Run by an American Boarding Kennel Association–certified staff and supervised by a veterinary hospital, Valley inn for Pets creates an atmosphere of "guilt-free boarding," letting pet owners travel with confidence as they check in on four-legged friends with live feeds from webcams. Themed Destination rooms with radiant-heat floors send canine companions on mental vacations to Africa, Hawaii, Fenway Park, or other locales, with animal-theme films eliciting happy tail wags. The staff can administer medications and pamper pups with an array of à la carte services, including bedtime tuck-ins and late-night games of poker. Feline boarders cozy into Lucite-fronted condos that face into the bustling lobby. Staffers clean and disinfect each condo in the morning, allowing cats to stretch their legs prior to the afternoon's 20-minute playtime session. In addition to boarding services, the Valley inn offers daycare to keep canines entertained while their owners toil at work.
Roaring Brook Kennels is an amenity-laden vacation home for worldly pups and travel-happy cats. Board a furry family member in one of its safe, climate-controlled animal abodes, which separate cats and dogs and provide sleepy pets with a supply of beds and blankets. The cattery is home to multiple kitty condos that are temperature controlled and soundproof, so as not to incur the wrath of the hissing, bristling condo-association president. The regular cost for boarding dogs is based on weight and costs $22–$27/night. Feline boarding costs $17–$23/night, depending on suite size.
Founded by American Mountain Guides Association–certified instructor Matt Shove, Ragged Mountain Guides teaches its climbing pupils the techniques and tools needed to scale the natural terrain of the Traprock region. Rock-climbing adventures illuminate how to handle rope and repel down mountain cliffs even when their escalators are broken. As seasonal temperatures drop, guides turn their attention to ice and alpine climbing, which challenges mountaineers to swing their axe and scale vertical ice. Students master increasingly advanced techniques until they can tackle cliffs on their own, and the most dedicated climbers can enroll in guide-certification programs. Matt Shove's expertise has also been tapped by organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard, and he regularly repels into the offices of Climberism magazine to contribute articles.