Essex County has a lot to do in the winter and is scenic for every season – cue the snow pics. But if you’re in need of a quick winter trip and would like to bring your dog, The Montclair Girl has created an ultimate guide for you. Whether you enjoy hiking with your pup or getting cozy by the fire with Fido, check out these weekend escapes within two hours of the Montclair area that welcome dogs.
Emerson Resort & Spa | Mount Tremper, NY
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This resort and spa has something for everyone in your group, including your pet. Several rooms in the Inn and Spa have been designated as pet-friendly so make sure to specify when booking. Share a snowy hiking adventure with the pup, including Mount Tremper Trail, or head to the spa for some alone time and a CBD massage. Book a ‘pupgrade’ for your dog to enjoy upon check-in: he will receive a double-sided dog bowl, woof placemat, Emerson ball, dog biscuits, and Emerson Bandana For off-leash excitement, head to the Catamount Dog Park to watch your pet play in the snow. Diners can also bring their dogs to Woodnotes Grille at the lodge which offers a doggy menu with grass-fed burgers and more.
Highland House | Cape May, NJ
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Cape May City’s beaches are pet-friendly only from November-March, which makes it an ideal winter destination. Highland House is a dog-friendly Bed and Breakfast with a fenced-in yard for your pup to enjoy. There is plenty to do with nearby antique fairs, flea markets, The Cape May Bird Observatory, nature trails, and the Lighthouse and Sunset Beach. Check out dog-friendly restaurants in the area here for some more ideas.
Hotel Fauchere | Milford, PA
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Both you and your pets will enjoy this winter escape, located in the Poconos Mountains. This hotel offers a welcoming front porch that your fur baby will love and you can even dine inside the garden igloos. Take your pup for a hike up the Milford Knob Trail for views of the entire charming town. Nearby Log Tavern Brewing has an outdoor beer garden where pups are welcome.
Tiny House Resort | South Cairo, NY
Another Catskills retreat, this picture-perfect row of cute cabins is located in South Cairo, NY. Tiny House Resort offers The Green Bean cabin, a quaint little dog-friendly escape with tranquil views, a hot tub, and even a private entrance to the dog park. The cabin is also steps away from a waterfall and private fire pits.
The Stickett Inn | Barryville, NY
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The Catskills are always a fun getaway choice, but The Stickett Inn, located in Barryville, offers a lot more than cheeky puns this winter season. Located on the Delaware River, this property sits in the center of a small town with bars, a nearby brewery, and shops. The Inn has multiple pet-friendly suites, is very LGBTQ-friendly, and features a cider tasting room and taqueria. Check out the Barryville General Store for locally grown treats. The Hickok Brook Multiple Use Area is nearby, which is a 1,000-acre park with many trails – a departure from your pup’s daily trip to the dog park.
Winivan Farm | Litchfield Hills, CT
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This luxury Connecticut getaway is perfect for dog-lovers who appreciate New England charm. Multiple cottages are dog-friendly, be sure to specify when making your reservation. The private Greenhouse Cottage is one example – it offers a wood-burning fireplace, a jetted tub, and a glass-canopied living room. Winivan also provides farm-to-table dining, spirit tastings, bonfires, and painting and yoga events. The expansive property will be fun for your pup to explore as well: there are two ponds on site and endless smells.
1 Hotels Brooklyn Bridge | Brooklyn, NY
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If you are not into winter activities but still want to experience something unique for the season, plan a staycation at 1 Hotels in Brooklyn. The Polar Lounge pop-up will debut at Harriet’s Rooftop Bar. Guests and their pups can experience the skyline views, ice bar cocktails, and custom frozen art. The pop-up will be around through February, but book a luxury dog-friendly room at the hotel anytime here.