This Is the Vacation You *Have* to Take With Your Dog

Fall travel is always a hot topic as the weather cools, with almost everyone looking to book themselves an escape. But if you’re the type who wants to bring your dog on vacation (um, we are), it’s not that simple—many airlines and hotels are not pet-friendly. One place you should definitely considering booking it to with your pup pronto? The Emerson Resort & Spa in the Catskill Mountains offers a slew of special amenities just for your dog, but also offering over 20 acres of gorgeous green mountains (just north of NYC!) for you to roam.

For 2018, the Emerson Resort & Spa has rolled out even more pup-friendly offerings fit for the most famous of dogs. Instagram star @RosenbergTheDog, who boasts an impressive 100,000 followers, visited last summer alongside 25 canine pals for Rosenberg’s owner’s wedding. This year, the hotel is introducing several new Fido-friendly initiatives for the Instagram dog star in your life. When you arrive, for $50 you can get the Emerson PupGrade, a welcome basket complete with a dog toy, bowl, placemat, and treats. You won’t need to pack any kibble, either: The restaurant on property offers “A Pup Fare Dinner Menu,” which has unseasoned chicken breast, grass-fed beef, or even a strip steak for the fanciest dogs.

And to work it all off, you can take your dog for a run at the Catamount Dog Park, a fenced-in area for Fidos only complete with a dog run, dog shower, fresh drinking water, and a special safe haven for smaller breeds that may not want to play with the German Shepherds and Labrador Retrievers.

Compound all this with the fact that the Emerson also donates to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society and you’ve got yourself—and your dog—a great summer travel spot.

Photo: Jessica Knowlden on Unsplash

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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)