Sharon Biggs Waller 2017-06-08 21:11:30
Montage Hotels & Resorts extends a warm welcome to four-legged guests. Luxurious beds, a toy gift, custom-baked treats and a menu created especially for them are what family members traveling to Montage can expect—and that goes for pets as well. Montage understands that pets are part of the family, and most Montage Hotels & Resorts embrace four-legged guests, going beyond simple pet-friendly rooms with custom canine experiences. A CANINE RECEPTION Canine ambassadors—breeds associated with the area—greet guests at Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and Montage Deer Valley. Palmetto Bluff is home to the English Labrador, a breed that reflects the culture of the resort and state. Three of the resort’s dogs are even named for the rivers that surround the bluff—River, May and New, and a fourth, a southern gentleman named Cooper, has just joined his three big sisters. “The English Labrador is a quiet hunting dog, but their bond with people tends to be strong, so they are great for guests,” says Christine Wrobel, public relations and marketing manager. “They show up twice a day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to show off their tricks. When they aren’t working, they stay with our management team. Often they will go out on a guided hike with guests.” Meanwhile, Monty and Parker, snow-loving Bernese Mountain Dogs, are permanent fixtures at Montage Deer Valley. Monty and Parker go home with their owners every day and return to work with them every morning. The dogs greet guests two times a day, at 11 a.m and 3 p.m. year round. A MEAL FIT FOR A KING (CHARLES SPANIEL) Menu options for pets at Montage Palmetto Bluff are offered in toy, sporting and hound size. Best of Show includes ground Angus beef with rice and mixed vegetables, while Blue Ribbon features chicken with pasta and mixed vegetables. Guests can also order off the standard room service menu, but chefs leave out ingredients that are harmful to dogs, such as onions, garlic and raisins. Park City, Utah, is known for being a dogloving town, so numerous restaurants and bars welcome dogs on their patios for a bit of alfresco dining. Montage Deer Valley is another example of Park City’s pet-friendly attitude. “We welcome dogs to our resort and have dog beds we can provide, as well as food dishes and even an In-Room Dining Canine Cuisine Menu,” says Jessica Mattinson, guest relations manager. “When you make a reservation to stay at Montage Deer Valley, we charge a $100 pet fee, which will provide a water and food bowl for your dog, as well as a dog bed. Montage also has its own Canine Cuisine menu, which can be ordered through In-Room Dining. This menu consists of chicken breast, salmon or beef patties with either rice or vegetables.” PAMPERED PETS When guests check in at Montage Laguna Beach, the front desk is always ready with a new dog toy for four-legged guests and a dog bed and bowl will be waiting in the room. “Stop at the concierge desk, and the ladies will dole out treats, kisses and hugs for the pups,” says Karin Hawkins, a concierge at the property. “Concierge also supplies a pet-friendly restaurant and activities list for the pet owner. Montage partners with Quality Care to offer pet-sitting for our guests. We also can refer guests to qualified animal clinics, groomers and kennels.” Montage Deer Valley also offers dog sitting and walking services through highly-recommended vendors and partners. ROOM TO ROAM Montage Palmetto Bluff has plenty of green spaces for dogs to play and run. And there are miles of trails for dogs and pet parents. The two restaurants in the resort, Jessamine and Buffalos, welcome dog diners on their patios. At Montage Deer Valley, the Grand Lawn is the perfect area around the hotel to play and run around with your dog. In the spring, summer and fall seasons, hiking is one of the best activities for pets and their families “There are numerous trails to explore just right outside of our hotel, and the Mid-Mountain trail provides some of the best views,” Mattinson says. “A local and tourist favorite is the Park Silly Market that takes place on Historic Main Street every Sunday throughout the summer months. There is also the annual Howl-O-Ween parade on Historic Main. Pet owners dress their pups in costumes and stroll down Main Street for a fun and entertaining Halloween parade.” In Laguna Beach, dogs on a leash are allowed on any city beach north of Aliso Beach (located south of Montage) during the summer months before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Pets may enjoy the sandy shore anytime during the rest of the year. Main Beach’s boardwalk is a popular pet spot, along with Heisler Park. Top of the World and West Ridge Trail are two scenic pet-friendly hikes and the Laguna Beach Dog Park, where dogs can play off the leash, is a short distance away in Laguna Canyon There’s no reason to leave your pets behind; they can enjoy a sumptuous vacation at Montage, too. On the bluffs or at the ocean, pets are welcome at Montage Hotels & Resorts. TRUST A TRAVEL AGENT Booking a holiday with your pet can be complicated. Each airline has its own requirements concerning pets, and hotels might have weight or breed restrictions. This is where a travel agent comes in. Mark Moorhead, president of The Travel Agent Inc., a Virtuoso Agency in Carmel, Indiana, says: “Travel agents can look up petfriendly rules for airlines, ranches and resorts. Some are friendlier than others. For instance, the concierge can look after pets while the owners go out [as one possibility]. All of your pet traveling needs can be turned over to a good travel agent.” TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRIP Donna Chandler, canine trainer and behaviorist accredited with the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, and author of “Good Dog,” “Buen Perro” and “Good Dog Seminar,” says to always take favorite toys, dog beds and crates (if your dog is used to being crated). “If she’s anxious, then ask your vet for medicine that calms but won’t drug her,” she says. She also suggests using bottled water as you’re traveling with pets, as different bacteria in water can cause various illnesses. Call your vet immediately if your dog is having digestion problems. Anxiety in dogs is alleviated not by coddling, but by being “operant.” “This means commanding your dog to do something she knows and then reward verbally or with a small treat,” Chandler says. “If she doesn’t take the treat, that’s a sign that your dog is anxious. Ignore her for 10 minutes and repeat with the command and reward.” Repeat until she obeys the command and takes the treat. “You are teaching your dog to calm herself,” Chandler says. “Your attention is the reward for … desired behaviors, so that means no attention for anxiousness.” If you are going to leave your dog in the room alone, have your room cleaned before you go, put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door and, if you’re using a crate, cover it with a blanket.
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