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17 Jun 2024
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Vacation Planning

Planning a vacation when you own an animal adds an extra layer of consideration. It can affect your destination, your lodging, the things you do during your stay, and your overall freedom. When a destination makes it easy to travel with your pets, things get much simpler. From restaurants that allow animals to fun activities everyone will enjoy, bringing the whole family along is a coveted option for most pet parents. Get to know the best of pet-friendly Killington, Vt., and discover why it’s the ultimate destination for your next family getaway.

Pet-Friendly Activities

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Killington is an epicenter for outdoor adventures no matter what time of year you visit. From the snowy activities of winter to the hiking, biking, and water sports of summer, it’s a destination made for folks who want to get out and explore. Traveling with your pet doesn’t have to slow that down, either.

If you’re looking for hiking or want to visit local parks, the grounds at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park or at Gifford Woods State Park are perfect. Wander winding paths that lead over gorgeous, covered bridges and past centuries-old trees for a free and fun way to enjoy the scenery. You can even cool off at Kent Pond during your hike.

For recreational fun, disc golf is a popular pastime where Fido can happily tag along. Top spots include Northwood Park Disc Golf Course or Base Camp Outfitters, where you can also take your pup inside for a shopping spree. In fact, you’ll find a lot of gear rental shops in Killington are pet-friendly, so taking advantage of post-season sales is a breeze.

Another popular to do if you’re visiting in summer is the Cooler in the Mountains concert series at the Snowshed Lodge base area. As one of the most beloved free annual events, it’s a great place to relax outside after a full day and enjoy some live music.

For a refreshing outing, rent a pontoon and head out on the water for an afternoon of fishing and swimming; just be sure to pack your puppy lifejacket. Or if you just need to let your pet burn off some energy, the West Rutland Dog Park is a short drive away and features shaded space, large lawns, and well-kept paths where your pooch can run wild within the fenced-in grounds. Whether you’re trotting trails or visiting historic sites, Killington makes filling your days with pet-friendly activities fun and easy.

Pooch-Approved Patios

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Half the fun of going on vacation is getting to visit local hotspots. From burgers to brews, these pooch-approved patios are a must-try during your stay:

  • Casey’s Caboose – Voted the #1 restaurant in Killington by Tripadvisor, this pet-friendly establishment makes for a great night out. From incredible burgers to classic New England clam chowder, seafood specials, and tons of local beers on tap, it’s the perfect place to grab a casual bite.
  • Long Tail Brewing Company – Eleven miles south of Killington, Long Tail Brewing is a pet-friendly paradise in the heart of the Green Mountains. With year-round favorites, seasonal specialties, and limited runs, they push the boundaries of craft beer and are a staple in the Killington community. They also have tasty bites so you can chill on the patio and enjoy the scenic views while you sample all the local favorites.
  • The Lookout Tavern -  If you’re in the mood for chicken wings or a killer happy hour, Lookout Tavern has you covered. Enjoy specials every day of the week from 3PM-5PM.
  • Killington Distillery – If handcrafted spirits are more your speed, the Killington Distillery will not disappoint. Sample their blended whiskey, bourbon, tequila-inspired spirit, and more when you visit their tasting room. Pair a signature cocktail with farm-to-table food items, and check their events calendar to see if any live entertainment is scheduled during your visit.

Check out more of our top picks for dining in Killington and enjoy the vibrant food scene during your vacation.

Doggie Daycare Near Killington

If you've planned an activity that doesn't allow animals, consider using one of the nearby doggie daycare facilities. These options are great and will give your pet time to play in a safe and secure environment while you go on a kayaking trip, race mountain bikes down a trail, or ride the alpine coaster at the Killington Adventure Center.

For full-day service, check out Wunderland Pet Lodge’s play date service. Furry Child is great if you’ll be in town for an extended stay, as service is available for animals after an initial meeting. Lastly, can connect you with area locals who are available to pet-sit during your stay. Whether you need repeated daily service or just something for a few hours, with these doggie daycares near Killington, your pup is in good hands.

Veterinarians Near Killington, Vt.

While we hope you never need this information, traveling with pets means you’re away from all your local resources. In case of emergency, these veterinarians near Killington can help you take care of your fur-baby.

Book Your Pet-Friendly Killington Vacation

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Whether you want to indulge at local restaurants, sample craft creations at breweries and distilleries, shop, hike, or just relax in your vacation rental, Killington makes traveling with your pet enjoyable and easy.

Now that you know how pet-friendly Killington, Vt. is, the only thing left to do is book your trip! At Killington Rental Associates, we have several pet-friendly properties that can accommodate everything from large group getaways to single-family stays. Browse the amenities at Chestnut Farm, Hawk Landing, and Bear Run, and book your stay directly with us before they’re gone for the season!

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