Man’s best friend is being pampered like never before. Our beloved pet dogs are becoming further entrenched into our family lives, including social outings and even vacations that are pet friendly.
Approximately 1/5 of travelers take their pets with them on trips, according to the U.S. Travel Association. To meet this growing trend, several hotels and destinations are beginning to cater to these traveling dogs with special pet friendly offerings and packages.
We want to highlight three pet friendly hotels and destinations that are rolling out the doggie red carpet this summer.
It’s time for some extra special, pooch pampering. Your pet dog can now enjoy personalized amenities, gourmet meals and even luxurious spa treatments!
Waldorf Astoria Chicago
The luxurious Waldorf Astoria Chicago hotel is located in the heart of Chicago’s fashionable Gold Coast and recently
launched its Waldorf Woof program. This summer, the pet friendly luxury hotel has partnered with the chic dog boutique Tails in the City to provide guests and their dogs with a doggie picnic to enjoy in one of the nearby parks. The picnic basket includes a portable dog bowl and gourmet hand-baked dog treats (with designs such as “I Heart Chicago”).
Rates from $395/night.
Sea Island, Georgia
A Forbes Five-Star destination resort located on the coast of Georgia, Sea Island offers something for everyone, including man’s best friend. In addition to doggie bowls, treats and pets that are provided for all four-legged guests, dog amenities available for purchase include Sea Island’s signature dog shampoo and an a la carte gourmet pet menu with organic selections prepared by room service chefs including Crazy Dog (Beef Tips braised in Veal Essence with White Rice), or for a more health-conscious pooch, the Healthy Gracie (Slow cooked Turkey, Brown Rice and Local Vegetables). For the Dog Days of Summer (through August), the pet friendly Spa at Sea Island hotel offers special weekly classes which range from doggie boot camp to pet aromatherapy.
Rates from $395/night.
Gansevoort Hotel Group
Gansevoort Park Avenue and Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, two of Manhattan’s sleekest and most stylish hotels, is the see-and-be-seen spot for travelers and pets alike. Both hotels are offering a “Pampering Your Pooch” package for $125, which includes premium dog treats and toys from the Barking Zoo dog boutique, as well as a dog collar tag that reads “I’m staying at the Gansevoort.” Guests can also choose to purchase additional amenities, including personalized dog beds and mats.
Rates from $395.
St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida
St. Petersburg/Clearwater boasts 361 days of sunshine per year and some of America’s most exquisite beaches, including the award-winning Fort De Soto Park, Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island State Park. Unlike many other “no dogs allowed” Florida beaches, Fort De Soto Park has one of the only dog parks where dogs are allowed on the beach in a designated area. At the Loews Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach, dogs can take advantage of a gourmet room service menu and massages by a professional canine massage therapist. The TradeWinds Island Grand boasts a Pet Play Zone with doggie drinking fountain and fire hydrants, as well as a Sit. Stay. Play Pet Package which includes pet amenities galore, New Barker Magazine, gourmet treats and choice of meals from the Paw Court Bistro room service menu. St. Pete/Clearwater also has numerous pet-friendly restaurants, including Cassis American Brasserie in downtown St. Petersburg, which serves up unique doggie dishes such as “Mutt”loaf, Pup Monsieur and Bark de Triumph.
If you are interested in learning more about these pet friendly hotels, the please contact The Life of Luxury and we will be glad to help book your next vacation.