The snow and the cold is coming, and that means it’s time for some fun with your furry best friend! Whether you choose to stay and play in your own wintery wonderland or pack up and experience something new, this list of your dog’s favorite winter destinations will be ultra fun for both you and your pup!
Skijoring In Grayling, Michigan
Skijoring, which is essentially a blend of cross-country skiing and dog sledding, is the perfect wintertime activity if you have a high-energy, yet well-behaved, dog over 40 pounds! It’s a great way for both you and your pooch to get some exercise and enjoy the winter landscape! Grayling is a fantastic spot where you can enjoy skijoring right here in Michigan! Miles of ungroomed trails are perfect for skijoring the day away! Check into nearby River Park Campground, which is a comfortable place to stay with your RV while you enjoy Grayling, and is open year round with electric available, and bath houses open throughout the winter! Check out their website for more info!
Aspen has become quite the pet-friendly city! It was named GoPetFriendly’s most pet-friendly city in 2010, with several hotels, restaurants, and hiking trails that welcome dogs, and even a special pet shop where you and your pet can visit and pick up some quality food and toys for your stay!
St. Regis Aspen Resort
If you want to feel the most elegant you’ve ever felt in your life, book a stay at the St. Regis Aspen, which is the ultimate in luxury and is super dog friendly! Not only will you be able to get out and explore Aspen with your dog, but you’ll be right in the mix of all the winter fun that Aspen has to offer! Book some times to go skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and more! Your dog will also feel pampered with amenities like a comfy, upscale dog bed, ceramic food dishes, and turndown service! It's definitely on the pricey side, but your dog can't help having a taste for the finer things! For rates, reservations, and other information, visit their website!
Porcupine Mountains, Ontonagon, Michigan
Another one of your dog’s favorite winter destinations lies in the beautiful Upper Peninsula here in Michigan! It’s the perfect spot for adventuring during winter and summer! Your pup will love exploring along the trails throughout the Porcupine Mountains area! You’ll also be able to enjoy some skijoring on the extensive cross-country ski trails, or head out to go snowshoeing! Backcountry camping is available in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park year round, so pack your tent and get out there!
Barkwells Pet-Friendly Retreat, Mills River, North Carolina
If you’re looking for the perfect getaway this winter and want to treat your dog, this amazing vacation spot caters specifically to canines! Each cabin has a wonderful gated porch and fenced-in yard, extra-large dog doors, dog beds, and more! Don’t worry, humans will love these spaces too! Not only will you appreciate the amenities of a luxury hotel, you’ll get to kick back and relax in the hot tub spa! The entire property is also fully fenced in, so you can let your dog explore without worry! They’ll love roaming free and socializing with other pups! Check out their website for rates and other info!
Dog Sledding In Michigan And Alaska
Just like skijoring, if your dog is full of energy and responds well to commands, becoming part of a dog sled team may be the perfect winter activity for them! Michigan’s extensive trail networks provide plenty of areas for teams to get out and practice their skills and head out for runs! One kennel to check out for more information on dog sledding is Nature's Kennel in northern Michigan. If your dog’s team does well with travel, Anchorage, Alaska, is one of the best spots in the country for dog sledding, so a puppy field trip could be in your dog’s future! If not, keep things close to home and have fun!
No matter where you and your pup decide to travel, the snow and cold will be fun for your furry four-legged friend! Honestly, your pooch will probably be just as happy running around the backyard or going or a walk, but these winter destinations will surely become your dog’s favorite! There are plenty of destinations that are pet-friendly, so explore and find the perfect vacation spot for you! Where is your dog’s favorite winter destination? Leave us a comment with your suggestions!