17 Outrageous Culinary Pet Vacations Slideshow
July 26, 2012
VIP Pet Program (Rome Cavalieri, Rome, Italy)
The Rome Cavalieri’s Very Important Pet service offers special doggy menus like tuna, game and a healthy rice, and a meat and vegetable soup. Dogs can dine in style with personalized cashmere doggy jumpers with your pet's name spelled out in rhinestones. To work off the meal, Rome Cavalieri’s 15 acres of parkland offer plenty of opportunity for walks, and a dog-walking service and a dog-sitting service are also available. Afterward, pet staff can accompany your pet to an appointment at La Domus Aventina, a nearby doggy spa, for shampooing, massage, skin treatments, and a stylish comb-out.
Doggie Amenities (Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, Calif.)
The Westin Gaslamp Quarter has several pet amenities, like the Westin Heavenly Dog Bed®, food and water bowls, a doggie welcome amenity upon arrival, and a convenient dog "business" area, less than a block away from the hotel.
Art and Soul (The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel, Washington, D.C.)
The pet-friendly The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel’s first-floor restaurant is a pup’s best friend. Celebrity chef Art Smith’s Art and Soul offers a Pooch Patio menu catered specifically to man’s best friend. The menu highlights delicious doggie treats, including Hungry Dawg, a 6-ounce grilled steak, the Raw Deal, a frozen dog bone, and Bowser Beer, a non-alcoholic brew to quench your furry friend’s thirst.
Sprinkles Cupcakes (Beverly Hills, Chicago, Dallas, Georgetown, Houston, La Jolla, New York, Newport Beach, Palo Alto, Scottsdale)
Luxury hotels' dining menus may offer pet-friendly fare, but any guest staying in a hotel located in a city with Sprinkles Cupcakes can have Sprinkles Cupcakes’ signature doggie cupcakes delivered directly to their hotel room.
Doggie Mini Bar (The Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco)
The Fairmont San Francisco has fully refreshed its doggie mini bar to cater to the needs of its most discerning four-legged guests. The hotel has teamed up with San Francisco’s Cheengoo Boutique to offer a variety of snacks for purchase, such as cable car decorated cookies and organic peanut brittle cookies, as well as designer pet products, including a lint roller, potty pad, rope toy, and Cheengoo aromatic candle and spritzer, among other goodies.
L’Auberge de Sedona (Sedona, Ariz.)
L’Auberge de Sedona welcomes pets in the Garden Cottages. The cottages offer a range of pet-friendly services and amenities, including dog beds of various sizes; food and water bowls; a goodie bag containing a toy, treats, and clean-up bags, plus a map of nearby walking trails; pet sitting and dog walking, which can be booked in advance; and leashes. There is a fee of $35 per night added to the room rate for pets less than 50 pounds, and $50 per night for pets more than 50 pounds.
Vanderbilt Grace (Newport, R.I.)
The Vanderbilt Grace provides its pampered pets with paw rubs, soap-on-a-rope handmade lather, and the option to purchase a custom dog robe. The hotel’s dining options for its canine guests include chicken pot pie, apple dumpling and biscuits, and gravy-flavored dog treats.
The Surrey Hotel (New York City)
The Surrey hotel has partnered with New York’s gourmet biscuit company, Bocce’s Bakery, to provide canine guests with an in-room biscuit menu. Menu offerings include treats flavored like beef bourguignon, chicken cordon bleu, truffle mac and cheese, and lobster rolls. Dogs are also provided with a custom Surrey dog bed and a welcome note from The Surrey staff.
Surf & Sand Resort (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
At theSurf & Sand Resort, dogs are greeted with their own personal letters, which detail dog-friendly walking routes, local restaurants, and beaches. Dogs get a complimentary bag of locally made, organic doggy cookies, and dog sitters and dog walkers are available upon request. A $100 cleaning fee is added to the room rate regardless of the length of stay.
Polka Dot Pooch, The Fairmont Copley Plaza (Boston)
The Fairmont Copley Plaza works with the Polka Dog Bakery to provide biscuits and treats for its visiting pets, and can even arrange to have an entire cake made for special occasions.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina (San Diego, Calif.)
Located on the San Diego Bay, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has pet beds and bowls available upon request as well as doggie bag dispensers on the property’s own dog trail.
US GRANT (San Diego, Calif.)
The US GRANT welcomes four-legged friends that weigh less than 40 pounds to downtown San Diego with a special bowl, dog bed, mat, and a pet welcome kit.
Fairmont Hotel (Vancouver, Canada)
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s in-room pet dining menu offers mouthwatering treats, such as organic venison and cranberry pepperoni, organic beef granola bars, and turkey and spinach paw-stickers.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica, Calif.)
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows has partnered with Healthy Spot to offer a full menu of dog-friendly delights, from V-Dog vegetarian dog food and hormone-free, ranch-raised New Zealand venison to organic frozen yogurt and handmade artisan truffles.
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Whistler, Canada)
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers three courses for hungry pooches, who can dine on egg and gizzard pudding for breakfast, baked grits and cheese for lunch, and lamb and rice stew for dinner.
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel (Seattle)
The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle has launched its own menus for four-legged guests, including house-made biscuits and tenderloin steak.
Canine Culinary Room Service and Fido-Friendly Package (The Waldorf-Astoria New York, New York City)
The Waldorf-Astoria New York practices Fido friendliness and rolls out crisp white linens and china service for pups with its Canine Culinary room service menu. Catering to dogs with discerning palates, doggie delicacies include everything from German shepherd’s pie (a twist on Grandma’s specialty) to Pekingese’s duck.
To further welcome furry friends into the luxurious Waldorf Towers, The Waldorf-Astoria has also created a Fido-Friendly package, with pet amenities and a complimentary pet walking. The package includes Tower room accommodation for two, a pet bed, two bowls, a large bottle of water, one complimentary pet walking, and concierge services to assist with pet needs like grooming, pet shopping, and visits to pet spas. Nightly rates start at $569; request the "PET" promotion.