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Few would disagree that summer vacation engenders thoughts of unspoiled beaches, sparkling swimming pools, relaxing spas, and fine restaurants in every member of the family – except, perhaps, for those of the four-legged variety. The perfect summer day for Fido or Fluffy would likely include a helping of tasty treats, a relaxing grooming session, and a few hours worth of fetching and biting chew toys before catching some Z’s in a comfy hotel room. Thanks to pet-friendly packages offered at various pet-friendly hotels in major cities like vibrant New York City, historic New Orleans and scenic San Francisco, your pet can have a “pawesome” experience without forcing you to break the bank. Below are a handful of pet-friendly properties offering loads of goodies just too good for your furry companions to pass up.
1. New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania: As the host hotel for the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is no stranger to four-legged guests. Conveniently within walking distance of the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Times Square and the world-famous Broadway Theater District, the hotel offers a pet-friendly special that includes a comfortable guestroom for you and your pet, a welcome pet treat upon check-in, and a copy of Fido-Friendly Magazine. There is a limit of two dogs per room, but the hotel imposes no weight restrictions. Although New York is nicknamed “The City That Never Sleeps,” your pet is likely to do otherwise once he or she sets foot in one of the hotel’s relaxed guestrooms.
2. Affinia Chicago: Affinia’s Jet Set Pets program is designed to help pets feel right at home. Among the services offered are grooming, daycare and boarding, local dog walking/sitting, dog treats, pet beds, pet psychics and pet taxis. Guests can take home a city-specific chew toy, Robbie Dawg tin of organic treats or Homemade Canine Confections, and water bowl designed for travel. Exotic animals or multiple pets are subject to approval by the hotel, and pets must be kept on a leash or inside a carrier while in public areas. Guests should confirm accommodations for their pets with the hotel one week prior to arrival.
3. Hotel Monteleone New Orleans: If your pet is friendly and sociable, he or she will be in good company at Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Sitting at the foot of Royal Street in the French Quarter, the historic property features pet-friendly floors where your pup or feline can mingle and play with other visiting pets. The hotel’s Monte’s Pet Package includes a mat for your pooch to rest comfortably on, monogrammed water and food bowls, waste bags, a chew toy, a bag of gourmet treats, and a city brochure. Guests are free to take these gifts home with them after their stay. Should you decide to take your pet for a walk, you’re sure to stumble upon several pet-friendly attractions and restaurants set just minutes of the hotel. Among them are City Park, The Levy Dog Park, Mickey Markey Playground, Cafe Du Monde, Oak Street Cafe and La Thai Cuisine.
4. Ocean Park Resort Myrtle Beach: Certified by the “Pets Can Stay” program, Ocean Park Resort is a pet-friendly facility for small dogs. Accepted year round, pets must be on a leash in all public areas, are not permitted in pool areas, and may not exceed 20 pounds. Carriers are recommended in the event you must leave the pet (only one is allowed per accommodation) unattended in your guestroom. After cavorting with their four-legged friends, the kids – those under 18 stay free – can make a splash in one of the hotel’s indoor or outdoor swimming pools.
5. The Powell Hotel San Francisco: The Powell Hotel, located in the heart of downtown San Francisco, combines historic charm with deluxe accommodations for you and your pet at no extra charge. Opened in 1908, the hotel evokes feelings of an earlier era with marble floors, ornate 20-foot ceilings and wrought-iron railings. While you marvel at the hotel’s handsome features, your pup can enjoy welcome treats included in the hotel’s pet-friendly package. The property’s central downtown location puts you within minutes of Yerba Buena Gardens, a lovely spot for an afternoon walk with your pet, near the Museum of Modern Art and Moscone Convention Center.
If you’re hankering to get away from it all summer, why not bring the furry ones along? Such properties make purr-fect places for your furry friends to stretch their paws while you kick back and relax in front of the TV or watch the kids frolic in the pool. And with great service and fine amenities awaiting travelers, you can rest assured that both you and your pets will be well-pampered.
With the global economy still sour, there’s no question we all continue to feel the pinch. News of soaring unemployment, mounting layoffs and skyrocketing costs has dominated the headlines in 2009. Yet, all of that does little to dampen the holiday spirit of travelers planning to squeeze in time with friends and family over the next few months. Though the holidays bring welcome respite, it’s easy to get wrapped up in holiday planning, which in turn creates the very thing we try to shy away from over this joyful time of year – stress!
Whether you’re loading up the family car for a road trip or getting ready for a cross-country flight, the tips below will help take the guesswork out of holiday planning, ensuring that things go smoother for you this holiday season.
1. Plan Ahead: It’s never too early to book, as holding out for a last minute deal may translate to having to pay even higher prices. By booking early, you can actually save later. A myriad of holiday deals can be had in top destinations, and your pocketbook will certainly thank you for it. Additionally, try to book direct flights and avoid layovers. Doing so will reduce the chances of losing your luggage and having to deal the hustle and bustle of yet another airport. Be sure to factor in flight delays, traffic and inclement weather when making your reservations. Also, if traveling by car, make sure to fill up your gas tank well in advance of your departure date. The earlier you can set out on your trip, the more likely you are to beat the traffic.
2. Pack Essential Supplies: If you plan to hit the road, try to limit the load by including only the most necessary provisions; flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, maps, directions and a first aid kit are musts. Note that the Transportation Security Administration mandates that gels, liquids, gels or aerosols be in containers of three ounces or less. But feel free to bring along a few items to divert yourself, including books, CD player, iPod and the like. With kids in tow, these little extras will go a long way in keeping them entertained during lengthy flights or road trips.
3. Stay Healthy and Informed: With anxiety over the H1N1 flu virus on the rise, some travelers are wary of traveling on fears that their next destination might pose a high risk of infection. Be sure to stay abreast of health-related news pertaining to your destination, including the incidence of the virus in that particular area. Consult your doctor beforehand regarding flu shots and other remedies. As a safety precaution, it’d be wise to familiarize yourself with nearby hospitals and clinics. Airlines already have been stepping up preventive measures by reminding passengers to cover their cough and wash their hands thoroughly.
4. Keep Items Unwrapped: If you’re packing gifts, they must be unwrapped in order to go through security. Gift bags make a convenient alternative – you can easily pull out the items as needed and not have to worry about frenetically undoing five hours worth of gift wrapping at checkpoint.
5. Make Timely Arrangements for Home: Surely, you’ll want to avoid a scene reminiscent of the holiday classic Home Alone. Will you have to leave your cat Whiskers with the neighbor? Will you have to arrange for your uncle Tom to water the plants while you’re gone? Checking off these items before leaving will give you piece of mind and lessen the chances of an “oops” catching up on you later on.
6. Have Fun and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Don’t let a flat tire, flight delay or any other unexpected inconvenience spoil your planned vacation. The holiday season only comes once a year, so why not make the best of it? Kick back, relax and relish some valuable time with friends and family.
getaroom.com is pleased to announce the winner of our first ever Orlando Stay Giveaway Twitter Contest! Her name is Monica (twitter handle: @momtodanielle) and she resides in New York along with her four year old daughter, Danielle. Monica will be taking Danielle on her first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where they’ll both enjoy a two night stay at the Regal Sun Resort. The contest ran from August 28, 2009 to September 25, 2009.
We’d like to congratulate Monica and wish both her and Danielle a great time! We would also like to extend a warm thanks to the Regal Sun Resort and everyone who participated in getaroom.com’s Twitter Contest!
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Stay tuned for our next blog entry, where we’ll be highlighting Phoenix – the sun-drenched capital of Arizona and our newest hotel destination.