Area shots in Camden, ME, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.(Cheryl Senter  /AP Images for Maine Office of Tourism)
(Cheryl Senter  /AP Images for Maine Office of Tourism)

Let’s give a shout-out to Amtrak for making pet travel a little easier. The Amtrak Downeaster, which runs from Boston to Brunswick, Maine, has just made its pet program permanent for all trains. It’s a great way for pet owners to bring their furry companions to Vacationland. The Downeaster has also added pet- friendly Downeaster Travel Packages. For example, a two-night package in Kennebunkport, Maine, includes pet-friendly accommodations, station transfers, and a Doggy and Me Walking Foodie Tour. For more information, visit