The coastal region of the US state of New Jersey, Jersey Shore comprises miles of oceanfront and beach, so it’s a terrific place to bring your pooch. We’ve sniffed out hospitable stays for human and hound, where dog-pleasing digs come with beds, bowls and beach walks on the doorstep – and they’re all bookable on Culture Trip.
If you think GTL means “grab the leash”, then you’re definitely ready for a pet-friendly vacay along the Jersey Shore. (In the reality-TV show, it actually stands for gym, tan, laundry.) The Garden State is a great place to play, whether you have two legs or four. Digging holes in the sand, chowing down on Taylor ham, and rocking out to the Boss is a surefire way to make unforgettable memories with your dog in New Jersey, especially when you call these pet-friendly hotels home.
Seaview, A Dolce Hotel | Courtesy of Seaview, A Dolce Hotel / Expedia
Sweet slumber awaits you and your four-legged friend at Seaview. This secluded hotel has hosted famous (and furry) faces over the years; now it’s ready to host you and your cat or dog. For a nice long walk, we suggest the Pines Golf Course trail as it’s already equipped with “mess” bags. Maybe Fido will throw you a bone and let you play a round there or at Seaview or Galloway National… but only if you’re a good human.
Soak in the ocean views from your private terrace at Wave Resort. Your pup will love people watching and sniffing in the sea breeze. On a rainy day, let Rover curl up under the covers of your king bed, while you hop on a Peloton in the fitness center. Note: dogs aren’t allowed on the beach between May and September, so head northwest to off-leash dog park at Wolf Hill Recreation Area for a well-deserved run under the New Jersey sky.
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If there’s one reason to wag your tail at the Asbury Hotel, it’s because they donate portions of their pet-friendly room-cleaning fees to the Jersey Shore’s local shelter, Rescue Ridge. If there’s a second reason, it’s because this mixed breed of decor, cuisine and entertainment creates a stylish stay unlike anywhere else on the Shore. Catch a movie on the roof, grab a beer from the VW Bus bar by the pool, or indulge in local flavors like Juice Basin and Purple Glaze at the Counter Cafe. And, of course, mingle with other pet lovers.
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Close-to-the-airport Residence Inn makes the journey from middle seat to suite a cinch. The separate sleeping, working and living spaces won’t make your dog feel cramped – and the full kitchen makes refilling their bowl as easy as ordering room service. Looking for a little green space for them to do their business? Birch Grove Park has 271 acres (110ha) for them to sniff out a spot.
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Sonesta ES Suites Somers Point
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The apartment-style suites at Sonesta roll out the red carpet for dogs with special gifts at check-in and dedicated dog stations outside where they can mingle with other pups. Spend a little time on the Great Egg Harbor Bay reeling in fish or cruising on a boat with your best friend by your side. JFK Park is a quiet place for the two of you to relax without venturing far from your room.
With Bradley Cove Dog Beach half a mile (1km) away, the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel guarantees you’ll be returning home with a luggage full of sand. Let the breeze dry the two of you off with a walk down the boardwalk while you split one of Tony’s Italian sausages. When you’re ready to trot back to your room, let Spot snooze it off, while you sip on a mojito at the poolside Tiki Bar.
A rotating art gallery in the lobby. A happy hour with live music. A cozy fireplace in your suite. The Bungalow Hotel is ready made for a hip yet romantic getaway which your fur-child is invited to join. The Kahuna two-bedroom suite spoils your beau with bay windows and an oversized soaking tub, while your pooch gets a room all to themselves. Leisurely strolls along the Long Beach boardwalk, sniffing out bites and brews, will complete any evening; just be sure you know who’s walking who.
You’ll give two thumbs up to Beach Shack’s Paws Up package. Book a dog-friendly room and they’ll spoil your pup with a leash, bed, bowls, frisbee, treat, waste bags and more. Though dogs aren’t allowed on Cape May’s beaches, they’ll be comfortable in the suite while you go and lap up a few rounds of oysters and lagers at the Rusty Nail downstairs. Be kind and bring a doggie bag of leftovers back for Fido.