Published August 2020
More than 60 million households in the U.S. have a dog in their family, so we know many of you will be observing National Dog Day on August 26, right around the corner. What better way to celebrate than to treat your best friend (and yourself!) to a memorable vacation? We may be in the midst of a pandemic, but you can still make safe travel choices for you and the furriest member of your crew.
We dug into our proprietary data to better understand what dogs and their owners want most during vacation, so we could provide the best possible travel recommendations. We pulled together a handful of trends and determined the top pet-friendly vacation rental destinations in the U.S. Then, we examined the benefits homeowners gain by welcoming dogs into their vacation rentals.
Now, before we jump in, let’s take a moment to admire this pack of traveling corgis who stayed with us at Linton Loop in Bend, Oregon. Squad goals.
Bearing in mind that dog owners are road-tripping and selecting larger homes for longer stays, we sought to uncover the best dog-friendly vacations across the country. We ranked our U.S. markets by where we’ve seen the highest percentage of reservations with pets so far in 2020. So, when you arrive at any of the vacation spots on our list, you’re sure to be surrounded by fellow dog lovers and smiling furry faces.
Plus, the majority of these locations are off the grid and serve as a gateway to dog-approved outdoor activities—like bodies of water perfect for swimming, and mountain ranges with plenty of squirrels to chase!
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: The Portabella
Masked by North Carolina’s range of Blue Ridge peaks, Sugar Mountain is a true hidden gem. Hike the High Bluff and Rhododendron Gardens Trail, then hit up the Beech Mountain Bark Park for some off-leash fun in a clean, safe environment set against a backdrop of natural beauty and lush greenery.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Sugar Mountain.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Sunriver Deschutes Riverfront Lodge
A basecamp for outdoor adventure, high-desert Sunriver is well known by Oregonians for its stunning resorts and golf courses. But, there’s much to enjoy out of the spa and off the green, like the wonders that await you along Deschutes River Trail, set in the heart of Deschutes National Forest.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Sunriver.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Mellow Marsh
Just south of Charleston sits the small town of Folly Beach, where all public beaches are dog-friendly and perfect for a game of fetch. There are multiple private cruises you can take from the pier, and of course your dog can hop aboard!
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Folly Beach.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Dunes House
Dogs are always welcome on Hilton Head’s many stretches of sand, which is why the small town is made for Fido-loving beach goers. Spend your day swimming in the warm waters, then curl up on the deck of your vacation home and listen to the waves crash against the shores.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Hilton Head.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Juniper Crest 11
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mammoth Lakes is only a half-hour from Yosemite National Park. When you’re in the mood for a little R&R, unwind at June Lake beach. If you head west along the shore, there’s a trail leading to a dog-friendly area that’s typically less crowded—with better, furrier company.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Mammoth Lakes.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Sawyer Reach Ct
Bend is beloved for its laid-back residents and craft brew scene—but did you know many of its famous breweries are open to dogs of all sizes? In Bend, you can bring your dog just about anywhere, including Tumalo Falls Loop and the sandy shores of Riverbend Dog Park.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Bend.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Donner Lakefront Retreat
A rural mountain community, Truckee serves as a peaceful retreat for travelers looking to get away from it all. Lake Tahoe is located just 12 miles away, or you can raft with your dog along a five-mile stretch of the less-crowded Truckee River.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Truckee.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Solitude at Lake's End
In the southeastern Adirondacks, Chestertown lands you close to two scenic lakes, and a whole lot of outdoor fun. Rent a kayak or canoe from Lake George Kayak Company—dogs are welcome to join you in the boat!
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Chestertown.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: All Decked Out
There are many charm-filled small towns clustered around Lake Anna, so we couldn’t pick just one. If you’re staying near Lake Anna, you really can’t go wrong. And, while you can’t bring your dog to public swimming holes, you can spend hours exploring—and sniffing tree trunks—in Lake Anna State Park.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Lake Anna.
Featured dog-friendly Vacasa home: Sierra Zen
If gigantic sequoias and fresh mountain air sound like the height of relaxation and comfort to you, Arnold is the escape you deserve. Careen through the shaded forest along Arnold Rim Trail with your dog in tow, then kick off your hiking boots to host an evening picnic at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
View all of our dog-friendly vacation rentals in Arnold.
If you’re a vacation rental owner and you’re considering opening your home to pets, here are three reminders to keep top of mind:
Less than a quarter of vacation homes in the U.S. allow pets, and we’ve seen a 6% decline this year alone. That means your home will stand out to dog owners, who have a 10% higher likelihood of booking than those who aren’t searching for a pet-friendly rental.
Vacation homes that welcome dogs have 10–20% higher vacation rental income and overall higher occupancy than those that don’t. And, this trend holds steady during peak season and in the off-season. Guests and their dogs will love your home, and keep on coming back.
Professional vacation rental property management companies can handle cleaning and maintenance of your home, so you don’t have to worry about paw prints, damaged blankets, or worn furniture. We’ll take care of everything, so you can focus on the people, activities, and animals that matter most to you.
Photo of Arlo the border collie courtesy of Bryce LaDuc.
Photo of Maple and Morty the corgis and their friends courtesy of Kingsley Choi.
Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.