No matter what your reason for traveling to the badger state, your pet can join you—eliminating the hassle and expense of boarding. Pet-friendly hotels and scenic spaces for walks and play allow you to include your four-legged friend in all of Wisconsin’s most popular destinations. Local pet retailers have wearable and edible gifts for your travel companion.
Door County has five state parks that you can visit with your leashed pet. The Shallows Resort on the Green Bay in Egg Harbor welcomes one pet per rental for a $20 to $40 fee (as of November 2010). The resort consists of motel rooms with beach and forest views, cottages, townhomes, bay-view one-bedroom suites with fireplaces and five private-rental homes. The property has 375 feet of shoreline for a beachside stroll with your dog. Afterwards, you can clean him up at a self-service dog wash and buy some all-natural treats at the Stove Dog Bakery, just a picturesque 15-minute ride down the coast in Sturgeon Bay.
The Microtel Inn and Suites welcomes your pet of up to 80 lbs., for a nominal fee based on the length of your stay. You must present a veterinarian record of your pet's up-to-date vaccinations. Guest rooms have chiropractic-approved beds and some come with whirlpool tubs. The traditional décor incorporates green carpet and floral-print bedding. Aquatic amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool, water playground and a spring-fed hot tub. Nearby tourist attractions include the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame and Green Bay Botanical Garden. For a long walk with your dog, the 25-mile Fox River Trail has a 10-mile paved stretch that runs south from downtown. If you forget any necessities for your pet, visit the Green Bay PetSmart on Pilgrim Way, just 1.2 miles northeast of the hotel.
Your “well behaved” pet is welcome free of charge at the Motel 6 in Madison. Wood-furnished rooms have forest green carpeting and basic sateen coverlets in rose and Kelly tones. The motel has an indoor swimming pool. A pet-sitter can make sure your dog gets a walk so you can take your time visiting tourist attractions like the Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Henry Vilas Zoo.The family-owned Animart pet store, a block away on East Towne Way, offers pet sitting, supplies, grooming and a self-service dog wash.
The AAA Four-Diamond Iron Horse Hotel offers luxury boutique lodging in a converted century-old warehouse. The pet fee is $50 (as of November 2010), and for an additional $50 your pet can savor the Big Dog package, which consists of a dog pillow, food and water bowls, a gift bag with toys, treats and water, a welcome sign in the lobby for your dog, dog tags with hotel contact information and dog room- service menu. The hotel will present you with a map upon arrival that indicates pet friendly restaurants and walking paths. The Metropawlis pet boutique, less than a mile away in the Third Ward neighborhood, features stylish pet items like jewelry-style dog tags and designer “civilized” pet bowls.
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