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Posts tagged ‘pet-friendly’

Vancouver, B.C. public transit with a pet: Sightseeing by bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus

My grandfather, an otherwise elegant man, was a devoted fan of sightseeing buses. He acknowledged their faults, but insisted that there is no better way to get an overview of a new city, its history, and its main attractions. In time, I learned to agree. A bus, moreover, is a great alternative for tourists on soggy days, or as a break when you’ve walked your feet into stumps. Here’s the problem, though: While some hop-on, hop-off bus companies allow you to board  … Read more

Chloe’s Clicks and Big News: The best dog travel links (Blog II Newzletter edition!)

Usually, the subtitle for a Chloe’s Clicks is “this week’s best dog travel links,” but let’s be honest — that “week” gets awfully long sometimes. Sometimes it turns into something that looks a lot like a month, in fact. So I looked Chloe in the eye (which she hates, you know, because she’s a polite dog) and asked, why not turn the Clicks into the backbone of something even better? Why not make them part of a regular newsletter instead?  … Read more

CapeFLYER train to Cape Cod is pet-friendly

Summertime has ARRIVED on the East Coast, I hear (still mild and lovely in Seattle, folks — I just mention it), so my eye was caught by this article in the New York Times about the CapeFLYER, a new train whisking people from Boston to Cape Cod and cooling breezes. “Whisking” is a relative term — when there’s no traffic, driving will take significantly less time than the train. But when there is traffic, and at this time of year,  … Read more

Priceline: “Express Deals” feature now useful for some travelers with pets

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

Dog jaunt: Visiting U.S. battlefields with a pet dog

Memorial Day is coming up (this year, it’s on May 27). Too often, U.S. cemeteries are off-limits to pet dogs (Arlington National Cemetery is a notable exception), but you and your pup can pay your respects in a different way — by visiting a battlefield together. This particular post was triggered by an article in the current issue of Smithsonian magazine about the restoration of the Gettysburg battlefield. Trees that weren’t there in 1863 have been removed (along with a hotel,  … Read more

Mendocino, CA’s water towers: Quirky, pet-friendly lodging

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

Long Beach, CA dog-friendly hotel: Residence Inn Long Beach Downtown

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

Ashland, OR dog-friendly hotel: The Ashland Springs Hotel

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

Chloe’s Clicks: This, um, month’s best dog travel links

Holy cats, this Chloe’s Clicks is way overdue! I’ll just plunge in with the oldest link in the collection, a post about a private jet company in the U.K. that invites your pet to join you in the main cabin. On the plus side: Your pet’s with you in the main cabin, and she has her “very own leather-upholstered seat, strapped in for safety, all while enjoying a window view.” On the minus side: If you have to ask, you  … Read more

Dog jaunt: A winter week in Colonial Williamsburg with a dog

The last time I wrote about visiting Colonial Williamsburg with a dog, it was 2009 and I hadn’t yet been there with a dog. Now, after a week-long visit with Chloe and husband, I have more details to offer (I am happy and relieved to report, however, that nothing in the earlier post is wrong).

Chloe in the stocks — entirely undeserved, because she was, in fact, a very good dog

Where to stay

It is still the case that only  … Read more