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August 31, 2012

Dog Friendly Travel @ Peralynna Inn - Columbia MD

Located in Columbia, MD is Peralynna Inn, which is a stone's throw away from major cities such as Baltimore, Washington DC and Annapolis and about a 40 minutes drive from the Chesapeake Bay. This B&B was built in 1996 and is comprised of units for dog friendly travelers as well as units for those that travel without man's best friend.

While staying here guests enjoy a breakfast of their choosing, made to order, along with snacks and beverages available throughout the day and night. In addition Peralynna offers several public spaces where guests can relax such as their great room with tables/chairs and plenty of natural sunlight, a library with plush seating, guest kitchen, and DVD library, as well as card table and pool table. Around back guests have access to a large deck where they can sun bath, read or grill and enjoy the outdoors.  Down the road are several parks with trails, fields and much more for those who enjoy an active vacation. If your idea of vacation is getting away from society, then this location has plenty to keep you occupied between the pool table, dvd/book libraries, grill, parks close by etc. And for those of us who enjoy shopping, it's about 20 minutes from Baltimore Harbor and shops as well as the Columbia Mall which was large and impressively clean compared to others I've visited.

If you are traveling with your pooch, as we did, it's great to find activities you can do with them so here are some suggestions:

  • Baltimore Harbor - while the shops are not "dog friendly" there is plenty to see and do outdoors and a handful of outdoor restaurants that allow dogs.
  • Centennial Park - trails, pond, boating and more and our pup especially enjoyed watching the ducks on the pond. They're her new obsession.
  • Bengie's Drive-In Theater - Open Friday through Sunday, they are dog friendly but the dogs must be kept on a leash
  • Cafe De Paris - a local restaurant whose menu features many French-inspired dishes, and their outdoor area is dog-friendly
  • Great Harvest Bread Co. - Open Tuesday through Friday and offering breads, soups and sandwiches

We really enjoyed out stay at Peralynna Inn; however, like anything, had it's pros and cons. I really liked that they allow their guests a list of breakfast options and can order what they want, as some guests may have dietary restrictions, so this is very considerate of guest diets and tastes. I also liked that our room had a private entrance to the outside, so that we could take our pup out anytime without bothering other guests. The location is close to major highways and within a 30 minutes drive to many things, which makes it ideal for people who want a bit of everything - countryside, nature, shopping, dining, and a "city" experience. Customer service was also exemplary. Renee at the front desk was amazingly helpful and on multiple occasions offered suggestions of where to eat, things to see and do. Peralynna's downsides were that the room we stayed in was on the small side and was missing several things I felt should have been included like a clock and our kitchenette was lacking dishes and silverware while it came with a fridge and microwave. My other qualm with this dog-friendly location is that I wished dogs were permitted in the common areas, as we had to keep her in the room while we relaxed in the other areas of the B&B.

All in all, it was an enjoyable experience and great location for a vacation. I would give it 3.5 stars out of five.

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