Traveling with pets isn’t always easy. But fortunately you don’t have to sacrifice staying in a nice resort for the sake of your dog anymore.
A growing number of high end boutique hotels and chains are now catering to the canine traveler, complete with special menus, plush beds and dog walking services.
In California, people treat their pets like children, so it’s not unusual to find plenty of places where your pet will be spoiled.
Veronica Hill of California Travel Tips checks out the state’s best pet friendly hotels.
Whether you rent a cottage, stay in an RV, or pitch a tent, Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort aims to please people and their pets. It has a nice dog run, lots of grassy play areas and complimentary Mutt Mitts for picking up after your pup. Newport Dunes (800) 765-7661.
In the San Bernardino Mountains, head up to the luxurious Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. They have a special pet menu, some nice waterfront walking paths and — if you’re in the mood to splurge — a Three Dog Bakery right down the road. Lake Arrowhead Resort, 909-336-1511.
Along the central coast in Pismo Beach, the elegant Cliffs Resort will welcome your pooch with a plush bed, bowl and souvenir dog tag. For a fee, they’ll even take your dog for a walk along the seaside trail, with gorgeous views of the Pacific.
Cliffs Resort, 800-826-7827.
Looking for something different? Put Fifi in her crate and board the Catalina Express for an island getaway 22 miles off the coast. You’ll want to stay at the Edgewater — a pet friendly hotel that’s right on the beach. Though Avalon doesn’t officially allow pets along the boardwalk, we saw dozens of them during a recent trip. Edgewater Beachfront Hotel (310) 510-0347.
Finally, if your visit brings you to Napa Valley, don’t miss the posh Vintage Inn in Yountville. It’s near several dog-friendly restaurants, including Bouchon, Hurley’s and Pacific Blues Cafe. Thomas Keller’s famous Bouchon Bakery serves up foie gras dog biscuits that are sure to please even the most discriminating pup. Dog sitters are available upon request. Vintage Inn (707) 944-1112.
Some hotels just tolerate pets, while others welcome them whole-heartedly. Check Web sites like PetsWelcome.com, PetTravel.com and DogFriendly.com to see just where you stand.
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