As readers of Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page will know, I’ve long wanted to visit the Hastings House Hotel. It’s a Relais & Châteaux property, so I knew it would be lovely — and I knew it would be pricey too. It was, but with the help of a “winter escape” package, it didn’t break the bank. There is a $50/day pet fee. (As you can tell, we paid for our stay — I will always let you know when I’m reviewing … Read more
I know, it’s a big conference-type hotel. But we were going to a conference, and while we could have chosen a different option (boutique hotel, rented apartment), there’s a lot to be said — especially early in the morning and late at night — for a hotel that’s only steps away from the conference center. Happily, it turned out that the stay we had at the Fairmont Waterfront could not have been more pleasant, especially from Chloe’s point of view. I … Read more
We ended our recent vacation in Paris with a trip to England. Our main goal was to cross the Chunnel in both directions with a pet dog, so we earmarked only a week for the jaunt — not long enough, really, to do more than burrow into a cozy hotel in Kent and take a couple of day trips.
We chose Royal Tunbridge Wells as our base of operations and, specifically, the dog-friendly Hotel du Vin. As Mount Pleasant House, it … Read more
Chloe and I spent the night in Spokane with our friend Chandler — it’s a beautiful drive from Seattle, improved even more by a stop at the Gingko Gem Shop in Vantage, WA, where Chandler drew the goofy dinosaur statues that decorate the parking lot. Here’s Chloe with one of them:
And here’s Chandler’s drawing, made from the passenger seat, of one of the … Read more
Almost a year ago, I wrote a depressed post about Priceline and the companies that seemed to be in its market space (Hotwire, Last Minute Travel, Hotel Tonight), concluding that none of them offered useful services to travelers with pets. Thanks to reader Adrianne, I now know that the situation has improved.
Mind you, “Name Your Own Price” is still not an option for travelers with pets, since the bidding pages do not include any opportunity to narrow your focus to … Read more
Scrolling through the BBC’s recent travel articles, my eye was caught by a Lonely Planet guest post entitled “Five European castles to stay in.” The list included a frothy Loire Valley château, a sober Scottish tower house, and a sun-soaked sprawl of a monastery in Tuscany, and the question, of course, was whether any of them welcomes pet dogs. E-mails shot out, sites were searched, and here’s what I’ve learned:
Hellifield Peel Castle (Yorkshire, U.K.) — Not pet-friendly, so I decline … Read more
A friend traveling up California’s coast posted a picture in her Twitter feed that caught my eye: “Okay, people,” she said, “I am sleeping in a *watertower* tonight. And it’s the best thing ever.” And it looked like the best thing ever, too, so I dug deeper. It turns out that Mendocino, a delightful 19th c. coastal town two hours north of San Francisco, was once a town of windmills, built to bring water up from nearby rivers and creeks. … Read more
Another February, another — and the last — TED conference in Long Beach, CA (next year, the conference is moving to Vancouver, B.C.). In past years, I’ve reported on staying with Chloe at the Hilton Long Beach, the Renaissance Long Beach, and the Hotel Maya, the last of which was, until this year, our favorite. I still yearned a bit for the Hotel Maya as I walked past it, but my favorite things about it (its evening lighting, and guacamole … Read more
On our recent road trip from Seattle to San Francisco, Chloe and I were traveling with our friend Chandler, a truly remarkable illustrator, who wanted to draw Mount Shasta, and neon signs in Dunsmuir and Redding, and the olive and almond trees in the Central Valley — so south we went on I-5 and Hwy. 99. We spent two nights on the road, in Ashland, OR and in Colusa, CA. Chandler found a lovely pet-friendly bungalow to stay in in … Read more
Reader Jen kindly wrote to tell me about her Thanksgiving trip to Florida with Molly, her 5-lb. Papillon:
“We traveled around the state to visit family on both sides of the state. While we were in Sarasota, we stayed at Sara Sea on Siesta Key, a Tropical Beach Resorts property. They charge a $50 pet fee. They also have rules about where you can walk your dog around the property, but overall they were very dog-friendly. It was just … Read more