It’s a Dog’s Life

Finding just the right lodging accommodations can often times be challenging and if you have a pooch in tow it makes it doubly hard. That being said, the MRV is an incredibly dog-loving community and there are a variety of options for you and your four-legged, best friend.

Here are a few suggestions along with some of their policies;

The 1824 House – 2 rooms are dog friendly, Caldonia and Franklin.  Dog Policies:

There is a dog fee of $35/night.

  • Pet owners agree to keep their dog “under control” while the pet is in any public place on the grounds. 
  • Pet owners agree to not leave their pet unattended for extended periods of time. 
  • Pet owners agree to keep their pet off all furniture. Pet owners agree to clean up after their dog. 
  • Pet towels are available from the staff for drying of pets. Do not use bath towels. 
  • Pet owners should remove their pet from the room during housekeeping service or opt not to receive housekeeping services. (Specific time to be scheduled @ check in). If a pet becomes aggressive to any staff, guest or other animal at 1824 House, the pet owner must promptly remove the pet from the property, unless other arrangements are made with management.
  • Pet owners accept full responsibility for any and all liability, claims, losses, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) for personal injury or property damage caused by pet and agrees to make reimbursement for such damages on demand. 
  • Pet owners agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend 1824 House Inn and Barn, its owners and employees from any and all liability, claims, losses, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) arising out of or relating to any claim for personal injury or property damage caused by pet.

Clay Brook at Sugarbush Resort has dog friendly units, but must make accommodations in advance.

The Featherbed Inn allows dogs in their cottage rooms (Shelley, Phillipa, and Ellen, as well as the Brittany Cottage) but not in the main Inn. They charge a cleaning fee of $50 per dog plus $25 per night.  Dogs must not be left alone for extended periods and must always be crated when left alone even for short periods of time.  They would be happy to assist in finding nearby kennel services.  Please be aware that they have a cat, but note that she is a Russian Blue and hypoallergenic. She is not permitted in any of the guest rooms or the cottages.  They have had a number of guests who are allergic to cats who have experienced no symptoms while staying at the Inn.


The Hyde Away Inn offers several dog friendly rooms.


The Inn at Lareau Farm has dog Friendly rooms: (Patience, Kindness, Gratefulness and Compassion) all have outside door entrances. All other guest rooms are off limits as other guests may have allergies. Pets are not allowed in the inn common areas at any time.

Policy “We do have plenty of room to romp and play, but please be sure to clean up after your pet. We request that you use a leash when on property around all the high traffic lawn areas, safety for you and our other guests are paramount. There is a dumpster at the north end of the barn, if needed. We are on the banks of the Mad River, so water play is available, too.

Be aware there might be humans in the main building who are not pet friendly, so ask before entering to pass through those areas. We want everyone to have a good time while visiting us.  And one more pesky rule: no sleeping on the beds. Barking, whining, etc. and we will ask that you remove your pet from the room.

There is no pet deposit but a charge will be added to your invoice upon check out ($50 minimum) if there is evidence of any destruction to the room.


The Pitcher Inn is “dog friendly” in their 2-bedroom suites


The Wilder Farm is dog friendly with a whole house rental.


Need dog boarding services while you are in the MRV?
The Mad River Pet Inn offers:

  • Dog and pet boarding
  • Cat care
  • Daily leash walks for dogs
  • Indoor/Outdoor dog runs
  • Veterinarian on staff
  • Health care coordinated with Inn visit
  • Special diets accommodated
  • Expertise in many kinds of exotic pets
  • Convenient drop off while you visit
    Mad River Glen and Sugarbush Resorts

As noted earlier, the Mad River Valley is an incredibly dog-friendly place and many of our local dog owners don’t just love their animals, they work hard to help other.

PAWSitive Pantry was started right here in town. It’s  a non-profit founded in 2009 to provide a safety net to help pets whose families have fallen on hard times. Through a liaison with the Vermont Foodbank they deliver dog and cat food to food shelves throughout the state of Vermont. To date over 350,000 lbs of food have been distributed.

Another great local organization with MRV roots is Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Brian Carten, a long-time MRV resident is a very active board member  for this amazing organization that has been touching hearts, bringing joy, offering comfort, and enriching lives with certified therapy dog teams in Vermont and beyond.

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