Earlier I posted the first part of my Dogcation: Vermont, The Paw House Inn. If you haven’t read it yet, do so now. The Paw House Inn was dogtastic. The only down side (in my opinion) was the kennel, aka The Playhouse, which was unstaffed in the evenings. So if we were unwilling to leave our dog behind, staffed kennel or not, how did we experience fine dining and other activities? Don’t fret, just read on.
We enjoyed a ton of fine dining WITH our dog, Jaxson . How you ask? Via takeout. A lot of higher-end restaurants often scoff at take out because dining in their esteemed establishment is about the “experience” and ambience. Well that’s just not the case in Rutland, Vermont. Restaurants such as Table 24, Roots, and Little Harry’s were happy for us to get any meal to go and even offered menu recommendations. Our room at the Inn was equipped with a small fridge and table and we had dinnerware at our disposal, so we were still able to enjoy the local cuisine without ever having to leave our furchild.
Dog- Friendly Activities
There’s a lot of great dog-friendly hiking in Rutland, and one of our favorite trails was the Pine Hill Park Trail. At the end of it lies a picturesque view of Rocky Pond. The whole trail to the lake and back is about 3 miles, on a slight incline. The hike was not boringly easy but it was safe for our senior dog. And I think we all can say we enjoyed the beautiful views at the pond.
Mitch, the Innkeeper at The Paw House Inn, has recommendations for those who have a younger, energetic dog and need a more challenging hike.
In Burlington, an hour away from Rutland, we found an amazing trail, the Island Line Rail Trail. The best part… the trail literally cuts through Burlington’s waterfront and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway 3 miles into the middle of the lake! It was a bit cold that day out on the water so we didn’t last super long, but it was still extremely scenic.
Unorthodox Dog Activities
We found out about the Lake George Winter Carnival, only about an hour from us into New York. And what a day it was. There was a chowder cook-off, hot chocolate bar on the beach, and even a doggie talent contest. Tons of fun was had by all.
Only an hour away from Rutland, we decided to go to Burlington, Vermont. It did not disappoint. Among the trails mentioned previously, they are also well known for brewing. Have any of you ever heard of a beer called Magic Hat No. 9? Well the Magic Hat Brewing Co. is based in Burlington and we all had a great time touring the brewery and enjoying multitudes of free samples.
All in all this winter dogcation to Vermont was a blast. I’d definitely recommend you bundle up (including your pup) and bring dog booties or Musher’s Secret since there’s a lot of strewn salt, but I was amazed at what the whole family could do together in the cold.
Next Time In Vermont
I was disappointed we couldn’t visit Dog Mountain, 150 acres of private mountaintop that boasts the world’s only Dog Chapel. It was too far away unfortunately (2 hour drive) but thought it’s worth mentioning here as it’s a not-to-be-missed attraction if you’re in that area of the state.
Yearning for a winter dogcation? You can definitely start with The Paw House Inn and the surrounding Vermont area. You won’t be disappointed. To read more about Part 1 of our Vermont adventure, read Dogcation: Vermont, The Paw House Inn.
Next time we turn the geographical table when we venture on our Dogcation to sunny Key West, Florida. Average daily temps estimated around 76 degrees. …there is a way to do Spring Break with your pup. Dogs Gone Wild! 😉
Do you have a favorite winter dogcation you like to take with your pup? Tell us about it below!
Amy Molnar Schwebel is a New Jersey native who works in the publishing industry in marketing by day. When not working she enjoys travel, fine dining, live music, and her number one passion, spending time with her pooch Jaxson. Amy also revels in writing the Dogcation series for Bridle & Bone, hoping to inform other pet parents that the world is your oyster when it comes to journeying with your dog.