2021's Hottest Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals

Posted by Billy Francis

Thinking about a post-vaccine trip with your pooch? You are not alone. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of people rented dog-friendly vacation homes in 2020, and that trend has continued into the early weeks of 2021. As the worldwide vaccine rollout continues, countless other travel-starved pet parents are beginning to enter the marketplace in search of the perfect pet-friendly vacation rentals for spring, summer and even fall travel.

Would-be travelers should book now to avoid sticker shock in the spring. Vacation rental managers are experiencing an unprecedented rise in the average length of rental bookings and the number of overall nights booked. Rental platforms are expanding inventory, but some markets are so popular that the supply of homes isn't great enough to keep up with the demand. This has resulted in steadily increasing rates for spring break and early summer travel. The peak travel period this year is expected to be between April and September.

The team at BringFido has been working for months to increase the supply of pet-friendly rentals on our website. Last month, we added almost 200,000 new vacation rentals to our website and mobile app. With our expanded offering, BringFido users can more easily find vacation rentals with fenced yards or doggy doors. They'll also get the scoop on pet fees, weight limits and amenities at each location. Users now have access to real time rates and availability. So finding the perfect dog friendly vacation home is just a quick tap and click away.

Are you ready to begin searching for your post-vaccination vacation? Below is a list of some of the most popular rental properties featured on BringFido right now.

“I’m the king of the castle!”Photo by VRBO

Mollohan Castle - Tucson, AZ

You don’t have to fly to Great Britain to experience a regal weekend in a castle. Mollohan Castle welcomes you to grab a drink from the dungeon bar and sleep in Fido’s very own Rapunzel's Tower. Spend your days hanging out on the castle decks and playing billiards outside on the balcony that overlooks 50 miles of stunning landscape. Mollohan Castle sleeps eight and has an average nightly rate of $250. Dogs of any size are welcome for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay.

Beautiful Lakefront Home - East Haddam, CT

Trade your backyard for a 450-acre reservoir at this beautiful lakefront home. The water is just 10 steps off the rear deck, but if your pooch doesn’t like getting her paws wet, she can hop in a kayak, paddleboard or bumper boat that are free to use during your stay. Head into town for a hard cider at Yankee Cider Company, made with apples grown in their orchard. The beautiful lakefront home sleeps eight and has an average nightly rate of $400. Pets of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

Large Villa with Direct Access to Bowman's Beach - Sanibel, FL

Soft sand, calm surf and beautiful sunsets make Bowman’s Beach the jewel in Sanibel Island’s crown for canine visitors. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on a stroll along the pet-friendly beach, which you can reach from this spectacular large villa. The property sleeps six and has an average nightly rate of $170. Pets of any size are allowed for an additional fee of $250 per stay.

Red rocks rock!Photo by VRBO

Zion Hummingbird Villa - Springdale, UT

Just one look at Zion Hummingbird Villa is enough to see that it’s an epic escape from the norm. The luscious green lawn in the fenced backyard lies in the shadow of an unbelievable red rock formation within nearby Zion National Park. Settle in and then take Fido on a 3.5-mile, round-trip walk at Pa'rus Trail. Zion Hummingbird Villa sleeps 10 people and has an average nightly rate of $704. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

Duncan's Tropical Bungalow - Fort Myers, FL

A tropical escape to a far-flung paradise might not be in the cards this year, but Duncan's Tropical Bungalow is the next best thing. The completely enclosed yard is sprinkled with an array of tropical touches like colorful flora, a cute cabana and an inviting pool. If you don’t feel like cooking, grab a bite to go or dine on the pet-friendly patio at Cristof's on McGregor down the road. Duncan's Tropical Bungalow sleeps four and has an average nightly rate of $136. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

The view from the top.Photo by VRBO

Look Down - Bozeman, MT

Perch with your pooch on a mountaintop with epic views at the Look Down in Bozeman. This incredible house is one of the most secluded properties on our list, inviting city dwellers to enjoy a country escape surrounded by enormous pines and pretty peaks in the distance. Look Down sleeps eight people and has an average nightly rate of $247. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

Wintergreen Condo - Wintergreen, VA

Whatever the season, Wintergreen Condo is a welcoming destination. Located near Wintergreen Resort (sorry, Fido - dogs aren’t allowed on the slopes), this cozy condo with a wood-burning fireplace is a breath of fresh mountain air. While you’re here, take a hike to Crabtree Falls together. The highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River shouldn’t be missed. Wintergreen Condo sleeps four and has an average nightly rate of $129. Dogs of any size are permitted for an additional fee of $20 per pet, per stay.

Nana's Farmhouse - Helen, GA

Can you imagine Nana gliding down a slide at the edge of the deck and splashing into the Chattahoochee River? Well, she can do just that at Nana's Farmhouse. Float calmly on the water in one of the tubes or kayaks provided, or leap in from the swing. When you’re back on dry land, warm Fido’s paws next to the fire pit before visiting Helen. This Bavarian-themed town is a great stand-in for any European trip you had planned. Nana’s Farmhouse sleeps seven and has an average nightly rate of $241. Dogs of any size are allowed for an additional fee of $125 per pet, per stay.

French Street Retreat - Breckenridge, CO

Put up your feet at the French Street Retreat. Take a soak in the hot tub, play a game around the fire, or wander into Breckenridge for a bite to eat on the seasonal patio at the much-loved Motherloaded Tavern. During the day, explore White River National Forest with your pup on the McCullough Gulch Trail. French Street Retreat sleeps 10 and has an average nightly rate of $487. Dogs of any size are accepted for an additional fee of $30 per pet, per night.

“This rock garden is so calming, it makes me want to pee on it.”Photo by VRBO

Terrazas Adobe - Marathon, TX

Get a taste for tradition at Terrazas Adobe, a hand-built home in West Texas. The fenced outdoor space is landscaped with regional desert plants, and there’s a nice space for dining under the covered patio. For more native flora, take a day trip with your dog to Gage Gardens and explore 27 acres of beautiful plants on the winding nature trail. Terrazas Adobe sleeps four and has an average nightly rate of $151. Dogs of any size are permitted for a fee of $10 per pet, per stay.

Sandtrap 7 - North Myrtle Beach, SC

Sandtrap 7 helps you experience the best that Myrtle Beach has to offer. Located just minutes from a bounty of pet-friendly activities, you’ll never be stuck for something to do at this awesome chalet near the beach. Sandtrap 7 sleeps 10 people and has an average nightly rate of $125. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

ln Town Ocean View Condo - Kailua Kona, HI

Enjoy fabulous Pacific Ocean views from the top story of this in town ocean view condo. This Big Island pad is “pawfect” for pups to enjoy a relaxing escape with their owners. As an added bonus, the condo is located just a few minutes from Kona Shelter's Bark Park. The property sleeps five and has an average nightly rate of $139. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

A little house in the woods. Photo by VRBO

Cabin Doh-Ray - Woodstock, NY

Do Re Mi Fa So La FIDO! Surrounded by the forests of Mt. Guardian, Cabin Doh-Ray is sure to keep the blues at bay. You and your pooch are invited to hike to the viewpoint above the house, visit the nearby swimming hole, and experience the super pet-friendly town of Woodstock, where most shops and restaurants open their doors and patios to four-legged tourists. Cabin Doh-Ray sleeps five and has an average nightly rate of $284. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

The Guesthouse at the Boatyard - Gig Harbor, WA

Hang out with your hound in historic Gig Harbor at The Guesthouse at the Boatyard. Surrounded by pet-friendly eateries overlooking the water, you won’t have to use the kitchen if you don’t want to. The outdoor space at this property includes two private decks where you can lounge and enjoy the park and harbor views. The Guesthouse at the Boatyard sleeps six and has an average nightly rate of $240. Dogs of any size are allowed for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay.

Moose Lodge - Snowshoe, WV

Whether Fido is into fly fishing, hiking or cozying up by the fireplace, Moose Lodge is the place for him. The 9-acre property is home to its own creek and waterfall, so you don’t have to travel far to get a taste of West Virginia’s natural beauty. Moose Lodge sleeps eight and has an average nightly rate of $200. Dogs of any size are accepted for an additional fee of $75 per pet, per stay.

The Fishing Hole - Gatlinburg, TN

The Fishing Hole is an angler’s dream destination. Cast your line from the bank into a private pond, safe in the knowledge that no license is required. They even provide equipment for beginners to try their hand. If you don’t catch a fish, you can soak away your troubles in the hot tub on the enclosed deck. Check out our Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains for pet-friendly activities and restaurants in the area. The Fishing Hole sleeps five and has an average nightly rate of $165. Dogs are welcome for no additional fee.

“Hot tub great time machine.”Photo by VRBO

Bell Rock Vista J - Sedona, AZ

Bell Rock Vista J is definitely a candidate for most unique hot-tub views. Overlooking the recognizable red rocks of Sedona, one of the top ten pet-friendly cities to move to in 2021, this spiritual spot is said to be home to many vortex sites, where the earth's energy is increased and visitors receive a dose of self-awareness and inner healing. Get a closer look at the rocky surroundings on a pet-friendly tour with A Day in the West Jeep Tours. Bell Rock Vista J sleeps six and has an average nightly rate of $183. Dogs of any size are accepted for an additional fee of $40 per pet, per stay.

Sunshine Cottage - Gulf Shores, AL

Spend your next vacation at the Sunshine Cottage, a charming property surrounded by trees and a lawn for a game of fetch. Wake up nice and early and grab a cup of Joe from The Southern Grind Coffee House before heading to Gulf State Park for a day trip with your dog. Sunshine Cottage sleeps six and has an average nightly rate of $84. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

Contemporary Townhouse - Savannah, GA

Spend a weekend or more in dog-friendly Savannah at this stunning contemporary townhouse. Located in downtown Savannah overlooking Forsyth Park, it offers a truly exclusive stay. After an evening walk through the park, enjoy a bite with your best friend at Six Pence, the South’s most authentic British pub. The vacation rental sleeps six and has an average nightly rate of $143. Dogs of any size are welcome for no additional fee.

Luxury Beach Cottage - Siesta Key, FL

If Fido can’t live as the lapdog of luxury year-round, at least he can enjoy a vacation at this luxury beach cottage. Slide open the big glass doors and explore two beautifully landscaped acres on the beach, complete with Koi ponds, waterfalls, tropical fruit trees and more. Say cheers to a holiday well spent at Old Salty Dog, which features  a pet-friendly deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The luxury beach cottage sleeps two and has an average nightly rate of $394. Pet owners may be subject to an additional fee, depending on the number and size of the furry guests.

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