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The Perfect Dog Friendly Vacation

September 19, 2018

Vacation just is not as fun without my four-legged family members. Finding dog friendly vacation spots can be tough. I like to camp a few times a year because I can bring my dogs with me.

My husband, however, can do without the bugs, dirt, and nature. While I enjoy getting a little rustic, he is a creature of comfort. To come to a compromise this year we decided to forego tent camping on our annual Adirondack trip. Instead, I did some research and found a dog friendly Airbnb.

I had never rented an Airbnb and was excited about a new travel experience.  I started looking for dog friendly cabins in the ADK area near the high peaks. My main criteria were:

  1. Dogs allowed
  2. Wi-Fi (for the hubby)
  3. Secluded
  4. Close enough to drive to a high peak to hike
  5. Waterfront

Most of the waterfront cabins, unfortunately, were not secluded. I really wanted to be able to let the dogs off leash and not worry about them barking or bugging neighbors. I had to let the waterfront dream go. Everything else I was able to find!

I found an adorable little A-frame Cabin in Jay, NY. Every picture online had a dog in it! The cabin also had a ton of positive reviews and looked amazing. I booked five days in August and off we went.

After a five hour drive through the mountains, we turned off a dirt road to see a quirky little A-frame cabin on a picturesque forest landscape. It was perfect outside, like entering a fairy tale.

We pulled in and the pups bounded right to the porch ready to make themselves at home! As we entered, we were impressed with the size, cleanliness, and amenities in the cabin. Everything you needed was there including dogs beds, bowels, and even food (though we brought our own, of course).

There were two decks. One was attached to the cabin with a sliding glass door full of Adirondack chairs and a fire pit. Just as I was wishing there was a way to block off the exit so we can keep the dogs from wandering off at night, I noticed there was a wooden gate you could just slide over. The owner really thought of everything!

The second deck was closer to the woods, if you wanted a little more nature.

The owner was clearly a dog lover, with a large picture of her lab over the fireplace and one on the bedside table.

The accommodations were perfect. Every morning I enjoyed coffee on the deck and watched the dogs play in the yard. Each night we had a fire and enjoyed the quiet of nature that we never truly get in the city.

I greatly enjoyed having a little home to come back to after our strenuous hikes and explorations.  Read about our Big Slide Mountain adventure here.

Just a Mile and a half from the cabin is the Ausable River. We heard tell of a great swimming hole and set off on a hot day to check it out.


There is a huge swimming area, small waterfalls, and a ton of small swimming holes you could stake out as your own. The pups had a blast running through the rocks and swimming!

Overall the experience was a great combination of relaxation and adventure!

Adventure on!