Top 10 Pet-friendly Vacation Spots


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Pets get all kinds of pampering sessions at pet spas like this one, Chateau Poochie in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Pets get all kinds of pampering sessions at pet spas like this one, Chateau Poochie in Pompano Beach, Fla.
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Dogs vacation with their owners disproportionately more often than cats do. People vacationing with dogs comprise 78 percent of all people who vacation with pets, according to the U.S. Travel Association. But at feline-friendly resorts and spas, cats find the adoration and pampering they innately feel is their ancestral due. Typical accommodations include litter boxes, scratching posts, room-service menus, custom pet beds, and food and water bowls. The FireSky Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., offers in-room spa packages for cats and their owners. Catnip toys, massages and birthday cakes are some of the pampering services provided at the W Hotels in New Orleans, and the Ritz-Carlton in New York offers "fashionable carry bags" for Fluffy to ride in during sightseeing excursions.

Resorts that cater to dogs offer similar amenities with a slightly more rigorous activity program. After canoeing down New River, visitors to the Dog House Resort in Jefferson, N.C., can relax in suites named after famous movie dogs. San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif., has 17 miles (more than 27 kilometers) of trails through the ranch gardens. Both pets and people can conclude the tour with in-room massages. Room-service menus, fenced play areas and pet-sitting services are standard fare at doggie resorts.

Use the links below to help you plan a fabulous pet-included vacation.

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