Archive for December, 2012

Florida: The Fort Myers HOME TOWN EXPO is “Going to the Dogs”

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

January 5th & 6th at Harborside Event Center

See the nation’s top K9 Athletes perform at the Fort Myers Home Town Expo. Admission to the Expo is FREE. The K9s In Flight show will be presented at the Expo at 11AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM both Saturday and Sunday, January 5th & 6th.

K9s In Flight is a Frisbee dog show that has been amazing audiences around the world for the past 15 years. They have appeared on Animal Planet, performed during half time at NFL and NBA games.

All of the incredible dogs are rescued or adopted. The show promotes pet adoption. K9s in Flight is dedicated to the awareness of the pet overpopulation problem. You can see a preview of the show at K9s In Flights’ website: Both days following the 1:00PM show, veterinarians from the Florida Veterinary Referral Center will present a seminar for pet owners about Common Household Hazards for Dogs & Cats.

While the dogs may be the stars of the show, they certainly are not the only reason to attend. Expo Marketing has been producing Florida Home Shows for more than 20 years. The brand new Home Town Expo builds on the home show concept adding something for every member of the family. The new owner of Expo Marketing, Nick McMullen wanted to bring new energy to the shows and better connect them to the entire Florida lifestyle.

McMullen explains, “We all love Florida, but so much of what makes living here great is outside the walls of our homes. We still want our shows to present the very latest in home technology and design, but when you visit this year you are going to find so much more.”

Joining the Home & Garden Show at Harborside is a Sports & Recreation Show and a Local Lifestyles event. The very latest in sports, fitness and all kinds of fun will be in the Sports & Recreation show. Talk with local experts about how to improve at your favorite sport, or how to develop a great personal fitness plan. In the Local Lifestyles show you will find a mix of anything that makes you smile. Restaurants, Fashion, Entertainment, Travel and Pet Care will all be part of Local Lifestyles.

The Home Town Expo runs from 10:00AM to 4:00PM both Saturday and Sunday. The Harborside Event Center is located in downtown Fort Myers at the corner of Bay and Monroe Streets. Parking at the City of Palms Garage, adjacent to the Event Center is free for this event. Admission to the show is Free and one person who attends the Home Town Expo and registers for our drawing will win an Apple iPad mini.

Santa Fe Pampers Pets with Special Packages For Furry Friends

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

For those who think traveling with pets is “ruff,” Santa Fe offers special pampering packages and amenities that allow animals to be VIPs while making the city one of America’s most pet-friendly destinations. Hotels around Santa Fe offer pet-travelers accommodation packages, special amenities and treats year-round.

Santa Fe’s numerous pet bakeries, dog parks and city tours, and at least a dozen restaurants that allow pets on outdoor patios also make it easy for visitors to explore the city with their four-legged companions.’s City Guide to Santa Fe is at this link

A sampling of Santa Fe’s pet- friendly hotel packages include:

The Pampered Pooch Package at Hotel Santa Fe

With a canine of their own in-house, Herman, the “Director of Pet Relations” guarantees pets of any size can enjoy a stay at Hotel Santa Fe. Located in the heart of the new Guadalupe Railyard District, pets and owners can take a quick walk to explore nearby attractions, shops and restaurants. The hotel’s “Pampered Pooch Package” is available for a three-night minimum with rates beginning at $249 per night. Bookings must be made before December 21st, 2013 to receive:

· “Picaris Junior Suite” accommodations with bedroom and living area, including and an oversized dog bed and food and water bowls

· Daily Breakfast

· Dinner for two at the Amaya Restaurant while pets get a room-service dinner

· Welcome basket filled with food and wine for humans, and treats and toys for pets

· A list of pet friendly parks, walks and hikes in the area

For more information on Hotel Santa Fe, visit: or call (855)825-9876.

The Pet Friendly Package at Hotel Chimayo

Hotel Chimayo offers the Pet Friendly Package for those traveling with pets weighing up to 50 lbs. Located steps from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe (formerly Hotel Plaza Real) offers an authentic Northern New Mexico escape. With rates starting at $189 per night, the year-round package allows up to two pets per room and includes:

· Deluxe pet friendly accommodations

· Pet Goody Bag filled with toys and treats upon arrival

· Santa Fe Area Resource Guide for Pets

· 10% off at Teca Tu Pet Emporium
For more information on Hotel Chimayo, visit: or call (855)752-9273.

The HosPETality Package at The Lodge at Santa Fe

Perched on a hilltop overlooking downtown Santa Fe and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, The Lodge at Santa Fe allows pets weighing 50 lbs. or less to stay in one of several pet-friendly guestrooms. Rates for the year-round “HosPETality” package start at $109 per night, which includes a standard $25 pet fee as well as the following amenities:

· Luxury accommodations including a dog bed, food and water bowls

· Daily “Yappy Meal” for pets

· Santa Fe Area Resource Guide for Pets

· 10% discount at Teca Tu Pet Emporium

For more information on The Lodge at Santa Fe, visit: or call (888)563-4373.

For further information about visiting Santa Fe and for a complimentary Santa Fe Visitors Guide, call the Santa Fe Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-777-2489 or visit Media can also visit or follow on Twitter @CityOfSantaFe for the latest news.

Santa Fe was recently awarded Best Food Town during the Rand McNally/USA Today Best of the Road competition. The Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau is a department of the City of Santa Fe and is responsible for marketing the city to leisure and business travelers. In addition, the bureau books and operates the LEED Gold Certified Santa Fe Convention Center. For information on Santa Fe attractions, accommodations, and meeting facilities please visit or phone 800-777-2489.

Pet-Friendly Walking Tours of Some of America’s Best Cities

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Free Tours by Foot is a tip based walking tour of some of America’s best cities. Currently they serve New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Charleston and New Orleans. There is no charge for the tours but they encourage an appropriate tip that you choose. They welcome well-behaved dogs on their tours. For more information check out their website at: