The first weekend getaway was a trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island. My husband and I took Roman and Madeline to Victoria and we stayed at the Magnolia Hotel. This is a great little boutique hotel … with an awesome restaurant and bar in the lobby. The restaurant is called Prime Steakhouse and was very good. The service was good too. In fact, we ate there both nights….which says a lot! This is a meat lover’s mecca, however, I am a vegetarian and I found plenty to choose from on the menu, including a great bottle of red from the Burrowing Owl Vineyard. The staff was friendly (on the younger side) and great to our dogs. There was no extra service charge for our two dogs – but double check when you reserve – in case that has changed. And no size restriction, which was great news because Roman weighs 85 lbs and Madeline, weighs 58. Most of the guests were in awe of our dogs – one couple (who incidentally had a screaming child) turned their noses up at us but that can happen anywhere. The hotel is centrally located near the busy downtown/inner harbor/Empress and you are less than 2 minutes walking distance to the water.
While we were there we took the dogs to Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park and walking everywhere downtown. There were even several tourists who wanted to pose with Roman…kinda weird but we agreed of course. All in all it was a great trip and we are looking forward to returning again.
For any information on the Magnolia Hotel in Victoria here is the website:
The second mini-getaway weekend (also with both dogs) was to the Hotel Monaco in Portland, Oregon. We have actually stayed there twice now – both times with our dogs. I must say I love Portland. This is a great city to visit for shopping and restaurants. The people of Portland are the friendliest people I have ever met on any vacation. Portland is a very green city (which appeals to me) is super pedestrian friendly and the drivers actually respect the crosswalks and such. Portland honestly puts Vancouver’s drivers and hospitality to shame! The Hotel Monaco is an eclectic vintage-style luxury hotel that is also dog friendly. And there is also no restriction on size/weight of dog and no service charge for dogs either. Just make sure that you tell them you are bringing your dog/s when you reserve. When you arrive they actually will have your dog’s name up on a chalkboard welcoming them. So after a long drive it is fun to see a sign that reads “Welcome Roman and Madeline” it also gives you a chance to see how many other dogs are in the hotel (just in case you need to avoid other dogs). The shopping in Portland is fantastic including all the big US department stores of course but also lots of unusual boutiques and shops. And no sales tax. In terms of dining and going out – we stuck to the hotel’s bar and restaurant the Red Star Tavern & Roast House. The food is good and the drinks are AMAZING. If you are thinking of a getting away to the US to take advantage of our strong dollar – I highly recommend you check out the Hotel Monaco in Portland, Oregon.
Here is their web site: https://www.monaco-portland.com/