It seems like there's a national holiday for literally every interest, from tacos and tequila to "penguin awareness" and a National Limerick Day. And while I'm not one to subscribe to these marketing ploys, here's one I can definitely get behind: National Dog Day.
On August 26, celebrate all the love and lessons learned that your four-legged friends have brought into your life. As Forbes reports, there's actually plenty that dogs can teach us about life and even leadership. And what better way to show your pup you care than to take them with you on your next adventure? After all, a family trip isn't quite the same without the whole family—four-legged members included.
So instead of putting your pooch up in a cold and lonesome kennel—or attempting to sneak them into a hotel, hoping no one hears a bark—turn to these fantastic properties where you and your dog will both be pampered.
Newport, RI: The Vanderbilt
Newport is the ultimate East Coast escape for dog owners. From Brenton State Park and Fort Adams State Park, there's no shortage of outdoor space for canine friends to roam. And in town, pups are welcome at quintessential restaurants like The Black Pearl or Clarke Cook House. O’Brien’s Pub even offers special dog goodie bags, while Frosty Freez serves up a dog sundae. To stay, check out the Vanderbilt, which offers special pet events on their rooftop and a weekly Yappy Hour every Wednesday that includes a canine menu of chicken and rice, steak and grain pilaf, and banana frozen yogurt.
See full list of featured properties by Dan Q. Dao on forbes.com here.