Why deck the halls with holly, lights and mistletoe when somebody else can do it for you? These pet-friendly holiday vacation rentals offer Fido a magical getaway without the stress of having to transform his own home. Set off on an unforgettable Christmas story with your favorite little helper this season.
Posted by Billy Francis
The Schoolhouse Cottage
Have an old-fashioned Christmas with Fido in Dahlonega, GA. Built during the 19th century, The Schoolhouse Cottage is a unique, private retreat just 10 minutes from Dahlonega Square where the town’s festive happenings will be held from Thanksgiving through the new year. After you’ve walked through the winter wonderland of Christmas lights, met St. Nick and shopped at dog-friendly stores like Woodland’s Edge, head back to this historic schoolhouse splashed in holiday trimmings and trees and vintage Christmas decor. The homeowner thoughtfully tends to the cottage between each guest, making it feel just like home for your holiday getaway.
The Schoolhouse Cottage permits three dogs up to 50 lbs for a $75 refundable deposit.
Arrowhead Pinerose Cabins
If Fido has been dreaming of a white Christmas, he just might get it at Arrowhead Pinerose Cabins nestled in the San Bernadino Mountains of California. Cabins range in size from studios to a 7-bedroom mountain lodge, all situated on six acres surrounded by national forests. This woodland retreat knows how to deck the halls for the holidays with each home decorated in lights, greenery and festive accents inside and out. Take your pup on a walk along pet-friendly trails, then warm up around the fire pit or let Fido rest up for Santa Paws while you soak in the year-round Jacuzzi. The man in red makes occasional visits to the property throughout December.
Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins accepts three pets of any size for an additional fee of $20 per pet, per night and some cabins include private dog runs.
The Ranch at Rock Creek
Travel to frontier times in the Montana backcountry at The Ranch at Rock Creek. This luxury, all-inclusive and pet-friendly ranch is decorated with trees sourced from the property. Dogs are welcome in multiple accommodation types, including the historic barn, luxury homes and select glamping cabins. During the holidays, pups can enjoy hikes on the endless trails and even join you for s’mores by the fire or a paint-and-sip Christmas ornament decorating class with the artist in residence.
The Ranch at Rock Creek accepts two pets for an additional fee of $100 per night.
Once upon a time, there was a rustic retreat that celebrated the holidays all year long. One of Josselyn’s Getaway Log Cabins in Jefferson, NH, the Christmas Cabin, is decorated with yuletide spirit. The rental also has a private balcony with log railings for you and your pooch to watch Santa take off in his sleigh after delivering his gifts (or lumps of coal). During the day, try something new at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel. You can take part in a variety of snowy activities including dog sledding, skijoring, bike-joring and scooter-joring, and receive training from “bone-ified” Iditarod veterans.
The Christmas Cabin welcomes two pets for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per stay.
Boyd Mountain Cabins
Smaller dogs can spend their vacation surrounded by yuletide celebrations at a working Christmas tree farm in North Carolina. The story of Boyd Mountain Cabins began over a century ago when the Boyd family first started growing Christmas trees for the people of Waynesville. Located between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm produces quality trees to this day and welcomes dogs to help sniff out the finest fir for their owners. There are seven different cabins to choose from, all of which are happy to host your hound. Trees decorated with lights are dotted throughout the property and cabins are adorned with holiday decor and include a cozy fireplace where Fido can hang his stocking.
Boyd Mountain Cabins accepts pets up to 20 lbs for an additional fee of $20 per pet, per night. Dogs of any size are permitted at the tree farm.
Lone Star and Bluebonnet are cozy tiny homes located on the banks of a pond at a picturesque Christmas tree farm called Holiday Acres. You and your travel buddy can enjoy morning walks through the Christmas tree fields or take a day trip to nearby Houston to hit up PetTalk’s Annual PAWliday Market. In the evenings, relax with your furry elf and a warm cup of cocoa on the porch overlooking the water. It all makes for a unique getaway to brag about in your Christmas cards.
Holiday Acres permits two dogs for an additional fee of $12 per stay.