Travel

By Lisa Penza

Planning a vacation takes a lot of work, between finding a hotel, airline, packing, etc. But the hardest part about travel is having to say goodbye to your beloved pet for the trip. Sending Bowser to the kennel or leaving him with a sitter can be heartbreaking. Who can say goodbye to this face?

But for the savvy traveler, Mittens doesn’t have to be left with the neighbor’s kid for $20 a day and a grape Popsicle. More and more hotels are offering pet accommodation options, and we’ve compiled a list to help you in your journeys!

Headed to the west coast? Pack up the pup and book a room at the Cavallo Point Lodge in San Francisco. Barky will be treated to homemade eco-friendly treats, and his own bed, dryer, and food and water bowls in your room. Leashed pets are allowed anywhere on the grounds of the lodge, so he can stretch his legs often and you can include him in every bit of your vacation plans. Or take him for a day excursion to one of the local dog friendly places, such as Rodeo Beach or Remington Dog Park.

North of California is pet heaven, with special accommodations at Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The Pampered Pet Package includes a goody bag at arrival, collapsible water bowl, disposable doggy bags and a choice of bed from the “Bark of Sleep Pet Bed Menu” – memory foam, faux suede or bolster bed. Take advantage of the complimentary tennis ball and area walking guide to keep Pooch happy and if anything should go wrong, Heathman also includes a complimentary voucher for any Banfield Pet Hospital, good for an office visit and physical exam.

Check in to the Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa in Kirkland, Washington State with your furry friend and your room will be outfitted with a doggy bed, food and water dishes, a leash, tennis ball, and doggy biscuits. Also provided will be Woody’s Walking Map, listing dog friendly trails and places in the area, as well as a trail along scenic Lake Washington leading into downtown Kirkland. When visiting in the summer, head to the Beach Café for Yappier Hour, every Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm.

If skiing is more your bag, no need to leave Rover behind: head to Mountain Lodge at Telluride in Telluride, Colorado. Your pup is can make himself home in a your private cabin, condominium, suite or lodge room, and he can also experience the breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains from select cabins of the free gondola which connects the lodge to the village of Telluride. Take your pet with you on each excursion, but allow him to stay warm and cozy while you enjoy the slopes.

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas welcomes your pup with a special welcome letter, dog treats and relief bags, and whisks you and pooch to their 22nd floor. Food and water await you there, but if Duke is looking for something a little different, you can order “Backyard Delight” or any of the doggy options from the in-room dining menu. Up to two dogs can make the trip with you, weighing no more than 100 pounds, and can enjoy a walk up “Barking Lot Lane,” a designated dog walking area.

The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme, Michigan wants to pamper you and your pet. Located on site is the Dog Dreams Inn, where pup can enjoy his own little vacation. While you enjoy what the resort has to offer, Fido enjoys socializing with his own and having his every whim catered to by the Inn’s professional staff. The only thing you need to worry about is convincing him to leave!

If Chicago is your destination, check in at the Amalfi Hotel Chicago. Their Pamper Your Pooch Pet Package gives Lady her own bed and bowl right in your deluxe room. A welcome bag containing a treat, toy and shampoo will keep her tail wagging and coat shining, and the complimentary “Pet lover’s guide to the city” will give you plenty of places to see with her. With a free copy of “Fido’s Friendly Magazine,” you can learn new tips and trick to keep her happy and healthy while away and at home.

Philadephia’s Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel offers a unique petcation package that includes a welcome bag and two free doggie meals at Tavern 17, straight from their special canine menu. Not to worry, doggie doesn’t get all the perks. Tavern 17 includes two free glasses of wine or draft beer, so the whole family can dine and drink in style.

A stay in the Colonnade Hotel in Boston is made easy with their VIPets Program. Tigger can lounge in the comfort of her own bed, and choose between three types of dog or cat food. The Colonnade also offers walking services, for a service fee of $15 per walk. If traveling for the holidays, be sure to set aside time for a “Picture of Your Pet With Santa,” the proceeds of which benefit the Massachusetts Animal Cruelty Prevention Association. Two gifts in one!

For the metropolitan animal lover, check out the Love Your Pet package at the Carlton Hotel in New York City. Carlton has teamed up with Animal Planet to offer an exciting experience for dog and owner. For an additional $50 (a portion of which is donated to Animal Planet’s R.O.A.R.) your pet enjoys his own indoor dog house, blanket, welcome treat and more. Plus his owner receives a list of local pet services, to keep him happy and healthy for your stay.

If you can’t travel with your pet but still want an animal companion, Kimpton’s Ink48 in New York City comes to the rescue with their Guppy Love program. Any patron can request a goldfish companion for their stay. This doesn’t mean your beloved pet isn’t welcome, however! As the first hotel company to allow all pets, no size or weight limitations, Kimpton’s properties greet your pet with personalized welcome signs and specialized gifts and pet packages. Ink48 isn’t the only of Kimpton’s properties to allow pets, and you can book your pooch in any of their locations across the US. The Muse, also located in New York City, has a Director of Pet Relations in Pomeranian pup Ginger, to be sure each of your canine companion’s needs are met.

Traveling to New York, Chicago, Waikiki, Panama, Toronto or Las Vegas, the Trump Hotel Collection will make sure your dog is treated to the lap of luxury. Heading to Hawaii with Rover can be lavish for the two of you. He’ll get his own bed and blanket, water bowl with bottled water, in-room dining menu and an assortment of exciting toys. If you are looking for a quick vacation from him, take advantage of the hotel’s dog walking services. Or you can grab a map of Waikiki’s dog friendly attractions and head out on your own little excursion.

But your pet need not be confined to domestic travel! ME by Melia hotels boast locations in Cancun, Cabo, Madrid and Barcelona and offer everything you and your pup need to travel in luxury. Their Lap of Luxury package, valid through December 22, 2011, includes a basket of pet products, in-room dining menu for your canine, an ME necklace with Buddy’s name and unlimited playtime. Not to leave you out of the equation, breakfast buffet for two is also included, so take advantage of the complimentary dog walking service and have a little “me” time.

Hop on over to Europe and book a stay at The Regent Berlin or The Regent Esplanade in Zagreb, Croatia. Their Very Important Dog (VID) program provides services customized to your pet’s breed, size and name. Dog walking and sitting services are available, and only experienced dog handlers are on staff for VID rooms. Checking in to Berlin, you will receive a tailor-made dog bed, dinner bowls and gourmet dog bones. Head out with Fido on a dog friendly adventure with “Berlin with Dogs,” a provided guide to the city. Esplanade offers a doggie room service menu and dog spa, complete with grooming services and personal hygiene kits.

Wherever you go, you don’t have to leave your four legged friend behind!

For information on booking, fees, and other amenities, check these links:
Cavallo Point Lodge: http://www.cavallopoint.com/
Heathman Hotel: http://www.heathmanhotel.com/
Woodmark Hotel, Yacht Club & Spa: http://www.thewoodmark.com/
Mountain Lodge at Telluride: http://www.mountainlodgetelluride.com/
THEhotel at Mandalay Bay: http://www.mandalaybay.com/thehotel/
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa: http://www.grandtraverseresort.com/
Amalfi Hotel Chicago: http://www.amalfihotelchicago.com/
Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel: http://www.radisson.com/offers/2827631/rad
Colonnade Hotel: http://www.colonnadehotel.com/
Carlton Hotel: http://www.carltonhotelny.com/
Kimpton: http://www.kimptonhotels.com/
Trump Hotel Collection: http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/
ME by Melia: http://www.me-by-melia.com/
Regent: http://www.regenthotels.com/

Originally published October 2011
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