I admit that Ryan does the heavy lifting when it comes to traveling with the dog. It’s Ryan who takes her on a walk before bedtime and first thing when we get up. He keeps a close eye on her at breweries and handles her as we walk the streets. I sincerely appreciate it because not only does it free up my hands for taking photos, I absolutely love traveling with her.
While she may falter in other areas when it comes to traveling she is a pro. Her first trip was just two weeks after we got her. We went to Salida when her ears were still wobbly.
As we walked into The Eddy Taproom & Hotel earlier this month, she looked around and I could tell she approved. After taking a biscuit from Susan at the front desk, she walked past two huskies lounging in the taproom and got on the elevator. When we arrived in the room, she acted the way she does in every hotel room.
“I guess we live here now.”
Colorado is a dog-friendly state. Even big dogs are invited to many fine hotels across the Rocky Mountain state. However, when it comes to “dog-friendly” Golden, Colorado has taken it to another level.
Every year, on International Golden Retriever Day (February 3) a record-breaking number of wagging tails come to town. In the past, they’ve hosted well over 1,000 friendly, furry faces to Golden. And while we didn’t see 1,000 dogs during our visit, we saw quite a few.
My absolute favorite thing about our room at The Eddy, other than a fabulous view, was the wall shelving unit that had a place for everything. Dog bag, hiking shoes, water bottle, coats and more. Every hotel should have lots of shelving!
When traveling with a young dog, distances are measured by the mileage between dog parks. I can’t tell you how many we’ve visited, from Gallup, New Mexico to Duke’s in Salida, Colorado.
There is a dog park next to The Eddy. In mere minutes, your pup can be carefree and playing with other happy pooches. I met neighborhood folks there and we had a great time chatting and watching the dogs go bonkers. And a tired dog is a good dog. Later that night, Fritzi got into her crate on her own, no asking necessary.
That evening, we had dinner in the taproom. Busy on a Thursday night, I had to walk over the two huskies that are apparently “locals” in the taproom. As a dog-lover, I cannot tell you how happy the following photo makes me.
We bellied up to the bar and ordered beer and split the Autumn Salad, which is fantastic. I had the burger and Ryan ordered the tri-tip sliders. On the weekends, the food truck outside serves up barbecue. I have heard from multiple sources that it is the best barbecue in the county. As we visited on a Thursday, I’ll have to come back and give it a try.
Back in our room, I made myself a hot tea utilizing the coffee station. Each floor of this 49 room boutique hotel has a well-stocked station that even features bottled water in the fridge. The Eddy also boasts two rooftop patios complete with spectacular views and firepits.
The next morning, after Fritzi got a walk and yet another trip to the dog park, we enjoyed the Continental Breakfast in the taproom. The morning light was just right for a leisurely breakfast. They have a nice spread of baked items, Noosa Yogurt, bagels, fresh fruit and drinks.
After breakfast, we hit the trail. Golden has an incredible system of trails and The Eddy is located in the perfect place for a hike or a long dog walk. It is easy to head either toward downtown, toward the School of Mines, or into the hills.
For a dog-friendly stay in Golden, I’d highly recommend The Eddy. It’s most definitely Fritzi approved!
EXTRA: Staff was genuinely nice at The Eddy, especially Susan at the front desk. Of course, my favorite “staff” member at The Eddy is covered in fur and is sort of wiggly. I got to meet Aspen, a Bernese mountain dog puppy that will have the best life growing up at The Eddy. See his progress on their Instagram account.
EXTRA, EXTRA: Golden is a beautiful Christmas town. The Candlelight Parade is THIS Friday (December 3) and is one of the most fantastic holiday experiences of my life. Learn more at here. And the Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 11.
The Eddy has two holiday packages, The Golden Holidays and Whisky Teatime. The first is perfect for families and features a ride on the Polar Express at the Golden Train Museum. The second is for grown-ups only and involves a tea infused whiskey tasting. Visit The Eddy Taproom & Hotel online for more information and to book your stay.
Thank you to The Eddy Taproom & Hotel for hosting our stay.