Celebrate National Dog Day at These Pet Friendly Hotels

national dog dayWe’re just around the corner from National Dog Day, celebrated August 26th annually. Founded in 2004 National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure and brings attention to the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year.  (I adopted my furry friend, Peabody, little over a year ago and we’re still hanging tough!)

Celebrating National Dog Day can be as easy as giving a little extra attention to your furry friend, adopting a new furry friend or even volunteering your time and resources to a pet wellness facilities in your town. But for those who want to take their love and appreciation to the next level, consider a mini getaway at one of these pet-friendly hotels.

Pet Approved Luxury / W Fort Lauderdale

The W Fort Lauderdale luxury hotel invites guests to leave no pet behind with a decked out Doggie Suite recently included in the property’s PAW (Pets Are Welcome) program. From a suite complete with a Tinkle Turf Pad on the balcony, a bark box delivered to your room, a fluffy in-room doggie bed, doggie snacks and toys to available walking service, and a specially crafted menu with meals like organic salmon filet and steamed asparagus, or poached chicken breast with baby carrots — your pet will be living the good life at this world class resort.

Explore South Beach w/ Your Pup / Stanton South Beach

Perched right on the sand of Ocean Drive, Stanton South Beach is the perfect jumping off point for the ultimate doggie adventure. As one of the very few pet-friendly hotels on South Beach, Stanton welcomes guests and their four-legged best friends with open arms (and cozy suites). The friendly hotel staff and tasty Starbucks Doggie biscuits next door are just an added bonus when traveling with your pup to this trendy resort. With delicious outdoor restaurants and pet-friendly parks nearby, your pooch will have plenty to wag their tails about!

Lido Beach Resort / Sarasota, Fla.

Specializing in sunsets and all things R&R, families, Lido Beach Resort is the go-to destination when life demands the simplicity of a perfect Pina Colada and a tan. The 112 newly-renovated suites are a major draw, and they welcome your furry friends accommodating up to two dogs per room. Comprising the hotel’s entire south tower, the new suites are spacious ranging from 595 to 1,000 square feet in size complete with either double, king or one/two bedroom options. All suites have private balconies and kitchenettes with fridges, sinks, dishwashers, breakfast bars and more, so you never really have to leave. When it’s beach time, snag a spot on the 300-foot stretch of powder white sand or grab a seat at the poolside Tiki Bar. And don’t miss the unreal bloody mary bar at Lido Beach Grille, complete with Sarasota’s only panoramic view of the city skyline and west coast shoreline. For more information visit http://www.lidobeachresort.com

Truffle Hunter with Pups / Il Salviatino

At Il Salviatino, an enchanting 15th-century villa overlooking Florence, the game of fetch is taken to a whole new level when a licensed truffle hunter and an adorable shaggy dog lead hotel guests on a truffle hunt through the property’s park. Lagotto Romagnolos — a breed known to be skilled hunters, excellent swimmers and loyal companions — work alongside their masters since puppyhood, learning to dig up one of Italy’s most coveted ingredients. Keep an eye on the pups, though, as they’ll swallow the tasty truffles whole if given the opportunity! The experience ends with a tasting meal at Il Salviatino’s restaurant made with the day’s finds.

A Stay Fit for A Celebrity Pup / W Minneapolis – The Foshay

Minneapolis’ iconic 1920’s-inspired hotel goes above and beyond for guests — both human and canine — with its ‘Pets are Welcome’ (PAW) program and Whatever, Whenever concierge service that caters to even the zaniest dog-lover demands. In addition to perks like walking, grooming, toys and turndown treats, the property’s local insider, Lisa Heath,  can recommend a selection of the city’s chicest pet boutiques and has even gone so far as to build pillow forts for the hotel’s favorite four-legged guests. The property’s also hosted celeb canines that include Spot (the face of Target!) and Instagram influencer @manny_the_frenchie.

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