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Posts tagged ‘Pacific Northwest’

Portland, Oregon’s Mark Spencer Hotel: Pet-friendly in the Pearl

I had previously stayed at Kimpton hotels in Portland — the Hotel Monaco, which I’ve reviewed, and the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel, which I haven’t — but my uncle is a devoted fan of the Mark Spencer Hotel, and finally persuaded me to give it a try. Now I’m a fan too. The Mark Spencer is comfortable and stylish, the front desk staff could not have been kinder to Chloe or to us, and the hotel’s location (“where the West End meets the Pearl District”)  … Read more

Photo Friday: Chloe and the seaplane

I’ve known for a while that you’re allowed to bring pet dogs on Kenmore Airlines’ seaplanes (Kenmore’s fleet of Beaver, Otter and Cessna seaplanes goes all over the Pacific Northwest), but we hadn’t taken Chloe on a flight to Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, until this August. In fact, the “we” is misleading, since I wasn’t there. My husband flew, and, as always, I drove a station wagon full of stuff — I keep assuring him that this load  … Read more

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

I relaxed a little too much this weekend, and failed to write my Chloe’s Clicks post yesterday. Never mind — here it is, and it’s a good one.

We begin with a terrific series of posts that Edie Jarolim, blogging at Will My Dog Hate Me?, wrote about her recent flight from Tucson to San Diego (and back, of course) with her dog Frankie. Edie is a wonderful writer, and she handles her issues (anxiety over Frankie) and Frankie’s issues (diabetes,  … Read more

Dog-friendly park lodges of the West and Pacific Northwest

My mother-in-law just set off with a friend on a jaunt through Montana, stopping at Lake McDonald Lodge, Many Glacier Hotel, and Glacier Park Lodge; they’re also taking a side trip to the Prince of Wales Hotel in Alberta. I’m not normally a gal for the wide open spaces, so I had never heard of those places before.

All of that has changed in a hurry, since my mother-in-law left behind Christine Barnes’ Great Lodges of the West, which describes the  … Read more

Traveling by SeaPort Airlines with a small dog

I don’t know about you, but I find the drive to Portland from Seattle endless, even though it really takes only about three hours. I much prefer the train, but Amtrak doesn’t allow dogs on board (see Dog Jaunt’s earlier post about Amtrak). A happy alternative is SeaPort Airlines, which operates Pilatus PC-12 turbine aircraft between Seattle (Boeing Field), Portland, Astoria, Pendleton and Newport, OR.

SeaPort’s pet policy conveys the impression that dogs are not allowed in the cabin:

SeaPort Airlines accepts  … Read more

Travel book review: Eileen Barish’s Doin’ series

I don’t know Eileen Barish, but I want her life: the dates of her books listed on Amazon indicate that she spent a number of years writing dog travel books (the Doin’ series), then changed direction and started a series of guidebooks about lodging in various European countries’ monasteries (punctuated, a couple of years ago, with a book about “luxury resort and destination spas” in the U.S.). How fun!

This post talks about her Doin’ series (the titles are in the  … Read more

Travel book review: Dog Lover’s Companion series — Seattle edition

In an earlier post, Dog Jaunt praised the eleven books in the Dog Lover’s Companion series of dog-centric travel guides. I was happy today to come across a twelfth — the newly-published The Dog Lover’s Companion to Seattle (May 2009). It turns out to be a subset of The Dog Lover’s Companion to the Pacific Northwest (May 2009), so if you already own the Pacific Northwest guidebook, there’s no need to buy the Seattle guidebook as well — unless, like  … Read more

Travel book review: The Dog Lover’s Companion series

I own seven of the eleven Dog Lover’s Companion guides published by Avalon Travel, and it’s only a matter of time and travel before I own the remaining four. To date, they cover the following regions: Boston, California, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, New England, NYC, the Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, San Francisco and the Bay Area, and Washington D.C.

The books are marvelous — thorough, useful, and well-written. I especially appreciate the detailed reviews of local dog parks and parks that tolerate  … Read more

Traveling by Kenmore Air with a small dog

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