There are lots of hotels and motels that say they are dog friendly, but there are few so RoadDog friendly as where we stayed in Boothbay Harbor. Having told you about the town a few weeks ago, let me now tell you about where we stayed.
The Flagship Inn deserves a special mention. It really was a home away from home for us during part of our August vacation.
From the time we rolled in until the time we pulled out a few days later, Jake was pretty much a happy dog. First of all, the staff were friendly and accommodating. Not once did it feel like a motel that allowed dogs. Instead, it was a motel that welcomed dogs. And believe me, when you travel with a dog you very quickly learn the difference.
The staff welcomed all three of us when we arrived. We weren’t given a long list of rules. We weren’t told that we couldn’t leave Jake alone in the room, which can be truly problematic. That left Jake opportunities to nap — while we went to the pool for a swim or relaxed in the hot tub in the late afternoon, one evening when we went to the theatre next door (more about that another week) and in the mornings when we went for breakfast. (Our boy is not an early riser when travelling and likes that extra hour of sleep while we get organized and fed.)
Staff at the Flagship Inn even left Jake a little care package in our room. We arrived to find two different types of locally-made doggie treats and, are you ready for this, a stuffed toy. Jake loved the little brown moose, which immediately made him happy and playful and is now part of our living room collection (I may soon have to get a third basket – oh my!)
But there was a whole other dimension to RoadDog’s stay at the Flagship and that was all about the location. The inn is tremendously conveniently located with an ice cream shop and veggie stand on one side and a trail and parkland behind.
Within an hour of arriving, we were enjoying ice cream at a picnic table. Even better, Jake not only got his own ice cream, but the girl sprinkled it with several tiny Milkbones. He was one seriously happy dog.
I then ducked into the veggie stand (where ironically the employee had just returned from a visit to Nova Scotia) and bought some wonderfully fresh green beans. They make an excellent snack, both for me and for Jake. (A dog really needs something more nutritious than ice cream from time to time and Jake does love green beans. Steve is less convinced about veggies as a snack or in general for that matter.)
Our little motorcycle trio then went for a walk along the trail behind the inn, discovering the wonderful Penny Lake Preserve. It’s a wetland and wildlife habitat, which provided both a chance to stretch our legs (especially Jake’s) and enjoy some quiet solitude.
Yes, the Flagship Inn was a wonderful experience. One we hope to repeat someday down the road when we return to the wonderful Boothbay Harbor.