Americans are gearing up to hit the road and the air during the upcoming two months in search of the ultimate spring break destination—and record-breaking gas prices don’t seem to be holding them back. Despite the squeeze on family budgets, hotel and air bookings have increased significantly over 2011, according to American Express booking data.
Top domestic destinations this year include cityscapes such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco and warm-weather hot spots such as Miami, Honolulu, and West Palm Beach.
The top spot for hotel bookings? Las Vegas aces it. Meanwhile, college students will rock out at Arizona’s Lake Havasu and the Colorado River; South Padre Island on the Texas gulf; and assorted beaches along the Florida coast.
The Newport Beach Marriott Bayview is an all-suite property so there is more room for your dog.
The one time pet fee is $100 (non refundable).
• Pristine Beaches – Newport, Laguna, and Huntington
• Fashion Island & South Coast Plaza Shopping
• South Coast Plaza
• Balboa Island Ferry
• Orange County Performing Arts Center
Most Marriott hotels are NOT pet friendly but this one is.
The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is situated along the banks of the Lower Colorado River about 20 minutes from the Austin airport and 30 or so minutes from downtown Austin. It features 491 guest rooms. The resort offers guests a true, luxurious wilderness escape located on over 400 acres of diverse Texas terrain adjoining the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park.
Pet Fee: $65 nonrefundable deposit
Amenities include Renegade Trailhead equestrian facility, a spa and Audubon-sanctioned golf course (which has a bird blind for those who are fans of feathered friends). In addition to golf and horseback riding, guests may enjoy floating down the Crooked River, hiking along 16 miles of trails, kayaking and rafting on the Colorado River, and a nightly roasting of s’mores at one of the outdoor fire pits. The resort features weekly live music and boasts seven on-site dining options offering everything from a light snack to a fine dining experience. For reservations or information contact 512-308-1234 or visit at www.lostpines.hyatt.com
Here are some eco friendly, off the beaten path places and big cities on the east coast to consider bringing your pets for spring break.
You must go east to Maine!
The Colony Hotel, 140 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046.
Beautiful hotel that is so dog friendly that the seat coverings in the main
lobby is a dog print…
VIP’s (very important pets) are always welcome at Inn by the Sea
Dogs Days at Inn by the Sea include in room spa services, amenities and over the top pampering for both traveling pets and their human companions. One of the first luxury hotels to accept pets, Inn by the Sea has welcomed man’s best friend for over 18 years with complimentary stays, water bowls, beach towels, cozy L.L Bean dog blankets, handmade treats at turn down, and a seasonally updated brochure with information on leash free beaches , dog parks and local pet services.
Gourmet pet menus for in room dining, dog walking and doggie day care as well as pet massage is all available for doggie divas. Dogs are welcome to join their humans for meals AL Fresco on the seaside deck or full menu service in the fireplace lounge.
VIP’s (very important pets) are invited to lap it up at happy hour. In house pets are welcome to enjoy complimentary ice cream on the boulevard while humans are invited toorder drinks from the signature cocktail menu or bar on the outdoor boulevard. A dollar from each signature drink will be donated to the animal rescue league. Dress code: casual leashes .
Crescent Beach is closed to dogs during the Piper Plover mating season in the summer, but other local beaches have pet hours, and Great Pond trail is a wonderful nature walk for the whole family.
Pet Friendly Hotels in Orlando
It’s not often you find a #1-rated-on-TripAdvisor hotel which is ALSO pet friendly. Orlando Resort offers 2- and 3-Bedroom suites in a most desirable location, at the foot of International Drive, a short hop to Disney, SeaWorld, Universal or numerous water parks.
Beach Vacation Rentals is a group of boutique lodgings in Pompano Beach,
Florida, 15 minutes north of Fort Lauderdale. Offer studios, 1/1s and
2/2s (small cottages and apartments) at five nationally rated Superior Small
Lodgings for a minimum three night stay.
Believe that TINY dogs are part of a family, as much as people’s children and
that people should be able to travel with their dogs as much as possible.
Our guests love taking their dogs to the city’s brand new, state-of-the-art
dog park, Canine Corner — that recently opened and is free of charge about
five-minutes from our properties. We are one of the few pet-friendly
lodgings in the area. Accept small, well-behaved dogs under 20 pounds.
There is a pet fee, similar to an extra person charge. Properties have full kitchens, king beds, laundry, BBQ, beach gear,family games, DVD, stereo system and more. There is free wi-fi, free
parking, free local phone calls, NO resort fees.
For photos, videos, descriptions, rates and terms please visit
Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa
www.bonaventure.hyatt.com located in Weston, Fl welcomes all pets. The hotel became Broward County’s first Certified Green Lodging Hotel in April 2008. The AAA-rated Four-Diamond hotel offers 501 luxurious rooms and a conference center covering more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space.
The hotel received certification from Pets Can Stay as one of the leading hotels that hosts pets. The pet friendly Weston, FL hotel was independently certified by Pets Can Stay as meeting or exceeding all criteria required for the Standard Certification designation allowing guests to share their room with their pooch for $50 per visit. As a traveler, you are staying at an establishment who cater to the travel experience of the pet-toting traveler.
Upon check-in, canine guests will receive a bone as well as temporary
identification tags with the hotel’s contact information in case they
happen to stray away. Owners will be given information about scenic
dog-walking routes around the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure’s lush 23 acres
and will be provided with “doggie bags” for easy clean-up during walks.
Special amenities include turn-down service with a nighttime treat and
room service with dry and canned dog food available.
The Pets Can Stay Standard designation signifies that Hyatt Regency
Bonaventure has met the following mandatory certification criteria:
* Equal Service
* No Arbitrary Pet Fees
* Acceptable Accommodation and Non-Smoking Options
* Fair Kenneling Policies
* Safe Environment
* Pet Policies Available Upon Request
* Food/Water Bowls
* Licensed Accommodation Provider
Located on the Crystal Coast – North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks – is the pet-friendly, oceanfront Atlantis Lodge. The Atlantis Lodge provides one-bedroom suites with full kitchens and private balconies overlooking the ocean. Accepting pets in all accommodations, the lodge allows up to two pets at $15/pet per night.
The Crystal Coast is the favored Atlantic Beach destination for generations. The authentic “coastal experience” features waters of crystalline purity bordering sandy sparkling beaches. Offering activities from dining on “fresh from the docks” seafood and exploring historic haunts in a 300-year-old town to enjoying 85 miles of silken shoreline and diving the No.1 dive destination in North America, the Crystal Coast provides an active and engaging getaway. The Crystal Coast offers a variety of accommodations to suit every lifestyle and budget from seaside cottages to massive beach mansions.
For more information on the Atlantis Lodge, please visit www.atlantislodge.com. For more information on the Crystal Coast, please visit www.crystalcoastnc.org.
Aside from the pipe-smoking Bull Dog on the Inn’s sign, you would never
guess this charming and romantic Vermont Inn prides itself on being pet
friendly. Why? Because the Phineas Swann in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is
beautifully maintained and so quaint you wouldn’t think your Great Dane
would be welcome, but it most definitely is!
The Phineas Swan has been voted a “Most Pet Friendly B&B,” but it has also
been awarded as the “#1 Rated B&B/Inn in Vermont State” by TripAdvisor
ratings. Room rates are affordable and include a all-you-can-eat gourmet
breakfast. Ski and other outdoor recreation packages can be put together to
provide the most value for your stay. Options include the “Pet Perfect Ski
the “I hate to ski” package.
This Inn is a must-stay for dog lovers traveling through New England.
If you plan to visit the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, check out this info on pet friendly hotels, dog parks and more …
my boyfriend and I took a road trip from Chicago to DC with our dog.
our stay at Hotel Madera – it’s a Kimpton
property (all Kimpton properties are dog friendly). For my dog, it was a
great trip – the staff LOVED her and would give her treats anytime she
passed through the lobby. The hotel also provide bowls, beds and other pet
amenities you may have forgotten at home. Walking around the neighborhood
(Dupont Circle) with her was like walking with a celebrity – mostly due to
the young people who occupy the neighborhood (my guess is that many of them
love dogs but don’t have time for one).
This is the property’s website:
DC itself is a great walking city. The weather was nice when we were there,
so our dog got to stay outside with us when we ate at the restaurants with
outside seating. She also enjoyed our daily walks up to Dupont Circle [the
roundabout that was up the street from the hotel].
Washington, DC Pet Friendly Hotel
We know that the star in your entourage is the four-legged friend who rules the pack and rocks the catwalk. Bring your furry companions to Hotel Madera in Washington, DC, and enjoy special attention at check-in, pet-friendly amenities and a perfect setting for tail-wagging getaway.
We love pets as much as you do – that’s why we don’t charge any extra pet fees, regardless of the size or weight of your best friend. Although Hotel Madera is a pet-friendly hotel, we do understand that some folks are prone to pet allergies. We offer a pet-free floor for sensitive guests. Use our pet registration form.
Dogs at Play – Nearby Dog Friendly Parks
S Street Dog Park
S Street at 17th Street NW, Washington DC 2009
Shaw Dog Park
1651 11th Street NW (Between North Q Street and North R Street) Washington DC 20001
Walter Pierce Dog Park
Biltmore Street NW and Calvert Street NW Washington DC 20009
Guests may request pet services including but not limited to pet sitting, dog walking, and pet spa services by contacting the front desk.
The Fairmont, 2401 M Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
High-class canines that pad their way into The Fairmont will be treated to all the amenities of the “It’s A Dog’s World Package.” The hotel website quips that pristine pooches will relish in the luxurious guest room; dog treats handmade by the hotel’s executive chef; a special pet “Do Not Disturb” sign for the door (the sign’s green paw means “Please service room, animal companion exploring city,” while the red paw means, “Do not disturb, animal”) and best of all, 5 percent of your room rate is donated to theWashington Animal Rescue League.
According to traveltips.usatoday.com, “The Fairmont’s Very Important Dog (VID) treatment includes healthy treats made by the executive pastry chef and dishes that use fresh, sustainable, locally grown ingredients.” The package also includes bottled water, a place mat and walking maps that show the nearby parks, pet-friendly cafes and stores.
Rates from $279 and up for doubles
Includes dog fee
Pet-friendly bed and breakfasts that go out of their way to make you furry friend feel at home while on the road.
From dog-gone delicious treats to custom doggie beds you and your pet will feel spoiled when you stay at one of these pet friendly B&B’s!
For a full list of pet-friendly specials, visit:
Saybrook Point Inn & Spa – Old Saybrook, CT
Inn listing link:
Doggie On The Go – Bring your furry friend to our pet-friendly hotel in
Connecticut and treat him or her to a Bone Voyage! When you make your
reservation let them know your pets name and breed so when you arrive your
special guest dog-friendly amenities will be catered specifically for him!
You dog will be treated like a VIP (Very Important Pet) with this package
including welcome treats, souvenir bandanna, a custom-made doggie day bed
and one complimentary dog walk!
The Cheshire – Saint Louis, MO
Inn listing link:
Cheshire Noble Pet Program – Their Director of Pet Relations will furnish
your Specially Designated Pet Friendly guest room with amenities provided by
Nestle Purina including: Special “Noble VIP” treat at check-in A
size-appropriate doggie bed A two-section dog bowl, and a complimentary
coupon for one 20lb or smaller package of PurinaR brand Dog or Cat Food, any
variety. Right next door is Forest Park where your pooch can enjoy a game of
fetch or Frisbee. Arrangements can be made for walkers and sitters and
you’ll receive a special door hanger to alert other guests and staff that
your pet is in the room.
Waterville Valley Resort New Hampshire is the perfect one tank trip and a
park the car getaway for travelers seeking family fun this spring. Designed
as a pedestrian and pet friendly resort, with free public trolleys, the
nation’s first network of trails, and the first Dark Skies town in NH,
Waterville is the place to park the car, and enjoy a gas-free vacation.
Waterville Valley Resort is just 2 hours from Boston, and 3 hours from
Dogs are welcome at the Snowy Owl Inn and Resort, Waterville
Valley, NH http://www.snowyowlinn.com/hotel-policies
Pet Rooms: While the Inn is “dog-friendly”, our four-legged friends are only allowed in certain designated rooms. A $15 per pet per night non-refundable deposit is chargeable in addition to the base room rate for dogs staying in these rooms. Sorry, but the Inn does not allow cats, birds, snakes, pot-bellied pigs, or any other animals. Dogs only please.
Come visit the Cumberland Valley In south central PA. Our area is just under 2 hours from Washington DC by car and we can offer lots of great outdoor activities for canine guests.
http://www.pheasantfield.com/ Pheasant Field B&B is located just 1/2 mile off of the Appalachian Trail – lots of great hiking there! And provide pick-up or drop-off for easy hiking. B&B is located on 10 acres so there is some great space for frisbee with Fido or just a quiet walk. AAA discount is available for lodging at Pheasant Field B&B.
There are several state parks in the area – all dog friendly. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/kingsgap/index.htm Kings Gap and http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/pinegrovefurnace/index.htm Pine Grove Furnace State parks provide wonderful hiking trails, some great environmental education and beautiful views.
There are some restaurants in our historic town of http://www.lovecarlisle.com/ Carlisle that have outside seating for Fido.
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is located 1/2 a mile from Hocking Hills scenic Cedar Falls, Logan, Ohio. The region offers a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, bird watching, canoeing and fishing, as well as exquisite photo opportunities. The Inn’s pampering spa offers a full compliment of spa services. Fine American cuisine is the specialty at the Inn’s dining room and meals are prepared with the finest organic herbs, produce and ingredients.
The inn is dog friendly and now has add on packages specifically for dogs and their owners. The Pampered Dog Package is a fun and unique way for guests and their companions to always remember their stay and a Paw Prints Gift Bag is the perfect necessity to every trip with man’s or women’s best friend.
The Pampered Dog Package, priced at $115, treats guests and their companions to photographs of time together at Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls. A private photographer will capture memories, put the photos into an album and provide a CD to guests to take home. When guests arrive with their dogs to their room, a doggie gift bag will be waiting for guest’s furry friend. The gift bag is filled with treats, a tennis ball, pickup bags, feet wipes and recyclable food and water bowl.
The Inn ONLY allows a dog in Trillium and Yarrow Cottage and Strong Wolf log Cabin. Guests are not permitted to bring dogs into any other lodging unit. Advance dog reservations are required. Limitations apply so please check our Pet Policy for more information. Dogs are not permitted on the patio for breakfast or dinner. You may bring your dog for lunch, but they must be wearing a muzzle and leash. Pets are not permitted any where else on the property.
The Inn limits the number of dogs to no more than two and size of your dog to no more than 75 lbs. All dog guests must be completely free of fleas and ticks, be well groomed and up to date on shots and vaccinations.
A pet fee of $45.00 for your dog will be added to your accommodation charges. Your cottage or cabin will be inspected immediately after check out and any damages will be assessed and charged accordingly. Any additional cleaning that is needed due to excess dirt or fur left by your dog will result in a $50/hour cleaning fee.
An eco-conscious/pet friendly four-star boutique hotel in downtown Minneapolis. This might not be the first city that people think of when they consider spring break, but there is 90,000 miles of shoreline… more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
Pet info: http://www.grandhotelminneapolis.com/minneapolis-hotel/pet-friendly-hotel