Ruff­ing it Dog-friendly places to stay in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gazette - - Pet Gazette - By Je­niece Smith Trav­elWis­con­

Where can you go when you have a dog in tow? Luck­ily, in Wisconsin, the an­swer is just about any­where.

Here are 13 re­sorts and ho­tels through­out the state with plenty of love for four­legged guests.

Just be sure to call ahead and con­firm pet poli­cies and spe­cial of­fer­ings be­fore your stay.

Justin Trails B&B Re­sort in Sparta: With 200 acres of mead­ows and wood­lands, three ponds and plen­ti­ful off-leash en­cour­age­ment from the own­ers, Spot might think your stay at Justin Trails Re­sort is just for him. Take ad­van­tage of the fenced dog park, or guest pets can run free away from re­sort build­ings if they’re will­ing to make friends with the res­i­dent huskies, lla­mas and cats.

There’s no weight limit, and own­ers will pay a small daily pet fee for suites and cabin rentals.

Grand Geneva Re­sort & Spa in Lake Geneva: Your pup may not want to go home af­ter a swanky stay at Grand Geneva, which al­lows up to two small dogs per room with an ex­tra fee. Me­quon-based Fromm Fam­ily Foods sup­plies a spe­cial room ser­vice menu for pets — rang­ing from grain-free surf and turf to duck and sweet po­tato.

Guests also get a door hanger for their room, “Guest of Grand Geneva” tags for their dog’s col­lar and a cleanup packet for use in the re­sort’s des­ig­nated out­door pet ar­eas.

For dog-friendly ac­com­mo­da­tions right on Geneva Lake, also con­sider Eleven Gables Inn. Walk­ing along the com­mu­nity’s gor­geous shore­line path, swim­ming off the pier and meet­ing the inn’s res­i­dent red­bone coon­hound will give your pal plenty to do!

HotelRED in Madi­son: Leashed dogs are free to ac­com­pany their own­ers through­out this modern bou­tique ho­tel. The “staff of an­i­mal lovers” at HotelRED will even take your dog for a walk if you’re oth­er­wise oc­cu­pied in Wisconsin’s cap­i­tal city. A flat fee cov­ers the ex­tra room clean­ing for your pet’s stay.

The Iron Horse Ho­tel in Mil­wau­kee: This cen­tury-old con­verted ware­house of­fers cool lofts that are biker-, busi­ness trip-, and even bow­wow-friendly. Ca­nines large and small will get their own in-room pet bed, bowls and a to-go wa­ter bot­tle, toys, gourmet treats and even a room ser­vice menu.

Your pup’s name will be dis­played on the lobby’s wel­come chalk­board, and the ho­tel pro­vides dog own­ers with a list of sug­gested parks and restau­rants. An overnight charge cov­ers your pet’s stay.

For a sim­pler, no-frills op­tion, try the Arf pro­gram at Aloft Mil­wau­kee Down­town. Dogs up to 40 pounds can stay for free!

Coun­try House Re­sort in Sis­ter Bay: The own­ers of this Door County re­sort love dogs so much, they have their own “ca­nine concierge,” Ri­ley the corgi. For a nightly fee, guest dogs and their own­ers will get in­room food and wa­ter dishes and a bed upon re­quest, along with a wel­come bas­ket of tow­els, fur­ni­ture cov­ers, waste bags, an all­nat­u­ral

treat and lo­cal dog-friendly listings.

An out­side dog wash area is a per­fect way to clean up af­ter some play­time on the re­sort’s na­ture trails and 1,100 feet of pri­vate shore­line along Lake Michigan’s Green Bay.

For ad­di­tional dog-friendly lodg­ing op­tions in Door County, try Beach­front Inn in Bai­leys Harbor or Gib­son’s West Harbor

Re­sort on Wash­ing­ton Is­land.

Inn on Wood­lake in Kohler: Pet-sit­ting ser­vices are the highlight at this lake­side ho­tel, part of the larger Amer­i­can Club Re­sort. Guests pay a flat fee for up to two dogs, each weigh­ing up to 70 pounds, and the inn re­quests that they be crated if left unat­tended.

Or, make a reser­va­tion for a sit­ter so your pup doesn’t have to be alone!

Jef­fer­son Street Inn in Wausau: This dog-lov­ing bou­tique inn of­fers its own pet­friendly pack­age with a wel­come bag of treats and set of pet dishes for your room. The pet fee is con­ve­niently in­cluded when you book the pack­age.

The down­town ho­tel once hosted Into the Wild star Jack Hanna and a few of his ex­otic an­i­mals, in­clud­ing a tiger, snake, pen­guin and flamingo. With the lo­ca­tion just a block from Wausau’s River­walk and close to parks, your pup will be beg­ging for a walk.

Garmisch USA Re­sort in Ca­ble: Most of the Bavar­ian-style rental cab­ins at this charm­ing 1920s North­woods re­sort roll out the wel­come mat for dogs. A pet fee is added to your weekly rate, with sea­sonal stays avail­able be­tween Me­mo­rial Day and La­bor Day.

The pris­tine nat­u­ral lo­ca­tion on Lake Na­mak­agon in Wisconsin’s vast Che­quamegon Na­tional Forest couldn’t be a bet­ter set­ting for an ad­ven­ture with your best friend.

Oak Ridge Re­sort in Phelps: One of the few pet-friendly re­sorts on the state bor­der-strad­dling Lac Vieux Desert, Oak Ridge wel­comes dogs with­out size re­stric­tions. A


There are many places in Wisconsin where four-legged trav­el­ers are wel­comed.

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