Don’t let the winter chill keep you from globe trotting with your favorite four-legged companion. Grab your peacoat and pack your bags for a dog friendly winter adventure—don’t forget your dog’s winter wear. We’ll pick our favorite dog friendly Airbnb vacation rental in a city we’d love to visit—so you can pack your suitcase, grab the leash, and get out of town.
Where You’ll Stay
A mid-city, renovated 100-year old hideaway, with a traditional NOLA feel, leveled up with modern luxuries. You can bring a whole troop to this brigade—there are two rooms, three beds, to accommodate six people, plus a four-legged friend or two. After opening the charming red door, 12 ft ceilings, hardwood floors, a spacious living room, and marble kitchen welcome you. Our favorite touches include a fireplace, where you can cozy up with Fido under the ornate chandelier, the front porch with rocking chairs (if it’s not too chilly), and street cars passing by the ‘hood to match the interior charm of this place. Avoid Mardi Gras mania and head to NOLA in late February or March for a calm, authentic experience of the Big Easy.
Didn’t think NOLA was dog friendly? Guess again. You and the pooch can stroll along the streets of Vieux Carre, or take a short ride to Cabrini Dog Park and City Bark. Dogs aren’t allowed in Jackson Square, but you can still see the art for sale and sneak a peak of the St. Louis Cathedral, sample beignets, visit Louis Armstrong’s statue, and take the Canal St. ferry to Algiers Point. Belladoggie resort spa adds a relaxing treat to the mix, after you’ve seen and strolled through it all. Let the pooch snooze while you head to Bourbon Street.
Why We Love It
The home has the Parisian touches that both reflect the surrounding culture’s roots and provide cozy comfort in its climate—a four poster bed fit for a queen, plush towels, mood boosting prints on every wall, and a kitchen stocked with all of the essentials. Bonus: Sal’s Fruit and Vegetable Stand is right outside for when you feel like cooking up your own entrees with help from the kitchen’s hanging herb garden.
Did we mention the location? Walk to the Canal Street cars, and you’re just ten minutes from the French Quarter aka paw-padding parades down the exuberant streets to explore yummy eats. The den’s host, Aleks, is just as welcoming as the well-decorated abode, and will point you in the right direction, but we have some suggestions too. There’s Biscuits and Buns on Banks, a local favorite of dog owners and dog lovers for the morning meals. Don’t miss Mona’s Cafe for unexpectedly delicious Middle Eastern eats, with an outdoor seating enjoyable sans-rain. For dinner, give traditional southern fare a try—get Mandina’s take out, and pick from crawfish, oysters, and turtle soup. Café Freret is a favorite that not only loves dogs, but has a dog menu, water, and free treats. Score!
What You Need to Know
Book your getaway with Fido for $248 per night, plus a fee of $35 per night after four guests, and a cleaning fee. The cancellation policy is strict and you’ll need to bring your own dog essentials, so plan accordingly.