Can you tell that I’m already making plans for our next vacation? Back in 2009 I pointed you towards Landmark Trust and National Trust vacation rental properties in the U.K. (and elsewhere, including, blissfully, France and Italy) that welcome pet dogs, and a few months later I added a post about Scotland’s dog-friendly National Trust vacation rental properties. I remember (or I think I do, at least) looking for similar options in Ireland, and not finding them.
How happy I was … Read more
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
About a week ago, fellow blogger Gigi Griffis posted a link on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page to a post she’d written about traveling with her pup Luna in the Flanders region of Belgium. She mentioned that they had “couchsurfed” in Ghent — that is, they found a place to stay through the peer-to-peer site CouchSurfing. When I looked at the site in 2010, there was no way to search up front for pet-friendly homes (though you could generally see if … Read more
In 1994, Alastair Sawday began publishing guides aimed at travelers seeking “special” travel lodging experiences — meaning, as the Alastair Sawday’s site explains, places with warmth, charm, authenticity, humor and style. The Alastair Sawday’s catalog now includes several dozen guidebooks, and a very useful website, focusing on places to stay in Europe (Britain, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) and Morocco.
The most recent addition to the list is Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay: Dog-friendly Breaks in Britain, and the … Read more
About a year and a half ago I wrote a quick post on how to navigate around HomeAway and VRBO to find pet-friendly vacation homes. It turns out that I should also have included FlipKey, their competitor (owned by TripAdvisor). Because I have Burgundy on my mind (and why not? gorgeousness and great food plus wine equals happy, in my book), I searched for properties there, and while I’m tempted by the 30-room pet-friendly château (call for price) just south … Read more
Last year, Christopher Elliott, a consumer advocate for travelers, wrote an article about pet travel that I chose to ignore. Entitled “Traveling with pets can be pricey,” its main points were: Airlines and many hotels charge substantial fees for pets; and it’s not fair to dodge those costs by sneaking your pet onto a plane or into a hotel. Up to that point, our hearts beat as one — but then he tossed in an argument that pet owners should … Read more
This week’s collection of links is half about dog-friendly places to eat, and half miscellaneous. Starting, naturally, with the places to eat, check out Zagat‘s suggestions for dog-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles, and petswelcome.com‘s picks in Toronto. Join me, too, in celebrating Seattle’s first steps towards copying Portland’s massively successful food-truck pods — I’ve written a couple of posts about individual trucks, but this Seattle Times article provides helpful info about six pods, and where to find them. Why am … Read more
Just a few links to share with you this week, which is a good thing, because there’s hardly any week left! Slipping in under the wire are a couple of dog-friendly beaches: Gracie’s Bark posted some wonderful pictures of Gracie and her Golden Retriever friend Cali playing at Crane Beach, near Ipswich, MA on the South Coast; and Dugs ‘n’ Pubs highlighted a dog-friendly beach (and a nearby dog-friendly pub) in Gullane, Scotland (about a half hour east of Edinburgh, … Read more
Remember when VRBO was kind of edgy? When you wondered whether it was really a reliable way to make your vacation plans? VRBO and HomeAway now feel like solid, dependable resources, and their sites reflect their maturity. Among other things, you can search for properties using a variety of parameters (including whether a property is pet-friendly) to narrow your choices. To find edgy now, you need to look at a new crop of sites offering couch space, floor space, rooms, … Read more
I’ve touched on this topic from time to time, but for some reason a relatively harmless article posted on suite101.com prompted me to crack my knuckles, fire up a new page on WordPress, and come to grips with the question. Perhaps it’s because the author’s tone was so reasonable: Why, he asks, would you want to bring your dog to Oaxaca, Mexico? Traveling with a dog, Mr. Starkman says, will restrict your hotel choices, will prevent you from doing a … Read more