Boats and Hounds: Drift Away With Fido On a Pet-Friendly Houseboat

Posted by Billy Francis

Waking up to water outside your window is great, unless you have a leak. Houseboats have kept people and pups afloat for more than 5,000 years. From pirate ships on dry land to tiny homes that can only be accessed by kayak, you’ll find a boat vacay for salty sea dogs and “land-puppers” alike on this list.

Secluded Boathouse

Robbinsville, NC
Fido, your floating palace awaits. Photo by VRBO

The only way to reach this secluded boathouse is by kayak. Fortunately, one is provided by your host if you haven’t got your own. Paddle half an hour from shore to your temporary home on the water and enjoy lake life away from the crowds. Grill out on the deck and dine out on the picnic bench in the sun, then explore the water with your pooch.

Nightly rates start at $107.

The Hangout

Accord, NY
“I get seasick, so this boat is perfect for me!” Photo by Airbnb

Love boats, but hate water? The Hangout is for you. Located next to a creek, guests can still enjoy the sound of water without having to deal with carrying your pooch back to dry land for toilet breaks. This unique vacation rental is connected to your host’s farm, which is home to friendly horses, chickens, pigs, a goat, puppies and kittens (sorry, Fido). Guests staying in the tiny home and sailboat also have access to the farm’s hot tub.

Nightly rates start at $99.

Good Luck

Alameda, CA
How about a game of “yacht-sea?” Photo by Airbnb

“Fur-tune” favors Fido if he gets to spend his next vacation on the century-old yacht, Good Luck. This lovingly restored vessel offers a taste of Alameda’s island life within a short pet-friendly ferry ride of San Francisco. During your stay, enjoy off-leash fun at Alameda Dog Park and a cold one overlooking SF at Faction Brewing.

Nightly rates start at $139.

Used to have a little, now I have a yacht. Photo by Airbnb

Sample downsizing with your dog on Devocean, a renovated houseboat moored on the underrated snowbird destination of Jekyll Island. The cozy home’s nautical theme can be found in every nook and cranny, from the repurposed ship wheel headboard in the bedroom to the sea turtle rug in the living area. When it’s time for a walk, pay a visit to two of the East Coast’s best pet-friendly stretches of sand: Driftwood Beach and Great Dunes Beach.

Nightly rates start at $195.

Sprawl out on the deck. Photo by Airbnb

If you’re searching for slick design and comfortable features in historic Charleston, look no further than Last Toy. Located just 2 miles from the heart of downtown, this swanky stay is away from the crowds but close enough for an evening stroll to a pet-friendly restaurant along the waterfront. After dinner, retire to the top or front deck for cocktails and sunset views with your dolphin neighbors.

Nightly rates start at $289.

The Passing Wind

Wisconsin Dells, WI
Shiver me timbers, Fido! Photo by VRBO

The Passing Wind might not float, but she will still take you places you’ve never been before. This crazy craft’s unique features include a slide instead of a plank, a skeleton at the helm and an interior to rival the Black Pearl. Depart the ship in search of gold in nearby Wisconsin Dells. Tour the river with your pooch on Dells Boat Tours, and watch in admiration as a specially trained dog leaps between two cliffs at Stand Rock.

Nightly rates start at $165.

Boston Harbor Yacht

Boston, MA
Lil yacht-see. Photo by Airbnb

Europeans first dropped anchor at Boston Harbor in 1614. The area has seen a lot over time, including the Boston Tea Party, and you can get a firsthand feel for its maritime history with a stay on a Boston Harbor yacht. If you can drag yourself away from the skyline views, Fido can stretch his legs at Castle Island Beach and navigate the water with City Water Taxi.

Nightly rates start at $324.

The Cabin

Seattle, WA
A colorful stay in Seattle. Photo by Airbnb

The Cabin offers a picturesque and pet-friendly stay on the water. Bring your best BBQ treats for cookouts using the Big Green Egg on the quaint back deck, and watch the world go by with your best friend for company. Fido won’t have to venture far for a walk. The boat is moored next to Gas Works Park, a unique industrial attraction. Top off your day out with a beer, pretzels and dog treats at nearby Fremont Brewing.

Nightly rates start at $195.

I’m feeling blue. Photo by Airbnb

How do sunsets over the San Sebastian River sound? Blue Oasis is located in downtown St. Augustine and offers a sublime stay for two- and four-legged visitors to the oldest city in America. Guests are invited to indulge in drinks on the deck under the shade of the canopy, take part in day trips to local hotspots like the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and the St. Augustine Lighthouse, and grab a bite to eat at Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grill.

Nightly rates start at $105.

Houseboat in Peaceful Marina

Richmond, VA
Ruffin’ it on the river. Photo by VRBO

Watch your troubles float away with a stay on this houseboat in a peaceful marina. Described as a spacious and cozy riverboat only 10 miles from Richmond, it’s located on a quiet meandering section of the water known for oxbow lakes, calm tides and peaceful vibes. When the sun starts to set, sit out on the deck and watch ancient sturgeons leap out of the water.

Nightly rates start at $110.

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