July 8, 2014 Written by

Pets are members of the family and are often included in vacation planning and other outings. While some families still opt to leave the pets at home with a sitter or board them at a local kennel, more places are becoming “pet-friendly.” And yes, pet owners are paying attention since they know Fido and Fluffy are welcome!

There are a number of things pet owners need to know before checking in with the furry members of the family.


Vacation with the whole family

Check the Rules

When making reservations, be sure you alert the hotel that you will be traveling with pets. It’s the time to check to see if there are any restrictions for the type and size of pets allowed at the facility. The establishment may require additional fees for pets upfront and staff can address those questions during the booking process.

The facility may also have specific requirements about keeping pets on a leash while walking around the property. The rules may also specify that pets must never be left unattended in guest rooms.

Allowed Spaces

There may be areas of the hotel property where pets are not allowed, like on the furniture, during the owner’s stay. Check with the hotel’s staff upon arrival to identify those areas. Also, find out where pets are free to roam in order to relieve themselves. The hotel may have space set aside specifically for pets, so become familiar with the location. Find out if the hotel has a stash of bags for cleanup purposes just in case you forgot to pack some or run out during the trip.


Know where you can cuddle with your pets


What to Pack

Although the new environment of the hotel room may be fun for everyone, pets may feel a bit more comfortable with their favorite toy, pillow or blanket. Make sure to have extra treats on hand since your pet will have to demonstrate extra good behavior while at the hotel. For instance, if pets are used to curling up with their owner to watch television but can’t do that while at the hotel, an extra treat might help soothe them over without much drama.

There’s a lot to consider at pet-friendly accommodations, but early planning can make the stay enjoyable for all, especially those on four legs.


Welcome to The (pet-friendly) Park on Main

Welcome To The Park On Main®

The Park On Main® Hotel in Highlands, N.C. is a pet-friendly hotel like much of the surrounding community. Several of our luxury suites are designated pet-friendly. Our staff will be happy to explain our Pet-Friendly Policy and to assist pet owners when making reservations.

Our hotel mascot, Mr. Pickles, a black Scottish terrier, serves to welcome all of our guests in a variety of ways from the room key cards to decorative designer pillows on guest beds. Pets receive a special treat in the lobby upon check-in. All of our pet-friendly suites include a McKenzie-Child water bowl and a pet bed. During special occasions like our upcoming grand opening, Mr. Pickles will travel to the hotel to meet everyone and see how things are going.

Follow Mr. Pickles on Twitter @MrPicklesOnMain and also learn more about The Park On Main® Hotel on Twitter or Facebook.

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About The Park on Main

The Park on Main hotel is located in the quaint village of Highlands, North Carolina, a picturesque mountain retreat nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. A boutique style hotel, the Park on Main offers 24 luxury suites, each facing an exquisitely landscaped central park-like garden terrace.

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