The resort has wide open spaces where guests and their pets can run around together as well as play in the Frisbee golf course, parks, vineyards and nature areas that are just a short drive or complimentary bike ride away.

If Fido is a city dog, the Tides Inn is like a doggie nature camp.

With the Tides Inn's Pampered Paws Program, four-legged guests can expect to be treated to a supply of waste bags, a special door hanger to alert staff to your pet's presence, a resort map with marked doggie relief stations, as well as pet sitting and grooming available through the resort's concierge.

Pets are also welcome to join their owners for dinner at the Chesapeake Club's outdoor seating or take a swim in the bay.

"Our staff gets to know pet guest's likes and dislikes and their names, adding that true personal touch. Most of us and so many residents of the Northern Neck are animal lovers, and it shines through at the resort," says Gordon Slatford, the hotel's general manager.

Slatford says the market for pet travel continues to expand.

"Solo travelers are a growing market, and we see that these travelers like to bring pets as companions," says Slatford. This is especially true of destinations where travelers arrive by car.

"Drive-market destinations make it easy to bring pets along for a trip, as they make great car confidants, are comforting, familiar and help reduce stress level," he says.

Slatford notes that hotels are finding that guests want to include their pets in all aspects of their lives. "Pets are even being included in weddings, and they oftentimes steal the show," he says.

If you go

Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday-Tuesday, New York City. For schedule and ticket information, go to

Pet-friendly hotels

Affinia Manhattan, 371 Seventh Ave., New York, 866-246-2203, Rates start at $169 per night, double occupancy, through Feb. 28. There is a pet fee of $75 per dog.

Hotel Monaco Baltimore, 2 N. Charles St., Baltimore, 443-692-6170.There are no weight restrictions or additional fees for pets. A pet concierge offers grooming, gourmet treats, and a map for dog walking and dog-friendly parks. In-room pet bed and food dishes are also provided.

Five Gables Inn & Spa, 209 North Talbot St., St. Michaels, 877-466-0100, There is a charge of $50 per stay for pets. While unattended, they must be crated. Only one dog per room is allowed, and it must weigh less than 75 pounds and be over a year old.

Tides Inn, 480 King Carter Drive, Irvington, Va., 804-438-5000, The pet fee is $35 per animal. No more than two pets per room are allowed. Pet-friendly rooms include bed, water bowl and treats. Pet sitting and grooming is also available. Pets are not allowed in some public spaces, including the pool and restaurants.