When you’re planning a road trip or a weekend getaway, are you going to leave your four-legged friends at home? No way. According to Road and Travel Magazine, 78% of pet owners travel each year with their pets. The challenge can be finding pet-friendly accommodations along the way, especially if you are looking for high quality lodging with first class amenities. Travelers to Sedona, AZ will find such a place in El Portal, a unique, pet-friendly, luxury hotel located in the historic arts district of this magnificent Western destination.
The twelve room boutique hotel was designed and built with painstaking attention to detail, featuring turn of the century Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, recycled wood trim and natural native stone. Each spacious room is different, but all have unique features such as museum quality Arts and Crafts furnishings, soaring beamed ceilings or hand-painted detailing. According to owner Steve Segner, the hotel was also built with dogs in mind, including the wood and tile flooring throughout, special dog patios available with some rooms and the designated exercise area on the grounds of the hotel.
Segner has a long history of wanting the best for pets. He’s had a longtime involvement in the pet care industry, as owner of a pet food company and developing one of the first premium dog foods in the industry. No stranger to sneaking dogs into hotels in their own travels, Segner and his wife, Connie, wanted to welcome canine guests with open arms. Guest rooms are readied with pet beds and a special treat basket, and guests can advise management of any special feeding requirements for pets before their arrival. At any given time, half of the rooms at El Portal have canine guests.
At El Portal, the goal is for guests to make themselves at home throughout the hotel, as if they are staying in a luxurious and relaxing private home. This goes for pets as well. Dogs are welcome anywhere in the hotel, including at the gourmet breakfast served daily. Guests and their dogs can enjoy the large stone fireplace in the spacious great room or relax outdoors in the central courtyard.
Sedona’s unique culture and spectacular natural setting offer a wide variety of activities for visitors. El Portal is walking distance to Oak Creek, the Tlaquepaque shopping village and Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. Guests at El Portal aren’t on their own when it comes to choosing from the many activities Sedona has to offer. “We don’t just hand you a room key at El Portal. Because we are a boutique hotel, we sit down with our guests every morning, get the maps out and get them started,” says Segner. The staff at El Portal can make hiking and sightseeing recommendations, and arrange picnics, rafting or helicopter excursions. Jeep tours with Sun Country Adventures provide dog-friendly outings amid rugged terrain and stunning red rock scenery.
If by chance you need to leave your canine companion behind for a bit, El Portal staff will work with you to make sure your dog is taken care of. They can also recommend a wide variety of pet-related services and resources in Sedona, such as veterinary care, grooming, doggie day-care, pet supplies and off-leash dog parks.
If you’re on the road with your pet or deciding on a spontaneous getaway, contact El Portal for their special last minute rates. What a great way to take advantage of first class travel to an incredible destination with your pet.
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