Pet Friendly Lodging in Woodstock, Vermont

by Ellen Falconetti
Bringing the family pet on foliage walks is part of the pleasure of visiting Woodstock.

Bringing the family pet on foliage walks is part of the pleasure of visiting Woodstock.

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Woodstock, in central Vermont, attracts visitors year-round. In autumn the village, with its classical houses and traditional New England church, draws foliage tourists. Winter visitors come for cross-country skiing as well as access to the nearby Killington ski area. And history buffs come to see and hear the world's largest collection of bells made by the Paul Revere foundry. Hotel accommodations for Woodstock vacationers traveling with the family pet are limited but not impossible to find.

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Blue Horse Inn

The Blue Horse Inn, an elegant,early-19th century inn in the center of Woodstock allows pets but has a list of pet etiquette rules to which owners must agree. The inn provides a bed, blanket, towel, bowls and treats for dogs and asks guests to keep pets off all furniture. As of November 2010, the inn requires a refundable deposit of $100 and charges a pet fee of $50 per night. Various additional fines may be assessed for extra cleaning or noise disturbance.

Ottauquechee Motor Lodge

Four miles west of the the village center, the Ottauquechee Motor Lodge overlooks the river of the same name. The motel's 15 nonsmoking rooms are decorated in a typical New England style and a three-room suite has a working fireplace. Rooms are equipped with cable television, coffee makers and refrigerators. Dogs are welcome in some, but not all, of the motel's rooms at no additional charge.

Kedron Valley Inn

If the Kedron Valley Inn looks familiar, it's probably because you've seen it before as the backdrop of a well-known holiday commercial featuring Budweiser's Clydesdales. At 185 years old, Kedron Valley Inn is one of the oldest in Vermont. It has 27 traditional rooms arranged in the main house, tavern and log lodge buildings. Most rooms have working fireplaces as several rooms have whirlpool baths. All rooms are pet-friendly. A small pet fee ($15 in 2010) is assessed per stay.

Chalet Killington

Chalet Killington, recommended by Vermont Living Magazine, is not in Woodstock but is only 16 miles away near the Killington ski area. The 30-room hotel is one of the most pet-friendly in the region. Staff walk and water pets left behind for the day and even invite owners to leave pets who are likely to be get "lonely in strange places" with the front desk staff. Accommodations are large and simply furnished with several rooms being suitable for families or groups of skiing friends. A charge per pet per day ($15 to $18 in 2010) is assessed.

About the Author

Ellen Falconetti has written professionally since 1981. Her work has appeared in major newspapers in England and the U.S.A. as well as on a variety of websites and mobile media. Falconetti specializes in travel, lifestyle, telecoms and technology. She has Bachelor of Science in speech and journalism from Syracuse University and a master's degree in creative writing from a British university.

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