At many W hotels, pets are welcome. And catered to. For $16, for example, owners can add a Niman Ranch doggie burger to their room service tab, or a $9 bowl of gourmet cat chow.
Whether your plans call for the Ritz, or a family friendly Inn, more and more these days, your pet can be part of the trip, too. So why not pack that favorite Frisbee or catnip mouse, and plan a getaway for the whole group?
The Harvest Inn, St. Helena
As one of Wine Country’s most pet friendly hotels, furry friends are pampered from the moment of check-in at this 8-acre vineyard retreat. Ask about the Love Me, Love My Dog Package, where $10 is donated to the Humane Society. Special services include luxurious pet beds, custom pet bowls, doggy bags and delicious (so Fido has proclaimed) treats. The concierge is prepared with a list of pet friendly restaurants and wineries in the area, and a discount coupon for its local partner pet store, Fideaux. Need more recommendations for where to go and play? Just ask the Inn’s resident rescue Chihuahua, Peanut. For two legged companions, the stay is equally indulgent, offering 74 spacious guest rooms, suites and cottages with wood or gas burning fireplaces.
One Main Street, St. Helena, 707-963-9463, harvestinn.com.
Dawn Ranch Lodge, Guerneville
Who will love the outdoors more, you or Rover? Featuring private cottages that blend harmoniously into the stunning landscape of ancient apple orchards, bamboo groves, grassy meadows and beautifully landscaped gardens, these century-old cabins are appointed with luxury beds, fluffy comforters, and refreshingly simple country decor. Choose from cozy poolside and redwood cabins, or charming chalets with gas fireplaces and sun rooms overlooking the meadow, featuring various dog-friendly amenities. Forget the telephones or televisions, but worry not about ordering your online dog toys through wi-fi in the rooms.
16467 River Road, Guerneville, 707-869-0656, dawnranch.com.
Best Western Dry Creek Inn, Healdsburg
This stylish Tuscan theme property welcomes four-legged friends with special rooms dedicated to them, plus helpful staff guiding you to area pet supply stores, groomers, veterinarians and dog parks. There are extras for people, too: several pools, complimentary Friday night wine tasting, free high-speed internet, and complimentary breakfasts.
198 Dry Creek Road Healdsburg, 707-433-0300, drycreekinn.com.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa
If your pet weights 50 pounds or less, you’re in luck. Be sure to request one of the rooms with a lanai, for extra canine comfort, and for some exercise, there are walking paths all around the property, plus a dog park just across the lake.
One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park, 707-584-5466, doubletree1.hilton.com.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Sonoma
Pets who are used to living in luxury will love this elegant oasis blessed by acres of gardens and natural mineral hot springs. The property even has a canine ambassador named Zeus, who co-leads guest hikes and assists in grounds supervision of the classic 226-room estate. Humans should not miss the 18-hole championship golf course or signature restaurant Santé (just make sure to bring some leftovers for Scout, too), while the Willow Stream spa has been completely rebuilt for enhanced pools, baths and treatment areas.
100 Boyes Boulevard, Sonoma, 707-938-9000, fairmont.com/Sonoma
Tip: Dogs love to ride in cars. Make Fido’s vacation even more memorable with a trip to and from the hotel in your own limo or Town Car.