From purrfect hotels to ruffing it at local beaches, the state welcomes those with four-legged friends in tow.
Longing to get away but can’t bear to leave Fido or Fluffy behind? Bring your pet along and experience everything the state has to offer travelers with furry friends! The state of Maryland and many of its parks, hotels, restaurants and beaches have taken note as the national trend in pet travel grows.
With National Dog Day celebrated on Aug. 26, there’s no better time to take advantage of Maryland state parks, hiking trails and attractions for pets and their people. In Annapolis, take your dog kayaking
with you. In Frederick, head to the Dog Days of Summer Festiva
l on Sept. 7 featuring a parade, live entertainment and a “yappy” hour. Here is a sampling of other pet-friendly locales and activities where you can sleep, eat and play with your pets while traveling in Maryland’s five regions:
Play: The Hagerstown Dog Park just opened at Fairgrounds Park, at the corner of Jefferson Street and Cleveland Ave in Hagerstown.
Stay: The Antietam Guest House offers non-smoking, quiet, comfortable, and private lodging, with off-street parking, for up to eight guests. The house is within a few miles of the Potomac River and the Antietam Creek for boating and fishing, and allows dogs for $10/dog/per day.
Savage River Lodge - where pooches are pampered in Frostburg with a Bone Appetit Menu and pet package with a bandana, toys and treats.
Play: Don’t miss the Downtown Frederick Dog Park at Bentz and Carroll Parkway or the Baker Park Dog Park at 121 N. Bentz Street. The Ballenger Creek Dog Park features four acres, small and all dog areas, trails, benches and water. The Bowie Dog Park in Bowie, Md., offers one acre and two fenced areas, one for small dogs and another for large dogs.
Stay: The waterfront views of the nation’s capital are even better when enjoyed with a tail wagging friend. The Aloft Washington National Harbor offers a dog bed and bowl, and “woof-alicious” treats!
The Greenbriar Luxury Pet Resort in Frederick features luxury spa treatments, pet massage, day camp, acupuncture, grooming and laser therapy - oh my!
The Perfect Pet Resort on Bay Front Road in Lothian (near National Harbor) offers dog messages, nature walks, room with a view, training and baths.
Eat: Looking to dine out with your pet? There are a number of pet-friendly eateries including Frederick Coffee Company and Café, Ben & Jerry’s, Classic Cigars & British Goodies, Brewer’s Alley Restaurant, Café Nola, Griff’s Landing and La Paz Mexican Restaurant.
Play: Bring your pup to Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis for a day of walking, jogging or biking along six miles of paved trails and two fenced areas for off-leash play. The dog beach at Downs Park lets pets play in the water and swim, perfect for the hot days of summer. While membership is required, the Paw Point Pet Park in Baltimore offers one acre of unleashed swim and play area in Lake Roland, along with a waterfall, boardwalk and wooded trails.
Stay: Indulge your pet at Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat
featuring a salon and spa with a boutique. They offer specialized care, belly rub tuck-in and story time.
Annapolis Royal Folly Bed and Breakfast is the ultimate doggie luxury getaway with welcome basket with toy and treats, gourmet breakfast and gift card to Paws Pet Boutique.
The Resort, RBK Pet Resort & Spa in Reisterstown offers luxury suites, cat condos and townhomes, playtime, maze, fountains and outdoor pool, heated endless lap pool and fosty paws ice cream sundaes - you!
The Loews Annapolis Hotel offers a pet placemat and water bowl filled with Fiji water, along with a full room service pet menu.
Camp Bow Wow is a day/boarding camp in Columbia complete with camp fire treats, cozy fleece blanket and cots.
Eat: Some Annapolis restaurants allow your pet to hang out right next to their owners, offering water bowls and treats too. These include the Federal House Bar and Grille, Harry Browne’s, McGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster Bar, Rams Head Tavern, and Stan & Joe’s Saloon.
Stay: With water views and acres of lawns and gardens to explore, Woodlawn Bed and Breakfast makes for a pleasant excursion. The owners of the B&B provide tasty treats for people and pet: Wine tastings for the human and dog treats for the pet.
Chesapeake Pet Resort and Day Spa touts deluxe cabins, private play yards, pool, bubble bath, nail painting, massage and grooming services.
Play: Rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America, you might feel better bringing the family pet along to Point Lookout State Park. Pets are allowed along the beach on the Bay.
Stay: The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore allows dogs up to 70 pounds to join guests during their stay. The luxury four-diamond resort offers nine pet- friendly rooms, as well as kennels available for canines. The property even offers a special “Doggie Delight” menu for these special guests. With veterinarian, grooming, and training services available nearby, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay encourages travelers to bring furry pals along for the getaway.Maryland Shore Pet Resort
has 4-Paws Limousine, nature trails, luxury suites, happytizers, best friend bistro menu and Pure Bred Bakery.
Play: Dogs who love to swim will find plenty to do at the Dog Beach at Matapeake Park
and the Island Dog Park, both in Stevensville, Md. The park features 2 fenced areas, agility equipment, benches and water fountains for pets and humans. The Terrapin Beach Park
offers paved, level and shaded paths to the beach and swimming for pets. Assateague Island State Park
allows pets on leashes year-round with registered campers and in day-use areas from Oct. 1 to April 30. Pets on leashes are allowed on the Ocean City Beaches Oct. 1 – April 30 and at the Ocean City Dog Playground
with a dog pass access card.