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Photo Friday: Pet-Friendly Hotels

This week’s Photo Friday post is a shot of my boys during a recent excursion to Rodeo Beach and the spectacular Cavallo Point Lodge in Marin near San Francisco. Many of us have a “first born” that is 4-legged — the people that have had the experience of raising a puppy before children universally share a laugh around the fact that we all thought that dogs were so much work and great preparation for kids. A week with a newborn shatters that fantasy!

I’m thrilled that more and more hotels at all quality levels are accepting pets. In Europe, this has been the case for years, but this is a recent trend on this side of the pond. We just added The Westin Verasa Napa to our portfolio — during our recent visit there were so many dogs walking through the lobby that someone asked me if there was a dog show in town. There are also some brands like Kimpton Hotels that accept dogs across their portfolio and offer an array of pet-friendly amenities — the Sky Hotel in Aspen offers a Pet Package complete with doggie day care and Hotel Palomar Washington DC offers pet massage.
It is important to note that hotels have varying weight restrictions for dogs they allow and price policies. Be sure to include your dog in the reservation and confirm any applicable fees — I’ve seen pricing range from $25 to $100 a night, i.e. pet fees can be a substantial addition to your nightly room rate.

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