Pet-Friendly Vacations: 5 Tips for Planning a Tail-Wagging Time in New Hampshire

You don’t have to tell us twice, pet owners — sitters and boarding resorts are pricey, but the toughest part about leaving pets behind is thinking about how much we’ll miss them! Put those days of sad puppy-eyes behind you and take off on a tail-wagging trip for the whole family. From finding a pet-friendly hotel to planning puppy play dates, here are our top five tips for planning pet-friendly vacations in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

5 Tips to Make Planning Pet-Friendly Vacations Easy

Dig Into Pet-Friendly Places to Eat
Dining out is a vacation perk that everyone looks forward to — including your pet! Grab a bite to eat at the Lakeside Deli and Grille right here in Meredith to share some lunch or dinner outdoors overlooking the lake. If you find yourself a bit further afield, the roomy outdoor patio at Covered Bridge Farm Table in Campton is a fan favorite of fellow pet owners.

Locate the Nearest Pet Resupply Spot
Forgot to pack Fido’s favorite flavor of canned food? Whether you need to grab last-minute treats, toys, or supplies, locating a local place to resupply is essential for planning pet-friendly vacations. Laconia Pet Center in Laconia and Petco in Gilford are both within a quick 20-minute drive of Meredith.

Create a Pet-Friendly Itinerary
Vacationing knocks us all out of our daily routines, but our pups rely on that schedule to release their pent-up energy. Luckily, we have oodles of active options to tucker out even the most determined dog. Hike up the scenic ascent of Mount Major in Alton or upgrade that walk around the neighborhood with an afternoon on the Winnipesaukee River Trail. On a separate day, give your legs a break and have your pooch copilot a boat rental from Shep Brown’s to tour Lake Winnipesaukee in style.   

Set Your Emergency Plan for Pet Paramedics
No one wants to be a Debbie downer during vacation, but setting aside a few minutes to craft an emergency plan will make you thankful later if something does go awry. If Fido does happen to swallow a sock during your stay, Meredith Place Veterinary Emergency is your best for those hard-to-find evening and weekend hours.

Find the Perfect Place to Stay
The item at the top of every pet-owning traveler’s list is finding a pet-friendly hotel to call (temporary) home. At Mill Falls, we welcome up to two pets (for a small nightly fee) in our limited number of pet-friendly rooms at Church Landing and Inn at Mill Falls. We treat pets with just as warm a welcome as we give their humans, providing them plush beds, food and water bowls, treats, toys, and even a throw blanket to cozy up to on the couch. Even better — a portion of that nightly pet fee is donated to the New Hampshire Humane Society in Laconia.

Why leave a member of your family at home? Pack up the doggie travel bag and follow your nose to Mill Falls at the Lake — we’ll help you plan pet-friendly vacations to howl to your friends about.

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