Traveling with Pets - a Trend that's here to Stay

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Traveling with the family pet is becoming more and more common and the travel industry has responded. According to the Travel Industry of America, 14 percent of all U.S. adults (29.1 million) say they have traveled with a pet on a trip of 50 miles or more in the past three years. At an historic resort on the shores of Lake Champlain, there’s a long history of welcoming guests with their four legged family friends and seen the trend has increased significantly in the past several years.

“Pets have numbered among Basin Harbor’s guests from the founding days of the resort in 1886,” states Pennie Beach, Fourth Generation Host of Basin Harbor Club. “While dogs comprise most of our pet guests, we have also welcomed cats, gerbils and birds.”

Basin Harbor Club has seen an increase in pet guests particularly in the past five years, in keeping with national trends.

Pet travel has become a booming industry with dedicated web sites, special pet travel guidebooks and numerous newspaper and magazine articles about the subject available. Additionally, entire lines of pet travel products are available to make traveling more comfortable for the pooch and more convenient for the owners. From pet car seat belt/restraint systems and harnesses, to all in one rolling carrier, backpack, car seat and pet bed/travel kennel – and don’t forget ready to feed travel pet meals—it’s all out there for the pet owner who knows that a family vacation just isn’t complete without every member of the family.

All well-behaved pets are welcome at Basin Harbor Club. As part of the Pet Package at Basin Harbor, furry guests are promised exceptional service as well as their owners. Canine visitors are treated to Vermont made dog biscuits, pick-up mitts and a welcome letter from the resort dog’s, Ava, Piccolo and Fanny. Dog walking and dog sitting services are available as well. The special overnight package for dog lovers includes a customized dog bed, BHC collar and leash and a logoed photo frame to showcase the picture we will take for you here at the resort. For the two-legged guests, it includes a country breakfast each day. Package rates are valid for cottages only and start at $407. Rates are double occupancy and do not include tax and service.

The resort is located on 700 acres, is ideal for animals to be exercised in surroundings pleasant for both pet and owner. And the resort’s individual cottages are perfect for everyone to be comfortable and considerate of others.

For more information on Basin Harbor Resort, please visit or call 1-800-622-4000.


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