We have traveled all over the continental United States. From San Diego to Lake Cor de Lane to the Great Lakes to Niagara Falls to Mystic, Connecticut, to Raleigh, North Carolina, to Austin, Texas, and back again, we have had the pleasure of visiting some of the best places that this country has to offer.
In our journeys, we almost exclusively love staying at bed and breakfasts. Why? Because we love the homey, intimate feeling that we get when we stay in someone’s rustic home. Call us old-fashioned, but it really feels nice… it almost helps the process of getting away from reality.
We also love to bring our dog Rex traveling with us. Unfortunately for us, and Rex, it’s almost impossible to find a bed and breakfast that takes dogs.
You have to wonder why a bed and breakfast most likely won’t take a dog. Well, for one reason, their insurance premiums substantially increase. Despite the dog owner having dog insurance, there is still a liability on the business for allowing the dog to enter the premise.
Also, as we all know, dogs like to bark, a lot. This can be annoying for other guests that are staying in the residence. A barking dog could lead to a customer leaving a negative review on Yelp or Google Places. Negative reviews can really be detrimental to a business.
There’s also the risk that the dog will destroy the room that they are staying in. Now I know that you’re a responsible dog owner because you’re reading this site. However, not everyone is like you.
When we travel, we always bring a dog playpen with us. We find that giving our dog the freedom to walk around, but in a confined area, really minimizes the risk that the dog is going to destroy things in the room we’re in. In fact, when we tell the bed and breakfast owner that we have a dog playpen, they feel much more secure in letting us bring our dog along with us.
So as you can see, there’s several risks that make bed and breakfast owners shy away from allowing dogs in their establishments.
However, we have found several bed and breakfasts across the country that do allow dogs.