Archives for November 2017

Arrive Palm Springs

arrive hotel pool

Arrive in Palm Springs…

We recently stayed in Palm Springs the night before Thanksgiving because hello — 93 degree weather!  I heard about ARRIVE and immediately loved the concept.

It’s only been open for about a year and a half and the next one is already in the works in Austin TX. It’s a very “open to the neighborhood” and locals type of hotel with the check-in desk being the bar, naturally. No really — you walk into the bar and the bartender checks you in. Cute.

Anything you need, you only need to send a text and they reply instantly. All furniture is from West Elm and toiletries from Malin + Goetz. Free wi-fi AND free valet.

By the way, the mini bar charges a shocking $2 for snacks (peanut M&Ms, tortilla chips, Kit Kats). With hotels charging double digits for convenient store candy being the norm, THANK YOU Arrive.

Food is always the most important part of any hotel for us so let me just say, the restaurant here is actually really good. We ended up not leaving the grounds and having lunch, dinner and breakfast here. All dishes were really tasty and a decent variety of choices (hamachi crudo, little gem salad, chicken lavash wrap, roasted japanese eggplant).

For pups, it’s only $50/stay and they even provide a little doggie gate to put in front of your patio (and organic dog biscuits).

We really enjoyed our stay and the room felt very airy and large. We’d definitely come back, especially with the great room rates: $150!


 

Ludlow NYC

Lower East Side…

We just got back from NYC and one of my favorite stays was the Ludlow. I’ve been eyeing this hotel for awhile as I’ve been to their uber edgy restaurant Dirty French. Btw, get the Belmondo drink — tequila, pear, ginger and lemon juice.

The Ludlow is all the best of the Lower East Side — gritty but trendy, vintage but fresh. Large windows make it feel open and bright and the brick walls make it feel historic.

The lobby and bar area is roomy with an eclectic mix of sitting areas and a fireplace. Perfect for pups — especially the outdoor terrace area. I honestly spent the most time in my room — it was so cozy and sweet (and I was exhausted). 24 hr fitness room, free wi-fi, $25/night for pets. Pink dog bowl, treats + poo bags provided!

Dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating within walking distance: Souvlaki GR (awesome greek food), Serafina (italian), Cafe Medi (mediterranean).

Rates start at $350.

 

 

FREE Domestic + International Travel Checklists

Travel Checklist When Traveling With Your Dog

Save this handy checklist to your phone or print it for easy-to-read reminders when flying! I personally like printing a few copies (and it fits great into a passport cover pocket) so I can write on it. I always have handwritten lists — handwritten is so much better, isn’t it? Then I know it’s actually in my brain somewhere.

So far, I have Domestic (USA) and European Union. The international travel rules are the same for countries in the EU (France, Spain, Italy, etc). UK (England, Ireland, Scotland) rules are a bit different so that list will be coming later.

 

travel checklist flying with dog

travel checklist flying with dog

 


 

travel checklist flying with dog

 

 

travel checklist flying with dog

 

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Save to laptop by holding down "Control/CTRL" and clicking "Save Image As."

 

CLEAR Program Lets You Skip the Lines at Airports!

french bulldog at airport

A program that gets you through the airport faster?

CLEAR does just that. We recently used Clear for the first time from LAX to JFK and it was so easy.

Basically, there are kiosks (and an associate to help you) before the security lines where you do your fingerprints and even eye recognition (seriously, we’re living in the future).

We were escorted to the front of the line, didn’t even need to show ID or ticket again and we were walking through the security x-ray machine.

The time from the kiosk to our gate was probably five minutes.

If you already checked in online and just need to drop off your bag, the whole process from entering the airport to getting to your gate could be less than ten minutes. It was ridiculously insane how easy it was. It totally helps when you have your dog with you, as that can already be stressful as it is.

I’m not getting paid for this at all — I just love the service. It’s less than $15/month (one year subscription) and if you use my referral link, you’ll get 2 months free! So. Worth. It.

 

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