When the holidays roll around we know it's going to be a busy, stressful time so we try to plan an early pet friendly holiday getaway with the dogs.  We usually go the first few days of December, when holiday decorations are up but before the holiday crowds are in full swing.  For a few years now, our dog friendly holiday vacation has been a few days in the quaint upstate New York town of Rhinebeck.


Rhinebeck has always been a wonderful place for us to get away and unplug, not too far from Manhattan or Long Island.  Our favorite place to stay is the Beekman Arms Inn.  The Beekman Arms, established in 1766, is dubbed the "Oldest Inn in America" and has quite an interesting history.   The hotel consists of several buildings, the most popular being the main Beekman Arms Inn and the Delamater House Inn.  We enjoy staying at both of these beautiful, charming properties.  We've stayed there many times but neither of these properties are a pet friendly hotel so we've had to leave the dogs at home.  😞

Quaint, historic Rhinebeck New York is a great getaway not far from New York City.  Historic towns, Quaint towns, dog friendly, pet friendly, dogs, pets
Beautiful waterfall, pratically frozen, on one of our walks through the quaint town of Rhinebeck

We love to vacation with our dogs, they are our family, so it was disappointing that we could never take them with us.  I understand why pets are not permitted in the main Beekman Arms Inn or the Delamater House because they are historic inns with upscale furnishings and antiques.  I really can't blame them for not wanting dogs or cats in those unique and special hotel rooms.


However, the Beekman Arms does have one building that allows pets, it's called the Guest House, and is described as a "motel style" hotel on property.  We were never able to find photos of this building or the pet friendly rooms online in the past, they just didn't have them which made us suspicious that they might be hideous. Recently though, we found a photo of a dog friendly room at the Guest House on the web site and it didn't look bad at all!  We decided to take a chance and book a dog friendly room in the Beekman Arm's pet friendly Guest House property.  We were pleasantly surprised.  It was a far cry from the beautifully appointed rooms of the main Beekman Inn and the Delamater House, but we really enjoyed staying there.  It was wonderful having our dogs with us in one of our favorite quaint upstate towns!

The pet friendly Guest House building at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, New York.  There's actually a cute courtyard area behind this fence, I'm sorry I didn't get a photo of it.

The Guest House at the Beekman Arms doesn't look like much from the outside.  It's definitely more "motel style", but it was clean and comfortable.  We were just so delighted to be able to finally bring our dogs with us to Rhinebeck!  There don't seem to be any other dog friendly lodgings in the town of Rhinebeck.  Here's a photo collage of our dogs Icy and Phoebe in our Guest House room.

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Our pet friendly room in the Guest House property of the Beekman Arms Inn, Rhinebeck NY


Having our dogs with us on our Rhinebeck getaway was great.  We loved being able to walk through this beautiful little town with Icy and Phoebe.  The sidewalks weren't too crowded and there were several places for both the dogs and us to enjoy together.

There's a lovely little park with a lake at one edge of town, which Icy and Phoebe loved exploring.  The lake runs off into a creek with a waterfall that was partially frozen. It was so pretty!

Park and lake in the town of Rhinebeck, New York.  Dogs are allowed in this Rhinebeck park.  Dog friendly, Pet friendly, dog friendly places in upstate New York

Just steps from our hotel room we discovered another great dog friendly park with a gravel walking path and a large grassy field.  Each morning and evening we went for nice long walks with the dogs here.  It must be gorgeous when it snows.  Unfortunately it's not an off leash area but we enjoyed it so much.

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A wonderful dog friendly park where we took lots of long walks with the dogs


The town of Rhinebeck and the Beekman Arms hotel were beautifully decorated for the holidays. This wonderful antique sleigh stood right outside the Beekman Arms Inn so we took advantage of a photo op for Phoebe.  Too bad there wasn't any snow, maybe we could have gone for a sleigh ride!

Christmas in the town of Rhinebeck, in upstate New York.  Dog friendly towns in New York
What, we're not going for a sleigh ride?! 

At night the streets were all lit up with beautiful Christmas lights.  It was so nice to stroll through the town in the evening enjoying all the lights.

The town of Rhinebeck, New York all lit up for the holidays
Rhinebeck all lit up for the holidays

I love Broadway shows in New York City, but I really enjoy dinner theater too. Great food and a show at the same time - I love it! A wonderful theater company performed A Christmas Carol in dinner theater style and sang Christmas carols right in the Beekman Arms hotel.  We loved it!  The actors and singers were all so talented.  The little boy who played Tiny Tim was such a talent, I won't be at all surprised if I see that kid on broadway one day soon.

Live performance of A Christmas Carol, performed at the Beekman Arms Hotel in Rhinebeck New York.  Wonderful Dinner theater performance
The talented theater company performed A Christmas Carol at the Beekman Arms hotel

I hope you enjoyed this post. We love sharing our dog friendly adventures and all the great pet friendly hotels and other places we've taken Icy and Phoebe to.  If you're interested in other dog friendly vacations and pet travel tips, check out more of our Dog Friendly Travel posts.

What dog friendly place can you suggest visiting?  Leave us a comment and share! We love hearing from you. πŸΎπŸ’–


Unknown said...

I love when you share about these quaint places which are dog friendly as it opens my eyes more to needing to get away from San Francisco with Layla and start exploring. Thanks for the great post

Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm said...

RHINEBECK, New York sounds like a great destination! Beekman Arms looks like a very nice dog-friendly accommodation. We're heading to Lake Placid, New York this summer. I can't wait! Thanks for the post.

Ruby's Rescued Life said...

Thanks Cathy. Rhinebeck looks wonderful. I wasn't familiar with this town before but it definitely looks like a place to visit especially around the holidays. I'm sure it is lovely at night. I also love dinner theater, too, especially around the holidays.

Glad you were able to get away and enjoy some time with Phoebe and Icy!

Chelle said...

Looks like fun! I'm in northern NJ, and don't think Rhinebeck is all that far from us, but I've never been there before. We'll have to check it out sometime - with the dogs, of course!

M. K. Clinton said...

What a great adventure! It looks like a very quaint town to visit and dog-friendly is pawsome.

Impurrfectlife said...

Sweet! If it's one thing I miss about living in NYC it's exploring beyond the boroughs more. I remember hearing about Rhineback NY but never traveled there. Thanks for sharing your adventures and insight. It looks like a quaint town. :)

MattieDog said...

I think this looks like such a wonderful getaway! The Guest House at the Beekman Arms looks like a very welcoming place to then go exploring and the nearby hikes look like a great time!

Holly said...

Looks like a great place to get away with the dogs. I love the holiday lights.

Dash Kitten Crew said...

Oh I have heard of Rhinebeck. It's home to a famous Sheep and Woll show and knitters abolustley love the place. They all knit special cardigans and jumpers to show off!

Now Idefinely need to visit and I love your pictures!

I hope you have a good 2019 * hugs *

Baymonkey said...

Traveling with dogs is the best kind of travel! Loved your Rhinebeck travel story and the sleigh photo (so cute). We are off again for MLK day to Carmel and Monterey!

DawgBlogger said...

Looks like a lovely place with plenty of areas for wonderful walks. Gotta have a place for great walks.

Beth said...

One of my sisters goes to Rhinebeck ever year for the fiber festival. I'll have to tell her about the Guest House for this year.

Kaye With Dogs said...

enjoyed the informative holiday getaway adventure with the dogs and nice to know Beekman Arms does have one building that allows pets. You have such adorable dogs!

Best Regards, Cute Pet Dogs

FiveSibesMom said...

My daughter and I love Rhinebeck! We are there often! (Samuel's Sweet Shop is a fave)! I love the photo of Phoebe in the sled! The next time you go there, we should meet up! Great post - Pinned and sharing on FB!

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