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Fourth of July bucket list

Chocolate and pet friendly meals to Put on your bucket list

Some of the yummiest meals and specific foods I’ve ever eaten that you might want to devour over the Fourth of July this year or next r another time… and some of the places are even pet friendly… if I do not indicate a specific dish, it means ALL of the food is good, so try whatever appeals to you, it is all good, heave ho.

A vegan meal at Ravens, Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA

A meal at The Farmhouse, Sonoma, CA

http://fathomaway.com/postcards/chill/farmhouse-inn-sonoma-california/

Eggs MacBenedict, Chocolate Extravagance, MacCallum House, Mendocino, CA

Apple pancakes, Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild, CA

Ole’s Swedish Hot cakes, Little River Inn, Little River, CA

Greek pasta, chicken caesar salad, Dametra cafe, Carmel, CA

Chocolate Cocoa Lounge (Feb. 14), The Island hotel, Newport Beach, CA

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Chocolate for Breakfast, Oak Knoll Inn, Napa, CA

Hot chocolate, Silly Rabbit Chocolate, Ashland OR

Robin’s restaurant, Cambria, CA

Chocolate cake, Gnome, Idyllwild, CA

Fish n chips, The Boathouse, Bodega Bay, CA

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Calamari, Abalonetti Seafood, Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CAfis

Calamari, fish n chips, Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, Morro Bay, CA

Authentic Pad Thai from Thailand

NY pizza, pretzel, knish (street food)

German pretzel, spaetzle at Englischer Gartens in Munich, and a meal at the Kunstlerhaus

Masala dosa, southern India and meals

Gyro or a Souvlaki and shake at the Mad Greek diner, Baker, CA

Turkey Fat burgers or original with eggs and fries, Los Angeles

Chinese meal from NY or SF Chinatown

Pick your own fruit at Gilcrease Orchards, Las Vegas, NV

fish n chips and stuffed potatoes, London and the midlands

Patty melt, and doggie menu, Park bench cafe, Huntington Beach, CA

Mama’s Fish House, Maui, HI

French toast, Roughley Manor, 29 Palms, CA

world”s largest chocolate fountain, Jean Philippe’s chocolates, Bellagio, las vegas, nv

Omelette, Bagel sandwich, Bagel Cafe, Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV

Chicken and Rice, Mi Casa Too, Carson City, NV

Raw vegan food, Living Light Cafe, Fort Bragg, CA

Breakfast buffet, Top of the Riverfront, Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO

BBQ chicken, St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO

Turkey burger and fries, Sequoia Drive-in, Sebastopol, CA

other views:

http://www.nerdtravel.com/2013/west-coast-road-trips/#.UdG7z57BkKE.twitter

http://www.businessinsider.com/memorable-meals-to-eat-in-your-lifetime-2013-6

4th-of-july-flag-lasagna-recipe

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/962095/fourth-of-july-flag-lasagna-recipe?sk_ref=poptoday

 

and some yummy pet menus at various hotels

http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-dog-owners-hotels-20130705,0,5336075.story

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Dog friendly wineries Napa/Sonoma

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, in a few days, you might want to visit some dog friendly wineries if you are in the Napa Sonoma area. Below are a few of the ones that allow dogs on the property. If you want to have a romantic night on the town sans pooch, you can make it up to the dog with some extra treats and belly rubs. And if you and Fido are having a fun date, you might consider enjoying a little bit of wine tasting with cheese for your dog (no wine for the dog).

Thanks to Mary Alice and Chloe at Dog Jaunt who are in the area and reminded us to do this round up of dog friendly wineries.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/top-lists/dog-friendly-vineyards-where-to-sample-wine-with-your-best-friend/

check the dogs allowed box

http://www.sonomavalley.com/wineries.C8.html

http://www.visitsantarosa.com/pet-friendly-hotels-and-wineries/

http://www.sonomabark.com/Dog_Friendly_Dining.html

http://www.sonomabark.com/Wineries.html

www.sonomabark

larson family winery

https://celiasue.com/2009/07/16/girls-gone-wine/

https://celiasue.com/2009/04/28/napa-dog-friendly/

https://celiasue.com/2009/05/11/healdsburg-is-dog-wine-and-chocolate-friendly/

http://www.intowine.com/sonoma-county-dog-friendly-wineries

http://www.napavintners.com/wineries/dog_friendly.asp

http://vacations.petswelcome.com/sonoma-valley/sonoma-valley-vineyards

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Pet friendly Oyster

The world is your oyster… Oyster.com claims that they know the best hotels and the difference between what the hotel websites say and look like and what the real deal is when you get there in person.  This is important because when you register for a venue sight unseen you want to know that you are going to get to the location destination and not get a crappy hotel for a big price. And hotel websites often feature their amenities in the best light, even photoshopping photos and making their hotel look better than they do in person, up close and personal. Oyster has other categories besides best pet friendly hotels… luxury, romantic, kid friendly, best value and best period.  They show photos and prices and provide info about policies and amenities.

Unlike here at our blog, they only seem to have covered BIG CITIES… there are no listings for Mendocino, Carmel, Monterey nor Palm Springs, for example. GIven that Mendocino and Carmel are both known as THE PET FRIENDLIEST cities in the USA, besides a few other cities, Portland and Seattle, come to mind, this seems strange. But also they do NOT list Best Pet friendly hotels for San Diego, nor Silicon Valley (San Jose area) either. And they also do not list best pet friendly hotels for Chicago, and big cities in Florida (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale), not to mention other states like Texas, Georgia, and the rest of the USA. And they do NOT list B&B’s. And they also do not list pet friendly dining, dog parks and other dog friendly activities in the area like we do here.

 

oh by the way, just created a new Facebook page for Polka Dot Princess travels, please like and share far and wide, thanks…

 

our new FB page at https://www.facebook.com/CeliaSueInk 

 

Well, apparently, on their blog, they have more info on pet friendly hotels and places…such as this photo and info about one hotel in Carmel….

tradewinds-carmel

It’s just not a “home away from home” unless we have our four-legged friends by our side. But luckily for us, the staff at the Tradewinds Carmel in Monterey County is about as pet-friendly as they come. In fact, Furball and Foofers consider the boutique more of a human-friendly spot where they can bring their owners along if they so choose. At check-in, you’ll have to make sure the front-desk puts room keys into the right paws!

Below are links to the pet friendly destinations that they do list:

Los Angeles

http://www.oyster.com/los-angeles/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-los-angeles/

San Francisco

http://www.oyster.com/san-francisco/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-san-francisco/

Las Vegas

http://www.oyster.com/las-vegas/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-las-vegas/?newsletter=1

New York

http://www.oyster.com/new-york-city/hotels/roundups/pet-friendly-hotels/

Miami

http://www.oyster.com/miami/hotels/roundups/pet-friendly/

Boston

http://www.oyster.com/boston/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-boston/

Oyster Half Dozen for Pet Lovers

http://blog.oyster.com/oyster-half-dozen-hotels-for-pet-lovers-video-26332/

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Bacon, bones and liver, oh my

Cici’s treat fest… the good people at Entirely Pets shared some treats with us for Cici and I to review. What a wonderful grab bag filled with fun surprises.

Entirely Pets offers a whole range of pet products and supplies. And they even offer nifty info such as the Top Ten Places to Travel with your Pets (San Francisco, NY, Boston, Portland, Orlando, Anchorage, yes Alaska, San Diego, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Oahu, yes, Hawaii).

what dog does not love bacon???  these treats hit the right spot for Cici… she ate them with gusto.  Best of all, they are wheat free…

Simply Wild is a line of all-natural holistic dog biscuits that uses real whole foods like farm fresh vegetables, nutrient-rich fruits, human grade meats, wild game and omega-rich wild trout, Simply Wild maintains a strict philosophy that less is more, simple is better. No wheat, no corn, no soy and never anything artificial.

Ingredients:
Potato, Pork, Lecithin, Arrowroot, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, Natural Smoke, rosemary

http://www.entirelypets.com/simplywildbacon.html

Simply Wild Maple Glazed Bacon Dog Treats (1.1 lb)

I was not sure how or if Cici would like these dental bones. But she LOVED them. Crunchy and delicious. She scarfed them up and relished every bit of them.

BONIES is a unique, healthy treat that uses all-natural ingredients that leaves your dog’s breath smelling fresh. BONIES has zero saturated or trans-fat. BONIES is uniquely formulated to be hard enough to scrape and polish gums while providing exercise for jaw muscles and massaging gums. BONIES uses a 100% natural chicken flavor concentrate made from antibiotic-free US chicken livers. BONIES Dental Formula contain natural peppermint and parsley to help freshen breath and uses brown rice as its first ingredient. Unlike other edible chew bones, BONIES contains no animal by-products like gelatin or animal glycerin.

http://www.entirelypets.com/bonies.html

 

BONIES Natural Dental Bones Multi-Pack REGULAR (5 Bones / 11.15 oz)

 

Cici liked the liver treats but the smell, to me, was not totally wonderful.

Liver Bits Training Treats for Dogs by Green Pet Organics are freeze dried training treats that are 100% natural Sourced and Manufactured in the USA. Made with 100% pure beef liver. The process of freeze drying preserves the aroma, full flavor and nutrients of raw beef liver giving a consistent great taste every time. Liver Bits are rich in protein and preservative free. Give as a reward or sprinkled on food for extra flavor. Refrigeration not required.

http://www.entirelypets.com/grnpetliverbits4oz.html

 

Cici has had Kongs in the past, but NONE that she liked as much as this one… Maybe because it is larger than the others. Or perhaps it is the shape. She loves playing with it and getting treats out of it.

This KONG grooves gently massages the gums, cleans teeth and helps to reduce plaque while she is playing with it.

 

http://www.entirelypets.com/exlardenkon.html

 

 

EXTRA LARGE Dental KONG

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Spring break dog west

Just a reminder that Cici and I have NOT visited nor rated any of these hotels in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond… If you visit any of them, please let us know about your experience. Thanks.

The Stanford Court Hotel http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sfosc-the-stanford-court-renaissance-san-francisco-hotel  is a pet friendly hotel located in the heart of Nob Hill San Francisco.

The hotel, in partnership with Bow Wow Meow, the premier pet supply and grooming shop of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, is offering “The Society Dog” package. Perfect for families not wanting to leave pets behind, the package starts at $179 per night* and includes:

* Two-night stay in deluxe luxury accommodations

* Pet fee complimentary

* Complimentary water bowl and fresh treats for pets upon arrival

* “Pets in Residence” on The Stanford Court’s electronic reader board featuring photos of the hotel’s four-legged Guests

* Complimentary $20 gift certificate to Bow Wow Meow

Check out the Inn at the Presidio which just opened on April 1. It is the first ever hotel right in the historic Presidio area of San Francisco.

The Inn Is dog friendly with great walking and hiking trails right out the back door.

 http://www.innatthepresidio.com/

There are 22 contemporary accommodations of which 17 are classic one-bedroom suites with a separate sitting room, gas fireplace and sofa with queen bed. The balance of the 5 rooms are deluxe bedrooms. Third floor rooms boast San Francisco Bay & Golden Gate Bridge views. All guest reservations include a daily complimentary continental breakfast buffet and wine & cheese reception. Overnight self-parking is available for a fee of $6 per night. Room rates range from $195 – $350 based on double occupancy. Children under 12 complimentary. Pets welcome. Guest rooms at the hotel will be outfitted with the latest technology and amenities, in addition to gas fireplaces available in most rooms and all suites. Guests may also enjoy relaxing at the outdoor patio with gas fire pit, on the porches, or in our lobby area. The Inn at the Presidio is the only hotel in the historic Presidio of San Francisco and is minutes from hiking trails, golf course, ocean and bay beaches, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Presidio has a large network of hiking and biking trails that connect a series of scenic overlooks. The trails offer different challenges and experiences – from the sandy bayshore to the rugged coastal bluffs, through enchanting forests and along newly daylighted creeks. Some trails, such as the California Coastal Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, are regional trails that reach as far as Mexico.

Mountain Lake Trail – Length: 2.6 miles (4.1 km)

Presidio Promenade – Length: 2.1 miles (3.4 km)

Tennessee Hollow Trail – Length: 1.2 miles (1.9 km)

Park Trail – Length: 1.7 miles (2.6 km)

Lover’s Lane – Length: 0.9 miles (1.4 km)

Lobos Creek Valley Trail – Length: 0.8 miles (1.3 km)

Golden Gate Promenade/Bay Trail – Length: 4.3 miles (6.9 km)

Juan Bautista De Anza national Historic Trail – Length: 2.7 miles (4.3 km)

Batteries to Bluffs Trail – Length: 0.7 miles (1.0 km)

Bay Area Ridge Trail – Length: 2.5 miles (4.0 km)

Anza Esplanade – Length: 0.6 miles (0.9 km)

Ecology Trail – Length: 1.4 miles (2.2 km

California Coastal Trail L – Length: 2.7 miles (4.4 km)

Dog parks

http://sanfrancisco.about.com/od/environmentnature/a/dogparks.htm

Transportation with Pooch

http://www.dogjaunt.com/2009/05/traveling-by-san-franciscobay-area-public-transit/

Pet friendly dining in the Bay area

http://www.diningwithsophie.com/dogs/petfriendly/dining.html

http://www.wikifido.com/page/San+Francisco+Dog-Friendly+Stores+and+Restaurants

Bring your pet to San Francisco’s Powell Hotel. They promise you a doggone good time. Our Pet-Friendly Package offers deluxe accommodations for you and your pet at no extra charge. We’ll also include pet treats, and our central downtown location puts you within minutes of Yerba Buena Gardens, a lovely park and outdoor promenade next to the Museum of Modern Art and Moscone Convention Center.
Union Square Hotel San Francisco

San Francisco, CA Pet-Friendly Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations for Owners and Pets – No Extra Charge
  • Welcome Treats upon Arrival

Package prices vary according to season.
Guests with pets must sign a liability waiver and give a credit card deposit of $150 against damages to be returned on departure. Pets left alone in the guestroom must be crated.

For more information on our San Francisco Pet-Friendly Package or to book now, please contact the hotel directly at 415-398-3200.

http://www.thepowellhotel.com/html/san-fran-pet-friendly-pkg.asp

Sir Francis Drake  (Kimpton hotel)

Package Includes:

  • Deluxe room accommodations
  • No extra charge for bringing your pet
  • Doggy bed, doggy bowl, doggy treats, a chew toy
  • San Francisco pet city guide with information about dog friendly eateries and parks

Book online or call 1-877-351-9741 and mention rate code PPET

http://www.sirfrancisdrake.com/specials-packages/sit-and-stay-in-style-package

Serrano Hotel (Kimpton)

We pamper all our guests in style, including our four-legged, furred and feathered guests. A truly pet-friendly hotel, we accept any number of pets without size or weight restrictions and for no extra charge in our San Francisco suites and hotel rooms.

To keep your pet happy and healthy during your stay, we offer some fetching pet amenities:

  • Food and water bowls and a dog bed placed in your room for use during your stay
  • Treats, bottled water and plastic pick-up bags for great San Francisco walks
  • List of pet-sitting, walking and grooming services and neighborhood pet resources

 

Pet Palace Package

Okay, all you hip cats and sly dogs…don’t leave home without your owners. Our Pet Palace Package offers tantalizing indulgence for humans and pets alike. This package includes:

  • Deluxe hotel accommodations
  • Designer mineral water
  • Special doggy biscuits for clean and healthy teeth
  • An ample supply of disposable clean-up bags
  • Pet-friendly necessities like leashes, gourmet lamb and rice dog food and rawhide fetch-it sticks available on request
  • Book Online or call 1-866-289-6561 and mention rate code PPET

http://www.serranohotel.com/html/PetFriendly.html

 

Hotel Triton

Bow Wow Pet Package (Pet Package)

Why leave your pet at home when you can take advantage of Hotel Triton’s “Bow Wow Pet Package.” Hotel Triton is the best choice for you and your pet where you can enjoy a warm welcome with your pet’s name posted on our pet board. We have all the amenities you need during your stay.

This package includes:

  • Complimentary use of our pet beds
  • Organic pet treats
  • Bottled Water
  • Please remember to provide your pet’s name when making your reservation*

Rates starting at $101

For more information and pricing, please contact us at 415.394.0500.

http://www.hoteltriton.com/html/petfriendly.html

Hotel Palomar

Hotel Palomar San Francisco is a pet–friendly urban retreat in the heart of downtown. We provide special pet–friendly amenities and accept any number of pets without size or weight restrictions and for no extra charge.

Hotel Palomar welcomes your pet with:

  • Keepsake pet toy and treats
  • Pet bed and food and water bowls delivered to your room
  • Loan of The Dog Lover’s Companion to the Bay Area
  • Leash for use during your stay
  • Disposable pick-up bags

Maverick, Director of Pet Relations, is a fun-loving Labrador Retriever who was rescued from a shelter and now enthusiastically welcomes pets and humans alike to our boutique downtown hotel. Find out more about Maverick »

Check out this quick video of the Top Pet Hotels on Oyster – that’s right, we made the list! Maverick himself even makes an appearance.

Guppy Love. Traveling without your pet? How about a little Guppy Love instead?

http://www.hotelpalomar-sf.com/palsf_pet.html

Argonaut Hotel

a waterfront pet-friendly hotel located in the midst of San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Offering some of the most picturesque accommodations in San Francisco along with waterfront trails just footsteps away, we make sure you don’t have to leave your favorite friend at home.

  • In-house pet program that includes custom made bed and the Kimpton pet mini bar
  • Any type of pet is allowed with no weight or size restrictions..
  • No charge or deposit, however there is a waiver required at check-in.
  • No limit on the number of pets allowed.
  • All pets must be leashed when in public areas. No pets are permitted in the restaurants or bars.
  • Pets may be left alone in the guestroom. If your pet requires a crate, please contact the hotel in advance.
  • We do have a list of pet sitters and doggie daycare.
  • We provide treats, feeding bowls, a mat, bottled water, a bed, pick-up bags and a list of local area pet services.

http://www.argonauthotel.com/argpetf/index.html

Prescott Hotel

Pet friendly amenities available upon request at the Prescott Hotel:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Specialty pet treats upon check–in
  • Kimpton pet bed

Virtual Fine Print:

  • Any type of pet is allowed with no weight or size restrictions.
  • No charge or deposit, however there is a waiver required at check–in.
  • No limit on the number of pets allowed.
  • All pets must be leashed when in public areas. No pets are permitted in the restaurants or bars.
  • If your pet requires a crate, please contact the hotel in advance.
  • We do have a list of pet sitters and doggie daycare.

The Eco Luxe Pup http://www.cavallopoint.com/dogs-play.html program at Cavallo Point Lodge http://www.cavallopoint.com/index.html in Sausalito, Calif., is a luxurious and relaxing getaway-pets and travelers alike.

Upon arrival, dogs are greeted by name. A doggie bag of locally made, eco-friendly treats (peanut butter cookies and homemade chicken biscuits) awaits them in the room, along with a plush bed, doggie dryer and food and water bowls for use during their stay.

Aside from these welcome amenities, canines are welcome over almost all the grounds. The parade ground is an excellent place to romp. Dogs are invited in the lobby and mercantile, and on the outside porches of the reception building and Murray Circle restaurant with a leash. Acres of national park lands surround the lodge, and most trails welcome leashed dogs; Rodeo Beach, just a short drive away, allows leash-free dogs under voice control. After playing all day, travelers can kick back on the porch at Murray Circle with their pooch, where they both can rehydrate and plan the next day’s adventures.

Lodge guests may bring one or two friendly dogs, to be indicated at time of booking. A one-time $75 fee per room includes the Eco Luxe Pup amenities listed above.

http://www.7×7.com/pets/dog-friendly-hotels-and-inns-around-san-francisco

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the perfect spring getaway for travelers with a furry friend in tow. Located right on the San Diego bay, guests and their four-legged partners can enjoy scenic ocean views from the comfort of their room or take a leisurely stroll down Harbor Island is a beautiful walking trail. As K-9 luggage can pile up, Sheraton is ready with pet beds and bowls available upon request, as well as doggie bag dispensers on the property’s very own dog trail. Also, Sheraton San Diego is a proud leader in environmental sustainability, having earned GOLD level certification from the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties as well as a host of other green awards and accolades.

Not only is this property pet and environmentally friendly, but they are also offering second night rates from as low as $72 a night in honor of their 40thanniversary throughout the year.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a Posh Pooch experience. They also offer a variety of experiences that are fun for the entire family from the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment eco-adventures to the Billabong Surf package, there is something for everyone.

www.ritzcarlton.com/lagunaAmbassadors

www.ritzcarlton.com/laugnapackages

Hotel Amarano in Burbank is celebrating the April, 2012 completion of its $10 million expansion by debuting a “Casting Call” introductory promotion of 15 percent off room rate, per night, double occupancy, based on space availability. The offer is effective through August 30, 2012. There are 32 new guestrooms, expansive swimming pool, cabanas, and state-of-the-art fitness center. There is a $100 one time fee per stay.

Just minutes from the door, find countless things to do in the entertainment capital of the world. Take a studio tour at world-renowned theaters such as NBC Television and Warner Bros. Studios. Join the studio audience for a live daily taping of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, or enjoy a live outdoor concert or show at the Greek Theatre or Hollywood Bowl. The Burbank and Hollywood area is filled with countless theatres, art centers, museums and galleries, offering fine arts for every taste and interest.

For travel and accommodation information, call 818/842-8887 or 888/956/1900 or visit the hotel’s website at www.HotelAmarano.com.

Dog Friendly Resort in Calif.’s Gold Coast

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is situated right in Newport Beach’s Bay
Back and offers a variety of options for dog lovers. It is an all-inclusive 100-acre waterfront resort featuring a 386-site state-of-the-art RV park, 450-slip marina and a private waveless beach and water playground that has been enjoyed by families since 1958. The Dunes is also home to 24 mobile cottages that the public may rent. The onsite Back Bay Bistro offers fine dining and spectacular views of the Upper
Newport Bay.

• 386-site state-of-the-art RV park

• 450-slip marina

• a private waveless beach

• water playground & waterpark

• Cottages (permanent & 24 mobile cottages the public may rent)

• Rent-a-tents

• Acclaimed Back Bay Bistro offers fine dining and spectacular views of
the Upper Newport Bay

• Kayaking/duffy boats/sailing

• Surrey Bikes

• Eco-logical tours of the Back Bay’s nature preserve

*VIDEO* OF SUMMER AT THE DUNES:


Colorado


Have a dog-friendly getaway at Beaver Creeks Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa which was named the #1 Ski Hotel in North American for 2011-2012 by Condé Nast Traveler and welcomes dogs of all sizes at no additional charge.

All visiting dogs are provided with the use of a Westin Heavenly Dog Bed and dog dishes while they’re here. A 40-mile paved trail that runs along the Eagle River is located just outside our front door, the perfect place for everyone to get some exercise!!

The resort features an amazing spa, a contemporary Latin restaurant and a huge Athletic Club that offers dozens of group exercise classes daily, including yoga, Pilates and cycling. And of course were located in the heart of the Vail Valley, so guests have great access to downhill skiing, Nordic skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more!

When you book 4 nights, you get the 5th night free. You can check out more about the resort here: http://www.westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com/

Utah

Families do Spring Break Skiing, Snowboarding at the Pet-Friendly Brian Head Resort, 3 hours northeast of Las Vegas, less than 15 miles off Interstate-15

The Greatest Snow on Earth

Due to substantial snow accumulation from February storms, Brian Head just extended its season to April 15, 2012. Brian Head in Southern Utah is 100 percent open.  Year-to-date Brian Head has over fourteen feet of snow, and March snow fall averages 57.8 inches and April 45.5 (Western Regional Climate Center

Brian Head Resort offers a $49 adult all-day lift ticket, compared to $96 at Deer Valley, and $89 at Mammoth

Brian Head full-day lift, weekday tickets are half-price with a coupon available in southern Nevada at Terrible Herbst convenience stores and lube & car wash locations, including along the drive from Las Vegas to Brian Head in Las Vegas and Mesquite. http://www.terribleherbst.com/promos.php

Where to Stay:

Now through April 14, 2012, the pet-friendly Grand Lodge at Brian Head has a lodging and lift ticket package, the Après Ski Package, for $199.00 plus tax per night Sunday thru Thursday and $219.00 plus tax per night Friday and Saturday. The package includes accommodations for two in a Resort Queen or a Resort King room, two Brian Head Resort adult lift tickets per night stayed and two appetizers per day at The Lift Lounge & Patio. For these and manyother events and packages, visit http://www.grandlodgebrianhead.com or call 435-677-9000. Rates are subject to availability, and the standard Pet Fee is USD $25.00 per night. Pet policy agreement must be signed at check-in. Mandatory leash policy applies. Small to medium-sized animals only.

Guests can enjoy an indoor pool with cascading waterfall, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a fitness center and the Red Leaf Spa. Complimentary parking is available and all rooms are non-smoking.

Getting There:

Many airlines fly to Las Vegas, which is three hours from Brian Head. There is a United Express flight from LAX to St. George, Utah, only 90-minutes from Brian Head. Brian Head is off Interstate-15. Exit at Parowan, UT and drive 13 miles to Brian Head.

Postcard-worthy scenery on the drive along Interstate-15 can include the Mojave National Preserve, Las Vegas skyline, Virgin River Gorge and Southern Utah’s Color Country, America’s largest concentration of natural scenic wonders and generally very little traffic and no twisty, hairpin turns. Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, The Grand Canyon, and Great Basin are all within easy reach. Cedar Breaks National Monument is two miles from Brian Head.

Lake Geneva, WI

The resort offers guests traveling with dogs special amenities via their Pet Club program.

All guests who arrive at Grand Geneva with their dog in tow will become official Pet Club members. Perks include:

* A Grand Geneva-logoed identification tag and one complimentary treat upon check-in

* Custom-designed Grand Geneva bedding and food and water bowls for use during the stay

* Access to the specialty foods Pet Menu, featuring dishes from Fromm Family Foods, a family-owned, USDA-certified plant in Wisconsin that creates its products with fresh, hand-trimmed meat and fish

* Maps of special dog-friendly hiking trails around the resort’s lush 1,300-acre campus and across the City of Lake Geneva

A dedicated concierge team is also available to provide guidance and recommendations for pet resources outside the Grand Geneva campus, including, but not limited to, grooming, training, veterinary services, pet supplies, dog-friendly attractions, and more. The Pet Club is available for dogs up to 25lbs, and a $35 per day pet fee is applied. Pet Menu items range from $2.75 – $3.00 per dish.

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Vicktory dogs rock

Fans of the Vicktory dogs will want to read this wonderful interview with Hector the Pit Bull and his family…

http://vdoglittleengineblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/20-questions-with-hector-pit-bull.html

from Little Red‘s mama…
1-14-12 Can you say relaxed!!! This is Little listening to her new CD — “Through a Dog’s Ear”. She got this wonderful gift from her good friends CeliaSue and CiCi. We love it! All 5 dogs respond to this music in the most amazing way. After breakfast (which is at 5 am in my household), the dogs are up and down and in and out and have a hard time settling. Now I put on the Through a Dog’s Ear CD and the dogs all take extended naps while I have time to sink into a novel before the day really gets going. The music is classical piano pieces and the cadences are designed to calm dogs. It’s been clinically tested with shelter dogs and I can say unequivocally that it works!!! We’ve been listening to the music every morning in preparation for Little’s 1st acupuncture session. I played the CD for her to keep her calm. It was really a special time. I’ll write about it later this weekend. Right now we’ve got some more listening and napping to do.

Handsome Dan is adjusting to his new home with his baby sister Josephine. They like to take it easy on Sunday mornings.

Cherry Garcia also had acupuncture recently…

Ellen, Ray, Squeaker and Oscar are still looking for their forever homes. They are at Best Friends Animal Society.

http://vdoglittleengineblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/former-vick-dogs-looking-for-place-to.html

Ginger Girl enjoyed her new toy from me and Cici and a recent visit to San Francisco
Jhumpa Jones and her kitty friend Lionel who is having surgery… please send prayers and loving thoughts.
Please spread the word about these wonderful ambassadogs who prove that pit bulls are loving companions who deserve to live and make great pets even after they’ve been involved in dog fighting.
Today is the Blog the Change blog hop… grab the code here and hop away

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I hear 99% of Americans protesting…

I realize that this is not what I usually write about but it is so important that I feel compelled to discuss it. At first, the media was blacking out coverage, now there is some coverage, mostly trying to dismiss the worldwide nonviolent protests happening all around the world, people protesting for Freedom and economic justice, JOBS, universal health care, homes and more… And as the powers that be deride, ridicule and try to play down the protests, the protests are getting bigger and spreading all over the nation and Canada.

the whole world is watching…

Update:  https://celiasue.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/update-occupation-goes-global/

There were about 20,000 Americans protesting on Wall Street this week, and for the past three weeks… and around the country… demanding that giant banks pay their fair share of taxes, end the foreclosure crisis, and create jobs. We are the 99% of Americans who have been forced to bear the brunt of the recession, financial insecurity. The 1% elite who have bought politicians and those responsible for the financial recession, none of the criminals have gone to jail but hundreds of non-violent protesters have been arrested… the GOP even contributed millions to the NYPD as incentive to bust up the protesters on Wall Street, are changing laws to fit their agenda all in an effort to beat Obama in the next election and more, so much more.

 

Regular every day middle class Americans ARE FED UP of being forced OUT into the streets, without food, without homes, without jobs, without pensions and benefits and without health care and the American Dream.

these are the real working class people (the middle class) who are protesting, not hippies and homeless people as the media says…

faces of the protesters:

The Wall Street Protesters Are Now In 15 Major Cities Across The Country http://read.bi/ox4GCG

protesters are single dads and single moms, nurses, veterans, librarians, teachers, engineers, doctors, veterans and regular every day working people, union members, seniors, disabled, people all over America, middle class people, even a corporate lawyer … Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Independents, they are ALL represented, this is NOT about race, ethnicity nor party politics… it is about people’s needs vs corporate greed. 

“We Are the 99%.” “The reason I’m here now is to speak for the other 99 percent of this country that has been denied a seat at the negotiating table,” protester Henry James Ferry told TIME early in the movement’s second week. “I don’t hate capitalism; I don’t hate rich people. I think you should come down to Wall Street and make as much money as you want. And when you do, you should pay a fair tax rate back to the city and the country that gave you the opportunity.”

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/03/occupy-wall-street-protest-message-becomes-clearer-as-movement-spreads/#ixzz1aDD7JXN4

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass

I Hear America Singing.

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe
and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off
work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deck-
hand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing
as he stands,
The woodcutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morn-
ing, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work,
or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young
fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

I hear 99% of Americans protesting… by CeliaSue Hecht

i hear 99% of America protesting, the Wall Street elite who fear monger and steal elections and dreams

Those single moms, teachers, union members, seniors and twentysomethings,

each one protesting the unjust, unfair and economic uncertainty they’ve been forced to bear

The college graduate with a 3.87 GPA and $65,000 in student loan debt who makes $180 a week.

The art teacher with a spinal injury who lost his job of 24 years, is about to lose his home, cannot work nor collect disability or unemployment worrying about his family.

The unemployed woman laid off after 20 years who wants to donate a kidney to save a friend’s life who may not be able to because of high cost she is forced to pay.

The child of a mother with no job, no home, no healthcare who committed suicide in 2010.

A former student who now has to dumpster dive in order to eat.

The 45 million Americans who are eating due to food stamps and the shrinking middle class.

Each one protesting what belonged to him or her and now is gone.

The way America used to be, the former greatness of the USA now fading into oblivion.

Protesting with open mouths, signs, and strong determination, to revive the American dream, end the wars, and bring FREEDOM and LIBERTY for ALL back to America.

what do the protesters want?  justice…

http://www.nationofchange.org/what-do-they-want-justice-1317999776

do you seriously want your dog to have to beg in the streets for food because you can no longer take care of them????  Get Empowered… Join the Protests !!!

if you have a Bank of America account and do not want to pay the new $5 a month fee, change banks before November 5, open an account at a local credit union,

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/10/bank_transfer_day_occupy_wall_street.php

Whose Side Are You On: The Moral Clarity of #OccupyWallStreet #Occupy

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Whose-Side-Are-You-On-The-by-Robert-Borosage-111008-92.html

Dear Wall Street

http://www.truth-out.org/open-letter-wall-street/1317680703

15 core issues our country must face

http://october2011.org/issues

http://www.truth-out.org/pro-hunger-lobby-gop-frontrunners-fight-aid-starving-americans/1317148242

$30 a week is not exactly eating caviar

Join the ongoing Virtual March on Wall Street and bring your dog/cat/pets… LOL… We have the POWER… 

http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/

Occupy Wall Street protests are coming to a city near you… Boston, LA, SF and more… Canada, too…

http://www.occupytogether.org/

OccupyTogether.com

Berkeley, CA; Protesters target Bank of America | Long Beach, CA | Los Angeles, CA; Day 3 | Napa, CA | Sacramento, CA | San Diego, CA | Santa Barbara, CA; “People have nothing left to lose except their chains.” | Santa Cruz, CA | Colorado Springs, CO; Day 2 | Denver, CO (VIDEO); Hundreds march | Hartford, CT | Washington, D.C.; “We’re fed up …” (VIDEO / DISPATCH) | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Lake Worth, FL | Miami, FL |Orlando, FL | Tallahassee, FL | Tampa, FL | Hilo, HI | Mason City, IA | Boise, ID |Chicago, IL; Day 11 (VIDEO | VIDEO) | Normal, IL | Indianapolis, IN (VIDEO) | Wichita, KS | Lexington, KY | Louisville, KY (VIDEO) | New Orleans, LA | Boston, MA; Food tent up and running | Baltimore, MD (VIDEO) | Portland, ME; Protesters set up tents in Lincoln Park (VIDEO) | Detroit, MI | Minneapolis, MN (VIDEO) | Columbia, MO | Kansas City, MO | St. Louis, MO | Missoula, MT | Asheville, NC; Built to last | Raleigh, NC |Jersey City, NJ; Protesters target Goldman Sachs | Trenton, NJ | Albuquerque, NM; Hundreds march without permit, no arrests (VIDEO / VIDEO) | Las Vegas, NV (VIDEO)Albany, NY; Protest takes root | Buffalo, NY | Latham, NY (VIDEO) | Rochester, NY(VIDEO) | Syracuse, NY (VIDEO) | Cincinnati, OH (VIDEO) | Dayton, OH | Eugene, ORPortland, OR | Salem, OR | Allentown, PA | Philadelphia, PA | Pittsburgh, PA |Memphis, TN (VIDEO) | Nashville, TN | Austin, TX | McAllen, TX | Victoria, TX; “It’s going to grow bigger.” | Salt Lake City, UT; “We will make this a permanent demonstration …” | Richmond, VA; “A lot of Americans are fed up …” | Burlington, VT; Over 100 gather | Seattle, WA; Mayor orders removal of tents | Spokane, WA; Day 5 |Tacoma, WA

“I love it!” – Yoko Ono

WE ARE TOO BIG TO FAIL… WE ARE THE 99%

it is time for the Blog Hop, thanks to Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume, grab the code here…

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