Traveling with Pets

When traveling with the whole family, it’s hard to leave your pet behind! Thankfully, there are lots of great establishments across West Michigan that are happy to welcome you and your pet on your next visit. We’re here to help you plan your next trip in West Michigan with your furry friend, so we’ve shared some pet-friendly spots below with you – happy trip planning!

See more pet travel ideas in West Michigan in our Carefree Travel Guide here.

Pet-Friendly Southern West Michigan Destinations

Kalamazoo has some great locations that pets will love, like Kara’s Kottages, which has a variety of options for classic urban lodging, and pets are welcome. And don’t forget to check out the Thirsty Hound, a dog friendly tavern that hosts weekly food trucks and other fun events!

Downtown Marshall provides a dog-friendly shopping experience. Spoil your puppy at State Street Pawfitters in Marshall. It’s treats galore, with bins of flavored biscuits. Check out the display case for baked goods and jerkies that are pet friendly. Be sure to stop by Dark Horse Brewing Co., where the outdoor beer garden has an entrance just for dogs!

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

Looking for a lovely meal or drink out in the Saugatuck area? The Mitten Brewing Company, Virtue Cider (Fennville), and Guardian Brewing Company all welcome pets in their outdoor seating areas, as do many other local area breweries and restaurants.

Guests at River Saint Joe (RSJ) Farmstead Brewery in Buchanan are welcome to bring their friendly furry pals to enjoy their 3-acre beer garden! RSJ is a Certified Organic brewery located on an organic farm, with ample outdoor seating, including canopies, fire pits, and plenty of adirondack chairs. Enjoy the expansive view, brews, and food, and bring your pup along too. Dogs must be friendly, remain on-leash, and owners must clean up after their pet (doggie bags are provided). The owners at RSJ absolutely adore dogs, and usually at least one of them will say hello while admiring your pet!

The Livery in Benton Harbor offers a great pit stop destination for those traveling with their pets! Located just minutes from the gorgeous shoreline of Lake Michigan, this local brewery offers 18 taps of award-winning hand-forged beer, house wine and cider, along with an extensive brewpub menu that specializes in hand-tossed pizzas made with spent grain from the brewhouse. Guests will find an extended outdoor beer garden for their pets, and a welcoming staff that will enhance your experience with a smile. No reservations are needed, so feel free to bring your furry friends, seat yourself, and place your orders at the bar any time!

Round Barn Estate loves friendly puppies and dogs! Furry friends on leashes are welcome at Round Barn Estate, and the outdoor patios at the Filling Station and the Tasting Room.

Garden Grove Inn is a sweet bed and breakfast that your pet will love! With 3 pet friendly rooms, you can enjoy their lovely accommodations, located in southwest Michigan, just blocks away from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Plus, enjoy amenities like double jacuzzi tub, kitchenette, gas fireplace and private balconies. It’s a spot with lots of great fun for you and your pet!

Pet-Friendly Central West Michigan Destinations

Your pup will love exploring Ludington’s many pet-friendly locations with you! From outdoor patios, a dog park, beaches, and welcoming hotels, Fido will enjoy a vacation in Ludington this summer!

The Morton Hotel in Grand Rapids is a residential-style hotel with a mid-century twist on dog-friendly designs. Offering amazing downtown views, the 25 rooms range from studios to penthouses and all include long-term stay accommodations, such as washers and dryers and full-service kitchens. For furry friends, the hotel includes a play and relief area and dog washing station.

Historic White Pine Village is open to dogs and people alike! The Village is situated on 12 acres with 30 buildings and exhibits to see. The exhibits in the Village date from the late 1800s through the early 1900s, including the first building that was used as the Mason County Courthouse, a General Store, Chapel, Farmhouse, Barn, and more. Each building houses Mason County artifacts and first person interpreters portraying pioneers in Mason County to tell stories of days gone by. Plan plenty of time to explore the grounds- it’s a great way to get you and your pup some exercise!

Mount Pleasant is super pet friendly! With lots of great parks, patios, and lodging, your furry friend will feel pampered on a fun adventure. Be sure to bring them to Hannah’s Bark Park, where they can run around 3.6 acres of fenced area, and maybe even make some new friends!

Active pets make for happy pets, and Mecosta County is filled with areas where you can let your dog get outside and socialize with others. Check out Brutus Dog Park which has water fountains for the dogs and a leash-free environment in which your dog can run and play with others. All of the Mecosta County Parks allow pets in their premises, as well as camping while your pet is on a leash.

Pet-Friendly Northern West Michigan and Upper Peninsula Destinations

Traveling with your four-legged best friend is always a fun, yet sometimes challenging experience. If you need a pet-friendly place to stay, eat, and explore, the Charlevoix Convention & Visitor Bureau has compiled a list of some of their favorite recreation areas, hotels, restaurants, and shops to visit with fur friends in beautiful Charlevoix.

Summer vacation doesn’t have to mean leaving Fido at home. Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire recommends bringing your precious pup with and stopping into the nearby pet resort just a few minutes down the road. Don’t forget to take them on adventures to nearby Torch Lake and other fun area destinations.

Traveling to Mackinac Island but don’t want to leave your favorite four-legged friend home from your vacation? No worries! Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry encourages guests to bring their furry friends along. Pets enjoy the full experience with a free ride to Mackinac Island and back! We just ask guests to keep their pups on a leash and under adult supervision at all times.

Planning a trip with a four-legged friend can be ruff, but Marquette County has great pet-friendly places to stay and play that make adventuring with a pooch easy. 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 also home to a wide variety of dog-friendly trails to explore.

Need help deciding where to stay and play with your fur baby this summer? Drummond Island Resort is a great choice for your family getaway. Imagine taking in any of the outdoor activities at the Resort with tail wagging and ears flopping! All lodge rooms and many log cabins welcome the addition of your family pet. Drummond Island Resort is looking forward to meeting your family and pet this summer season!

Pet Friendly Traveling Options

All Aboard With Pets! Dogs and cats up to 20 pounds (combined weight of pet and carrier) are welcome on trips up to seven hours on most routes with Amtrak. The check-in process is simple, making traveling with your four-legged friend easy and enjoyable.