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Dog-friendly luxury

Lummi Island’s Willows Inn: World-class dining, dog-friendly lodging options

I’d known for years that the Willows Inn, on a small island about two hours north of Seattle, is a destination for folks who love eating well, and then I learned that it allows pet dogs to join guests in two of its rooms. Sign me up, I thought — this’ll be an epic dog jaunt. Long story short: It is, but with a couple of caveats. Please note that we paid for our stay at the Willows Inn — I  … Read more

Tomales Bay, CA dog-friendly hotel and restaurant: Nick’s Cove

I was contacted by the folks at Nick’s Cove, asking if Chloe and I would like to visit and let Dog Jaunt readers know what we thought of the experience. I instantly said yes, but I felt a bit of a fraud, since Nick’s Cove has long been on my list of places to check out. Then again, it might have taken me awhile to get there: We have generous friends who live nearby, and chances are we would have continued to  … Read more

East Coast luxury: Four “mansion hotels” that allow pet dogs

Back in January, this article from CNN (“8 elegant U.S. mansion hotels“) caught my eye — or, more accurately, the combination of the headline and the photo of Newport’s gorgeous Chanler Hotel caught my eye. Surely some of those beauties must be pet-friendly, I thought, and this weekend I finally made the time to find out.

It turns out that five of the eight featured hotels do allow pet dogs to join their owners. The  … Read more

Salt Spring Island, B.C. dog-friendly hotel: Hastings House Country House Hotel

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

Five European castles: Which are dog-friendly?

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

There is Nothing Like a Dame: America’s grandest hotels, and their pet policies

This post was inspired by an article in the November 2011 issue of Vanity Fair, entitled “Americana Resorts: Revisiting America’s historic grand hotels.” They’re pricey — oh, heavens, yes — but they’re fabulous, and many of them open their doors to pets (generally small ones, but The Point, The Broadmoor and the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa have no weight maximums, and The Grove Park Inn and The Stanley Hotel welcome fairly big dogs). Here’s the list:

The Point (Saranac Lake,  … Read more

Denver, CO dog-friendly hotel: Hotel Teatro

We were in Denver this past weekend for the second-ever BlogPaws, a pet bloggers conference. The conference was held at the Grand Hyatt, a hotel that normally does not welcome pets, but did for the conference attendees. While the Grand Hyatt was a pleasant venue (and a rumor circulated that it might become pet-friendly in the near future), I decided to stay instead at a hotel that welcomes dogs with open arms — and thanks to a deal from Jetsetter,  … Read more

A short list of dog-friendly Paris hotels

Hôtel des Deux-Iles

In my first post about going to Paris with a dog, I told you that we’d be renting an apartment for our visit this fall and recommended that you do too. It occured to me, though, that maybe you could use a short list of dog-friendly Paris hotels, so I got to work.

If I were starting from scratch, I’d use TripAdvisor (click on “Europe” on the map, click on “Paris” on the list of “Top Europe destinations,”  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: Dog travel links we liked this week

Each week is a roll of the dice, of course, as far as interesting pet-friendly links go — this week is heavy on pet-friendly hotels, in the U.S. and abroad.

NileGuide posted a delicious article about eight luxury dog-friendly hotels around the world, from Crested Butte, Colorado to Rome, Italy. A new (to me) blog called Gotta Visit NYC: My New Yorkie Blog is about Yorkies Schmitty and Pudge and pet-friendly fun things to do in New York City — I  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks: Dog travel links we liked this week

I have a huge number of dog travel links to tell you about this week, so I’ll plunge in and hope that order emerges from the chaos:

It’s warming up in Seattle, but if you’re still shivering in New York, NYDailyNews.com has an article you’ll want to see about indoor dog-friendly activities in the city, including indoor play groups, classes, and lounges — and even an indoor dog-friendly pool! Alternatively, you could travel across the world to Australia’s Sunshine Coast —  … Read more