a dog wagging view of the world…

Dog Friendly Colorado: Bring Your Fuzziest Friend on Your Ski Vacation

Dog Friendly Colorado: Bring Your Fuzziest Friend on Your Ski Vacation

Ah, winter! The season of snow-covered peaks, fluffy scarves, perfectly poised hot chocolate, and family ski vacations.

 

Here in the US, one of our favorite spots to snuggle up during the winter for some ski adventures is rugged, outdoorsy Colorado. And of all the ski towns in the Rocky Mountains, one of our personal favorites is Breckenridge.

 

Sure, you’ve got ritzy Aspen, popular Vail, and a whole slew of other options, but Breckenridge, with its down-home, lived-in feel and its super dog-friendly options is really something special.

 

Just in case you (like us) want to head out to Breckenridge for some snowy winter fun with your dog, here is our overview of dog-friendly Breck (pro tip: call it Breck and you’ll sound like a local)!

 

Dog-friendly lodges & housing

One of the most popular spots for puppy travelers is the Lodge and Spa at Breckenridge. Located just up the mountain (and with a free bus running down into town), this log cabin-style lodge doesn’t just accept dogs—it celebrates them. In fact, the moment we walked through the door, we were greeted with snuggles, treats, and a blackboard with a list of all the current dogs in residence.

 

The Lodge and Spa pricing starts around $100 per night, plus $20 per pet per night. They allow up to two dogs per room.

 

The only downsides: you can’t leave your dog unattended in the room (so if you go out to dinner, you’ll have to take your dog along) and the dog can’t get on the furniture (we got around this by spreading our own big dog blankets on the bed so our pets could snuggle up on the end of the bed without getting dirt or hair on the comforter, which is just good manners anyway, right?).

 

If you aren’t up for hotel pet policies and restrictions, another great option is renting an apartment. There are tons of options over at Airbnb and here’s the trick when it comes to dogs: find a few apartments you love and even if they say no pets, ask anyway! Rentals through sites like Airbnb are offered by private owners. This means that if they haven’t found a renter (and want one) or if you’ve got a small, well behaved, non-shedding, or otherwise above average canine, chances are someone will make an exception for you.

 

Dog-friendly shops

Just about every shop on the main Breckenridge shopping streets is dog friendly. In fact, many of them have their own canine mascots snuggled up behind the counter. One of our particular favorites is Goochi Poochi and Me, where you can grab a dog sweater, some booties for snowy hikes, or just a snuggle from one of their poodle mascots.

 

Dog-friendly eating

Sadly, the FDA prohibits live animals in any retail establishment where food is served in the US—so in the wintertime, there aren’t many options for doggie dining (in any American town). That said, if you head to Breck in the summer for some hiking, many of the patios are dog friendly.

dog friendly colorado park

Carter Park dog park

Want to give your dog some off-leash playtime? Head over to Carter Park, where the locals bring their dogs for a rowdy round of fetch.

 

Planning for a safe visit

Whenever you take your dog on vacation with you, it’s always a good idea to know where to find a nearby vet in case of emergencies. We didn’t have to use the vet (so we can’t tell you much about bedside manner or anything), but the office in our Breckenridge Rolodex is Breckenridge Animal Clinic. We recommend familiarizing yourself with their hours and location—just in case.

 

About the author/bio

John Hatcher is a dog lover, outdoor enthusiast, and world traveler. In 2003, he started EzyDog—a company that makes products for active dogs and their owners. He lives in Sandpoint, Idaho with his wife and Vizsla mix and spends as much time outside as possible.

Enhanced by Zemanta
4 Comments
  1. Good info! I don’t think I’ll ever be going on a ski trip though LOL We will just play in the snow here when we get it! We only got it once this Winter.

    • I’m more of a snow digging and snorting dog! Also more of a hopper in the snow…which we got this weekend! Thanks for visiting!
      Maggie

  2. So my dog is all set to go if we go there…now we just need to get US a ski vacation :) Whistler is closer to us and I hear it is very dog friendly. I imagine the rule about not leaving the dogs in the room alone is the same. I think I remember a doggy daycare in Whistler village for the time you are out on the slopes.

    • I love Whistler, I grew up in Vancouver and we were lucky enough to have a place in Whistler. And yes it is dog friendly and great trails to walk in all seasons. Thanks for visiting!

Leave a Reply

Barks From The Pack

  • “Its such as you learn my mind! You appear to understand a lot about this, like you wrote the ebook in it or something. I believe that you simply can do with some % to force the message home a little bit, however other than that, that is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I will definitely be back.”
    -- Hanmer Springs

Paw Me

CONNECT WITH
WAG THE DOG UK
twitter-icon facebook-icon pinterest-icon googleplus-icon instagram-icon

Follow My Posts

Follow on Bloglovin