If you’re a pet lover, it’s crushing to get that “what about me?” look as you stuff your suitcase. Luckily, there’s no need to leave the dogs (or cats!) behind when you visit the Connecticut countryside — spacious lawns and lakes make the Litchfield Hills a pup’s paradise and gives felines plenty of window-watching eye candy. Follow these tips and your four-legged friend may end up loving your countryside getaway as much as you do.
1. Consider Your Transportation
If you’re hopping aboard a train, plane, or bus to Connecticut, don’t forget to check the pet policy before you book your tickets. Many of them have restrictions on the size of your pet — for example, the Amtrak welcomes dogs and cats up to 20 pounds, for trips seven hours or less.
2. Opt For Pet-Friendly Accommodations
We had all paws on deck with planning our pet-friendly hotel rooms at the Woodside House, just steps away from our landscaped lawns. With direct entry from the outside, there’s no need for frustrating journeys through multiple doors, or getting dragged down flights of stairs when your Hulk of a hound is really excited to get outdoors.
3. Make a Plan in Case of Emergency
Nobody wants to imagine an emergency in unfamiliar territory, but Sparky’s sock-swallowing habit is one thing that can’t be left at home. It’s important to know where the nearest Lakeville veterinarian is located. For Interlaken guests, the Millerton Veterinary Practice is located less than 3 miles away.
4. Allow Some Time For Your Best Friend To Unwind
If there’s one thing a dog loves more than his bone, it’s wide open space ripe for romping around — that’s why our 30 acres of spacious country grounds are nothing short of doggy heaven. Don’t worry, cat folk; our Woodside House is as quiet as it is convenient, so you and your feline can peacefully enjoy the calm comfort of the countryside.
5. Prepare a Pet-Friendly Itinerary
With the great outdoors at your doorstep, there won’t be a calm tail in sight. Take your pup out on one of northwestern Connecticut’s scenic lakes or rivers via kayak or canoe. Explore by land on another outing and take them to one of the Litchfield Hill’s spacious parks — the Macedonia Brook State Park sits at a whoppin’ 2,300 acres and features all of Fido’s favorites: mountain trails, springs, streams, and squirrels.
Why leave four-legged friends behind when they can tag along? Learn more about the pet-friendly hotel policies at Interlaken with our pet waiver. After all, it’s their vacation too, and it’s always a “two paws up” rating here in the Connecticut countryside.