Dog-friendly vacation spots in Tampa Bay

Hmph. recently released a list of its top ten dog-friendly vacation spots. We didn’t make the list. I don’t understand. St. Petersburg — indeed, the whole Tampa Bay area — is a paradise for dog lovers.

Don’t they know about our many, many dog-friendly dining options? Here’s just a small sampling.

What about the summer-full of dog-friendly events — baseball games, dog swim day, costume parties, dog washes …? And during the year, we have the dog-friendly Saturday market, Fort DeSoto and other dog parks and dog beaches, yappy hours, and year-round (well except for August) fabulous weather? What are they looking for, anyhow?

Oh, I get it. Maybe the person who came up with the list lives here and is suggesting places we can go for vacation with our dogs. Well, here are the cities came up with:

Cape Cod, Mass.

Black Hills, S.D.

St. Augustine, Fla.

Carmel / Monterey, Calif.

Colorado Springs Colo.

Bar Harbor / Acadia Maine

Virginia City, Nev.

Sedona / Grand Canyon, Ariz.

Mendocino, Calif.

Chattanooga, Tenn.

Honorable mentions went to Amarillo, Texas; Medora, N.D.; Outer Banks, N.C.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Yellowstone / Grand Teton, Wyo.

I heartily endorse the selection of Black Hills, SD. Stay at Anise’s BnB4Pets. It is wonderful. Visit the Badlands and hike with your dog. It’s close enough that you could add on a visit to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Be forewarned, though. National Parks are not entirely dog-friendly. Many, including Yellowstone, severely restrict where dogs may walk, even on leash. If you're near Yellowstone, don't miss the dog-friendly and luxurious Chico Hot Springs Resort.

Write in with your favorite dog-friendly vacation spots!

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