Pet-Friendly Vacations for all West Michigan Dog-Lovers

Any pet-lover knows it’s tough to walk out the door for vacation when you have to leave your furry friends behind. Luckily, there are plenty of places throughout West Michigan ready to welcome both you and your four-legged friends! We’ve gathered some of our favorite pet-friendly locations to help you plan your next trip for the entire family.

For a complete listing of pet-friendly properties in West Michigan, click to view our “Travel With Pets” article in the Carefree Travel Guide.

South Pet-Friendly Spots

Round Barn in Baroda is always pet-friendly! Bring your dog along for your visit, whether you’re stopping by for a casual visit or for one of Round Barns’ many events. Their showcase event series, Jammin’ in the Vineyard, features 26 weekends of the best live regional music, paired with world-class wines, hand-crafted spirits, and fresh craft beers.

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings has trails that are open for hiking from dawn to dusk. They have over nine miles of trails for you to explore this summer. Pets are allowed on the trails if they are on a leash and cleaned up after, and there is no fee to hike the trails.

Take your dog to a baseball game in Lansing. Select Mondays at Cooley Law School Stadium are Dog Days of Summer, including the upcoming game on Monday, July 23rd.

No need to leave Fido at home during your next Coldwater Country getaway. Several local hotels are pet-friendly, and your dog will love spending time in the great outdoors!

North Pet-Friendly Spots

Don’t leave your best friend at home while you have all the fun. The Beaver Island Boat Company, based out of Charlevoix, lets you and your pet journey 32 miles into Lake Michigan to quaint Beaver Island. Hike endless trails, throw a stick off the shore of Donegal Bay, or share an ice cream cone with your furry friend.

It’s hard to enjoy the great outdoors of Ludington when your dog is at home, missing out on all the running and splashing they could be doing. Thankfully, when you stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ludington or the Best Western Lakewinds, your best friend can enjoy all the fun too. Grab their leash and get the whole family ready for a great time in Ludington!

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 that will welcome you & your pet include Apple Tree Inn, Odawa Casino Resort, 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!

Bring your dog with you to historic Sault Ste. Marie. Travel the Soo Locks with your dog as you tour up and down the St. Marys River, or bring them to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. When you’re so far away from home, why not bring the whole family?

Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends on your next vacation to Charlevoix! Downtown is incredibly pet-friendly, with many stores allowing pets to accompany their owners shopping. Many of the parks are pet accessible, such as the Mt. McSauba Recreation Area. Pet-friendly accommodations include the Inn at Grey Gables and Pointes North Inn.

Indigo Bluffs in Empire is quite pet-friendly, with dog-centric amenities including their doggie-pot stations, fenced in dog-run area, and dog treats at the on-site store.

Waterfire Vineyards in Kewadin offers a pet-friendly apartment for weekend and weekly rentals. This tiny-home inspired retreat is in the heart of Waterfire’s sustainably-farmed vineyards. Spend your vacation with your furry friend where wine is literally just around the corner!

Summer vacation doesn’t have to mean leaving Fido at home. Shanty Creek Resort recommends bringing your precious pup with and stopping at the nearby pet resort. Just a few minutes down the road from Shanty Creek, your dog will stay in luxury at this full-service resort. In addition to being open 24/7, enjoy the in-and-out privileges allowing Fido to join the family on day trips to nearby Torch Lake and other fun area destinations.

Central Pet-Friendly Spots

The patio at Atwater Brewery in Grand Rapids welcomes pups of all sizes! They’re happy to accommodate your furry friends while you enjoy your meal and a delicious brew.

Muskegon County has several pet-friendly restaurants, hotels, and parks. One of your stops needs to be Pet Safe Bark Park, which was created for specially dogs. The park has separate large and small dog areas, dog agility equipment, doggie drinking fountains, and a grooming area.

Your dog will have everything they need during your visit to Mecosta County. The area has accommodations that welcome the furry guest, grooming for your dog, a bakery serving freshly-made dog treats, and parks for your dog to play at.

Holland is a very pet-friendly town. For those that prefer to travel with their pets, the walkable downtown area is perfect for taking a stroll and grabbing a brew, while enjoying the atmosphere of a bustling downtown on an outdoor patio with your pup. There are also parks and shops downtown that joyfully welcome four-legged friends.

The Grand Haven-Spring Lake Waterfront Holiday Inn is a dog-friendly hotel. They have 10 dedicated pet rooms on the first floor with slider doors for easy access to the outdoors and the Lakeside Trail. Your dog will feel welcome, and they’ll even receive a goodie bag with natural dog treats upon arrival!