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Sanderson

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Ahh, the Sanderson (must say in English accent: Sanduhson).

We come to London every year (anywhere from 1-3x/year) and the ONLY hotel I’ve ever stayed in is the Sanderson. The rooms are spacious and peaceful, the service impeccable and the location is super central—just off Oxford Street.

Another Ian Schrager/Philippe Starck combo—it’s since been sold—but it keeps its dreamy, eclectic aesthetic true to its former counterparts. 

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Walk into the lobby…

And you’ll find yourself in a large airy chair museum. Chairs of all shapes, sizes + textures are scattered around including a bubble egg chair hanging from the ceiling, a pair of red lips you can sit on (don’t forget a selfie) and a luxurious powder-blue sofa that stretches all the way down the wall fit for a King/Queen.

The hotel is a bit like dropping into the world of Alice in Wonderland—you can’t forget to visit the Japanese-inspired Courtyard Garden for their famous Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea. You’ll get a tall platter of savory dishes (smoked salmon quails egg with caviar, bite-sized finger sandwiches + more) and desserts shaped like lady bugs, worms in cups, “Drink Me” potions and even little black paper crowns. So adorable.

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The Penthouse…

The Penthouse at the Sanderson takes up the entire 7th/8th floor (with its own private elevator) and features two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a fabulous view of London. It’s a spacious 2400 square feet and it’s truly breathtaking when you walk in with its sensual and dramatic details—the handwoven rug for instance was inspired by a painting by 15th century painter Filippino Lippi. True to the Sanderson design, most of the walls are draped with sheer white silk drapes making it sooo dreamy.

The rest of the rooms in the hotel are just as striking—dove grey and lemon color palette with custom art and a large silver sleigh-bed situated in the room off-center. The bathroom is contained in a transculent glass box illuminated by a relaxing shade of aqua. Some rooms come with an outdoor terrace which is so nice if your pup (and you!) want to lie out for some sun.

[ Keep reading below to watch my video tour of the Penthouse

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All photography by: Jasmina Haskovic

Here’s How To Get Through The Eurotunnel With Your Dog

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Here’s How To Get Through The Eurotunnel With Your Dog

How the hell do you get a dog into England once you’re already in the EU?

Eurostar is not dog-friendly, a private car service could cost upwards to $600 and who wants to deal with renting a car with the hassle of city parking + more? Oh, and there are ferries but your dog is not allowed to be with you at your seat. They must stay in a separate “pet area” which is just a cluster of dirty crates—the thought of the frenchies down there all alone or worse, someone stealing them, freeeaked me out. No way. (and the ferry is not cheap either)

Our brave friend Coco + her frenchie Elle shared with us their journey going through the Eurotunnel (London to Paris) last year via the ferry and on the way back took a ridesharing service called BlablaCar. It’s almost like an Uber but for planned trips. You can look up rides like Paris to London or Paris to Nice and you can carpool with drivers which ends up being very cost effective (anywhere from €20-60 one-way + pay for a second seat for the pooch)! You just need to ask the driver beforehand if they allow dogs.

Perfect! This seemed like the way to go but there were no available rides during my dates. When a ride did pop up, it seemed to get booked right away or wasn’t pet-friendly. After waiting and crossing fingers for a week, I bit the bullet 2 days before the trip and decided to go via trains/Folkestone Taxi Co.

Paris to Calais – Eurotunnel – Calais to London 

 

 

First, buy a ticket from Paris to Calais. French trains are dog-friendly (up to 2 dogs per passenger) as long as your dog is in a bag. If your dog is more than 13 lbs then no bag necessary—you can walk them on a leash and muzzle. Find routes on Loco2 + Trainline. Cost: varies; mine was €42 (with a connecting stop) and the ride takes less than an hour. With a connecting stop, it’s a bit longer. €7 for dog in carrier or half the 2nd class full fare if your dog is over 13 lbs + on leash. Book this sooner than later as they book quickly!

Thankfully, he didn’t have to wear the muzzle as I kept it in my bag just incase someone asked for it. Nobody did—in fact, no one even asked to see my ticket or the dogs’ tickets!

 

This is where Folkestone Taxi comes in. You can book their taxi service to ride onto the Eurotunnel and arrive in Folkestone Central Train Station in England. This is the easiest + most comfortable way. Your pup(s) get to sit with you and you never have to leave the car. They meet you at the Calais station with a sign, help you with your bags and then you settle into the car. They even provided blankets! Cost: £125 + £96 Eurotunnel ticket and the ride is thirty-five minutes.

The taxi drives to Pet Clearance first where you go in and have your pet’s passport/documents looked over. Make sure everything is correct and you have backup papers as they are very strict. There is also a local vet (cash only) nearby incase anything is missing and you need new paperwork or treatments.

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Wow, lots of pets!

Then you drive through the Passport Control where they look at your passport etc then onto the Eurotunnel shuttle! The car gets turned off and you sit in the car for thirty-five minutes. A good time to charge your phone, have a chat with your friendly driver and scroll through Instagram. 🙂

Once you arrive in Folkestone, you’ll need to book another train to get from Folkestone to London. They run every half hour. Find tickets on National Rail. Cost: on average £20 and takes 55 minutes. Pets travel free (up to two). If you want to to skip the train and continue the ride with Folkestone Taxi, it’s another couple hundred pounds extra but may be worth it if you have a lot of luggage and want to make your journey easier.

 

 

 

All pets entering into the UK need a tapeworm treatment within 5 days of traveling and a pet passport. 

What to bring: your passport, your pet’s passport(s), tickets (mine were all on mobile) + Folkestone keeps a hard copy of your Eurotunnel ticket for you, treats, pet wipes.

 

Does My Dog Need A Health Certificate When Flying?

Does My Dog Need A Health Certificate When Flying?

Yes and no.

A health certificate when flying with your dog can vary state-to-state and with individual airlines. For example, if your dog is going to be checked (in the cargo of the plane—BTW this is banned for flat nosed breeds like frenchies but all others are OK) then you need a health certificate. Most airlines don’t require a health certificate for pets flying in-cabin.

What is a health certificate?

It’s a piece of paper stating that your pet is healthy to fly and current on all his/her vaccinations. It must be issued and signed by your vet and can cost anywhere from $25-70. It’s like a normal check-up and should take less than 20 minutes.

Health certificates are valid for 30 days.

 

 

If you’re flying domestic with your pet, a health certificate isn’t required except a few airlines (Alaska Airlines + Hawaiian Air) so be sure to call or search your airline’s website to double check their rules. This page/table at Dog Jaunt has an extensive list of most airlines and their requirements.

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Now for international travel, you need the country’s specific health certificate (usually multiple pages) and have it stamped by your local USDA office. You can find my step-by-step guide traveling from USA to Paris and find other countries’ rules + forms directly on the USDA Pet Travel page. Select the country from their drop-down menu and follow the steps. 

 

Along with these health certificates, you also need to purchase a pet ticket from your airline—they are usually $100-125 one way and allows you to bring your dog on board in an airline-approved carrier. They stay in the carrier under the seat in front of you. Always book ASAP as most airlines have a limit for the number of pets they allow on board. Happy flying!

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33 Main

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Come visit the Berkshires…

We recently had a stay in Lenox, Massachusetts at the adorable 33 Main–a quaint but luxurious New England-style bed and breakfast where all the lovely interiors are shoppable!

Where is Lenox, Massachusetts? It’s a small, picturesque town in the Berkshires—a rural region with villages and towns in the mountains of Western Massachusetts, just 2 1/2 hours from Boston + New York City. It’s a perfect escape for the city dweller! We found many New Yorkers visiting when we were there.

Lenox is filled with farm-to-table restaurants and artists, history + culture and the Berkshires are home to a thriving cultural scene too, including Tanglewood (summer home of the Boston Symphony), their very own film festival and even a contemporary art museum (we didn’t get a chance to visit but would love to next time).

About the Inn…

Annie Selke, literally an interior design mogul, is the owner/designer of 33 Main, as well as being a Lenox resident. The Inn is fitted with her own line of Pine Cone Hill bedding and Dash & Albert rugs (named after her former two pups). Along with her pretty, colonial-style decor, other designers include mattresses from Hastens (which start at $4300 + up to $150,000!) and Ralph Lauren wallpaper. 

Annie says of the Inn: “I strive to make every day (and hotel night) as uplifting as possible and that means being inspired by what surrounds you. An exquisitely made bed, a lovely bathroom with plush towels and a comfy robe and a yummy breakfast in a beautiful place go a long way toward having an uplifting day!”

The second you set foot inside the Inn, it feels charming and just like a storybook with its pastel interior, fresh pink tulips and the inn keeper Becca welcoming you whilst baking sweet cookies in the kitchen. 

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Weston + Fira loved running around (plenty of yard space and there’s a large grassy block across the street) and chilling out on the cozy doggie beds. We were snuggled up in our robes in the Aster room, which is one of two dog-friendly rooms at the Inn (the other one is Hollingsworth).

Pet fee is $50 per pet/per night, all sizes + well-behaved pets welcomed with doggie cookies.

The sheets, pillows, dog beds, robes, shampoos + lotions are all shoppable at the Annie Selke pop-up across the street. I definitely recommend taking a peek! I ended up with the coolest Moroccan-inspired rug with fringe, a fluffy stuffed Sloth toy (it was too cute to pass up) and those soft fleece robes.

Three-course breakfast?

One of the highlights of our stay was having a homemade three-course breakfast every morning in the beautiful dining room. Breakfast changes everyday; during our stay, it consisted of fresh seasonal fruit, homemade breads, baked eggs wrapped in prosciutto + asparagus, egg + cheese puff pastry + bacon.

See you soon, Berkshires…

We’re already planning a visit back to Lenox as the travel wasn’t bad at all! Only a 2.5 hour drive from NYC. The air was crisp and it was just the right spot to take in some natural beauty, American culture and soak away all the daily stress.

 

Ultimate Guide To Travel Hacks + Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

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Traveling can be overwhelming, let alone traveling with your dog. From the booking + costs, to having all the right paperwork and knowing where dogs are welcome, it can seem like an endless amount of red tape and information. I love reading other travel + fashion bloggers’  (bloggers without dogs!) diaries to get tips and ideas on where to go. 1) that’s actually how I get inspiration and ideas on where to go/stay and then I just look up separately if it’s dog friendly. 2) and why I started writing this blog. To share chic destinations, boutique hotels and fun city guides for dog moms (dog mom life). So, I put together this list of handy travel hacks and insider tips from other bloggers + myself that could potentially save you money, time and lessen anxiety.

travel blog for dog momsSearch for flights “incognito.”

Have you ever used incognito window? In your Chrome browser, under “File” there is an option for “New Incognito Window.” In Safari, it’s under “File” then “New Private Window.” This allows browsing with no cookies, so no history. 

From Through Julia’s Lens: “This is my number one tip to save money on flights because it’s so easy! If you’ve bought a flight recently, websites will remember that and will bump up prices, even after you’ve cleared your cache and history. This may not work if you only buy plane tickets once a year, but if you’re buying tickets every few months, it can make a big difference.”

I’ve also been a little paranoid about airline sites tracking my searches and increasing prices but doing it incognito ensures that at least you know you’re getting the best, true price.

 

travel blog for dog momsSearch by month instead of days.

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(Another tip from Through Julia’s Lens) 

On Skyscanner, if you have a month in mind that you’d like to travel + flexible on dates, you can search for the whole month and find the cheapest days to travel!

If you want destination ideas and open to pretty much anywhere, you can also search by cheapest destinations and find places to go sometimes as low as $100 for international.

 

travel blog for dog momsBook ASAP.

Most airlines fill the available in-cabin pet spots on a first-come, first-served basis and most only allow a certain number of pets on board (sometimes as little as 2-4). So, it’s always best to call ahead and reserve a spot for your furry one.

travel blog for dog momsSeating Hack: how to get extra room on your flight.

From Olivia Christine: “I often score extra room on my flights by pre-selecting a seat in a row that has only two spots open (including the middle seat). When I choose either the aisle or window, it leaves a middle seat available — which is a last resort for any passenger — increasing my chances of having no one sit next to me. Using this trick, I’ve been able to fly with the middle seat empty, leaving extra room for myself and my row companion!”

I’ve actually used this tip twice and it WORKED both times!

 

travel blog for dog momsUse the pockets on the outside of your pet carrier.

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Flying with your pet in carrier means they become your carry-on item. Once you get on board, the carrier goes under the seat and your personal item (bag) has to go up in the overhead bin. Take advantage of those extra pockets in the pet carrier!

From Jessica at You Did What With Your Weiner: “While you CAN get up mid flight and get one or two things out of your bag, it’s a hassle if not impossible. You probably want your Kindle, noise-cancelling headphones, a magazine, or something with you during takeoff, landing and during the flight.”

 

travel blog for dog momsSkip the security line.

This is the besssst thing I ever did. CLEAR, which is offered at most major airports, is a program that allows you to skip the lines at security and get taken right to the front. It honestly saves SO MUCH TIME. + so worth it if you fly a lot. It’s about $15/month and with just a finger print and/or eye recognition on their easy-to-use kiosks, you’re whisked away by a CLEAR associate straight to the front (you don’t even need to show your ID + ticket to the TSA agent again).

 

travel blog for dog moms5 Pet Friendly Hotel Chains Where Pets Stay Free.

  • Aloft
  • Kimpton
  • La Quinta
  • Motel 6
  • Red Roof Inn

Make sure to check with the hotel or the post at GoPetFriendly to find out if there are any weight limits etc.

 

travel blog for dog momsTravel by RV.

Traveling by RV with your dog could be your next big adventure! A few of these RV companies don’t even charge for pets (Cruise America, El Monte RV). You can browse RVs on Outdoorsy with the pet-friendly filter.

 

travel blog for dog momsTime to potty.

From Stephanie at Pupventure Pack: “Lots of rest stops do not want you bringing dogs into the restroom and it’s way too hot to leave them in the car. So if I can, I try to plan my bathroom breaks to coincide with pet store locations. I have used Petco and PetSmart so many times for that reason. Plus it allows the dogs an easy little outing to stretch their legs.” And to get them a new toy!

If you’re at the airport and don’t see a pet relief area in sight, Jenna from Articles de Voyage relies on pee pads. “I find a handicapped or family restroom—they are much larger than regular stalls, so you can put down a few pee pads. My dogs are trained to use pee pads but they also make special drops you can put on the pad to encourage them. It’s helped put my mind at ease more than a few times when traveling with a dog.”

 

travel blog for dog momsUBER & LYFT.

Both Uber and Lyft’s policy is that it is up to the discretion of the driver to allow your dog to ride. When you get matched with a driver, just send a quick message to ask if it is ok to bring your dog. They do have the right to say no, so be prepared for possible cancellations and wait times.

Be a kind rider by bringing a bag or blanket for your pup. 

 

travel blog for dog momsSmell like a daisy.

Stuff a dryer sheet in your luggage, especially where your pet’s items + food are being stored (even use a floral tea bag in a pinch) and you can even run it over your pet’s fur to remove static buildup and calm your pup. 

 

travel blog for dog momsPack your common sense.

Brynn from A Dog Walks Into A Bar shares this tip: “Don’t keep your valuables all together. Bags get lost, things get stolen + if all of your credit cards and cash are in the same space, you’ll be really struggling if they get lost or misplaced.”

 

Summer Soirée @ SOFITEL w/ WTFrenchie x Brentwood Barks 4/29/18

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Where’s The Frenchie? x Brentwood Barks Summer Soirée

May is National Pet Month so we kicked it off by hosting an exclusive get-together with Brentwood Barks at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles! 

Our dog-friendly event was worth barking about: there was an outdoor bar, classy hors d’oeuvres, pup treats from Healthy Spot + of course, gift bags (a thank you to Leela Ryan + Fine Frenchie)!

We had an incredible day of friends, frenchies + other adorable doggies, selfies + hanging out. We hope at these events you meet new friends, have a great time exploring what dog-friendly LA offers + your pups come home exhausted. It was SO much fun seeing you all with your pups + can’t wait to do it again!

Oh, BTW–one lucky attendee wins a free dinner for two at Sofitel! Congratulations Monica Giavanna!

 

Enjoy the photos 🙂

Photographer: Brandon Greenberg

 

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