READ: The Privileged Pooch

By: Gay.com
4.28.2011

While traveling with your pet isn't necessarily a novel idea anymore—though you should check out The Doggie Hub's tip sheet before dashing in unaware—it's not always easy to find the perfect hotel, open-air restaurant, or shop that also welcomes dogs. Out Traveler's hotel guide is certainly helpful, but what if you want more details, depth and pictures?

If you're looking to travel in Southern California you're in luck.

San Diego resident Maggie Espinosa and her dog Marcel took to the road and created The Privileged Pooch: Luxury Travel with Your Pet in Southern California, a guide to 69 hotels, 55 bistros, 36 trendy shops, and 56 fun-in-the-sun activities at parks, beaches and elsewhere that welcome your furry friend. The book covers San Diego, Palm Springs, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, and includes a photo or map on every page, along with price ranges for everything.

What's more, the book is nicely laid out and easy to read, as though a friend heard about your upcoming trip and is now offering you suggestions over afternoon coffee. But Espinosa is more than an "everywoman" on the road, she's also an award-winning travel writer, delivering thorough descriptions of the setting, décor, and services at each location. She also mentions each hotels' special services for pets—from welcoming toys and doggy menus to spas and dog sitters—so even if you're not headed to a specific city or location the entries are pretty entertaining.

“I rated the hotels with one to four wags for pet friendliness," Espinosa says. "If a hotel or resort’s pet regulations were too stringent with weight limit and access to certain areas, or charged exorbitant fees, I didn’t include it in the book.”

While The Privileged Pooch is certainly aimed at your furry friend's comfort, it never comes across as a "I live alone and the only family that still loves me is my pet shih tzu" kind of book. Espinosa features hotels, boutiques, and eateries that would appeal to dog owners whether or not they were traveling with their pets, and if more info is needed you've got websites and phone numbers for further research.

Simply put, The Privileged Pooch contains both style and substance, and makes pet travel—at least in Southern California—a much more entertaining and enjoyable prospect.

Buy your copy now.

Final Final cover 5X8 While traveling with your pet isn't necessarily a novel idea anymore—though you should check out The Doggie Hub's tip sheet before dashing in unaware—it's not always easy to find the perfect hotel, open-air restaurant, or shop that also welcomes dogs. Out Traveler's hotel guide is certainly helpful, but what if you want more details, depth and pictures?

If you're looking to travel in Southern California you're in luck.

San Diego resident Maggie Espinosa and her dog Marcel took to the road and created The Privileged Pooch: Luxury Travel with Your Pet in Southern California, a guide to 69 hotels, 55 bistros, 36 trendy shops, and 56 fun-in-the-sun activities at parks, beaches and elsewhere that welcome your furry friend. The book covers San Diego, Palm Springs, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, and includes a photo or map on every page, along with price ranges for everything.

What's more, the book is nicely laid out and easy to read, as though a friend heard about your upcoming trip and is now offering you suggestions over afternoon coffee. But Espinosa is more than an "everywoman" on the road, she's also an award-winning travel writer, delivering thorough descriptions of the setting, décor, and services at each location. She also mentions each hotels' special services for pets—from welcoming toys and doggy menus to spas and dog sitters—so even if you're not headed to a specific city or location the entries are pretty entertaining.

4cc back cover pic“I rated the hotels with one to four wags for pet friendliness," Espinosa says. "If a hotel or resort’s pet regulations were too stringent with weight limit and access to certain areas, or charged exorbitant fees, I didn’t include it in the book.”

While The Privileged Pooch is certainly aimed at your furry friend's comfort, it never comes across as a "I live alone and the only family that still loves me is my pet shih tzu" kind of book. Espinosa features hotels, boutiques, and eateries that would appeal to dog owners whether or not they were traveling with their pets, and if more info is needed you've got websites and phone numbers for further research.

Simply put, The Privileged Pooch contains both style and substance, and makes pet travel—at least in Southern California—a much more entertaining and enjoyable prospect.

Buy your copy now.

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