Spring has sprung. According to the Travel Industry Association of America more than 49 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers consider their pet to be part of the family, and 18 percent usually take their pets with them when they travel.
You may or may not want to bring your pet with you on your Spring Break vacation (family or otherwise). But here are a few nifty ideas for big city places to take your pet. Stay tuned for one or two more blog posts about places to take your pet in Arizona Nevada, Oregon and Washington state for Spring break.
Note: We have NOT stayed at any of these hotels or inns so we cannot vouch for them and they are not rated for dogitude.
Some general information about Spring Break
March 7-18 (especially March 14-18), 2011 (east coast)
March 28-April 1, 2011 (west coast)
Below are some places to avoid if you are taking your pet…unless they’re big cities (we’ve starred them) where you can find pet friendly lodging and/or venues where the college student crowds won’t be taking over the partying. For Hawaii, try another island besides Oahu.
Top 20 hot spots for spring break
(for 20-something college students)
Daytona beach, Fla
Cancun and Acapulco, Mexico
Panama city Fla
South Padre island, Tx
New York city*
South beach, Fla
Key west, Fla
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
New York is fabulous during springtime after the snow and ice have melted and the sun is shining. NYC is a city full of dog-lovers and offers plenty of dog friendly restaurants, dog runs and of course the famous Central Park. For pooches seeking an upscale, urban vacation The Waldorf Astoria in NYC is the place to go. Humans and dogs alike will enjoy exploring the scents and sounds of the city. Below there is a list of attractions, beaches and parks which welcome canine companions.
Nightly rates for The Waldorf Astoria ’s Fido-Friendly package start at $569. For reservations or additional information dog lovers can visit www.waldorfnewyork.com or call 800-925-3673.
Dogs will be spoiled in proper Waldorf fashion with: a luxury pet bed, two silver bowls, a special pet amenity and a large bottle of water. No need to worry about boarding or a dog-sitter. The Waldorf Astoria “Fido-Friendly” package offers accommodations for two and a canine. It also includes one complimentary dog walking during the stay. Dog Concierge services are also available to assist with any pet needs such as grooming, dog personal shopping or where to find the best Manhattan dog parks.
Catering to the growing trend of pets as travel companions, The Waldorf Astoria has launched a special treat for Fido from the new “Canine Culinary” room service menu created especially for discerning dogs. This menu features:
GERMAN SHEPHERD’S PIE, a twist on Grandma’s specialty
DACHSHUND’S DELIGHTS, miniature hot dogs with Fifi’s choice of sauces
GREAT DANE’S DANISH, fresh from the pastry kitchen
MASTIFF’S MUNCHIES, toasted peanut butter sandwiches never tasted so good
PEKINGESE’S DUCK in dog bite size pieces
POMERANIAN’S PASTA, carb-loading for the runners
Pooches no longer have to worry about midnight snack cravings.
Guests must request Plan Code “PET” in order to book. Rates are based on single/double occupancy, do not include taxes, gratuities or other incidental charges and are per room/per night. This offer may not be combined with any other offer. Certain length of stay or day of week restrictions may apply. Not available to groups or meetings. Other restrictions may apply. “Canine Culinary” items are la carte.
In honor of “National Pets are Wonderful Month” in April, the Wyndham Garden Hotel Times Square South property, located in the heart of New York City on 36th Street, offers a dog program for dogs UNDER 20 pounds (most dogs are OVER 20 pounds so this seems VERY NOT DOG FRIENDLY).
On the other hand, The Muse Hotel offers no pet restrictions and no pet fee (see more info below).
Plus, they have Ginger, Director of Pet Relations, a six-year-old Teacup Pomeranian who prefers Prada, visits to the spa and ahi tuna, and would be delighted to share where to go and what to see in NYC with all four-legged guests. The former doggy model and 3 pound teacup Pomeranian works alongside owner Concierge Lauren Vitale to book “Hers and Furs Pet-icures,” deliver organic pet treats to guestrooms, and greet guests at the hotel’s nightly wine reception.
* IN ROOM PET SPA TREATMENTS – Guests and pets at The Muse New York can indulge in a “Hers and Furs Pet-icure” or side-by-side massages for the ultimate bonding experience.
For background, the hotel is located steps from the excitement of Times Square in the beautifully renovated, historic Leavitt Building, The Muse New York features 200 uniquely styled guestrooms and suites that are very spacious by New York City standards. Located at 130 W.46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues in New York. (212) 485-2400. Rooms from $250.
The fine print for fine pooches:
- Any type of pet is allowed with no weight or size restrictions.
- No charge or deposit.
- No limit on the number of pets allowed
- Pets must be on a leash in all common areas
- Arrangements must be made with housekeeping to service room when owner is out and pet is present
- When registering at the front desk, the pet owner agrees to the hotel’s pet policies, to be responsible for any damage or injury caused by the pet and to absolve the hotel staff of any liability if the pet or another guest is injured.
Brooklyn Bridge Self-Guided Walk -Park Row New York
Federal Hall National Memorial -26 Wall Street New York
General Grant National Monument -Riverside Drive and 122nd St New York
Horse & Carriage Rides -59th Street and Fifth Avenue New York
NY’s Long Island Rail Road, Throughout Region
New York NYC Dog Walking Tour, various
New York City Boardwalks
New York South Street Seaport, South Street New York
Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island New York, great info, http://www.dogjaunt.com/2009/04/staten-island-ferry-nyc/
TV Broadcasts, various stations, you might get tickets for Rachael Ray or other shows way in advance (for next year)
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, 28 East 20th Street New York
Times Square Walking Tour, 1560 Broadway New York
William Secord Gallery, 52 East 76th Street New York
New York City Beaches and Boardwalks
Beaches/Boardwalks (Jones Beach, Far Rockaway, Rocky Point, ask your concierge)
New York Prospect Park Dog Beach, Prospect Park – Brooklyn New York
Battery Park, State Street New York
Canine Court, Henry Hudson Parkway New York
Central Park Central Park W & Fifth Ave. New York
Manhattan Sites National Park Service, 26 Wall Street New York
Riverside Park, Riverside Drive New York
Off-Leash Dog Parks
Carl Schurz Park Dog Run, East End Ave. between 84th and 89th Street New York
Central Park Off-Leash Hours and Areas
New York Chelsea Waterside Park Dog Run, 22nd St and 11th Avenue New York
Coleman Oval Park Dog Run, Pike St at Monroe St New York
DeWitt Clinton Park Dog Run, Between 10th and 11th Ave at 52nd and 54th New York
East River Esplanade Dog Run East River at East 60th Street New York
Fish Bridge Park Dog Run -Dover St., between Pearl & Water St. New York
Fort Tryon Park Dog Run, Margaret Corbin Drive, Washington Heights New York
Highbridge Park Dog Run Amsterdam at Fort George Avenue New York
Hudson River Park Greenwich Village Dog Run, Leroy Street at Pier 40 New York
Hudson River Park North Chelsea Dog Run, W 44th Street at Pier 84 New York
Inwood Hill Park Dog Run, Dyckman St and Payson Ave New York
J. Hood Wright Dog Run, Fort Washington & Haven Aves., West 173rd St. New York
Madison Square Park Dog Run, Madison Ave. To 5th Ave. between East 23rd St. & East 26th St.
New York Marcus Garvey Park Dog Run, Madison Ave at East 120th Street New York
Morningside Park Dog Run, Morningside Avenue between 114th and 119th Streets New York
Other New York City Off-Leash Areas
New York Peter Detmold Park Dog Run, West Side of FDR Drive between 49th and 51st
Riverside Park Dog Runs, Riverside Dr at W 72nd,87th, and 105th New York
Robert Moses Park Dog Run, 41st Street and 1st Ave. New York
Sirius Dog Run, Liberty St and South End Avenue New York
St Nicholas Park Dog Run, St Nicholas Ave at 135th Street New York
Theodore Roosevelt Park Dog Run, Central Park West and W 81st St. New York
Thomas Jefferson Park Dog Run, East 112th Street at FDR Drive New York
Tompkins Square Park Dog Run, 1st Ave and Ave B between 7th and 10th New York
Union Square Dog Run, Union Square New York
Washington Square Park Dog Run, Washington Sq. South New York
Time Warner Center -10 Columbus Circle New York
Anthropologie, 375 W Broadway New York
Banana Republic, 130 East 59th Street New York
Bed Bath and Beyond, 410 East 61st Street New York
Bergdorf Goodman’s, 754 5th Ave (57th and 5th Avenue) New York
Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Avenue New York
Bloomingdale’s, 504 Broadway New York
Bloomingdale’s, 59th Street and Lexington Avenue New York
Doggy Style Gift Shop, 100 Thompson Street New York
Downtown Doghouse, 259 West 18th Street New York
For Pets Only Pet Boutique, 87 Mercer Street New York
Orvis Company Store, 522 5th Avenue New York
Petco Pet Store, 86th St. -147-149 East 86th St. New York
Petco Pet Store, 92nd/Broadway -2475 Broadway New York
Petco Pet Store – Kips Bay, 560 Second Ave. New York
Petco Pet Store, Union Square -860 Broadway New York
Polo Ralph Lauren, 72nd & Madison New York
Restoration Hardware, 935 Broadway New York
Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue New York
The Gap, 59th Street and Lexington Avenue New York
The Salty Paw, 38 Peck Slip New York
Tiffany’s, Fifth Avenue at 57th Street New York
Tourneau, 12 East 57th Street New York
Urban Outfitters, 628 Broadway New York
Urban Outfitters, 374 Avenue of Americas New York
Urban Outfitters, 162 2nd Avenue New York
Urban Outfitters, 2081 Broadway at 72nd Street New York
Urban Outfitters, 2633 Broadway New York
Urban Outfitters, 1511 3rd Avenue New York
Zoomies, 434 Hudson Street New York
Amish Market, 17 Battery Place New York
Bangkok House, 360 W 46th Street New York
Barking Dog Luncheonette, 1453 York Ave New York
Cascina, 281 Bleecker St New York
Chipotle, 150 E 44th Street New York
Chipotle, 150 E 52nd Street New York
Da Rosina Ristorante, 342 W 46th St New York
Fetch, 1649 Third Avenue New York
Firehouse, 522 Columbus Avenue New York
Flex Mussels, 174 E 82nd Street New York
Fratelli Ristorante, 115 Mulberry St New York
Gavroche, 212 West 14th Street New York
Il Porto, 11 Fulton Street New York
Kaijou, 21 S End Ave New York
P J Clarke’s on the Hudson, 250 Vesey Street New York
Phillip Marie Restaurant, 569 Hudson New York
San Martin Restaurant, 143 E 49th Street New York
Sidewalks, 94 Avenue A New York
Sorrento Restaurant, 132 Mulberry St New York
The Old Homestead Steakhouse, 56 9th Avenue New York
The Park, 118 10th Avenue New York
Tre, 173 Ludlow Street New York
Xoom, 125 E 7th Street New York
Yum Yum 3, 658 9th Avenue Corner of W 46th Street New York
Near NYC, eight green/eco and pet friendly places, http://offmanhattan.com/2011/03/08/green-pet-friendly-hotels/
Los Angeles area
The Fairmont Miramar Hotels and Bungalow offers a P.A.W Package where your furry-friends will be in the lap of luxury http://www.fairmont.com/santamonica/hotelpackages/signature/paw+package.htm
• Overnight Accommodations in a Fairmont Room
• Pet Welcome Amenity
• Dog Bowl and Bed
• Doggie Bags
• HealthySpot discount
• Services upon request; pet sitting, pet walking/running, doggie daycare and spa services.
• Full in-room pet menu available
Package starts from $299 per night for a Fairmont room, plus tax, based on single occupancy.
Bring your dog to Santa Monica Beach where they can frolic and play
Strut your mutt along the Santa Monica Pier, the Pier offers a few things to do, including Pacific Park, the only admission-free amusement park in Los Angeles (that’s admission free, not free free). You can access the Pier straight from the beach.
Go shopping along Montana Avenue, lots of trendy boutiques and restaurants, and you may even catch a glimpse of a “dressed down” celeb.
Beverly Hills 90210
Many may think of Beverly Hills as a dog-friendly city thanks to movies like ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ wih images of fashionable ladies toting lap dogs while shopping along Rodeo Drive.
But did you know that the city holds an annual celebration of four legged friends during Spring Break? Woofstock 90210 is a free community event for both pets and their owners. The pet extravaganza will be held at “Wiggly Field” in Roxbury Park on Sunday, March 13 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and will include a pet parade, guest celebrities, adoptable pets, K-9 demonstrations and pet-related entertainment and vendors. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. Free parking is available at nearby Beverly Hills High School (241 Moreno Drive). For additional information, visit www.beverlyhills.org or call (310) 285-6830.
Out of town guests have a few options for pet-friendly accommodations in the city. The Peninsula Beverly Hills (from $555 to $7,000 per night) is known for extending its celebrated service to guests of all types. For an additional fee, guests can request that their family dog be treated with an Ultrasuede doggie bed and a Tail Shakin’ not Stirred Martini. Made with low-sodium bouillon, this refreshing pet-friendly beverage is from the hotel’s “Pampered Puppy Menu,” which includes “people-food treats” for pets such as the “Bow Wow Beef Burger” and the “Hot Dog for the Top Dog.” http://www.peninsula.com/Beverly_Hills/en/default.aspx
For a $200 non-refundable pet fee per stay and rates starting at $655 a night, luxury spring breakers can stay at The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows. Amenities include Bone-shaped doggie cookies, with doggie’s name handwritten on each cookie, a plush doggie bed, Doggie bowls and The Beverly Hills Hotel pink tennis balls. Find more information, go to: http://www.beverlyhillshotel.com/pet-friendly-hotel
One of the most dog-friendly resorts in the San Diego area is Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Their “Loews Loves Pets” program is custom-made for four-legged friends. Coronado (www.sandiego.org/coronado),is located just across the bridge from downtown San Diego. Rates are $200 per night and up. Loews charges a one-time pet fee of $25 per visit.
For more information on Loews Loves Pets: http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Coronado-Bay-Resort/experiences/pets
Loews also hosts the 6th Annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition on June 18. This is the nation’s original surfing competition for dogs and the only event of its kind when it was launched five years ago. It’s an extremely popular event, featuring dozens of dogs taking to the waves in the small, large and tandem (dog and owner on the same surfboard) categories. It draws thousands of spectators each year, plus expert surfers who participate in the tandem event and perform radical tricks in the waves. http://loewssurfdog.blogspot.com