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Dogs Make Cheap, Fun Company at Dog-Friendly Hotels

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There are many dog-friendly destinations for you and your four-legged friends. Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Here are some dog-friendly getaways where you definitely won’t be ruff-ing it.

For me, part of the fun of traveling is taking my Havanese on the road. I’m always looking for a dog-friendly hotel that’s convenient and affordable.

Paws down, the La Quinta chain is my fave. First runner up is Motel 6. I love that these chains do not charge an extra penny for my pooch.

Just as they are doing for their human counterparts, more and more hotels and resorts are piling on the pampering for "four on the floors.”

Finding dog-friendly digs in Atlantic City is not such a gamble with the addition of Harrah’s Marina Tower to the mix. For an extra $50 per night, lucky dogs under 50 pounds can check into one of 16 rooms on the third floor, closer to a private outdoor relief area.

Taking a dog on vacation might seem redundant, but one B&B in the Hudson Valley takes a dog day afternoon very seriously. Audrey’s Farmhouse in Walkill is as good as it gets with a wide open lawn, hammocks and run of the house.

"It’s really a resort for dogs, and the people just seem to come along," says owner Audrey Leff.

A five-course gourmet breakfast is included and pets stay free.

To really put on the dog, the Greenbrier in West Virginia sets aside twelve of their historic Paradise Row Cottages for families with dogs under 30 pounds.

The fee per stay is $150 and includes treats, the use of a bed and a bowl plus a deep-cleaning of each guesthouse, which is nothing to sneeze at.

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