Another small but choice collection of links this week (well, month, but who’s counting?) — starting with a hoot of a link from reader Chelsea, who rightly thought that I’d be enchanted by an article from the Austrian Times about a hotel offering city dogs “training courses in country life,” including “how to use a chairlift and how to avoid trouble with cows.”
Speaking of hazards, The Bark posted a useful article about the risks to dogs of foxtail grasses, and … Read more
This post is distilled from a bunch of wonderful comments that Dog Jaunt readers left as entries in a recent giveaway — you can find them there, of course, but I feared they’d get lost as the memory of the giveaway dims. So here they are, clumped geographically for your convenience:
Albany, CA: “We are regulars at Albany Bulb just north of Berkeley — there’s amazing ever-changing art and at one point you’re surrounded by water on three sides, it’s … Read more
Just a few links for you this week, but they’re all worth a click — starting with a SmartMoney article about how pet travel is a big business, and growing (fair enough, and I enjoyed the details about the author’s trip to Portland, OR with Minnie, a Border Collie/Papillon mix, but have any of you ever encountered “horrified looks from fellow [plane] passengers”? Anyone? I get either oblivious, mildly curious, or besottedly enthusiastic). The last paragraphs of the SmartMoney article … Read more
Chloe and I stayed this past weekend at a new Kimpton hotel, the Grand Hotel in Minneapolis. I should mention that I paid my own way at the Grand Hotel — I’ll always let you know when something I’m reviewing has been paid for by someone else. I didn’t know quite how new it was until I inquired, on check-out, but I’d had my suspicions from the beginning. It has the Kimpton quirky chic in only a few places … Read more
This week we start with a new (to me) blog called DiningWithDogs.com, which posted a short review of the Ice Box Café in Miami Beach. Also in Florida? The Take Paws team — now, in fact, in Key West, but earlier this week they wrote a great post about their visit to St. Augustine, with lots of good suggestions and pictures. I simply cannot see enough pictures of Ty the Shar-Pei, who always looks concerned, but Buster the German Shepherd … Read more
I have two weeks’ worth of dog travel links to tell you about, so sit down, shut up and hang on, as the bumper sticker says. This time of year, it’s all about the winter getaways, starting with a petswelcome.com post about dog-friendly hotels in Miami, Vermont and Monterey, and another post from the same folks about dog-friendly things to do in beautiful Santa Barbara. Kim Swidler, from timesunion.com, wrote a quick note about the Kiawah Island Golf Resort (located just south … Read more
Minneapolis has five off-leash dog parks, but you can only use them if your dog has a special permit. Permits last for a year and cost $35 for the first dog and $25 for each additional dog; if you live outside Minneapolis (say, for example, in St. Paul), permits cost $60 for the first dog and $30 for each additional dog. Tourists can either run the risk of incurring a fine or seek alternatives.
One alternative is St. Paul’s off-leash dog … Read more
Thanks so much to everyone who entered Dog Jaunt’s giveaway for an Outward Hound Backpack Pet Carrier, and thank you to The Kyjen Company for sponsoring it!
Photo by The Kyjen Company
The randomly-selected winner is Jen, who recommends Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lodge in Minneapolis, MN. Here’s why:
It’s a tiki-themed, very kitschy, very fun bar in NE Minneapolis. Their patio is dog-friendly. There’s nothing quite like being able to relax and sip a beverage out of a tiki … Read more
Photo by Ron Reiring
Metro Transit operates buses in and around the Twin Cities, and it also runs the Hiawatha Line light rail connector from downtown Minneapolis to Bloomington and the Mall of America (by way of the airport). It will soon add commuter rail to its offerings, since the Northstar Commuter Rail Line will soon begin running trains from Big Lake to downtown Minneapolis.
Metro Transit’s pet policy, according to the customer service representative I spoke to, is that small … Read more
When I visited the Twin Cities a few weeks ago, I looked for dog-oriented local guidebooks at my favorite local bookstore and came away empty-handed. Curses, I thought, and I cursed again when Amazon too had no useful results to offer. All the cursing could have been avoided, however, if I had known then about Sidewalk Dog, which describes itself as “the go-to community guide to dog-friendly businesses, special events, stores, restaurants and travel opportunities in the Twin Cities area and … Read more