Fall Weekend Getaways with Your Pup
‘Tis the season to hit the road and see some leaves changing! Before the holiday chaos sets in, it’s nice to take advantage of festive fall activities: fall foliage for one, but also pumpkin picking, and maybe a couple days off to sip some hot apple cider by a crackling fire. Healthy Paws protects pets while you’re away—whether on the road within the US or temporarily vacationing in Canada—as we reimburse vet bills from any licensed vet, so planning a getaway with the whole family, dogs and all, sounds pretty sweet.
Now that you know you’re covered, what are you and your pup going to do?
Hiking is a great idea for active dogs and their equally active humans. The guidelines vary by location, so check out your local parks and recreation sites before hitting the trails. While it can be fun (that completely wipes out any puppy energy!), it’s not so much a spontaneous activity with a dog in tow, and there are quite a few safety rules to keep in mind. The Washington Trail Association has pretty great general rules on their site for any hiker out there, from using a leash (and why) to what to bring on your hike. And for the truly advanced exercise dog-and-human duo, you can spend a weekend biking and camping with your pup (check out these great tips from Burley for cycle-touring with your dog).
Road Trip to a Cabin
If your dog is prepared for car travel, a fall foliage tour to a cabin in the woods sounds pretty ideal. Make sure your pup is up to date on vaccinations and plot a route where you can take breaks (let her out of the car to use the bathroom and stretch her legs), then bring along a crash-tested crate for safety (you’ll need it in car and out). Then, you’re ready to go! Websites such as BringFido.com and PetTravel.com are immensely helpful in finding hotels and accommodations that accept pets. If you’re cruising Airbnb, here are their tips on how to find out if pets are okay to stay. Not sure which way to head? Travel+Leisure’s America’s Best Cities for Fall Travel lists 21 national destinations while Fodor has the top 10 foliage trips.
Apple Picking and Pumpkin Patches
Believe it or not, there are dog-friendly orchards throughout the country. We spotted Sidewalkdog.com’s comprehensive list in Minnesota and discovered that they do, in fact, exist! While most are working farms—corn mazes included—that may have other animals on site, friendly dogs on leashes are welcome in certain locales. If you’re unsure, contact the orchard or farm you would like to visit and confirm it’s okay to bring your dog.
Want to get away but can’t bring your furbaby?
While traveling with a dog can be immensely enjoyable—not to mention, a tired dog is a good dog—it can also be difficult. A road trip can be a rocky experience for the unprepared, so it may be your best bet to find a fun staycation for Spot while you’re away. If you aren’t comfortable with the local kennel, try DogVacay.com or Rover.com for local sitters and staycations for your pup.