Archive for September, 2012

Red Mountain Utah is a Pet-Friendly Destination Resort

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Pet owners and animal lovers alike looking to experience an unforgettable active getaway amidst Utah’s stunning red rocks should look no further than Red Mountain Resort. Studies have shown that pet owners are healthier and more active individuals, and as one of the world’s leading active destinations, Red Mountain is the perfect place for guests to celebrate their health alongside their four-legged friends.

Not only does Red Mountain cater to pet owners’ fitness and wellness needs, but the resort also caters to their pets’ needs, pampering them with organic treats, food and water dishes upon arrival. With special deluxe accommodations, as well as a 55-acre scenic backyard and nearby national parks that offer a great space for animals to play in, Red Mountain is the ideal destination for guests traveling with pets.

“With so many owners committed to their pets, it is important for travelers to be given the option to keep their pets in tow, and Red Mountain is proud to offer our guests this rare opportunity.” says General Manager, Tracey Welsh. “With our extensive fitness and wellness programs, Red Mountain is a natural fit for pet owners.”

Those traveling without pets can still experience an animal adventure at Red Mountain through a variety of animal-themed offerings, including:

· Horseback Riding (available year-round, $99 per person) – Geared towards beginner and novice riders, participants take in the resort’s surroundings from a higher point of view as they explore nearby Snow Canyon State Park, the spectacular 7,000-acre park located just minutes from the resort.

· Pound Puppy Hike (complimentary for guests) – Red Mountain raises a paw for this gratifying volunteer experience, which encourages guests to share their exploration of Southern Utah alongside man’s best friend. In partnership with Ivins’ City No-Kill Animal Shelter, guests are assigned a friendly puppy or dog for a three to four mile hike through St. George Valley and Padre Canyon. Participants are supplied with doggie treats, and adoption from the local animal shelter is available and encouraged.

· M.E.E.T. the Mustangs (2 hours, available Sept. 2012-May 2013, $99 per person) – Guests don’t have to be a seasoned horseback rider to enjoy this animal adventure. Led by trained Red Mountain Resort guides, guests will have the opportunity to interact with horses. A truly rewarding experience, this program will enhance participants’ love and appreciation of animal kind. Proceeds support care and adoption efforts.

Only a short jaunt away from Las Vegas and easily accessible from Las Vegas McCarran and St. George airports, Red Mountain Resort is the ideal destination for animal lovers. For more information on Red Mountain Resort’s offerings, please visit or call 877.246.4453.

Norfolk Sheraton has a Dog-Friendly Package

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Nearly 20 percent of dogs travel with their owners, according to the U.S Travel Association. VisitNorfolk, along with its partners, have recognized the importance dog owners place on being able to travel with their pets. The Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel has created a special package for Norfolk visitors and their furry friends.

From now until December 31, 2012, the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel is inviting dogs to join their owners on their ventures through Norfolk. This package will include deluxe overnight accommodations at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel in one of their Sweet Sleeper beds. Canines are also treated with a Sweet Sleeper bed, doge bowls, treats, and clean up bags for use at the hotel.

Upon check-in at the Sheraton, participants will receive a pet package envelope. Each envelope will contain coupons for pet shops and restaurants at MacArthur Center Mall, including$10 off of a one-hour facial or massage from Indulge spa at Dillard’s. While participants are indulging, their canine companions can also enjoy a spa treatment at either Groomingdale’s at 222 W. 21 St. in historic Ghent, or at Muddy Paws at 3700 Hampton Blvd. To receive a discount at these groomers, participants must show their Sheraton room key, and mention this special pet-friendly package. While dining on the patio, participant’s pooches will receive their very own water bowl and dog treat. Upon presentation of the voucher, participants will also receive a complimentary appetizer.

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ME Cancun has a dog weekend for small dogs

Monday, September 17th, 2012

ME Cancun, the Mexican resort is always pet-friendly, but the weekend of October 4-9 in particular will be extra, extra special for guests’ smaller four-legged family members.

ME Cancun, known as a destination with style, sophistication and seduction, is offering the special rate for travelers that wish to enjoy all the excitement that comes with a sunny escape, only with their pooch being the center of attention! The package is $199 per person, per night (based on double occupancy). The rate applies for travel dates October 4-9, but there is no night minimum required (i.e. a guest could use the rate for one night only if desired).

Upon arrival, ME Cancun will check-in the special canine, taking their photograph that is then given to his/her owner as a keepsake in a custom frame. Each pup will be greeted with a welcome cookie and special punch. On Saturday evening (Oct. 6), guests and their furry friends will partake in numerous activities including manicures, ‘paw’-dicures, and massages, as well as a doggy buffet of dog cookies, kibble, liver, etc. If the adults want some “ME” time, they can drop their dog in the VIP Pet Club where the dogs will be entertained with a doggy gym, toys, dog walkers and dog beds.

All of the above is included in the rate, as well as: accommodations, all F&B (breakfast, lunch, dinner), in-room dog amenities (plush bed, blanket with hood, bowels, toys), pet fee, doggy diploma, late check-out of 3 pm, welcome gift, taxes. Package must be booked by September 28, 2012, and it is only applicable for dogs 25 pounds or less.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local animal rescue, Tierra de Animales ( It’s sure to be an unforgettable weekend that your readers’ pups will be dreaming about for a lifetime! For more information.