spring break 2011

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. We have been to Sedona and Pyramid Lake, and feel they are worth exploring as possible fun Spring Break getaways with your pets.

Sedona, Arizona
Owners Steve and Connie Segner built a luxury boutique hotel with the idea of catering to discerning guests and their pets. Segner has had a longtime involvement in the pet care industry, as owner of a pet food company and developing one of the first premium dog foods in the industry. To the Segners, there was no question that an upscale, luxury inn could provide style, amenities and personalized concierge services for guests and their pets.

El Portal is Sedona’s original pet friendly bed and breakfast with four enclosed pet patios.

El Portal Sedona Hotel

95 Portal Lane

Sedona, AZ 86336


For dog park, restaurants, other lodging and activity info in Sedona, visit:


Portland, Oregon

The Hotel Monaco Portland offers a pet package called Portland Unleashed Pet Package (starting at approx. $189/nt). Here are the details:

-A doggie makeover at LexiDog (near hotel)
-Copy of “Dog Lover’s Companion to the Northwest” book (in room, for use during your stay)
-Transfer on the Portland Lite Rail
-Trail mix kit (for humans and pets alike)
-Hiking map of Forest Park
-Urban map of pet-friendly breweries and restaurants in the Portland area
-Oregon micro-brew for you (and doggie beer for your pooch)
-Pet leash for your furry friend

Other pet friendly hotels in Portland, http://www.vintageplaza.com/vpzspec


dog parks, http://www.ecoanimal.com/dogfun/oregon.html


Seattle, Washington

The Hotel Vintage Park in Seattle loves four-legged companions and welcomes pets of all shapes and sizes at no cost. Additionally, they provide:

-doggie welcome board (dog-shaped chalkboard welcoming each dog at the hotel)

-complimentary dog beds

-dog bowls

-dog treats

-dog sitting and grooming

-turndown service just for dogs

The housekeeping staff will create a dog-shaped towel at turndown service, complete with sunglasses and a bone with the dog’s name on it.

-The local tour company, Evergreen Escapes offers special tours for dog owners (by private request) and even have a dog listed on their website as a team member

Local activities:

Explore the Olympic Sculpture Park together (free)

Take the ferry to Bainbridge Island (approx. $7) and visit the dog-friendly Bainbridge Island Vineyards followed by a stop at the off-leash park Eagledale (and if you’re hungry, both Bainbridge Thai Cuisine and Emmy’s Vege House are pet-friendly)

Take the Dog for a Hike

The pet-friendly Blue Heron Bed Breakfast on Orcas Island is offering a spring break special for dogs. Owners pay, dogs are free! Hike Turtleback Mountain behind the Blue Heron one day and Mt. Constitution at Moran State Park the next day. Binoculars, water, homemade granola, and dog bones are provided for the hike. Room rates are $95 to $145. Pets are free. Valid 4/1/11 through 4/30/11. YOU MUST MENTION “HAVE DOG BLOG WILL TRAVEL” TO RECEIVE THIS PACKAGE.

The San Juan Islands of Washington State – Lopez, Orcas and San Juan are only 30 minutes from Seattle by air, or two-and-a-half hours by car and ferry. Dogs are welcome on Kenmore Air seaplanes/wheeled planes and on Washington State Ferries.


982 Deer Harbor Rd

Eastsound, WA 98245


Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Located about an hour from Reno. It is a great place to camp out with your dog, if the weather is good.  Unlike Lake Louise, Lake Tahoe and other famous lakes, Pyramid Lake is a completely natural environment. The Paiute people take a lot of pride (and care) in the lake, and they are reluctant to turn it into the next Lake Tahoe.  The Lake is 125,000 acres, lots of beach to explore. There are no homes or businesses crowding around the lake. The land around the lake is home to several caves with ancient petroglyphs, and artifacts.

Be sure to visit The Stone Mother. There have been reports of people hearing the cries of an invisible baby when they’re at the Lake. Some have even heard the laughs of children.  The legend: after traveling to Pyramid Lake to meet the man ruler of the lake, the Stone Mother was in awe. The man ruler was so handsome! They were married and had many children. Many of their children were unruly and the man ruler became angry. He decided to separate his children. The man ruler sent his oldest son west with one of the girls. They became the Pitt River Indians. He sent another couple east and they became the Bannocks. The remainder of the children stayed home. The woman was so upset over the separation that she wept.

Aside from the mysterious pyramid and Stone Mother, there is also a small island in the lake (close to the Pyramid). This island doesn’t look like anything special, that is until March/April each year when thousands of pelicans fly in. The pelicans hang out for a couple of months on the island so check them out.
You can purchase a pass for Pyramid Lake from most businesses in Reno or Sparks. Or, you can purchase your pass online. Day use passes cost just $6 per vehicle. There are also options for camping and fishing. It is dog friendly, dogs must be on leash, and you and Fido can camp out.

For more info, visit http://www.pyramidlake.us/


By the way, in Reno, there is a very peaceful haven of a lake Virginia Lake Park, where I took Cici a few times. She liked to chase the ducks. Dogs are supposed to be on leash. It is a peaceful place for a picnic or a walk with your dog in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city.



Asheville & Wilmington, North Carolina

If you must go to the beaches, go to Wilmington.

Asheville, near the mountains, seems a lot pet friendlier though. Both may have crowds of spring break partiers.


Pet friendly parks http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/community_services/parks_landscaping/parks/city_parks.aspx


Pet friendly Wilmingtonian Hotel http://thewilmingtonian.com/pet-friendly/


Pet friendly campground at Carolina Beach, from tents to motorhomes,  http://www.carolinabeachfamilycampground.com/




Go geo-caching April 16, 17 in Beavers Bend State Park.

In McCurtain County, families can golf, horseback ride, geo-cache, canoe, hike, bike, parasail, jet ski and, fish trout. In McCurtain County, your vacation or weekend getaway can include almost any kind of lodging you prefer, from a rustic cottage or fisherman’s retreat to modern motels to elegantly appointed log cabins nestled in the towering pines, as well as unique bed  & breakfast inns.

Dog friendly cabins and hotels are listed on McCurtain County Website  at http://www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com/.

Beavers Bend State Park is filled with camping areas. that they are ALL dog friendly. The Kiamichi mountains have hiking trails dogs love. And Broken Bow lake is a place dogs can explore.

McCurtain County is a 2 to 4-hour drive from Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, OK, Tyler, TX, Little Rock, AR and Shreveport. LA.

To make reservations, visit:  http://www.mccurtaincountygetaways.com/ or call 800-528-7337 for more information.  From $50 per night to over $350 per night, depending on how large a cabin/home is and how many bedrooms and how many people staying.  Pet fees vary per lodging operator.

Park City, Utah

Some reasons to go:

Visit http://www.parkcityinfo.com

1) Travel time is at a minimum, just 35 minutes from a major international airport (SLC). transportation from Salt Lake International Airport is provided by All Resorts Express http://www.allresort.com/ratesservices.aspx It is an easy 35 mile drive from the airport to Park City along Interstate 80.

2) The last few weeks of ski season, crowds are at a minimum and resort rates are lower

3) Once the mountain closes for skiing (approximately April 15), outdoor recreation options include mountain biking, hiking and fishing and the food scene is fantastic. Rates are more than 40% lower than during the winter months.

4) Park City is the home of the annual Sundance Film Festival in January and is popular for artists and is one of the most beautiful towns in America.

5) It is a pet-friendly and eco-friendly historic mountain town. One luxury hotel that is pet friendly is the Montage Deer Valley. Below is their canine ambassador, Monty, a Bernese Mountain dog and link to an article about the hotel in the local newspaper.


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