Bring Fido Along at Meritage Collection Resorts
Many pet owners in the United States factor in their animal companions when planning their vacations. Luckily, the resorts of the Meritage Collection are pet-friendly, making it easy to bring furry family members along regardless of which destination you choose.
While most resorts do charge a pet fee, you can take advantage of summer’s “Sit. Stay. Play.” package for waived charges. Amenities include dog beds, bowls, toys and potty bags. Interested in bringing along your pooch? Read below to see just how pet-friendly Meritage properties can be.
Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa Barbara
Bacara welcomes dogs up to 50 pounds and offers 78 beachfront acres to explore, as well as outdoor dining on the animal-friendly terraces at the Bistro and Spa Café.
“The town of Santa Barbara is extremely pet-friendly, and dogs are welcome at the majority of our local beaches,” says Natalie Reardon, executive administrative manager. “The most popular dog beach would be Hendry’s Beach, where they have a great off-leash area. Just south of Bacara is the Ellwood Beach Butterfly Preserve. It is a beautiful area for exploring with your dog as well.”
For dogs looking for a bit of luxury, Reardon offered up another recommendation. “Just down the road is Dioji K-9 Resort & Athletic Club, which offers a luxurious 10,000-square-foot cage-free tropical oasis complete with a giant pool shaped like a bone,” Reardon says. “You can also book your dog one of their Signature Spa treatments, and they provide transportation as well.”
The Meritage Resort and Spa, Napa Valley
The Meritage Resort and Spa accommodates pets up to 80 pounds with a pet amenity bag that includes organic wine bottle cookies and an assortment of peanut butter bone cookies. Owners can even dine with their dogs on the Siena restaurant patio and the patios outside of Crush Ultra Lounge and Blend.
In addition, guests and their dogs can enjoy a vineyard hiking trail on property or partake in local dog-friendly outings at the Canine Commons Dog Park at Alston Park or along the Napa River Trail and Napa Vine Trail.
Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach
Balboa Bay Resort welcomes pets up to 30 pounds and offers dog-friendly activities nearby.
“The best area to walk your dog is Balboa Island, the beach boardwalk or the Back Bay—all in a 2-mile radius,” says Front Office Manager Kori Haug. “There is [also] a dog-friendly beach in Huntington Beach, which is just a 10 minute car ride.”
Pasea Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach
Paséa not only allows dogs up to 50 pounds, it’s even home to its own pet concierge: Moonshine, the French bulldog. Patio dining is also available for owners wishing to fete with their furry friends.
But even more conveniently, Huntington Beach’s canine-friendly dog beach park is just a short drive away, where dogs can play in the sand and surf for a true vacation experience.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Estancia welcomes dogs up to 50 pounds and makes sure to accommodate them in ground floor rooms with entry off the gardens and lawns, for easy walks and potty breaks.
“The restaurants on property have pet-friendly seating areas,” says Marketing Manager Dana Flower. “The village of La Jolla, where a lot of the shops and restaurants are, is also dog friendly.”
Of course, each shop and restaurant in La Jolla has its own dog policy, but most are dog-friendly, including La Jolla Brewing Co., which even has its own canine menu.
Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial is another area that’s pet-friendly. “It overlooks all of La Jolla and offers a beautiful view,” Flower says.
You can also walk your dog on the beach before 9 a.m. and after 4 p.m. from Nov. 1 to March 31, and between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. April through October.
At each resort, the concierge staff can direct you to area providers for supplies, pet sitting, walking or boarding, as needed. So next time you travel, consider bringing Fido along for the fun.