Thanks for the tips everyone. Looks like the Paws Inn is a great option, making Maine a serious contender for our week-long vacation this winter.
My wife and I have never done back country before, but this may be the spark to get it going. And we'll definitely look into Magic. I didn't even consider that we'd actually be able to bring the dog to the mountain; but after a little more research, I even saw some reviews saying dogs have been seen riding on lifts. We'll see.
A word of advice: make sure your pup is up to date with his/her flea control regimine. We stayed at a dog-friendly hotel near Stowe 7.5 years ago when I was pregnant (so it was a no-ski vacation for me) and even though the accommodations were very nice, we found fleas in our bed. I want to say it was called Two Dog Inn or something like that--it's no longer in operation--but just be careful. Don't want to bring home any stowaways.
Not all hills are dog-friendly, so if you're planning on walking around the base with your pup, it's a good idea to ask first. And sometimes people will call the authorities if people leave their dogs in cars all day and they're barking away, so use caution. Some consider that animal cruelty.
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Thanks again for the tips everyone.
We just booked time at Paws Inn in Bethel. Planning a few days at Sunday River, a day at Mt. Abram and some XC/snowshoeing with the puppy on an off-day. Seems like a great place - I appreciate it.
There is a Red Roof Inn in Rutland if you want to ski Pico or Killington. Red Roofs are dog friendly but you would have to find day care in the area.
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