded trails or embark on a rural river walk before hunkering down for the night next to the roaring wood stove in your open accommodation.

Huge Lake House

McQueeney, TX
Peer off the pier with your pup! Photo by VRBO

If Fido’s idea of heaven is lounging next to crystal, calm water, book him a room at this huge lake house. Relax on the lounge chairs on the illuminated pier, enjoy sunsets over the water, and dock dive to your heart’s content. There’s even a gate on the deck to keep furry friends from going on an unscheduled adventure.

Peacock Tiny House

Sandy Valley, NV
“Tiny house + big dog = best vacay ever!” Photo by @benji_riv

Located an hour from the hustle and bustle of Sin City in the Mojave Desert, Peacock Tiny House couldn’t feel farther from the flashing lights and slots. This handmade structure can be found among the acreage of Sandy Valley Ranch, a dude ranch that plays host to horseback riding, cattle drives and rodeo events. It also makes a great hub for stargazers and sunbathers, too. The cozy tiny home comes equipped with a flushing toilet and a shower with hot water, so you never have to leave the gorgeous surroundings. Don’t worry if you miss the chance to reserve a stay at Peacock Tiny House, the ranch is also home to the handcrafted and pet-friendly Hummingbird Tiny House.

Oceanfront New Beachfront Flat

Miami, FL
Bathed in blue. Photo by Airbnb

Sun, sand, sea and good vibes have made Miami Beach one of America’s best loved vacation destinations. This Oceanfront New Beachfront Flat encompasses all the best bits of the buzzing South Florida hotspot, offering 180-degree views of the Atlantic and a prime location for accessing nearby pet-friendly activities.

The Ketchikan Cabin

Seward, AK
No cabin fever here! Photo by VRBO

Escape to the wilderness at The Ketchikan Cabin in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula. This Alaskan lakefront property is off-grid, ideal for guests looking to get away from it all. Dogs who love the great outdoors can explore the woodland or go for a doggy paddle in the lake right outside the backdoor.

Ready for a Road Trip?

Photo by Linda Segerfeldt

The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the best dog-friendly things to do across the country. And we've assembled it all in our new book, Ruff Guide to the United States.

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