spring break for bicoastal pets

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 Orleans
New York city*
South beach, Fla
Dominican Republic
Key west, Fla
Las Vegas
San Diego*
Orlando, Fla*
Phoenix, Az*
Lake Tahoe



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.

NYC Attractions

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

Shopping Centers
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

Outdoor Restaurants

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

Santa Monica

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

Package Includes:
•    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

San Diego
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

Please support this blog by visiting aromatherapy for pets & get your pet first aid kit, AnimalScents Shampoo, and/or AnimalScents Pet Ointment. Also, remember to enter the raffle.  Thanks.


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3 responses to “spring break for bicoastal pets

  1. We wish we could go somewhere for spring break! Mama is broke so we’ll be stuck here in the Chicago suburbs forever and ever!

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