August 26 is National Dog Day and in honor of it I thought it’d be fun to write about some pet friendly haunt jaunts.
I always like to take my Murph (pictured above) along on jaunts with me when the haunts will allow. I try to keep a list of haunted places, like hotels and B&Bs (or spooky stays as I like to call them), that welcome both my ghost enthusiast self and my pooch.
However, my list was pretty slim. I decided to put a shout out on HARO to find more pet friendly haunted places and boy did I get a great response!
Below is the list I put together of 16 pet friendly haunt jaunts for those of you who also like to ghost hunt with your four-legged friends. Woof!
- Admiral Fell Inn – Baltimore, MD: On Friday and Saturday evenings the Inn does a Historic Ghost Tour. (And one of the ghosts they’ll talk about is Edgar Allan Poe, who’s thought to maybe still haunt the nearby The Horse You Came In On Saloon!) It’s a historic charmer that welcomes both you and your pet!
- Allegiance Bed and Breakfast – Mount Morris, NY: The owners of this B&B, along with its resident ghosts “Karen” and “Ray,” welcome pets to this Finger Lakes region spooky stay.
- Bulldog Tours – Charleston, SC: Me and Murph loved our visit to Charleston a few years back, but had I known there was a ghost tour company that allowed dogs along? We would’ve been all over that! Their Ghost and Graveyard tour is a 90 minute walking one that averages about two dogs on a haunted tour per night. This is a paws up pleaser!
- Erie Mansion Bed and Breakfast – Clyde, NY: Your dog will find lots of activity here, paranormal and otherwise, to enjoy!
- The Groveland Hotel – Groveland, CA: This is a gem of a hotel offering Southern-hospitality to both you and your pet in a hotel nestled just west of Yosemite National Park. Oh, yes, and there’s ghosts said to be floating about this Gold Rush era landmark.
- Historic Oakland Cemetery – Atlanta, GA: Okay, this one’s for you gravers out there. You and your dog can wander amidst this garden cemetery and final resting place for Atlanta’s noted citizens such as Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson.
- Hotel Colorado – Glenwood Springs, CO: I do believe this was the hotel my family and I used to stay at when we’d head to Glenwood Springs when I was a kid. I never knew it was haunted! And these days it’s even pet friendly! Oh, and some like to think this was actually the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, not the Stanley. Juicy controversy!
- Inn by the Sea – Cape Elizabeth, ME: A woman named Lydia who died in a shipwreck is thought to haunt the inn looking for her fiance. Perhaps your pooch would want to help her in her search? If he or she’s not too busy enjoying the Dog Days at the Inn, a slew of services and amenities aimed at pampering your pup in a style I don’t think you’d want them to become accustomed to. Talk about raising the benchmark on spoiled!
- Napa River Inn – Napa, CA: Oh wow, does this sound like a posh place to stay with your pet! They have a Very Important Pet (VIP) program which includes a blanket just for your pet, stainless steel food and water bowls, Napa Valley-based “Cab-Bone-Nay” or “Char-Dog-Nay” bones (made with real wine!!!), and more! And as for ghosts: The Inn’s grand staircase and Rooms 207 and 208 seem to be the hotspots.
- Old Cahawba – Near Selma, AL: This is not a spooky stay. Rather, it is an archaeological park managed by the Alabama Historical Commission. It’s tagline is “Alabama’s most famous Ghost Town.” Apparently pets are welcome to explore with you the “landscape of ruins and relics” that once made up the town. Sounds like a neat historical jaunt!
- Olde Harbour Inn – Savannah, GA: For ghost enthusiasts, the Inn provides a “Haunted on the River” package that includes two nights plus a Ghost Trolley Tour. Plus, they not only welcome pets, but they also have a page on their site that lists other Dog Friendly businesses in Savannah to take your dog with you to see. Oh, and “Hank” is their resident ghost.
- Omni Bretton Arms – Bretton Woods, NH: This lush resort is rumored to be haunted and allows you and your dog to roam their lavish grounds. (Murph says it looks like good squirrel and bunny territory to him!)
- Rivershore Hotel - Oregon City, OR: There’s a little red-haired ghost boy who’s been seen at this hotel as well as the historic McLoughlin House and the Oregon City Municipal elevator. Dogs are welcome at the hotel. No word if the little boy is drawn to dogs or not though. If so, your pup might help you catch a glimpse of him!
- St. Augustine Lighthouse – St. Augustine, FL: Dogs are obviously not allowed inside the museum or the lighthouse, but they are welcome on the grounds outside.
- The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, CO: Not only does this hotel embrace it’s haunted reputation by offering a Historic Ghost Tour, it allows pets! But only in the Manor House rooms, not in the main hotel. Your dog won’t complain. Both are swanky!
- Thayer’s Historic Bed n’ Breakfast – Annandale, MN: Your pets must be up to date on their vaccinations and you must have the vet’s signature to prove it, but, yes, pets are welcome to stay in this haunted B&B. They may even see a ghost cat (or a real one) to play with!