The Finger Lakes Trail in New York extends more than 562 miles from the Allegany State Park in the southwest to Catskill Park in the east, offering hundreds of miles of dog-friendly hiking. With plentiful independent and chain hotels that allow pets, you'll have no excuse to leave your four-legged friend behind. State law requires dogs have a current rabies vaccination and tag. Be cautioned—animal welfare officers may shoot dogs chasing deer, so always keep yours on a leash.
The Motel Six in Horseheads welcomes “well-behaved” pets free of charge; just let your reservations agent know upon arrival or when booking your stay. The budget chain has vibrant blue carpeting and colorful bedding to complement the basic cream walls and drapery. Rooms have a spacious area for working or eating. The motel is located just moments from the Chemung County Fairgrounds and the National Soaring and Warplane museums. You can enjoy free coffee in the lobby and dine at one of the many casual eateries in the nearby area.
The La Tourelle Resort and Spa in Ithaca welcomes your pet in any of the property’s standard king rooms, which are decorated with plush bedding, large wood furniture and tile flooring dressed with decorative area rugs. The private walk-out patio of your suite offers easy access to take your dog out for a quick potty break. The John Thomas Steak House is located right on the resort’s landscaped grounds, surrounded by apple and pear trees. The La Tourelle Resort and Spa offers a tranquil escape from bustling city life with special packages for wine aficionados, theatre buffs, art lovers, nature enthusiasts and girlfriends spa getaways. Pet deposit fees vary.
Skaneateles Suites offers a collection of lodging choices in the Skaneateles area of the Finger Lakes that welcome cats and dogs on nightly, weekly or extended stays for a flat $35 fee (as of November 2010). Pet-friendly accommodations are available for singles up to groups of 10 and include bungalow suites, extended stay apartments and vacation rental homes. Pets cannot stay at the property’s boutique hotel. The Skaneateles Suites properties are available in lakeside locations and with luxurious amenities like whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. The bungalows are located on 5 acres where your dog can roam free.
The Holiday Inn Waterloo-Seneca Falls in the center of the Finger Lakes region allows pets under 50 lbs. in select rooms for a $15 non-refundable nightly fee (as of November 2010). Rooms are decorated with traditional-style furniture and a color palette of green and cream. An onsite, fully equipped fitness center has a whirlpool. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool and sports courts. The hotel’s exterior is well lit at night for before-bedtime walks.
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