top of page

Traveling with a VIP: Very Important Pet

I'm lucky to have a kind and attentive cat sitter for my VIP when I travel, but for those who bring your VIP along for the ride, there are many hotel properties that welcome your furriest family member too.

Excerpt below from 12/6/2021 Virtuoso interview by Larry Olmsted can found here.

Our pets are growing more and more pampered, spending their days frolicking at doggy day cares, celebrating their birthdays at elaborate fêtes, and enjoying an array of pet-centric designer accessories. It’s no surprise, then, that this coddling extends to vacations.

There’s a big difference between merely accepting dogs and warmly welcoming them, and the pet-friendliest properties have special programs, from doggy room-service menus and dog-accessible dining venues to fancy beds and custom-baked treats. The best properties have no size or weight limits and offer services such as pet sitting and dog walking. And many have their own dogs in residence, for those who leave a fur baby home.

Some destinations are more appealing than others. From wine country to the mountains, California is especially welcoming. Across North America properties are welcoming pets, and these are some of the best.

Beach Breaks

Famously dog friendly for decades, Cape Elizabeth’s Inn by the Sea, just outside Portland, Maine, has dog menus, fine dining on a patio, and waiter-served treats (and cocktails for owners) at Adirondack chairs on the great lawn – and dogs are welcome at the indoor fireside lounge bar, an unusual touch. Pups can romp on the private beach during the off-season (October through March) and have the pool all to themselves during the “Pool Pawty,” always the last week of fall. The 61-room inn has 21 dog-friendly rooms (no pet fees, no weight limits) and includes extras such as water bowls, beach towels, cozy blankets, and signature treats at turndown. The newest lodgings of choice are the Cove Suites, two-bedroom beachfront residences with indoor and outdoor living space for all the creatures in your party, plus fireplaces, kitchens, and furnished decks. A longstanding “house dog” adoption program has placed more than 150 dogs with visiting guests. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.

Two Labrador mixes in residence anchor a canine ambassadors program at South Carolina’s Montage Palmetto Bluff. The dog perks include cushy beds for visiting pooches, accessories, toys, and a room-service pet menu with delicacies such as Angus beef with rice and vegetables. Repeat pets and guests know the signature custom-baked treat duo: minty oat cookies and sweet potato chews. The resort treats both guests and their pets with the same white-glove service, noting canine names and birthdays. But the real action is outside the 200-room property, with plenty of green space for dogs to play and run plus miles of tail-wagging trails on the 20,000 acres. Dog walking, day care, and grooming are available. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 resort credit.

City Dogs

The Conrad Washington DC’s “Lab of Luxury” experience includes a two-night stay in a “Bark View” Suite at the 360-room property, keepsake Hermès pet collar, leash, and Tiffany & Co. water bowl, plus gourmet treats made by executive chef Joshua Murray, a pet photo session, a $500 donation to the Humane Society, and an afternoon picnic with car service so you and your furry friend can tour three dog-friendly Virginia wineries. But even dogs whose owners don’t spring for the opulent package are welcome, with no weight limit, dog beds, bowls, and amenities – a chew toy, Conrad dog bandana, or gourmet treats. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 dining credit.

Country Pups

With properties from Maine to Mexico, Auberge Resorts Collection is one of the most consistently dog-friendly luxury brands, and Solage, a 22-acre, 100-room California wine country getaway in Calistoga, is especially attractive. Walking paths dot the resort, many more trails surround it, and all lodgings have outdoor space for dogs to enjoy. A just-completed $30 million redesign added new suites and Picobar restaurant, and renovated all guest rooms and public spaces. Solage has no breed or weight limits and provides all dogs with a bed, water and food bowls, plus treats. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily, a $100 resort credit, and a bottle of house Napa Valley cabernet.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Avon, Colorado, was the first Ritz-Carlton with a canine ambassador and has welcomed pets since the day it opened in 2002. Today, Bachelor the Saint Bernard is often on hand to greet visitors in the lobby. The ski resort setting is perfect for outdoor canine activities, and nearby Beaver Creek is a pet-loving pedestrian village with a lot of outdoor dining and drinking. The 180-room hotel has no weight limits. It provides dog beds, bowls, and treats, and concierges are fluent in area dog walks and activities. There are even rare dog-friendly rooms and suites on the Club Level, and a deluxe chauffeured day-care partnership with high-end Wanderlust Dog Ranch. Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.



Nine Muses Travel offers a premium experience with flights, guides, drivers, rental vehicles, and the best accommodations to maximize your time, with expert advice on how to get the most out of any destination. We INCLUDE amenities for you at the world's finest hotels, the BEST OF THE BEST!

  • Complimentary room upgrades at check-in, subject to availability

  • Complimentary daily breakfast

  • Early check-in / late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • And more!

Nine Muses Travel works with exceptional suppliers who add unparalleled value:

  • Expert guides: artists, historians, naturalists, unique locals with insider tips & insights

  • Flexibility with your touring - See and do as much, or as little, as you prefer!

  • Custom-designed routings

  • Exclusive experiences

  • 24/7 real-time support

  • Comprehensive travel protection plans

Nine Muses Travel designs journeys to inspire artists, arts lovers and the culturally curious.

Danielle Dybiec

Founder & President


bottom of page