Best City for Pet Travelers? VOTE Saratoga Springs!

Saratoga Springs  Best City for Pet Travelers

What’s the best city for pet travelers in 2013? Top voted cities will win the annual Best City for Pet Travelers Tournament hosted by GoPetFriendly.com!

Saratoga Springs, NY beat Sonoma, CA in round one;Vancouver, BC in round two; and Sante Fe, NM in round three. While dog parks and pet-friendly hotels are nice, Saratoga has much, much more!

What Makes Saratoga Springs
“Best City for Pet Travelers?”

Saratoga Springs has made a concerted effort since 2009 to increase the dog-friendliness of it’s downtown business district, thanks to Melanie Dallas of Sloppy Kisses, a treat boutique for dogs, and Adrianna Flax of Saratoga Arts. Dog-Friendly Downtown is their brainchild.

DOG-FRIENDLY DOWNTOWN
THE WAY IT WORKS:

Dog-Friendly-DowntownThe blue sticker pictured here, when displayed on participating storefronts, acts as an invitation to walk in with your dog, year round and no questions asked.

Strut right in with your best friend to retail establishments, hotels, restaurants with outdoor dining options and even art galleries. That’s right. Dogs and their humans can see some of the region’s highest-quality contemporary art at The [dog-friendly] Arts Center gallery space!

Visit Saratoga Springs’ Dog-Friendly Downtown website for an interactive map listing all participating businesses and their possible size or food related limitations. According to Dallas, “You can shop, you can eat, you can go to the gallery, go get your nails done, and you can do all that with your dog.”

Sloppy Kisses

For more about Saratoga’s Dog-Friendly Downtown initiative, history, and growth, watch Dallas’ interview on Saratoga.com.

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DOG-FRIENDLY – ALL YEAR LONG

Howl-o-ween ParadeFor the Howl-o-ween hound
Join Sloppy Kisses for their Annual Canine Costume Parade/Contest!

Have a booze hound?
Yappy Hours are a frequent event. In 2012, they took place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every other Thursday, May through September. Prior hosts have been The Mill at Round Lake, Gideon Putnam Resort, Saratoga State Park, The Mouzon House, and The Inn at Saratoga.

For the Patriotic Pups
The Patriotic Pooch Parade marched down Broadway as part of Saratoga’s All American Celebration on July 4th.

Is your hound a history buff?
Samantha Bosshart, Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation executive director, led a 2012 tour of the fine homes on North Broadway. Prominent residents included Lucy Skidmore Scribner, George B. Cluett, William B. Gage, Henry Hathorn, and Senator Brackett. Dog treats and water were provided along the route, and the walk was followed by “Yappy Hour” at The Ice House on Putnam Street.

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WHAT DOG-FRIENDLY LOOKS LIKE:

I took Shamus, my Newf, to shop the shops on Dog-Friendly Downtown Day one year. Afterward, we hit up a rockin’ Yappy Hour at The Putnam Den where Mayor Johnson, his wife and their recently adopted dog Chase mingled with other dog lovers. After a day of meeting & greeting, dogs and owners were well acquainted. We were all “Snacks? Drinks? This party is ON!” Then it was off for a patio dinner with Amy and Rod from GoPetFriendly.com. This is where we met for the first time and where our idea for co-founding Be the Change for Animals was born!

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THE PARTICIPATING PACK

The best part is that the program is growing. Dog-Friendly Downtown welcomed 4 new businesses for 2013 so far: Dog Friendly Downtown ProgramLucia BoutiqueYellow BoutiquePaperDolls of Saratoga and Saratoga Saddlery & International Boutique. More than 40 participating establishments have joined the pack, escalating totals from last year’s 30+.

Note the providers featuring lovely Upstate New York wines, Sonoma. We’ve proven you’re not the only gig in wine country. And Vancouver, we have you in our sites next.

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Saratoga Springs may be notorious for race horses, but Mayor Johnson wouldn’t mind if it were notorious for dogs too – and that’s no sour grapes. C’mon Saratoga fans! Show your support for Dog-Friendly Downtown!

 

WHO WINS WHAT?

Because I nominated Saratoga, and if I win the Final 4 with your help, I’ll give the following to Dog House Adoptions in Poestenkill, NY for their (our) first birthday fundraiser in May… So, we all win by helping homeless dogs!

The tournament champion will receive: a three-night stay in the super pet friendly Kimpton hotel of their choosing, a pleathora of pet travel gear from Kurgo valued at over $300, dog food, supplements, and treats from The Honest Kitchen, a Critter Zone air purifier, a convenient travel bag set, complete with folding bowls, from Petmate, a snazzy matching collar and leash set from 2 Hounds Design, and a Sherpa soft-sided pet carrier.

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Comments

  1. Very cool Kim. I love the idea of placing stickers in the windows. We have an online magazine and website here in Minnesota that shares which places are dog friendly and it features many of them on a weekly and monthly basis. It’s called Sidewalk Dog.

    I think I voted for Saratoga Springs. It sounds like the kind of town I would love to live in. Hope it won last night’s round!

  2. We <3 Saratoga Springs, NY!

  3. Saratoga Springs is truly a dog friendly town, you just really missed the boat on what actually makes it so…An unfriendly shop owner who was not the brainchild (or co-brainchild) of the arts councils program. If we win, lets hope SloppyKisses doesn’t get the credit instead of the great community, dogs, groups & businesses that make it so.

    • Hi Todd,

      Thanks for your comment. I wrote the above based on my visit of 2010’s Dog-Friendly Downtown Day as well as Google search results. But my view is limited as I live roughly an hour away. If you can point me toward other resources for the program’s origination, I’m happy to share.

      If Saratoga wins this round, I’ll likely write one more post to pump up for the Final Four – including any suggestions you have for additional dog-friendly business not already listed or dog-friendly activities you enjoy locally. Send a photo of you and your dog, if you like, too!

      Let’s highlight as many reasons Saratoga deserves to win as possible because I truly enjoyed myself with my dog while there. I’m sorry to hear there may be differences between the many participants who make Downtown dog friendly, but my aim is to feature the positive.

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  1. […] Saratoga isn’t just pet-friendly hotels and scenic parks. With it’s 40+ dog-friendly downtown businesses featuring a sticker to signify that entry with your dog is cool, no questions asked, it’s a model city for every destination pet travelers want to go.  I wrote all about it here. […]

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