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Tracy O'Connor Wants You To Go On Holiday, And Take Your Pets!

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It's summer vacation time! For some of you, and even me...you don't want to leave your pet at home, so travel expert Tracy O'Connor found some wonderful travel deals for you and your furry friend.

DOGS, JELLYFISH, KANGAROOS AND MORE!  Animal-themed Trips for every Budget from our Travel expert Tracy O'Connor. She scoured the globe, and our local resorts for the most fun, pet-friendly and animal loving adventures this summer.

1. WOOFIE WEEKEND:  In Coronado, California at Loews Coronado Bay Resort…and Dog Surfing!

Woofie Weekend Package:  Take your BFF, your best furry friend to this puppy palace!

  • Overnight in a Deluxe room in this Pet friendly resort overlooking the Bay
  • They waive the usual $100 pet stay fee
  • There are dogs everywhere!  It's like a play date for fur people!
  • Gorgeous, family friendly beach 5 minutes away, where dogs can go crazy off leash
  • Room service available for Fido & Fido's parents
  • The resort will set you up with a Su-ruff lesson for your dog with the Coronado Surfing Academy, and even get you set up with boardshorts for your BFF!
  • Gorgeous dog beach where pets can pounce and play leash free!
  • The town of Coronado is a lively summer town
  • Right across from the gorgeous, family friendly Coronado Dog Beach, voted Top 10 Best Dog Beach in California -  where pets can pounce and play leash free!!

 

2. FAMILY FISHY FUN:  In Monterey Bay, California at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa and Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Package:  Enjoy a fun and educational weekend away in stunning Monterey where parents can enjoy the views and cuisine and kids gets to learn.

  • Deluxe rooms with sweeping views of Monterey Bay
  • It's right there on Cannery Row, has stunning views - now is the perfect time of year to watch all the bay action:  Sea otters, seals, pelicans - it's busy out there!!  And… It's just two blocks away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Has incredible service -- just check out the reviews on Tripadvisor.com - they are all phenomenal.  TripAdvisor visitors rated it one of the top 25 hotels in the entire US!
  • Package includes two adult passes to the Aquarium, each valid for two consecutive days
  • Current exhibit:  REALLY cool jellyfish exhibit on now - never seen before!
  • The Aquarium voted the number three top-rated family attraction in the United States

 

3. SOUTH AUSTRALIAN SAFARI SPLURGE:  In Kangaroo Island, Australia at Southern Ocean Lodge

VirtualTourist.com voted Kangaroo Island one of the Top 10 Best places to see Animals in the Wild.  The one that seemed so different and really caught my eye?

  • Kangaroo Island: Only 15 kilometers (miles) off the South Australian mainland, it's home to kangaroo, wallabies and is a keen place to see all kinds of fauna!
  • Australian winter - OUR SUMMER - is the BEST time to go!!  Kangaroo and wallaby joeys (babies) start to emerge from the mother's pouch and feed alongside them, and southern right whales pass along the island's shores during their migration from Antarctic waters.
  • Can also see gorgeous New Zealand Fur seals at the Seal Bay Conservation Park and tour Flinder's Chase National Park
  • The Southern Ocean Lodge was voted the 3rd BEST hotel in the WORLD by Travel & Leisure.  
  • It's dramatic and captivating in every way!  Views of the powerful Southern Ocean, luxurious modern rooms, isolated and off the grid with award-winning cuisine and  and isolating and Remarkable views, service, cuisine and wildlife.   
  • For those looking for a one-of-a-kind trip, this is it.
  • Southern Ocean Lodge is the PREMIERE place to stay and one of the premiere places to stay in the world!

 

4. ROAR & SNORE: In San Diego, California at San Diego Safari Park and their Overnight Safari package

Not quite in the budget for a South Australian or South African Safari?  Just head on down to San Diego Safari Park for one!  You can even stay in a camping tent overnight inside the Park!

  • Roar & Snore package includes an overnight stay inside of the park in one of their tents that range from basic to premium
  • Get up and personal inside the habitats, Africa and Asia, and watch Rhinos, Elephants, Cheetahs, Giraffes and other exotics you've probably never hear of.  It's soooo cool!
  • This organization is doing amazing work to get certain endangered species off the endangered list, so it's great to support
  • There are Adults only sleep overs and family sleep overs
  • Up close and personal with the animals, learn a lot, campfire - and meet special animal ambassadors.
  • Depending on the age of the guest and the location and accommodation, the tent can range from $30 (for an infant) up to $264 for a non-member adult in a super-luxe premium tent.
  • If you can't stay overnight, there's a VIP behind the scenes tour that's awesome!

 

MORE ANIMAL-FRIENDLY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES:

Hotel: The Ritz Laguna Beach

Location:  Laguna Beach, California

Description of animal-friendly experience:  Yappy Hour!  Summer fun when owners and their parents are invited into the hotel to imbibe and bark with each other.  Lots of fun, food and treats for Fido, family and friends.

 

Hotel: Carmel Valley Ranch

Location: Carmel, California

Description of animal-friendly experience: Signature Bee-Keeping Experience

The Ranch is home to over 60,000 Italian honey bees and 7,000 brilliant lavender plants. Available on Tuesdays and Saturdays, guest adventures with the honey bees includes…

  • Lavender & Honey Lemonade refreshment at activity check in.
  • A taste of the Carmel Valley Ranch honey...directly from the hive
  • A travel-size lavender beeswax balm to take home.
  • A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Help the Honeybees charity (www.helpthehoneybees.com).

Each participant has the opportunity to "suit up" in a beekeeping suit, and to get as up close and personal with the bees as they wish...a great memory-making and photo opportunity!

Roxy's Room Service Menu:

  • Carmel Valley Ranch is a playground for four-legged guests, as dogs are welcome to stay in guest suites and roam the 500-acre property for a fee of $100 per pet per stay, which includes a cozy size-specific dog bed, two silver bowls, a bottle of water, some bags to clean up after their dog and other surprises while on property. Each dog's bed and bowls are set up in the bedroom in front of the gas fireplace unless specified otherwise.
  • When four-legged friends arrive at The Ranch, they are greeted by Roxy, the adorable English bulldog who is known to don cute costumes that reflect the seasons and holidays and keeps the resort's playful spirit alive in the Lodge lobby (Roxy's mom is chief concierge Gabrielle Wagemakers)
  • Dogs can dine with their owners on the outdoor patio of the Lodge Restaurant and also get exercise during the resort's regularly scheduled guided morning hikes on the Huff ‘n Puff trail
  • http://www.carmelvalleyranch.com/bee_experience.aspx

 

Hotel: Honua Kai Resort & Spa

Location: Maui

Description of animal-friendly experience: 

Honua Kai Resort & Spa features an incredible voluntourism partnership with the Pacific Whale Foundation, offering visitors the opportunity to give back to their community in a sustainable way.

Guest/Homeowner involvement includes:

 

Hotel: W Los Angeles, Westwood

Location: Westwood, California

Description of Animal-friendly experience:

W Los Angeles, Westwood has a special Pets Are Welcome program. Upon arrival, guests and their four-legged friends receive a special welcome amenity, information about the pet services available through the Concierge, custom W pet bed, food and water bowl for floor mat, pet in-room door sign, and a special treat at Turndown.

Additionally, The Backyard also offers a special Fido's Kitchen menu, including Milo's Chopped Veggie and Chicken Salad with carrots, apples, spinach, cucumber, and poached chicken; Pepper's Seafood Goulash with ground salmon, oats, spinach, and kale; and more.

 

Hotel: Esperanza Resort

Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Description of animal-friendly experience: 

Turtle Release at Sunset: Guests will take part in the preservation of endangered species by adopting a baby sea turtle and releasing it into the ocean at El Suspiro Beach at sunset.  This three-hour adventure comes with a turtle adoption certificate, roundtrip ground transportation and drinks and appetizers on the beach prepared by the resort's culinary team.

Swimming with Whale Sharks: Spotter planes, boats and expert guides will navigate guests through the waters outside of La Paz to popular feeding grounds where they will swim with whale sharks measuring up to 40 feet and watch these gentle giants feed on plankton. This eight-hour trip includes roundtrip ground transportation to La Paz, an authentic Mexican breakfast, lunch and snacks prepared by Esperanza, wet suit and snorkel equipment as well as underwater photography and videography upon request. 

 

Hotel: The Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Location: Bluffton, South Carolina

Description of animal-friendly experience: 

Tracking Alligators- Join the on-site Conservation team to get an inside look at the life and biology of American alligators. As part of the wildlife conservation efforts at Palmetto Bluff, the team has studied local habitat types and the influences of a changing landscape on movement patterns. While the alligator may be in either terrestrial or aquatic habitats, we will keep a safe distance at all times and you will not at any point be in a position that creates any risk for anyone involved. Come and observe these fascinating dinosaurs in their natural habitats.

 

Hotel: The Sebastian

Location: Vail, CO

Description of animal-friendly experience: 

The Sebastian-Vail offers pet sitting / walking; boarding or day care; pet food purchases; and veterinary service. They also offer a complete gourmet Pet Food menu available at Leonora, signature wine bar.

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