When you feel the need to get away from it all, the last thing you want to do is leave your beloved pet at home. Opt for pet-friendly destinations in Vermont, complete with sandy beaches and gentle waves your dog can enjoy, too. Let your dog make a splash at Moss Glenn Falls in Stowe, or take a dip in the 20-foot swimming hole in Reading. When you stay at one of numerous Vermont vacation rentals, you can easily enjoy walking trails boasting breathtaking views, as well as pet-friendly beaches and attractions for everyone in your family, including your dog. When planning your next trip with your pet, consider these five dog-friendly beaches and cities in Vermont.

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1. Starr Farm Park Beach, Burlington

Give your pup a chance to jump, run, and make a splash when booking a pet-friendly vacation rental near Starr Farm Park Beach in Burlington. This park is open to pets on leashes and offers scenic views for the entire family to enjoy. While vacationing in Burlington with your pampered pooch, check out the sights of the city where your pup is welcome, such as Magic Hat Brewing Company’s patio and the hiking paths of the Island Line Rail Trail. Mingle with other pet owners when letting your dog roam on a leash at Mills Riverside Park in nearby Jericho for the day. When Fido is worn out, he can relax at your cozy rental while you and the rest of the family ride your bikes on the Burlington Bike Path, watch the boats at Waterfront Park, or go shopping at the Burlington Farmers Market.

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2. Moss Glenn Falls Trails Beach, Stowe

Treat your adventurous dog to a day of splashing in the waterfalls on the Moss Glenn Falls Trails Beach in Stowe. Leashed dogs are welcome on the 2.9-mile trek that leads to a stunning waterfall. Get in some exercise with Fluffy, and then give him a chance to cool off in the refreshing falls. This spot also offers the perfect backdrop for a picture with your pooch. This pet-friendly Vermont city is home to outdoor activities where dogs are welcome, such as the Stowe Recreation Path, ideal for morning walks after a peaceful night of sleep in your vacation rental. Grab a bite to eat and some brews at the Alchemist with your dog by your side on the patio, and then head to Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop in nearby Waterbury with man’s best friend to enjoy a sweet treat.

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3. Trails Around Middlebury Streams, Middlebury

Roam around the lush forests and trees of the Trails Around Middlebury during your morning walks with your best friend, and then let your pup make a splash at the streams situated along the trails to cool off. This pet-friendly park and watering hole welcomes dogs as long as they’re on leashes and all waste is picked up promptly by pet owners. See the beautiful Vermont countryside on your daily walk, and then let your hound rest comfortably in your vacation rental while you and the family visit the UVM Morgan Horse Farm and attend a theatrical performance at the Town Hall Theater. The Vermont Soap Factory offers daily tours with sweet-smelling rewards, while the Mahaney Center for the Arts indulges the art enthusiasts.

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4. Burton Island State Park Beach, Saint Albans

Opt for seclusion and quality time with your pet when booking a vacation rental near Burton Island State Park in Saint Albans. Enjoy daily walks on the sandy beach of the state park with your pet during the early mornings and late evenings in the peak seasons and summer months. Your dog must be on a leash, and all waste must be disposed of properly. After sinking your toes and his paws in the sand, set out to explore the city’s attractions with a hike along the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, or drop off Spot at your vacation rental and bike the trails with rentals from Porter’s Bike Shop. If you and your pet love to sit and relax while fishing, opt for a guided fishing excursion with Uncle Jammer’s Guide Service.

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5. Twenty-Foot Hole Beach, Reading

Let your pup swim in his very own private oasis when hiking the Reading trails to reach the Twenty-Foot Hole Beach. This secluded beach area hidden off Tyson Road offers a 20-foot hole natural swimming pool and cliffs for the kids to jump off of to join your pet in the water. A vacation rental near this swimming hole also puts you near big attractions in the small, charming town of Reading. Drop off your pup at your rental for his afternoon nap and soak up the history in nearby Plymouth with tours of the Calvin Coolidge Homestead, the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, and the Hall Art Foundation. Stop in for some souvenirs and homemade gifts at Rockledge Farm Woodworks, and then sip on a glass of chardonnay in nearby Proctorsville at the Brook Farm Vineyards before joining your pet back at your vacation rental.

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