By Lina Broydo
The covid time forced many people to work from home and their adorable pooches got used to having their favorite owners right around the corner. Well, now that the summer is in full swing most are planning their summer vacations and their desired getaways. The current motto of “you don’t have to fly away to get away” – is the perfect planning time of your driving vacation including your four legged friends, who stood by you for the duration of the entire hibernation and definitely deserve to join you on this well deserved outing.
And as if they heard our wishful plans, some of the Bay Area luxury hotels are offering their guests and their beloved canine companions a very special custom created amenities: from a Heavenly Dog Bed (on loan during a guest’s stay); Fashionable Bandana; Colorful Poop Bag dispenser; travel Water and Food Bowl; Comfy Bed Blanket; Gourmet Dog Bone for Dessert; with additional pet treats available at the concierge desk.
An additional special welcome amenity is also offered for our furry friends including plush play toys, treats, and a discount at a local pet pampering store.
Not sure they offer a soothing massage for your pooch, but they certainly deserve it!
Check on the pet policies and the hotel’s enrichment program before you depart for your trip.
After all, it should be an enjoyable and well planned visit for all involved.
Did I mention some of the hotels also welcome cats?
Yes, they do! Meow!
The Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason Street; San Francisco; Telephone: 415- 772- 5000; firstname.lastname@example.org
“Life is short, but the memories of a great trip with your pet will last forever. A trip with a pet is like a journey with a furry little philosopher.
Pets are the perfect companion for a trip – they’re always up for an adventure and never complain.”
– Michelle Heston, Spokesperson
The Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street, San Francisco; Telephone 415-397-7000
“The Westin St. Francis’ dog-friendly ethos traces back more than 115 years to the aftermath of the 1906 Great Earthquake. From the rubble, a terrier named ‘Francis’ emerged, embodying resilience and capturing attention.
Francis now personifies this legacy, honored with a stuffed toy and a dedicated book, and is a testament to our unwavering dedication to hospitality, encompassing all guests, even the furry ones.”
Elaine Clancy, Director of Sales & Marketing
Sonoma Mission Inn
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
100 Boyes Blvd. Sonoma; Telephone: 1 (707) 938 9000; email@example.com
“Guests of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa will be delighted to meet the resort’s Director of Pet Relations, Chardonnay. Chardonnay serves as the resort’s Canine Ambassador. Chardonnay loves welcoming fur-friends to wine country, and comes to us from Canine Guardians in nearby Napa, an organization that trains service dogs to assist and enrich the daily lives of veterans with PTSD and people with disabilities.
Her unique training makes her the perfect fit for greeting fellow canines, begging for belly rubs and general tail-wagging with our hotel guests. Visitors can find Chardonnay in the lobby and around the hotel grounds most weekdays. We look forward to welcoming your four-legged family member to Fairmont Sonoma!”
– Michelle Heston, Spokesperson.
InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel
999 California Street, San Francisco; Telephone: 415-392-3434
“At the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, we wholeheartedly embrace and celebrate the bond between pets and their owners, recognizing just how crucial it is for pet parents to share unforgettable travel experiences with their beloved companions. That’s why we waive any pet fees.
So, get ready for a howling good time as we roll out the red carpet for your furry ones. Whether they’re chasing their tails in the lobby or snoozing by your side in the room, we’re all about making their stay a tail-wagging, whisker-twitching, and belly-rubbing adventure! We can’t wait for your pooch to join our Most Valued Pets Wall of Fame!”
Jennifer Dunn, Director of Sales and Marketing
105 Montgomery Street, San Francisco; Telephone 415-561-1234
“The staff at the Inn and Lodge at the Presidio warmly welcome our furry friends, offering a dog-friendly getaway with spacious accommodations and over 1500 acres of pristine parkland.
Guests and their dogs can explore beautiful beaches, more than 20 miles of hiking trails, Presidio Tunnel Tops and so much more, creating cherished memories alongside their beloved canine companions.”
Terry Haney, the Director of Presidio Lodging
“Enchante” Boutique Hotel
1 Main Street, Los Altos; Telephone 650-946-2000
“We were thrilled to be named at the top of the list of the 12 Most Pet-Friendly Boutique Hotels and Inns in California.
With unique amenities for four-legged friends of all sizes, our “Pampered Pooch” package includes a chef-prepared dog treat, a one-hour session with an expert dog behaviorist, during which each furry traveler might learn fun new tricks, enjoy a walking tour of the village, or benefit from a behavior training lesson.
Recently, the hotel’s on-site bistro launched a “Na-paw-leon” dog-specific menu, with offerings that include a Harris Ranch beef burger patty or grilled chicken breast with a side of sauteed fresh vegetables and an organic, gourmet dog bone for dessert. The hotel’s outdoor patio provides ample room for human guests to dine with their pups.”
Abby Ahrens, Hotelier and Owner of “Enchante”
Who needs to travel to Paris? Your vacation will be totally enriched by having your doggie with you, after all they are your best travel buddy.