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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-13-2011, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Vacation ideas?

My husband is in the Army and is currently deployed to Iraq. We've been married for 5 1/2 years and have had Havanna and Olivia for about three years. Between deployments and training, my husband has been away for most of this time. We have never been able to take a vacation, especially not with the girls. However, as soon as he returns in July/August, he will be retiring after 20+ years of service!! YEA!! He should be getting out around October/November, at which time we plan on taking a trip somewhere. We're going to take the girls with us, but we really have no idea where to go with them. My husband has expressed a desire to go to Canada or maybe Colorado (he obviously likes the colder weather!!). But we're game for ANYTHING!! For those of you who have traveled with your pups, where would you suggest? Pet-friendly places? Things to do with the girls? For those of you from Canada or who have traveled to Canada, thoughts? My only concern with going to Canada would be the time we plan on traveling (October/November). Is the weather bad there during that time? ANY suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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yeah ,October November is the start of our cool weather, and even snow starting in Nov. unless you're heading to Vancouver area where it would be milder. September is nice. I would say very iffy for nice weather. In Ontario, Oct. can be rainy. You also might not like that our dollar is worth more than yours right now . LOL. Hope I didn't scare you away. But the weather probably wouldn't be that great.

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First, let me say congratulations on your DH's upcoming retirement! Mine is retired Navy so I can relate!

Oct/Nov is pretty nice in the southeast - not too hot and you can check online for beaches that allow dogs. Another thought is Colorado because the touristy areas are very dog friendly! My daughter went to college in Denver and we did a lot of sightseeing when we took her out. It is beautiful there! LaQuinta Inns allow dogs, too.

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I've ridden motorcycles all of my adult life, and as such I'd recommend a road trip. Last year Lynda and I took Snickers on her first trip and she loved it. The problem I see is that everyone sees the destination as the goal instead of the road traveled to get there. I'm a big fan of the road (Haven't flown anywhere in 10 years or better). The USA is big, beautiful, and fun to travel in and across. Not that I don't love Canada, but I'm not sure what the requirements are for bringing a pet into the country -- might be more trouble than it's worth.

Last years trip is here -->
http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=12398

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There is an Inn in Maine that does a big dog weekend (the last weekend of the season). You could have that as part of the destination.
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I'd consider renting an RV and hitting the road with your havies! You can get one of the dog litter boxes for emergencies.... Then you don't need to worry about which hotels will allow dogs etc.

I've been to the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Athabasca glacier, Lake Louise. It's BEAUTIFUL! The air is so fresh and clean! I went in September and we had snow overnight (but it melted the next day) so take WARM clothes and go in the summer! I'd stay further south than that area in the winter.... Maybe Colorado??

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I HIGHLY recommend "home away"

I have booked about 4 pet friendly vacations on there and I've had nothing but good experiences, you can filter your search to look within your budget and 'pet friendly' and it should give you a ton of options, condos, house rentals, etc.

http://www.homeaway.com/

Congrats on the retirement and yes, indeed! You need a vacation to celebrate and spend time together, life is short..

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I'd consider renting an RV and hitting the road with your havies! You can get one of the dog litter boxes for emergencies.... Then you don't need to worry about which hotels will allow dogs etc.

I've been to the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Athabasca glacier, Lake Louise. It's BEAUTIFUL! The air is so fresh and clean! I went in September and we had snow overnight (but it melted the next day) so take WARM clothes and go in the summer! I'd stay further south than that area in the winter.... Maybe Colorado??
That's what we do. We've been vacationing with a travel trailer for over 15 years now. We FINALLY just got our "dream" trailer the end of last summer... One with NO BUNKS so we'll be traveling without kids for the most part.

Were planning our first big trip with the new trailer, just us and Kodi, next summer. We'll be traveling up through Acadia, the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia and PEI. Can't wait!


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That's what we do. We've been vacationing with a travel trailer for over 15 years now. We FINALLY just got our "dream" trailer the end of last summer... One with NO BUNKS so we'll be traveling without kids for the most part.

Were planning our first big trip with the new trailer, just us and Kodi, next summer. We'll be traveling up through Acadia, the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia and PEI. Can't wait!
Karen -- I'm so Jealous! I love the Canadian Maritime Provinces. Where will you be grabbing the ferry to get you to NS? I was last there in 2009 and crossed from Saint John, NB to Digby, NS (Saint John has some of the strongest currents and highest tides on the entire eastern Seaboard - their claim to fame is their "reversing waterfall"). From there I messed around a couple of days in NS, winding up on Cape Breton Island and Sydney. In Sydney I had some of the very best sea food I'd eaten on my soujorn up the East Coast. I decided to take the ferry to Newfoundland and take a look see there -- spent 2 days riding across that province (need at least a week to do it right...._) then came back to Sydney and proceeded West around the lakes.

It was one of the best solo Motorcycle rides I've ever taken. I blogged about it here --->

http://www.pashnit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=23798

Not that I want to re-direct away from the Havsanese forum but if your like me and can't get enough travelogues feel free to take a peek.

Cheers!

Jim and Lynda and Snickers and the new P&P machine Snoopy.
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I would like to add that while we are on the road we have had tremendous luck staying at LaQuinta Inns. VERY pet friendly...and they do not charge extra, they are clean and they offer a very nice continental breakfast--all included.
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