Traveling with Pets

Organizing a trip when you have a pet can be tough. It is not easy to find a pet sitter or to leave your beloved pet at home when you are traveling. And if you want to take your pet with you on your travels, it can be tough to determine which lodging establishments are accepting and work best for your stay. We’ve made it easier to plan your next pet-friendly visit in West Michigan, using our resources below!

Find more pet travel ideas in the 2020 Carefree Travel Guide.


Pet Friendly South West Michigan Destinations

If your dog is along for the ride on your road trip in Calhoun County, you’ll find lodging options just right for your furry friend, such as a canine hospitality pack including a bed just for dogs, treats. and a water bowl. 

Downtown Marshall is a pet-friendly shopping experience. Some people leave out dishes of water for your thirsty dogs. While downtown, you will find a special dog shop with bins of biscuits and chew toys, then the bakery case full of fresh cookies, sausages, and duck heads. There are stylish food dishes, toys, and grooming products as well as a nearby brewery that welcomes dogs in the beer garden.

South Haven has become an extremely popular destination for pet owners, so many businesses cater to them and their furry friends. For lodging, check into the Sun ‘n Sand Resort, area campgrounds, or the Kal-Haven Outpost for unique lodging experiences. Comfort Suites and other area hotels are also accommodating to pets. Looking for a vacation rental home? Look into the many vacation rentals for their select pet friendly properties. Once you arrive, treat your dog to a beach day on one of the pet friendly beaches: Deerlick Creek Beach and Pilgrim Haven Natural Area. 

The Kal-Haven Outpost is a campground and general store located on the Kal-Haven Trail, just four miles from downtown South Haven. The Outpost offers three vacation homes, six spacious family cabins, four roomy couple’s cabins, twenty 70 ft. pull through RV sites, wooded primitive sites, and a beautiful bathhouse. Nobody wants to miss out on a vacation, especially your pups! Thus, all their lodging options will always remain pet friendly! 


Pet Friendly Central West Michigan Destinations

Your canine companions love to have fun too! See which Muskegon County restaurants, breweries, and lodgings welcome your furry family member in the Muskegon Visitors Guide.

With all of the pet-friendly locations in Pure Ludington, your dog will love the area as much as you do. From outdoor patios, a dog park, beaches, and welcoming hotels, Fido will enjoy a vacation on the lakeshore this summer!

Mt. Pleasant is the paw-fect place for your next adventure with your furry friend! From pup-friendly patios and hiking trails, to pet-friendly lodging, make Mt. Pleasant your next getaway with your furbaby! Check out their guide to pet-friendly places in the Mt. Pleasant area.


Pet Friendly North West Michigan Destinations

Are you looking for a place to stop and relax and stretch your legs for a bit? Maybe Fido needs to stretch his legs too. Stop by Bonobo Winery in Traverse City, grab a glass of wine, and take it along with you as you take a stroll with your pup through the vineyards along a pet friendly 1.5 mile walking trail. Or if you’d rather just take in the view, the patio welcomes dogs as well. No reservations required. Bonobo is currently only offering wines by the glass and bottle sales to go. Open 12-6 pm Sunday-Thursday and 12-9 pm Friday-Saturday.

Summer vacation doesn’t have to mean leaving Fido at home. When heading to Northern Michigan, Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire recommends bringing your precious pup with you and stopping into the nearby pet resort, as well as trips to nearby Torch Lake and other fun area destinations. 


Pet Friendly Upper Peninsula Destinations

Planning a vacation to the Straits of Mackinac and want to bring your pet? St. Ignace offers 13 affordable hotels and motels that will welcome you and your four-legged companions. You can even bring your pet along on the ferry to Mackinac Island free of charge!   

Looking for a great, pet-friendly summer vacation destination? Look no further than Marquette County! Stay at one of Marquette’s many pet-friendly accommodations spread across the county. For those staying downtown, be sure to take your furry friend on a walk along the city’s beautiful lakefront harbors or grab a bite at one of downtown’s dog-friendly breweries, shops, and restaurants. For the more adventurous, Marquette County is home to a wide variety of dog-friendly trails to explore, including the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, Blueberry Ridge Trail, and Sugarloaf Mountain, all of which are perfect for four-legged adventurers of all shapes and sizes.

At the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor, the focus is on outdoor activities and helping people enjoy the wilderness. Many people that enjoy outdoor activities love pets. Thus, the lodge provides information to guests on the guidelines for having a pet and to ensure that all guests and pets have an enjoyable time when walking around the property or down one of the many trails that can be accessed from the resort.