I hadn’t visited Colonial Williamsburg since I worked there for a summer in college, so when I returned last fall to drop my niece off at school, I feared the magic might have worn off. How wrong I was! We had a great time, even in the heat and humidity, and I long to go back. [Please note that we did, in December 2012; here’s the post about our winter Williamsburg week with Chloe.]
Photo by Tony Alter
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In February 2009, all three of us (me, husband, Chloe) went to Long Beach for the TED conference and stayed at the Hilton Long Beach. The hotel conveys the impression of having recently been down at the heels (and the plaza below is thin on tenants), but it’s now being renovated and was certainly a pleasant enough place to stay.
Dog’s-eye view: No one made a fuss over Chloe, but housekeeping was very understanding when she peed on a towel. The hotel … Read more
My sun-deprived sister-in-law requested stone crab claws at a waterside cafe, so we went to the Dry Dock Waterfront Grill. The hostess seated us in the outdoor patio and, noticing Chloe in her messenger bag, invited us to let her out (I tied her shortened leash to a chair leg and gave her the pad from the bottom of her bag to lie on) and brought her a bowl of water. Super-nice people, attractive waterside location, good food.
Dry Dock Waterfront … Read more
This March, Chloe and I stayed for several days at the Hibiscus Suites Inn in south Sarasota, right on the brink of Siesta Key. Since we were there with my mother- and sister-in-law, we rented the “townhouse” just behind the front desk. The hotel was very reasonably priced, and included a serviceable breakfast of packaged but tasty foods and the usual hot beverages, plus juices. There is a small pool with limited shade, positioned directly off the very busy Stickney … Read more
Kenmore Air has a fleet of seaplanes and land-based planes, and serves lots of useful destinations in the Pacific Northwest (including Seattle; the San Juan Islands; the Olympic Peninsula; Victoria, B.C.; and Canada’s Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands). It is my husband’s favorite way of getting to Friday Harbor (45 minutes from Seattle, as opposed to our usual 3-hour schlep via car and ferry), so we were thrilled to learn that Kenmore allows small dogs on its flights.
They have a … Read more