As most pet owners already know, making travel plans can seem like a prolonged headache of finding a sitter to make sure your cat or pup is in good hands while you get away. Once you do find care, chances are you’ll spend a good chunk of your time worrying about how your pet is faring without you- and hoping for hourly updates. Finding a luxury resort that accommodates animals as well as people is not an easy task; luckily, the following destinations go above and beyond to make sure you and your pet receive a warm welcome.
La Quinta Resort & Club
Palm Springs, CA
La Quinta Resort’s PAWS Canine Experience is a one of a kind example of a package tailored to pet owners’ vacation struggles. Forty-five acres of winding walkways and open space in the Palm Springs desert mean that you and your dog won’t have to stay cooped up in your private casita (though you might just be tempted to!)! La Quinta’s dog- friendly casitas range from the Two Queen Casita with poolside views, to the King Hacienda Grande, which has its own private pool and hot tub. Casitas featuring private patios are especially convenient for pets who love fresh air as much as you do; sip your morning coffee on the patio while your pet enjoys a nap in the sun. The PAWS Experience doesn’t end there- the resort has a number of special bonuses to make sure your stay is exactly what you imagined. Stainless steel bowls, a placemat and a plush dog bed save you the hassle of having to bring your own accessories, and a dog-friendly trail system makes sure neither of you have to skip your morning run (doggie relief stations are scattered throughout the grounds). In collaboration with PupJoy, La Quinta will also greet you with a gift box containing a treat, toy, and travel bowl. If that didn’t convince you, this might- the resort dog fee is only $150 per stay.
Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection
Napa Valley, CA
For a much-needed getaway to wine country, consider Solage Resort & Spa if traveling with a furry companion. Pet-specific concierge services mean you have easy access to special features like dog beds, food bowls, treats and custom welcome cards. Thanks to a recent expansion, Solage’s one and two bedroom cottage suites are perfect for you, your pet and any other guests. A jetted hot tub, fire pit, and private outdoor space make the Estate, Orchard or Silverado suites feel like home- or better. When you’re not cozying up inside, take advantage of Solage’s complimentary bike selection to explore the area. When your pet finally settles down to doze, sneak off to Solbar, the resort’s onsite cocktail bar and dinner restaurant where you can sip and sample by firelight. Taking cues from the area’s rich geological history (Napa’s Calistoga hot springs and mineral waters have been sought out since the 19th century), Spa Solage offers rejuvenating treatments meant to not only relax, but detox as well. Don’t miss the spa’s signature mud treatment for an unforgettable experience that lingers long after you leave Napa.
Perry Lane Hotel
For those closer to the East Coast, Savannah’s Perry Lane Hotel offers an urban take on traveling with your pet. Alongside an existing variety of pet-friendly rooms and suites, Perry Lane is taking its efforts a step further with the launch of the Pup Walk program, available starting this December. Hosted by the hotel, the Pup Walk invites early birds to meet other pet owners on a guided walk through historical Chippewa Square. Every Saturday morning, guests can watch their dog make friends and explore while a guide teaches the audience about Savannah’s past. Perry Lane dog beds, bowls and bandanas are available for participants. After the walk, stay out and wander through Savannah’s cobblestones or head back to your room and enjoy a lazy morning at the hotel’s Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market (pastries, coffee and daily brunch await)! Take a look at Perry Lane’s luxury experiences to fill up your Savannah schedule- offerings range from private tours to water adventures and yoga classes.
Colorado Springs, CO
Inspired by a long lineage of animal lovers, the Broadmoor offers pet friendly accommodations in Colorado Springs. Bent on keeping you both relaxed and busy, this five- star resort offers outdoor adventuring and as much or as little space as you and your pet need- accommodations range from rooms and suites to the luxurious Estate House or the resort’s residential brownstones. The Pitty Pat Pet Club at the Broadmoor steals the show- named after a resort poodle, the club ensures you have everything to make yours and your pet’s stay as comfortable as possible. This includes detailed maps of the grounds, as well as pet- friendly walking off-site, the Broadmoor Pet Boutique, and the Pitty Pat Pet Menu, which has selections for both cats and dogs, and can be ordered via room service. The Pet Boutique carries unique necessities and accessories, putting a unique spin on your ordinary hotel gift shop. Seven on- site restaurants and even more cafes and lounges serve gourmet dishes, fine wines, and international flavors throughout the day- don’t hesitate to try them all. Settle into mountain views at Broadmoor and enjoy Colorado Springs knowing your pet is feeling just as pampered as you are.
The Kimpton Muse Hotel
New York, NY
Midtown Manhattan’s Muse Hotel promises the best of both worlds with a central location, pet friendly services, and roomy suites to make you feel like you’re in your element, miles from home. Upon checking in with your pet, expect room- delivered water bowls, a handpicked concierge list of nearby pet boutiques and groomers, and floors dedicated to pet owners. Special offers like the Fotografiska x Kimpton package introduce you to an iconic New York- with this particular package, enjoy two tickets to Fotografiska Museum and day usage of a Fujifilm Instax film camera to capture candid moments in the blink of an eye.
Thanks to the Muse Hotel’s location on West 46th Street, you’ll be within walking distance to a number of spots you and your pet will both love on a crisp morning or sunny afternoon. Once you get past the jumble that is Times Square (or avoid it altogether), make your way a few blocks down to Bryant Park, perfect for a slow stroll. If you have all day, take a walk north to Central Park, where you can spend hours getting lost in the park’s many oases, meadows and mini-forests. Don’t miss the Hudson River waterfront, either- the river is just a few blocks west of the hotel and features plenty of green space, people watching and exceptional sunsets. New York has no shortage of pet activities, so do your research and make the best out of your shared time off!
Pet friendly resorts and packages take the guesswork out of making travel plans; once you book, you know your pet will be cared for every step of the way. Space, adventure and quality time are a few elements that made a perfect trip, so why not share them with one of your closest pals? Getting out of the house is important for both of you, so do it in style and stay at one of the country’s top destinations- your pooch will thank you!