The Dog Milk Team Shares Their Favorite Pet-Friendly Destinations

Dog Milk, a website dedicated to modern dog design, was inspired by founder and editor Jaime Derringer’s love for her two modern pets, Lulu and Beans. Dog Milk is the sister site of Design Milk.

In between discovering new products and sniffing out what’s beyond the chain pet stores, Jaime and the rest of the Dog Milk team (Christine E. Martinez with pet Miles, and Katherine Becker with pets Mingus and Dottie) found time to share their favorite pet-friendly spots, in their respective cities, with Pet Travel Experts.

Jaime Derringer’s Pet-Friendly Philadelphia

Philly isn’t the most dog-friendly place on earth, but we’re not entirely afraid of our four-legged friends. We have tons of pet-friendly hotels including the ultra-chic newish Hotel Palomar (117 South 17th Street; 215-563-5006).

Photo of the Hotel Palomar lobby courtesy of Kimpton Hotels.

And what trip to Philadelphia would be complete without a historical trek through Old City and Independence Mall in a horse-drawn carriage. Yes! They’re pet friendly! These tours leave every 20 minutes and take you all around the most famous sites in the city. Watch out for those cobblestone streets, though—it’s a bumpy ride!

Since this is the home of the Urban Outfitters company, I have to mention that the alternative retail giant allows its employees to bring their pets to work at their headquarters in the Navy Yard. I bet that place is a zoo!

Christine E. Martinez’s Pet-Friendly San Francisco

On any given day, Dolores Park (18th St. & Dolores St.) in San Francisco’s Mission District is crawling with dogs and their hip owners. I love the park’s expansive views of San Francisco, and the fact that my dog gets to run around off leash. Without fail, my dog Miles always finds a playmate to chase until he collapses. He loves an afternoon at Dolores Park more than any other place in the Bay Area, and I love taking home an exhausted pooch.

The Pub (1492 Solano Ave., Albany; 510-525-1900) is a tobacco/beer/wine/coffee shop that looks like a cozy Victorian home. And it’s the most unexpected dog-friendly spot I’ve ever been too! It’s one of the few “anything goes” spots left that I find completely pleasant in every way. I often stop by to read a book or play a board game with friends, and it’s such a treat that my dog Miles gets to join in on the fun. Miles loves to walk around and say hi to adoring patrons that like to giggle at his underbite. I always laugh when he returns to my table with a treat.

Katherine Becker’s Pet-Friendly Asheville

We live in Asheville, North Carolina, a gorgeous, welcoming mountain town that’s one of the dog-friendliest places on the East Coast.

With tons of outdoor fun provided by the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway, Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Trail, and numerous rivers and waterfalls, western North Carolina is any doggy’s paradise—but our downtown and River Arts areas are a doggy dream as well. Most restaurants, breweries (we currently have 12), and shops welcome pups, and on a sunny day you’ll see many dogs enjoying a downtown stroll.

One of our favorite doggy events is Doggies at the Diamond, hosted by our minor-league baseball team, the Asheville Tourists (30 Buchanan Place; 828-258-0428). Twice during the summer, fans are invited to bring their pups to the ballpark, where they can sit in the bleachers and enjoy watching a game, sniffin’ some butts, and maybe even eating a hot dog or two.

Since Asheville is known for being so dog-friendly, many visitors to our fine town bring their pups along when they come to see the sights. The world-famous Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa (290 Macon Ave.; 828-252-2711) now opens its doors to dogs, where pups can enjoy a night of luxury with their owners. Our favorite local vacation spot is Barkwells (290 Lance Road, Mills River; 828-891-8288) which features dog-friendly resort cabins, a fishing pond, mountain views, and eight acres of fenced grounds for dogs to run and play.

All photos of Asheville by Katherine Becker.


Jaime Derringer is founder and editor of Dog Milk, as well as the modern design blog Design Milk which has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, San Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine. Design Milk is one of the Google Engineers’ Staff Picks and a Twitter influencer in Art & Design. 





Christine E. Martinez is a freelance interior designer from Oakland, CA and creator of LAMA designs. She has spent the last several years searching the globe for fantastic products and undiscovered talent.







Katherine Becker wrote and managed the dog blog phetched for a couple of years before joining the Dog Milk team. She lives with her husband and two dogs in the mountains of North Carolina, a locale that provides enough camping, hiking, shopping, good food, and craft beer to keep her more than happy.



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