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Dog-friendly luxury: Kimpton Hotels

The Kimpton Hotel Group has 54 properties in 16 states, and they’re all pet-friendly. We’ve stayed in a handful, in Boston, Seattle and Portland, and each has been a delight. They’re typically small- to medium-sized boutique hotels, each with a distinctive decor and an excellent attitude towards pets.

For starters, Kimpton hotels don’t charge a fee or require a deposit for visiting pets, and there is no limit on how much your pet can weigh. Each member hotel puts together its own  … Read more

Website for dogs visiting NYC, Chicago, S.F.

UrbanHound calls itself “the city dog’s ultimate survival guide,” and the site is a great resource for dogs living in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. It’s also a great resource for dogs visiting those cities — in particular, the sections on Hound Play, Hound Health and Hound Services provide lots of useful information about dog parks, swimming holes and fun things to do; 24-hour emergency vets (in Chicago and S.F., not provided for NYC); and dog services like day  … Read more

Traveling by car-share (Zipcar etc.) with a dog

Zipcar operates a membership-based car-sharing service in over fifty cities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Though the company makes mistakes (hello? pulled out of L.A.??), the car-sharing concept is terrific. Zipcar originally banned pets from its cars, but its current pet policy is sensible:

We understand that Fido and Tigger need to go to the vet on occasion. Pets are only allowed into Zipcars in locked pet carriers and members are responsible for the removal of any residual  … Read more

Traveling by San Francisco/Bay Area public transit with a small dog

Photo by David Paul Ohmer

There are lots of providers of public transit in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stick with me, and we’ll work through the most prominent ones.

First and foremost is Muni, or the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Muni runs bus, trolley bus, light rail, cable car and streetcar lines, largely within San Francisco city and county limits. Muni’s pet policy is as follows:

Non-service animals may not ride weekdays 5-9 am and 3-7 pm.
During the permitted hours,  … 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

Travel book review: The City Dog series

There are ten of these guidebooks currently available new on Amazon, covering the following areas: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. There is also an additional volume called City Dog: Hotels & Resorts for You and Your Dog.

So far, I only own the one for NYC (2005 edition), and I used it fairly heavily during a recent visit to friends in Greenwich Village. The things I liked most about it were its  … Read more