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Chloe’s Clicks: This week’s best dog travel links

I have just a handful of dog travel links for you this week — let’s start with The 50th Plate, which was featured last week too (remember the Corgis on the beach at Carmel?). This week, I loved author Sherry’s post about the dog-friendly Carmel Valley Ranch Resort, a place I’ve been eying for a while, as well as other Carmel-area attractions that welcome dogs.

Another reprise from last week’s Chloe’s Clicks? Fido Factor, which visited most of the Russian River area dog-friendly beaches mentioned in their tweet, and posted some fine pictures of their dogs Captain and Trax playing.

I just learned this week about Kimpton Crawl, a blog written by Sara, Marty and Oscar the Golden Retriever about their cross-country trip staying in Kimpton hotels (and other hotels too). Their current post is about taking Oscar to a Northern California redwood forest (not an easy thing to do, it turns out, but they have a trick to share) — look in their sidebar under “Archive” for their past posts, which are all terrific.

Changing coasts, Greyt Black Dog wrote a fun post about taking greyhounds Seka and Roxy on a trip to (and around, by trolley) Savannah, Georgia. And the excellent Travels with Ace team (author John and pup Ace) made their way across Tennessee and into North Carolina, objecting vigorously to hotel pet fees — and regretting the absence of the “kudzu dogs” that had cheered their Summer 2010 travels around the South.

What do I think about hotel pet fees? The argument is, presumably, that the fee covers the cost of the extra time it takes to clean a room that’s been occupied by a dog. That only makes sense to me if something really remarkable happens during the cleaning process, like steam-cleaning the rug. If, however, the cleaning process involves vacuuming the rug and other soft surfaces thoroughly, scrubbing/disinfecting the hard surfaces, and changing the duvet cover and shams (as well as the sheets and pillowcases), it seems to me that those are things that should happen after every guest, not just guests with dogs. I do not believe that a fee should cover anticipated damage to a room — that concern could be handled by a refundable deposit. What do you think about hotel pet fees?

7 comments

  • [email protected]

    I completely agree with your assessment of hotel pet fees. I also protest the arbitrary weight restrictions. Big dogs are not always more destructive, messier, or more dangerous than smaller dogs.

  • CeliaSue Hecht

    I agree. Some charge pet fees and others don’t. Seems like the higher the room rate, the higher the pet fee. A range of $10-150. I think they charge whatever the traffic will bear. But I have found that if you ask about the pet fee and if your dog is short-haired like my Cici, sometimes the venue will reduce or eliminate the fee altogether. It is worth asking about. The same is true with weight restrictions and breeds. Since Cici is Dalmatian/pit bull and 53 pounds, she is medium weight and falls somewhere in between big and small. We had no problem staying at more than 75 hotels, inns, and B&B’s all over California, including most of the pet friendly venues in Carmel and Monterey. We even stayed at a few that said there was a weight restriction. Ask and you shall receive. Plus, most of the venues we stayed at are not listed in any travel guides online or hard copy. Feel free to hop on over to learn about these venues you won’t find listed anywhere else.

  • Good advice, Sue — it’s so easy to ask, and sometimes good things happen when you do. And I’ve long been a fan of the hotel/B&B reviews you’ve posted on Have Dog Blog Will Travel — love the details, love the pictures!

  • Patty

    We flew to Florida to pick up our new puppy in December, and stayed at the dog-friendly hotel for a small extra fee.

    I can tell you they surely don’t use that extra fee for cleaning the carpets! We’re Canadian (though we’re in the Bahamas) and Canadians don’t wear shoes in houses or hotels, or indoors — but we sure did there!

    My husband kneeled down to play with the puppy and his knees were BLACK. The carpet was filthy! And I mean filth, disgusting stuff. Sadly, it is the only dog-friendly hotel at West Palm Beach’s airport, a Best Western.

    I don’t mind the fee if it isn’t exorbitant. But please – clean!

  • Sherry

    Hi Mary-Alice-

    Thank you for your link to my post on Carmel! Chloe is adorable. I’m so glad I found your website … it provides an invaluable resource. As I fellow pet-lover who dearly wishes she could travel much more frequently with her dogs, I am always on the look-out for more information on dog-friendly travel opportunities.

    We had so much fun in Carmel. I’m really glad we chose Carmel Valley Ranch too … it was nice being away from the more congested Ocean Avenue (Carmel-by-the-Sea), but the beach was still just a short drive away.

    Cheers!
    -Sherry

  • Oh, Patty, HOW unpleasant! I’ve never yet stayed in a dog-friendly room that wasn’t spotless, but yours is the second story I’ve heard of out-and-out filth. And Best Western is usually so reliable!

  • Hi, Sherry! You’re welcome! You keep writing the great stories, and I’ll keep linking to them! I was very happy to find your site and learn about your travels — we were married in Monterey, and return every year, and I’ve had my eye on Carmel Valley Ranch for a while…

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