BY REYNA GOBEL
FINDING A HOTEL that will accept your
furry pal continues to get easier. The number of hotels accepting pets has risen to
about ;; percent according to an American
Hotel & Lodging Association survey.
In fact, hotels across the country are
now adding pet-friendly services, from
walking your pooch or kitten when you’re
not in the room to arranging pet sitters.
Activities beyond walking
According to Tracey Thompson, a
Costco member and owner of the online
business PetFriendly Travel.com, the biggest
trend in pet-friendly travel in the U.S. and
Canada is activities you can do with your
pet, including professional baseball games,
dining at restaurants, and visiting outdoor
historic sites and national parks.
Over the past few years, states such as
California and New York have passed laws
to allow dogs on restaurant patios while
their owners dine out, so in ;;;; Thompson
started an additional website just for restau-
PetFriendly Travel.com lists attractions
such as dog-friendly beaches and baseball
stadiums that have special nights for owners
and their pets. The website also o;ers infor-
mation on what your pets can and can’t do
in national parks—good to know before you
plan a trip. (For instance, you can walk your
dog along the trails of the upper rim of the
Grand Canyon, but not on the lower ones.)
“You don’t want to take your dog on a
family vacation where they can’t participate,” Thompson says, “but with the growing
number of activities for your pets, you can
;nd places where they can accompany you.”
Out in the country
In Frankfort, Kentucky, in the midst of
Kentucky’s horse trails, the Bluegrass Inn
bluegrassinn.com) gladly welcomes dogs.
There’s tons of beauty for you and your four-legged buddy to see, from horse farms to a
;oral clock that’s ;; feet across and decorated with thousands of plants. The inn’s
fee for pets is only ;;; per dog per night.
Crating your dog when you are outside the
room for short periods is not required.
If you are away from the room for an
extended period of time you can use sites
PetSitter.com to ;nd a pet sitter or
dog walker in advance.
In the city
At The Highland Dallas, in Texas, the
hotel sta; will take your pets for a walk for
you, whether you brought a cat, a dog or a
llama (really!). For no charge, a bellman or
a front-desk team member will walk your
pet while you explore the city. Pet beds and
dog and cat toys are provided free of charge.
Doggie treats are taken to the next level with
hand-cut steak bones.
“Our pets are part of our family. They’re
children with four legs and fur,” says Todd
Rodgers, hotel manager at The Highland
highlanddallas.com), who brings
his own dog with him to work on weekends.
If you’re visiting the nation’s capital with
your pup, be sure to check out Georgetown.
The neighborhood is extremely pet-friendly,
with tons of outdoor cafés that accept dogs
and a cat café called Crumbs & Whiskers
crumbsandwhiskers.com), where you can
visit with and adopt cats.
The Georgetown Westin (westingeorge
town.com) provides food bowls, a Heavenly
Dog Bed, a welcome treat and a list of restaurants that love having dogs dine with their
family outdoors. Because of the dog-friendly
atmosphere, locals hold events for humans
and pooches at the Westin, says Paul
Zalocha, a Costco member and director of
sales and marketing for the hotel.
One historic restaurant nearby, Martin’s
martinstavern.com), provides refined
outdoor seating, with white tablecloths,
perfect for the discerning pet.
If you decide to have a night out while
your dog has a night in, the concierge can
arrange for a pet sitter. (Dogs are not
allowed to be in the room by themselves.)
“The best thing you can do to have a
great trip with your animal is to plan ahead,
says Thompson. “Know how pet-friendly
the location is. You don’t want to get there
and feel like your vacation was rained out
because you chose a locale that doesn’t have
as many pet-friendly activities as other
places. You can ;nd a vacation spot your
entire family will enjoy.” C
Reyna Gobel is a freelance writer from
Brooklyn, New York, who travels with her
mini-schnauzer, Woof Woof.
Questions you should ask hotels:
• Are there weight or breed restrictions
for your dog?
• Do you accept cats?
• What services do you offer for pets?
• What activities are there for pets?
• Are there pet fees or deposits?
What about cats?
There aren’t as many activities for
cats, but they can stay in many hotels.
Lodging on PetFriendly Travel.com is
generally friendly to all pets, but hotels
that don’t allow cats will have that note.
Owner Tracey Thompson says B&Bs and
accommodations with just a few rooms
are less likely to allow cats because cat
allergies can be very strong and individuals with cat allergies can react long after
the pet leaves.—RG
No need to leave your
best friend behind
is a frequent
When making travel plans, call Costco
Travel toll-free at 1-877-849-2730, or click
“Travel” on Costco.com.