The Jet Set Pets’ Top 10 Pet-Friendly Destinations
A gorgeous year-round destination, Aspen is the perfect place to travel with your pet. While size matters at many pet-friendly hotels, it doesn’t at The Little Nell, Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, or Sky Hotel, a Kimpton property that welcomes dogs, cats, birds — or any pet — with no additional charge. And after a $35 million facelift in 2011, the St. Regis is an even prettier place for pets.
More than the hotels, this city receives a paws up from The Jet Set Pets because dogs are welcome at some restaurants (we especially like The Little Nell’s Living Room and Terrace Bar), retailers and even banks. In the summer, dogs are welcome on the Silver Queen Gondola, which goes to the 11,212-ft. summit of Aspen Mountain. Aspen also has oodles of parks, trails and streams to play with your pooch. If you didn’t bring your poshpal or don’t have one, the Aspen Animal Shelter’s ‘Rent-a-Pet Program’ allows visitors to spend a day with an eager companion ready for adoption.Stroll down the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall and stop in C.B. Paws, a specialty boutique featuring dog couture and luxury accessories, or pick up a doggie down coat at Moncler boutique on East Hyman.
As America’s Walking City, Boston ranks as a tail-wagging destination by The Jet Set Pets. Active pets will enjoy Boston’s great walking parks, trails and parks, located a very short distance from luxurious pet-friendly hotels.
A popular spot is Peters Park in Boston’s South End and which has a fenced-in, off-leash dog park. The place to be at sunrise and sunset is the open Parade Grounds of America’s oldest Park – The Boston Common – where visitors will can meet and mingle with the dog guardians of Beacon Hill. Boston is full of pet-friendly hotels, including Fairmont Copley Plaza, where Catie Copley is the Canine Ambassador and available to pet-deprived guests, the Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton. A fun destination for pets is Fenway Bark, which offers day care, an indoor, bone-shaped splash pool, grooming, a full boutique and boarding. Their pet-sitting services come in handy if you’re going to dinner and can’t take Rover since some hotels prohibit pets being left alone in rooms. Boston’s Logan Airport gets high marks for its Passengers with Paws program that specifically caters to the safety and medical needs of animals traveling by plane.
DEL MAR, CALIF.
The quaint seaside village of Del Mar, ideally situated 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego, is known for its beautiful beaches, famous Del Mar Racetrack — and annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon that takes place every September at leash-free Dog Beach to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
It’s not just seeing canines riding the waves that makes Del Mar an ideal destination for pooches. Our furry companions are welcomed at many of the hotels, stores, including all of Del Mar Plaza, and restaurants, such as Ocean View Bar in the new Hotel Indigo, Sbicca Bistro and the “urban chic at the beach” Zel’s. Check into L’Auberge Del Mar overlooking the Pacific Ocean for a luxurious stay with your petite pooch (15 lb max), who can play with the hotel’s adorable mascot Sofie. Del Mar boasts over two miles of coastline and nine months of the year, dogs are allowed along the entire two plus mile stretch of beach in addition to the city’s two major parks, Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park. Dogs must be leashed from June 15th through Labor Day on Dog Beach (officially called North Beach), year round at South Beach and from Labor Day through June 14 in the Main Beach area, which doesn’t allow dogs from June 15th through Labor Day.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Sprawling Los Angeles County includes too many pet-friendly cities to pick one so we’ve packed in a few. Whether you stay in Hollywood or Los Angeles, Santa Monica or Beverly Hills, you’ll find the red carpet rolled out for four-legged guests at oodles of luxury hotels, including our faves: the W Hotels (Westwood and Hollywood), Hotel Bel-Air and Beverly Wilshire.
No one raises an eyebrow to purse-size pooches in stores. Recent changes to accommodate our little pals include officially turning the five-acre Rancho Palos Verdes Beach into an off-leash area for dogs and L.A. County’s decision to allow each restaurant to have the option to allow pets on patios rather than ban them completely. (The cities of Long Beach, Pasadena and Vernon are excluded.) The only other official off-leash beach is Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach. Leashed dogs are allowed at Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, except between lifeguard towers 2 and 3. Numerous dog parks, including a three-acre off-leash area in Laurel Canyon Park in Studio City, await and hiking options are plentiful with Hollywood’s Runyon Canyon being one of the more popular spots with celebrities. Stop in Pussy & Pooch (Downtown LA and Long Beach) so your posh pal can enjoy the Pawbar® where cats and dogs can feast on organic meals and gourmet treats side-by-side.
Take your pooch to Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo) and they may never want to leave this beautiful area of Mexico, especially if they stay at Esperanza, an Auberge Resort or Las Ventanas al Paraíso, a Rosewood Resort.
Esperanza’s complimentary pet kit includes a 30-minute pet massage and pet walking services beachside or on a desert trail that highlight the resort’s Mediterranean climate and spectacular ocean setting while Las Ventanas shows off with its adorable canine cabanas and room service menu for pets. You and your pampered pet can enjoy the sand at pet-friendly beaches Playa Santa Maria and Medano Beach or walk along the Malecon in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Reward your pet by chartering a fishing boat or yacht and spend the day out on the Sea of Cortes with your posh pal. A trip to Nikki Beach, which has dog beds, is a must for the jet set pet. You can also dine with your little companion at Baja Cantina, Tabasco Beach (located on Medano Beach), Happy Ending, Solomon’s Landing and Tanga Tanga. The Pet Nanny offers pet sitting, dog walking and one-on-one personalized care. If you visit in April, check out the annual Paws ‘n Claws golf tournament that benefits the Los Cabos Humane Society.
NEW YORK CITY
Some parks allow dogs off-leash from the time the park opens until 9 a.m. and from 9 p.m. until the park closes. Central Park Paws has year-round events, including Monthly Bagel Barks and the annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair. In Central Park, Le Pain Quotidien (in the Mineral Springs Pavilion near Central Park’s Sheep Meadow) has a dog-friendly patio. Many restaurants with outdoor seating, such as Lumi on the Upper East Side and Pastis in the Meatpacking District, allow pets. An abundance of ritzy, pet-friendly hotels await. The Jet Set Pets especially likes the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, the W Hotels New York and The Muse. Baseball lovers can take their little pals to a Mets’ game at Citi Field during the annual Bark at the Park, which supports North Shore Animal League America, the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. The MTA allows pets in carriers on subways and buses; however, taxi drivers aren’t obligated to carry pawsengers. Don’t fret. Call Pet Taxi, Pet Chauffeur or Canine Cab Company.
The City of Light says “oui oui” to chic chiens, welcoming dogs practically everywhere, including fine hotels (we especially like Four Seasons Hotel, George V and the new Mandarin Oriental, where a border terrier with a Facebook profile, Archie Lewoof, is the mascot) stores and many restaurants.
Some dining establishments are so pet-friendly that it’s not a surprise to see a canine sitting upright in a chair. Walk around Paris and one might wonder, “Is there anywhere dogs aren’t allowed?” The answer is yes. Laws prohibit animals in food shops but they don’t stop it from happening. Museums and monuments are off limits to pets also. There are some small parks and gardens that do not allow dogs. You’ll find signs at the entrance to these places. But many parks and gardens allow dogs on leash on the walkways, but not on the lawns.The exceptions are the Bois de Boulogne (75016), Bois de Vincennes (75012) and the Parc des Buttes Chaumont (75019), where you and your furry friend can have a grand time. There are also dog runs at some gardens, like the Parc Georges Brassens (75015). Be sure to pick up after your pet. Failure to do so could result in a fine up to €450. That money is better served shopping at Puppy de Paris, where doghouses can cost more than $20,000.
RIO DE JANEIRO
There’s plenty to love about Rio de Janeiro these days with the city gearing up for the 2016 Olympics
and Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. But we have other reasons to give this pulsating South American city a five-bone review. Dogs are allowed to play on the sexy beaches and in restaurants’ outdoors area. There’s a dog park in Flamengo and during Carnaval there’s a dog parade, where pet parents dress up their pooches. We haven’t heard about samba lessons for dogs but we’re sure it’s coming. After all, this is the city that brought us Pet Delícia, a restaurant for dogs on a side street in the Copacabana neighborhood. Yes, that’s right. Dog lover Roberta Camara started the eatery that serves its four-legged clients with 100 percent natural foods with Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils and that has a home delivery service. As if that wasn’t enough reason for us to love Rio,there’s also turn down service for pets at the famed Copacabana Palace, where small quiet pets under 15 kg are welcome, and embroidered pillows for dogs at Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro in the heart of Ipanema Beach.
The streets of Tokyo are cluttered with strollers containing canines thanks to Japan’s pet explosion that has resulted in 25,000 businesses that cater to pets throughout the country.
Tokyo is the shopping mecca and the place for pampered pets. Han-nari, in the ancient language of Kyota, Japan, means sophistication, vibrancy,color and life and business certainly is that for the chain that sells canine couture in over 140 stores and has spread to the United States. For grooming (think foot care, mud packs and aroma massage), head to Dogs Care Joker in Roppongi Hills, which also provides veterinarian services, a doggie hotel and allows clients to store their dogs for up to to three hours while go elsewhere in Roppongi Hills. Also worth a visit: F by Design, in Nakameguro, chic canines go for grooming (clay packs and steam baths) and gourmet treats. Yoyogi Park, one of the city’s largest parks boasts lawns, ponds, a lush forest and most importantly, a fenced dog run, is one of the few areas in Tokyo where dogs are allowed to be off leash. The jet set pet will enjoy a stay at Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi.
It’s a dog world in Whistler. Dog beaches, parks, luxurious, pet-friendly accommodations, miles of trails and fun pet events are what make this premier Canadian destination worth a visit with your furry companion any time of year.
Whistler is generally an on-leash community for parks and trails but some parks have off-leash hours in the mornings and late evenings. Dogs are allowed within the village, but leashes are required. Rainbow Park (off leash times before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m.) features a dog-specific beach called Barking Bay while Lost Lake Park has Canine Cove, a sandy beach spot available all day and night for pooches.
Also check out Alpha Lake Park and Meadow Park. After all that outdoor activity, drop your pooch off at Bubbles Dog Spa, located in Function Junction between the Garden Centre and Animal Hospital on the ground level. For lodging, The Jet Set Pets recommends Four Seasons Resort, Canada’s only AAA Five-Diamond property and the majestic Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Spring brings the annual Whistler Dog Fest, which benefits Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), a no-kill animal shelter that also puts on the K9 Wine & Dine, an annual black-tie fundraiser.