Traveling with Pets in West Michigan

When it comes to vacationing, you want to bring the whole family. This includes your four-legged friend! Throughout West Michigan, there are many pet-friendly options when it comes to places to stay, where you’re going to eat, and what activities you and your family will be doing. There’s no need to sacrifice any part of your vacation because you want to bring your pet along for the ride! With these pet-friendly West Michigan locations, you’ll have even more fun with every member of your family.

Traveling with Pets in Southern West Michigan

Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo welcomes those traveling with pets to enjoy a cold beer and delicious barbecue meal all summer long! Their dog-friendly beer garden is the perfect place to spend a cool summer evening. Even though your furry friend may not be able to feast upon the delicious brisket, Arcadia still has plenty of treats to keep them happy.

Vacation with the family pets in beautiful St. Joseph County. There’s plenty of green space and many rivers, lakes, and creeks where your dog can play to their heart’s content. The area also has an enclosed dog park and hotels where your dog is a welcomed guest. Another local gem you won’t want to miss is Corey Lake Orchards in Three Rivers. This spot is a tradition for those customers desiring the freshest fruits and vegetables available at their peak flavor. Bring your pet along for the ride, and visit the Orchards for quality food that is grown locally and picked daily.

A few of the wineries along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail in southwest Michigan allow dogs if they’re on a leash, friendly, and are cleaned up after during their visit. Your dog will love hanging out with you as you taste some of the area’s finest wines along the trail.

The Southwest Michigan Tourist Council has put together a list of places that your pet will love! Throughout southwest Michigan, check out dog-friendly antique shops, museums, attractions, B&Bs, campgrounds, dining, hotels, parks, and more. Whether you’re hitting the beaches in South Haven or going antique shopping in Baroda, you’ll be able to bring your favorite four-legged family member every step of the way.

The South Haven area has become an extremely popular destination for visitors traveling with pets. There’s a variety of pet-friendly lodging, retail, dining, and events throughout the area. Visitors to South Haven can stay in one of their pet-friendly beachside cottage rentals, and there are many open-air restaurants which welcome pets in their outdoor seating area during the summer months. Aside from roaming South Haven’s dog-friendly Deer Lick Beach for an afternoon of swimming, there are many other fun activities for dogs and their owners to take part in. Come and see why so many people and their pets are making their way to South Haven!

There are many pet-friendly places in the Battle Creek area. There are restaurants, attractions, and hotels to help you have a fantastic vacation with your entire family. In addition to businesses, there are events that are going on throughout the year for your pet to accompany you to. Enjoy your next vacation with your pet by your side!

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Traveling with Pets in Central West Michigan

You’ll have a few options when it comes to traveling with your pets in Mecosta County. One place to stay is the Country Inn and Suites in Big Rapids, where your pet can stay for an extra $10 per night. This allows you to bring your pet on an adventure through the area’s wonderful outdoor scene, without forgetting about your furry friend.

The excitement of Silver Lake starts at Parrot’s Landing in Mears! Their recreational rentals are  great for family fun on the sand and water. They’re pet-friendly, meaning that even your dog can come on the adventure. Take on the Silver Lake Sand Dunes in a rugged Jeep Wrangler, or take one of their Jet Ski Wave Runner into the waves of Lake Michigan. All the while, enjoying quality time with your favorite pet!

Dogs love visiting Grand Haven! Bring your pet to Kirk Park, where pooches can run freely at the off-leash beach at the southernmost area of the park. On-leash options include area bike paths, the boardwalk, Spring Lake Central Park, and North Ottawa Dunes. Dog boutiques offer natural food, treats, toys, accessories, gifts, and daycare. At the end of the day, overnight pet-friendly lodging properties welcome you and your pup to a well-deserved rest.

Pets can easily stay in Mt. Pleasant, with several pet-friendly hotels throughout the area. Take your dog through one of the area’s many parks, water trails, or dog-friendly eateries where they will be loved and adored by people and dogs alike. If you’re traveling with pets this summer, Mt. Pleasant is an easy choice for the entire family.

The Muskegon area has plenty of pet-friendly dining, lodging, and pet care for your dog! Your dog will love a stay at one of the many lodging options, including Weathervane Inn and Snug Harbor Resort. These spots would be a wonderful home base for your fun-filled weekend.

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Traveling with Pets in Northern West Michigan

Take an adventure on the water with your pets in Grayling! Your pet can go on a canoe or kayak trip on the AuSable and Manistee Rivers with your family. There are also hiking trails that you and your pet can explore throughout the area. After a long day outdoors, spend the night at one of the several lodging properties that accept pets for overnight stays.

Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends on your next vacation to Charlevoix! The downtown area is incredibly pet friendly, with many stores allowing pets to accompany their owner while they shop (some even have free doggie treats). Also, many of the parks are pet accessible, such as the Mt. McSauba Recreation Area’s beautiful nature preserve. This nature preserve is a wonderful place to watch sunsets, play catch, and swim in the clear waters of Lake Michigan. Hotel accommodations that welcome pets include The Inn at Grey Gables, AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Charlevoix Inn & Suites, and Pointes North Inn.

Don’t leave your best friend at home while you’re out having all the fun! The Beaver Island Boat Company offers tickets for your fur baby for only $12 each way between Charlevoix and the island. Dogs are raving about the views, just ask Hunter who rides the Emerald Isle and feels like king of the world! With daily trips offered during our peak season, man’s best friend will have the adventure of a lifetime.


Pack up the gang and include your pet when traveling to the Petoskey area. A variety of lodging options await you and your dog. Make sure to take advantage of the dog park and the dog-friendly beaches in the Boyne area! Boyne City even has a taproom where your pet is a welcomed guest. Places to stay with your dog include full-service resorts such as Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, historic inns like the Terrace Inn, and chain facilities including the Comfort Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Locally owned hotels with indoor pools include Apple Tree Inn, Odawa Hotel, and Stafford’s Crooked River Lodge & Suites.

Ruff Life Pet Outfitters in Petoskey was founded in 2012 by Gary Albert, who decided to launch the store because of his passion for the area’s vibrant pet culture, active community, and unique cross section of local, resort, and tourist markets. Ruff Life Pet Outfitter carries the latest products in the pet care industry, offering natural items and unique, high quality affordable pet products. It truly is a pet’s paradise!

Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire wants to make sure that summer vacation doesn’t mean leaving your favorite family member at home. Bring your precious pup with you for a small fee, ensuring that they don’t miss out on all the fun!

At Mackinac State Parks, all of their outdoor sites are pet-friendly! This includes Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island State Park, Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park and Michilimackinac State Park. They typically have water bowls out and available for your pets, and Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park offers more than three miles of guided hiking trails, allowing for plenty of exercise for your furry friend.

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2017 Travel with Pets in West Michigan

The Charlevoix Area Humane Society will host the Third Annual WoofStock Pet and Music Festival on August 5th from noon to 6pm. This is a day-long event to celebrate all things pet related. This festive fundraiser will be held at the Mackinaw Trails Winery, just south of Petoskey. There will be ten bands performing throughout the day, in addition to animal agility demonstrations, Dog Pulling Competition, pet contest, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Daschie Derby, and more.