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You might have to leave the beloved family pet behind when you go on vacation, but at some of our favorite hotels, you’ll find some furry or feathered friends to make your stay more fun.
This Virtuoso-preferred resort in Walland, Tenn., breeds Lagotto Romagnolo dogs who specialize in truffle hunting. One weekend every February, guests are invited to bring their own Lagottos or enjoy time with the farm’s as they do what they love best, hunt for truffles. The celebration culminates in a feast showcasing the flavorful fungi in a variety of tasty dishes. The farm also has sheep and chickens, plus horseback riding.
Fearrington House Inn
This Relais & Chateaux property in North Carolina has a barnyard full of more than 30 Belted Galloway cows. They’re black and white and frequently referred to by guests as “oreo cows.” They’re joined in the barnyard by a herd of black and white goats, and since 2015 by rare black and white Columbian Wyandotte chickens. They aren’t black and white, but there is a family of donkeys that also shares the barnyard.
Fa-Raon, the resident Burmese cat, might just be the most fashionable Parisian of them all. You’ll find him giving advice at the concierge desk, greeting guests in the lobby or taking a leisurely stroll along the garden paths. Wherever he is, he’s decked out in a bow tie and Goyard collar with an engraved tag by Cristofle. They won’t have their apartments like Fa-Raon does, but pets are welcome at Le Bristol.
Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Bachelor, the resident dog, welcomes guests both human and canine to his Beaver Creek ski resort home. Bachelor has even designed amenities for dogs, including an oversized bed and gourmet treats. There’s even an in-room dog massage after a long day of hiking on dog-friendly trails.
Irish wolfhounds Cronan and Garvan stand guard at this 800-year-old castle in County Mayo. They do an hourlong meet-and-greet every morning, welcoming guests to the 350-acre estate, which is also home to the oldest falconry school in Ireland. Guests can also go horseback riding, and ponies are available for children 4 and older.