Igloo Dining With Your Dog: 6 Pet-friendly Restaurants With Outdoor Domes

Whether you call it an igloo, a dome, a bubble or a pod, dining has taken an unexpectedly sci-fi turn this year. Due to rules and regulations in most states, it’s always been difficult to find a restaurant that welcomes dogs inside. However, with varying comfort levels and fewer establishments offering dine-in this year, restaurateurs are having to think outside the box, and inside the dome. Dine in (sort of) with your pooch by your side at these totally 2020 eateries.

1. Publico

Atlanta, GA

A woman and her dog at Publico's outdoor dining igloo.

“Why are there no flowers in this greenhouse?” – Photo by Facebook.com/PublicoMidtownATL

If you put the words “toasty” and “igloo” together, you usually end up with a puddle, but that’s not the result at the much-loved Atlanta brunch spot, Publico. The owners love taking their pups wherever they go and wanted to offer “paw-trons” the same thing, which includes dining inside the bubbles on the outdoor patio. Each one is heated by a toasty fire for crisp winter nights. Reserve your night inside under the stars here.

You won’t have to drag Fido away from Publico at bedtime. Loews Atlanta Hotel offers treats and a comfortable sleep just a few blocks away.

2. Detroit Fleat

Ferndale, MI

Detroit Fleat

Dining is better when you’re together. – Photo by @detroitfleat

Grab a bite to eat and a winter treat at Detroit Fleat inside one of six cozy, heated igloos. Metro Detroit’s first (and only) food truck park offers beverages and snacks for every taste, from a cocoa bar to s’mores kits, a beer barge and more. Enjoy it all away from the crowds with your pod inside one of their pods. Get the low-key party started here.

Canines are just as welcome at this dog-friendly home in Ferndale as their owners.

3. Cork Bar & Restaurant

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Cork Bar & Restaurant

The atmosphere is bubbling. – Photo by Facebook.com/Corkdining

When Fido loves eating outside but winter weather gets in his way, Cork Bar & Restaurant has the solution. The pretty patio now offers dining out with a difference in a range of heated pods. While you experience an eclectic mixture of American and Italian cuisine, your pooch can nibble on a side of chicken. Book an igloo for two here.

For an affordable stay in Wilkes-Barre, look no further than Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center.

4. Timber Kitchen & Bar

Bangor, ME

Timber Kitchen & Bar

“I’m the ‘igloo’ that keeps us together.” – Photo by @simon.stumps

Shout “timber!” at the top of your voice and watch the good times fall into your lap with a delicious dinner in a dome at Timber Kitchen & Bar. Huddle in a bubble with your nearest and dearest at this sleek American eatery and dig into a wood-fired pizza. Call ahead to guarantee your spot at the restaurant with the much-loved motto, “Work hard, play hard.”

Go from dome to home away from home at nearby SureStay by Best Western.

5. Konoba Huntington

Huntington, NY

Konoba Huntington

Curbside igloo eating for the win! – Photo by Facebook.com/konobahuntington

Spend an evening in an intimate igloo in front of Konoba Huntington. The smallest pods on our list may not accommodate Great Danes, but smaller dogs are invited to cozy up with their owners inside these mini plastic enclosures. If your dog is too big to fit comfortably, head to nearby Six Harbors Brewing Company, where you can meet resident pups Buddy and Barley and order Konoba’s food delivered to your table to accompany your brew.

Cram your fam into this cozy cottage nearby.

The Inn at Perry Cabin

St. Michaels, MD

The Inn at Perry Cabin

Dine by the waterfront in a classy greenhouse. – Photo by Facebook.com/InnatPerryCabin

Dine in style in one of three pet-friendly greenhouses at The Inn at Perry Cabin. This luxurious resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore provides a decadent escape at a charming manor house. If you choose to stay elsewhere, you can still tuck into a delicious meal overlooking the water in your private greenhouse with your pooch for company.

Once Fido has licked your plate clean, head back to a pet-friendly room at the Inn and order him a post-meal snack from the pet menu delivered to your door.

7. Honcho

Clarkston, MI

Honcho

There’s no place like dome. – Photo by Facebook.com/EatHoncho

Bring the head honcho of your household (Fido) to Honcho for Latin American fare with a cool side of North Pole vibes. Originally brought in as a gimmick in 2018, the domes have become the best option for dine-in at the popular restaurant in 2020, with limited capacity allowed indoors. Chow down with your Chow Chow here.

Follow up your unique dining experience with an equally unusual stay on a lakefront horse farm.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as Igloo Dining With Your Dog: 6 Pet-friendly Restaurants With Outdoor Domes.

Follow “The Pack” to 9 Pet-friendly Destinations Around the World

There were no “bark-uments” in my house when Amazon Prime Video released “The Pack” on Nov. 20. Me and my main pooch, Bagel, binge-watched nine thrilling episodes of the unscripted competition series as soon as it began streaming, because we couldn’t wait to find out who won (spoiler alert: we did). Connected by amazing bonds (and a leash), the 12 dog and human duos hustled their way from country to country, completing challenging tasks along the way. If you are as captivated by the nine destinations featured in the show as we are, you’ll love this rundown of pet-friendly places to stay, play and eat in every single one of them. While we may not be able to travel at the moment, watching “The Pack” is the next best thing to being there with our best friends!

Los Angeles

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

“The Pack” kicks off in the entertainment capital, Los Angeles. After you touch down at LAX, it’s time to get a glimpse of La La Land’s most recognizable landmark, the Hollywood Sign. Mount Hollywood Trail is an easy, 3-mile hike that leads to one of the best views of the sign and the Los Angeles Basin. When post-hike hunger strikes, head to Eveleigh for a taste of the LA food scene. This farm-to-table restaurant welcomes your A-list pooch to enjoy a side of eggs, bacon or chicken during weekend brunch, or you can sit down for an evening meal together. You’ll need a place to hole up and rewatch the LA episode, so check in at the W Los Angeles West Beverly Hills, one of the best pet-friendly hotels in the West. Canine guests receive a bounty of swag, including custom ID tags. As the sun starts to set, chill next to the pool at the on-site eatery, The Hideout.

Mexico City

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

The contestants hot-step it to Mexico’s bustling capital for the next set of challenges. Begin your tour of Mexico City at one of its many pet-friendly parks, like Parque Xicocenital, which boasts an enclosed space for off-leash fun in tranquil surroundings. Then, take a short walk to nearby Parque de los Venados to see the famous statues of deer. Fido will work up an appetite playing in the parks with local pups. You can both refuel at El Ocho Café Recreativo, a pet-friendly restaurant with a dog menu that includes cold canine beers. Spend the night at Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel and Towers overlooking the city’s most famous monument, El Ángel de la Independencia.

Costa Rica

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

Next stop Costa Rica, a land of golden sand beaches and luscious green rainforests. The Central American country is home to one of the world’s most unique rescue organizations, Territorio De Zaguates – Land Of The Strays. Although Fido can’t visit with you, donations are welcome to keep this free-range dog-topia running and rescuing. One place you can bring your pooch is Uvita Beach, a lovely example of the country’s stunning coastline. If your dog’s more of a city “licker” than a beach bum, pack your bags and head to the capital, San Jose. Embrace the laid-back vibes under the palm trees of Feria Verde, an open-air market that specializes in organic produce and unique crafts. Every Saturday, dogs and their owners gather here to sniff out samples at the stalls, grab a bite to eat, then let off steam at the adjacent football field. When it comes time to say goodbye to Fido’s new best friends, check in at the colorful Casa Lima Bed and Breakfast.

Vienna

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

Mozart, Beethoven and Freud all resided in Austria’s capital of Vienna, so it’s only right that your furry prodigy gets the chance to follow in their paw prints. Located at the foothills of the Alps along the banks of the Danube, the historic European destination offers a unique cityscape to explore. Sigmund-Freud-Park is a pretty green space with Votivkirche, a neo-gothic church, in the background. You can also pay a visit to the gorgeous grounds of The Hofburg, a former imperial palace. European laws often permit dogs inside restaurants, which means you’ll find food for all tastes in comfort across the city. Cafe Landtmann has been serving local delicacies for nearly 150 years, and will whip up a fresh bowl of chicken for Fido if he asks nicely. Dogs of all sizes are welcome to explore Vienna on public transport, as long as they are leashed and you have a muzzle just in case. Take the subway back to the Radisson Blu Style Hotel Vienna, where you can rest up before the next stop on your “packed” tour.

Florence

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

Established by Julius Caesar in 59 BC, Florence has seen a lot of change over its long history but has always remained one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The capital of Italy’s Tuscany region is known for its access to world-class foraging. Does Fido have the nose to sniff out your fortune in truffles and mushrooms? These awesome Airbnb Experiences guide noobs through the process of finding these precious fungi. After you and your fun guy have finished foraging, experience the stunning sight of the city at sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of architectural treasures like the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Palazzo Vecchio. Seeing the city from above will make you want to dive right in. Head to the Santo Spirito neighborhood, a bustling area full of pet-friendly restaurants and quaint shops. Ristorante Quinoa serves healthy dishes at their courtyard tables. Settle in for the night at Relais Piazza Signoria, and wake up to the unique sight of Palazzo Vecchio up close from your bedroom window.

The Swiss Alps

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

The Alps cover more than 60% of Switzerland’s surface area, which means you’re never too far from Europe’s largest and most spectacular mountain range. Immerse yourself in snow peaked mountains with a trip to Zermatt, a popular resort for skiing, hiking and climbing. Hop aboard the world’s first fully electrified cog railway to Gornergrat. The stunning route will take you into the very heart of the Alps, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. With Fido’s boots firmly secured, he can run down the mountain by your side as you sled the day away or you can hike together to a unique igloo hotel built into the snow. Iglu-Dorf Zermatt hotel is a breathtaking village of snow homes with views of the sugared Matterhorn. Dogs can sleep in the igloo with you overnight, or just join you for a gooey fondue and a really chill vodka at the igloo village’s bar.

Paris

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

You’ll want to spend forever walking the enchanting streets of Paris with your pup, but if you haven’t got that long, there are a few must-see highlights. Get a taste for the city’s storied past with a stroll around the grounds of Jardin du Palais Royal. This 17th-century palace is surrounded by tree-lined pathways and pretty gardens. As with Vienna, all public transport in Paris allows dogs on board. Climb aboard the Metro or a city bus and make your way to Trocadéro Gardens. Located across the river from the Eiffel Tower, it offers stunning views of the iconic monument. You can get another perspective from the River Seine on board a Batobus Paris ferry. After your water tour, make your way to Rue Montorgueil, known locally as food street. Sit outside at the much-loved Le Compas, a grand bistro with superb outdoor seating for “Paw-risian” people and pup watching. Say bonne nuit to your French adventure and enjoy 40 winks at Hotel Belfast, located just three minutes from the Arc de Triomphe.

London

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

Fido is cordially invited to enjoy a charming jaunt through England’s capital. Tower Bridge is arguably the most famous landmark in London, and it’s also one of the only museums or cultural public buildings that welcomes dogs. Tower Bridge Exhibition invites you and your furry friend to walk high above the bridge and Thames River on a see-through walkway. They even host a VIPooch Day in January. Afterwards, make use of the pet-friendly transport system in London, where buses, trains, Tubes and trams are all free for four-legged passengers. Hop off to explore Hyde Park’s pretty trails before visiting one of the most pet-friendly bars in the city, Smith & Whistle. The swanky bar known by “paw-trons” as Mayfair’s local offers London’s first permanent drinks list for pups, including a range of cocktails like Bubbly Bow Wow and Poochie Colada. Continue to pamper your pooch at The Egerton House Hotel, which provides dog beds and bowls as well as dog sitting, walking and grooming services.

Utah

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Photo by Prime Video/”The Pack”

The action-packed series reaches its exciting climax in Utah, an outbound hound’s dream destination. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, who has teamed up with Prime Video for the “Pack Walk Challenge,” calls Kanab its home base. Drive through the canyon where the sanctuary is located and visit pet-friendly spots like the beautiful natural amphitheater and pet cemetery along the way. If you’re lucky enough to win one of the 20 lottery tickets awarded each day to visit The Wave, check off this bucket-list activity next. Otherwise, join Dreamland Safari Tours for an epic adventure through the similarly scenic backcountry of Paria Canyon Wilderness.

Back in Kanab, enjoy a fresh pie on the heated patio at Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen, before finishing your day at Best Friends Roadhouse & Mercantile, where your pup is welcome … and expected! The hotel is your in-town connection to the animal sanctuary, and provides canine guests with pet nooks with special pull-out beds, a pet washing station, and use of a fenced-in dog park with a splash zone.

Are you a member of “The Pack?” Join them on Facebook and check out their “Pawsitive Impact” stories throughout the month by searching #thepacktv. Sign-up for the “Pack Walk Challenge” in the MapMyFitness or MyFitnessPal apps, free to download, available Nov. 20-Dec. 19.

While traveling with your dog is exciting and fun, remember that it’s easy to pick a location close to home to visit. If you do travel to other cities, states, or even countries, CDC guidelines strongly recommend checking local guidelines for any travel during COVID.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as Follow “The Pack” to 9 Pet-friendly Destinations Around the World.

Why We’re Extra Grateful for Our Dogs This Thanksgiving

There’s no questioning that 2020 has been a bit “ruff.” But through it all, our dogs have been there by our side, always ready to bring us comfort and put a smile on our faces. Especially in difficult times, we know our lives are infinitely better with our furry best friends in them. So here are just a few reasons why we’ll be giving out extra belly rubs in gratitude this Thanksgiving.

Because Dogs Are Emotionally Intuitive

Dog sits with family in fall leaves.

Photo by Merritt/BringFido

“I am thankful for my little wild child because she brings such joy to our lives. She always seems to sense when I need her snuggles and comes and lays across me like my own furry comfort blanket, and her quirks are an endless source of family giggles. Her happiness is our happiness, and our lives are so much richer with her in them.”

Dogs Are Great Motivators

BringFido employee and pets.

Photo by Lauren/BringFido

“My dogs get me out of the house for a walk, even when it’s really hard to get myself motivated to do anything. Although sometimes I would love a little extra time to sleep in, I know the routine and consistency are beneficial to all of us in countless ways.”

For Wonderful Memories

BringFido employee and pets.

Photo by Erin/BringFido

“My beloved best friend, Lily-Monet, passed away this summer. I’m so thankful for our time together over the last 14 years. She had such a vivacious personality and gave me unconditional love from day one. We really were lifelong companions, and I am filled with gratitude that we got to spend the last almost half of her life as coworkers at BringFido. I’m thankful that while I was hard at work, Lily could snore on my desk and then go to the breakroom to enjoy long lunch hours begging for scraps. She was a funny and beautiful little Bichon. I’m just so grateful that I was her mom.”

Because of the Grooviness

BringFido employee and pets.

Photo by Billy/BringFido

“I’m thankful for my best friend and partner in crime, Bagel, for the laughs, adventures and generally being an all-around groovy dude.”

They Don’t Care How (or if) You’re Dressed

BringFido employee and pets.

Photo by Sam/BringFido

“I’m thankful for Hank because he never judges me if I just want to be lazy and spend all day on the couch. This year, we’ve spent a lot of time at home watching TV and taking a lot of naps, and he never once complained.”

The Snuggles, of Course!

BringFido employee and pets.

Photo by Kate/BringFido

“When life gets ruff (looking at you, 2020) my dogs are always there for unconditional love, cuddles, and comic relief.”

All About the Love

BringFido employee and pets.

Photo by Beth Shoemaker Photography

“Like so many families, our day-to-day lives changed dramatically this year, but our gremlins have helped our family keep things simple and uncomplicated. At the end of the day, life’s all about loving and being loved, isn’t it?”

This post from BringFido originally appeared as Why We’re Extra Grateful for Our Dogs This Thanksgiving.

How to Travel Safely With Fido This “Howliday” Season

There’s no denying that the holiday season will feel different this year. The biggest Thanksgiving “paw-rades” will be virtual, and the carols will be hushed at Christmas Markets around the world, but your pup can still get into the spirit of things. Dig out her pugliest sweater, line the table with festive food, and queue up the flicks. Here’s how to stay safe and celebrate with Fido this holiday season.

Safety First

Dogs on vacations

“I’m glad y’all are in my pod.” – Photo by Joan

The old saying tells us that there’s safety in numbers, but the opposite may be true this year. It’s hard to imagine a holiday season without seeing your family. However, the recommended advice is to stick to gatherings of people in your household.

“In-person gatherings that bring together family members or friends from different households, pose varying levels of risk,” cautions the CDC in reference to holiday gatherings. This is especially true when considering vulnerable or elderly family members.

“Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not from your household. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). Avoid contact with anyone who is sick,” the CDC says. If you do plan to hang out with family and friends outside of your household, encourage attendees to self-quarantine for two weeks before meeting up.

Getting from A to B

Dogs on a car

“Stop messing around? We can’t ‘ear you!” – Photo by Vicki

Driving is always the best way to travel with your pooch. The only problem is your plan to self-quarantine could be undone by a single hunger pang. Avoid this potential pitfall by packing plenty of food and water for you and Fido to enjoy on the road, so you avoid unnecessary stops in crowded places. When you do have to refuel or use the bathroom, plan your trip around rest stops off the beaten path, where you’re less likely to run into strangers and there’s usually more space for dogs to enjoy a nice walk.

How To Get The “Paw-ty” Started Safely

dogs together

“Did you guys sanitize?” – Photo by iStock/ RobertPlotz

Just because you’ve reached your destination safely doesn’t mean precautions should be cast aside. Cramming into a crowded house with poor circulation exposes you and your loved ones to risk. Instead, how about a family camping trip this year, where everybody can stay in separate tents and share a communal space in the fresh air? These pet-friendly campgrounds go above and beyond for canine guests. Pampered pups might prefer glamping to “ruffing” it in the great outdoors. If you want to congregate in a family home, head to a family member who lives in a small town rather than a big city. No matter where you decide to meet up with your pack, try to spend time outdoors if you can. Wrap up warm and share “tails” around a fire pit. Fido can keep snug and build morale by acting as the family quarantine buddy in this fetching ensemble.

Why a Pet-Friendly Hotel Beats Staying With Relatives

A dog and a christmas tree

“Where are the presents?” – Photo by @poppy.thedoodle

Pet-friendly hotels have always offered a safe haven for canines to escape holiday gatherings. This year, it’s medically advisable to avoid staying with your sister and her five kids ─ what a great excuse! Even during regular circumstances, a hotel room offers more space to sprawl out and enjoy a dog nap, and a calmer environment for anxious pups. If you choose the right one, Fido can also enjoy the lovely holiday decorations. As an added bonus, you’ve got professionals to help you clean up! If you’ve always dreamed of staying in that hotel in your family’s town with the big Christmas tree and the awesome pet amenities, now’s your chance.

There’s one additional reason to choose a hotel for your home away from home. With BringFido Deals, you can score a holiday stay for less. Look for the crossout pricing on properties around the country, and enjoy discounts of up to 50 percent this holiday season.

Fido is a Super Petter!

a woman carrying a dog

“When you’re this cute, people are gonna pet you!” – Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

Fortunately for Fido, there’s little evidence that Covid 19 can be passed from humans to dogs. This is great for him, but it doesn’t help two-legged guests. Just like any surface, it is possible that he can carry germs between two petters on his fur.

“Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people outside the household,” says the CDC.

It’s going to be difficult to prevent everybody’s favorite pooch getting all the pets during the holiday season, so remind people to wash their hands correctly or sanitize before and after a cuddle.

Staycation

a dog on a table

“Permission to plunge my face into that?” – Photo by iStock/manonallard

Staying at home this year doesn’t have to put a damper on celebrations. You can still spend quality time with your nearest and furriest. First, spend a day outside picking out the prettiest tree at a pet-friendly Christmas tree farm. After decorating the tree, there’s still lots of fun to be had. Just like drive-in movies have found a new lease of life during the pandemic, drive-thru Christmas light shows can also be enjoyed from the comfort of your car. Or, you can stay at home and learn to bake cookies together.

Adapt Your Vacation Plans

a man carrying a dog

“Man, these guys are a tough crowd!” – Photo by @strangelolo

In years gone by, people typically reserved hotels in big cities and popular destinations months in advance, so they could experience the majestic twinkling lights and atmosphere of destinations like New York and Chicago. This year, avoid the crowds and visit a smaller town, where a simple stroll through a decorated Main Street will fill you with holiday cheer.

Support Local Businesses

holiday season

“They can have all of my ‘paw-ket’ money!” – Photo by iStock J2R

There’s one way you can give “bark” this holiday season. Whether it’s sourcing food from local farmers or family-owned grocery stores, or supporting small businesses by purchasing Fido’s gifts from your friendly neighborhood pet shop, don’t forget to buy local. Remember, it’s been a tough year for everyone, and these stores are relying on the holiday season to get through a “ruff” year.

This post from BringFido originally appeared as How to Travel Safely With Fido This “Howliday” Season.