Dog travelers have options in Summit
Vacations are generally a time to experience new things with the entire family, including the members with much more fur. Relative to most, Summit County is very accepting of four-legged mountaineers. The degree of the welcome varies though according to which town or resort one visits. Summit boasts several pet-friendly properties as well as a number of boarding kennels.In Breckenridge, all lodging owned by Vail Resorts, including units in The Great Divide Lodge, The Village at Breckenridge, Mountain Thunder Lodge and Breckenridge Mountain Lodge provide pet-friendly rooms with a $30 per night rate hike. In addition to the resort-owned properties, The Lodge & Spa at Breckenridge fills up its rooms with man’s best friends. The Lodge & Spa goes beyond providing pet-friendly rooms – they offer a dog-sitting service performed by the hotel’s front desk personnel along with offering complimentary doggy treats at any time. “We can watch several dogs at once while their owners go out to eat or shop,” said Jennifer Inas, a front desk employee at the Lodge & Spa. The Lodge also allows dogs to hold down the room while owners are away. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the hot tubs. Down the road, the Frisco Mountain Lodge offers pet-friendly rooms for a one-time $15 fee. Resident dog Hannah, a female yellow Lab, can be a guest dog’s playmate for the day. Summit Mountain Rentals, owners of the Frisco Mountain Lodge, as well as 60 units in Frisco and Breckenridge, offer pet-friendly rooms with proof of an updated vaccinations report. Pets are not allowed to be left unattended in these rooms.
The Keystone Inn has one floor dedicated to pets and their owners. Most properties across the county do not allow cats, citing increased allergic reactions.The Best Western in Dillon offers only smoking rooms to pet owners, stating that nonsmoking rooms are considered allergy free. And at Copper Mountain, 25 units at the resort are open for pet owners. “The pet-friendly rooms have to be reserved pretty far in advance,” said Matt Casey, a reservations agent for Copper.
Summit County’s boarding kennels also provide a space for visiting dogs. The Dog House in Breckenridge keeps its 20 units full during busy tourist seasons. DnR Kennels in Breckenridge also finds it easy to fill their kennels. “Many people will board their pets overnight because of money charged at hotels,” said Stephanie Pitcher, employee at DnR. The Dog Den in Dillon limits their overnight boarding. “We are very picky about the pets we board overnight,” said Kelly Bruchette of the Dog Den. “We like to keep our kennel open for the locals.”
Overnight boarding ranges from $22 to $35. If it’s primping and pet fashion that pet owners are seeking, the Summit County kennels do not offer any grooming. Many of the lodging institutions in the county that do allow pets, do so with a watchful eye. Deposits, upwards of $200 per pet, are often required. Call first to find out policies on dog travelers at any of Summit County’s hotels, bed-and-breakfasts or dog facilities.
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