Spending more time at home in recent months has allowed us to bond with our dogs: They’ve been our co-workers, standing lunch dates and excuses to get out of the house (another walk, why not?).
But maybe you need to get out of the house for longer than a stroll around the block — and don’t want to have to look into those big, sad brown eyes as you roll your suitcase out the door. It’s possible to do it safely at Long Island hotels that are taking COVID-19 precautions, and you don’t have to leave your dog home, either. These six dog-friendly Long Island hotels invite pups to kick their paws up and stay a while.
Just walking into a room at this Hamptons escape is like a breathe of fresh air. The decor is nautical and airy, with white-washed walls, plush linens and throw pillows and photos that give a nod to the area’s seafaring history. Nice as the trimmings are, the views are even better. Sixty-seven guest rooms offer views of the harbor and village, and both are within walking distance — giving you and your dog a chance to easily take in the sights and sniffs.
Located at the entrance to Long Island wine country, this four-star pet-friendly hotel is set in a low-rise red brick building and is less than 20 minutes from local vineyards. The rooms boast large windows that let the sunlight pour in and give your pup a sun puddle to sleep in. Though the fitness center is closed, Bistro 72, which features farm-to-table bites and sources ingredients from local farms, is still operating on limited hours.
This boutique hotel opened in 2019 and continues to provide guests with an intimate experience inside its 16-room digs. The stylish exterior and lobby boast a sleek black-and-white color scheme that feels a little bit city and every bit elegant. The rooms take a softer, more neutral approach. Think white walls, gray and beige linens and minimalist greenery. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from the downtown area, which features high-end pet boutique Harbor Pet. Allow your pup to peruse the shelves for a splurgy treat — no one deserves to be spoiled more than Fido.
This East End B&B is still serving its much-loved breakfast (now picnic style in your room) and still welcoming pets with open (now socially distanced) arms. Each of the 10 rooms offers something different, from the stunning, 4,000-square-foot Graybarn Cottage to Room Four, a zen respite with calming light blue walls and Chinese lamps.
John F. Kennedy and Charles Lindbergh both spent time at this old-world luxury hotel. Your dog deserves to sprawl and catch a sunbeam there, too. In-room dining is available, but if you want to give your pup some alone time, consider making a reservation at the Garden City-gloo. The private igloos allow for socially-distanced service on the patio during winter months. Enjoy the comfort-food-driven menu (think tacos and fondue) and keep your Instagram app open.
This three-star hotel features colorful rooms that instantly lift guests’ spirits. Though your dog can’t appreciate the mood-boosting color scheme, he can appreciate the treats that the staff keeps on hand, plush beds, and the fact that you can order contactless in-room dining (calories don’t count for dogs on vacation, either).