It's true -- we often think of the dog as a member of the family. Sometimes, Fido gets better meals, better hair care and better exercise than we give ourselves. So why shouldn't that benefit extend to traveling, too? That's why we've rounded up four local hotels offering special perks not just for guests, but for their four-legged friends as well.
Just over an hour from D.C., the Salamander Resort feels like a welcome escape from city life. Bring your dog along on your wine country weekend and take advantage of terrace rooms, where pets can easily head outside for a walk or a sniff, as well as weekly "yappy hours," where 10 percent of proceeds are donated to a local humane society. Pets are treated like luxury guests too -- horses enjoy prime accommodations in the extensive stables and 25 acres of dedicated equestrian grounds, while dogs enjoy food and water bowls, a bed, organic treats and waste bags provided with their stay. And if mom and dad need a night away, pet sitters are available.Fee: $90 per room, with a limit of two dogs per room.
Fresh from a multi-million dollar top-to-bottom renovation, the luxurious Fairmont, Washington, DC, just outside of Georgetown, is better than ever. Share the luxe with your pooch -- who will be treated like a VID (Very Important Dog) with a special arrival treat made by the pastry chef, accompanied by water and a handy placemat. Enjoy everything from lists of nearby pet-friendly parks to a special red paw (don't enter) green paw (come on in) door hanger. Book the "It's a Dog's World package and 5 percent of your room rate will also be donated to the Washington Animal Rescue League. Fee: No charge.
Fifi or Fido can enjoy a taste of the celebrity life at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Famous for its cameo in the Wedding Crashers movie, well-heeled guests flock to the resort each summer to enjoy the quaint town, upscale spa, and idyllic waterfront location. For extra comfort, book one of the eight rooms overlooking the manicured gardens and enjoy a private terrace garden -- a view for you and room to roam for Fido!Fee: $100 for the first pet and $50 for each additional pet.
Boutique hotel brand Kimpton offers 10 D.C. area hotels, including the new Mason & Rook on the 14th Street corridor and a soon-to-open Glover Park location. But, while all of the properties feel distinctly unique, they have one common feature: they're big on playing host to both you and your pet. All pets are welcome, "so long as they can fit through the door" and they will even be greeted by name. That means everyone from your hamster to your Cockatoo can join in the fun, and a Director of Pet Relations is on hand at every property to ensure a good time. Each hotel offers a selection of amenities, including plush pet beds, water bowls, and lists of pet-friendly activities nearby. Pets are also welcome to join the nightly wine receptions at each location! Fee: No charge.