Dogs deserve winter getaways too! It really doesn’t matter to a doggo what the weather is like - say the word ‘walk’ and they are with you every step of the way.
So there’s no need to leave your beloved four legged at home when you take a mid-winter break because there are plenty of places to stay and things to do that will welcome both you and your best friend in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
Take a different track on your daily walk, discover the cafes that say ‘we love dogs’ with a friendly bowl of water out front, and cosy up for a night in on the couch with your pooch at your feet. It’s hard to leave them behind but the good news is you don’t have to when you eat, play and stay in the Yarra Valley.
There are plenty of reasons to wag your tail when you take advantage of these great pet friendly opportunities to get your paws out of the city and into nature.
Bring your pooch to meet the farm dogs at Wiggley Bottom Farm. Stay a couple of nights and enjoy homemade soup with crusty French bread and butter, and a bottle of local red by the fire. Breakfast vouchers are included at the pet friendly My Little Kitchen in Healesville and spend some time out and about on a ‘Dog’s Bollocks' Pooches & Pinot wine tour. (Pooches & Pinot offer half day tours exploring the stunning Yarra Valley region visiting dog-friendly cellar doors, distilleries and breweries.)
Image your pooch with 20 acres of run-about room. A midweek stay at Chestnut Glade in Narbethong is fun for the whole family. For the kids there are orchards and chestnut glades to explore with the doggo, and a dog minding service if needed. You’ll be greeted by a complimentary cheese platter and views across the mountains that are especially jaw-dropping on starry, starry nights. A cooked breakfast (what doggo doesn’t enjoy a sausage!) and plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the late checkout makes this a bed and bark experience that’s a treat for everyone.
If your idea of a pamper is a spa treatment, but your doggos idea of a pamper is spending more time with you, then Pine Hill Caravan Park is the best of both worlds. Located on the outskirts of Lilydale, there’s access to the Yarra Valley in every direction and the good news is pets are welcome on allocated sites (unfortunately not in cabins). Stay midweek and receive a bonus spa voucher and a whole lot of tailwagging delight to be getting out of town.