Maryland’s Pet-Friendly Atmosphere Entices Travelers

Are you dreaming of taking that special vacation but don’t want to leave your special 4-legged friends behind? The Maryland Office of Tourism asks: Why not bring your pet along and experience everything the state has to offer travelers with furry friends?

Seventy-eight percent of pet owners say they plan to take their pet with them on vacation and the state of Maryland and many of its parks, hotels, restaurants, and beaches have taken notice.

Just as the national trend in pet travel grows, Maryland’s list of pet friendly destinations is increasing, too, with several more attractions, dog parks, and hotels/B&Bs opening their doors to pets in 2013. For travelers hoping to spend their vacation with their pets and for residents who want to bring their pets along on their travels, Maryland offers more than two hundred forty hotels, one hundred restaurants, and forty dog parks that are all pet-friendly.

“As more and more Maryland visitors and residents seek out pet-friendly events and locales, we’re proud to see so many local businesses and towns that have truly embraced the animal-centric trend and now offer a variety of travel options, making us a year-round destination for pet owners,” says Margot Amelia, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism. “With National Dog Day celebrated on August 26, there’s no better time to take advantage of Maryland state parks, hiking trails, and attractions for pets and their people.”

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.

Western Maryland

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 nonsmoking, 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 per dog, per day.

Capital Maryland

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. TheBowie Dog Park in Bowie 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!

Eat: Looking to dine out with your pet? There are a number of pet-friendly eateries, including Frederick Coffee Company and CaféBen & Jerry’sClassic Cigars & British GoodiesBrewer’s Alley RestaurantCafé NolaGriff’s Landing, and La Paz Mexican Restaurant.

Central Maryland

Stay: The Loews Annapolis Hotel offers a pet placemat and water bowl filled with Fiji water, along with a full room service pet menu.

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.

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 GrilleHarry Browne’sMcGarvey’s Saloon and Oyster BarRams Head Tavernand Stan & Joe’s Saloon.

Southern Maryland

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, with wine tastings for the human and dog treats for the pet.

Play: Rumored to be one of the most haunted places in America, you might feel better bringing the family pet along toPoint Lookout State Park. Pets are allowed along the beach on the Bay.

Eastern Maryland

Stay: The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore allows dogs up to seventy 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.

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. The park features two 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 October 1 to April 30. Pets on leashes are allowed on the Ocean City Beaches October 1 – April 30 and at the Ocean City Dog Playground with a dog pass access card.

For more information on traveling to pet-friendly Maryland, please contact our travel specialists!

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