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Dog Friendly Hotels and Vacations

Ah... Vacation. There's nothing better! But, what to do with the dog?

Kennel, dog sitter, drop off at parents, rely on neighbor - I've done some of those things.

But one year, my husband and I decided to take our Basset Hound along. Given that many families choose to do the same, dog friendly hotels and other accommodations have become quite common.

Our first trip with the dog occurred when a friend offered his dog friendly vacation home to us at a reduced price for a week. So we decided... let's go! And what the heck - let's take Hunter (the Basset Hound).

So Hunter took his first vacation (ha - like he really needs one). He traveled with us by car - all the way to a little town called Corolla which is on the Outer Banks of North Carolina (USA).

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Our friend's condo is in Corolla Light which is a family resort type of village located along side the ocean.

Here's a picture of the beach within walking distance from the condo...

Dog Friendly Beach in North Carolina

Dog Friendly Beach at Corolla Light

The community offers 3 oceanfront pools and an indoor sports center.

There's more too... lighted basketball and shuffleboard courts, a game room, a playground, tennis courts, pedestrian and bike paths, and organized activities for children and adults. There's even shopping, restaurants, and a coffee shop within walking distance with a nice village type of feel.

We enjoyed the beach, the pools, kids activities, the condo's hot tub, and of course food, drinks, and relaxation.

We also took a fun trip to a remote section of the island to visit the wild horses. Here's a picture of them hanging out along the beach...

Wild Horses on Beach

Wild Spanish Mustangs on the Beach

Owner with Basset at the Beach

Hunter and me at the Beach

I think Hunter enjoyed his morning and evening walks on the beach the most. It was usually nice and cool - just the way he likes it. And there were tons of new smells for our hound dog to explore with his nose.

He even came with us when we walked over to the village shopping area in the evening to get ice cream or pick up some take out for dinner.

All in all... everyone had a great time, even Hunter! So next time you're planning a vacation, consider staying at a dog friendly hotel, condo, or other accommodation and take the dog along.

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