By Dr. Becker
If you’re planning to take your dog along on vacation this summer, you’re probably already researching pet-friendly accommodations.
Fortunately, there are several lodging chains that allow pets these days, so it’s fairly easy to map out a road trip with overnight stays at pet-friendly hotels along the way.
Of course, there’s a difference between facilities that allow your pet to stay in the room with you, and accommodations that are actually designed with pets in mind.
El Portal in stunning Sedona, Arizona is the latter.
It’s also one of very few luxury hotels to welcome pets.
Luxury B&B Where Your Dog is as Welcome as You Are
El Portal is a bed and breakfast that opened its doors as a hotel catering to both human and canine guests.
The owners, a couple, spent their careers in the pet food and care industry before opening El Portal.
The B&B has a Southwestern theme and only 12 rooms, each uniquely designed and furnished.
The floors throughout are wood and tile to accommodate doggy visitors, and there’s a 1,000 square-foot fenced patio where guests and their pets can relax.
When you and your pup check in, he’ll get his own special treat basket and one of the beds in your room is for him. You’ll also receive a list of the area’s dog-friendly parks and restaurants (outdoors), pet supply stores, grooming facilities, and veterinarians.
You can also schedule dogs-welcome tours of nearby attractions like the Grand Canyon.
All of El Portal’s 12 suites are pet friendly. Some rooms are recommended for small dogs, others for medium to large dogs, and some rooms are fine for any size pet.
Four rooms even have enclosed pet patios.
In the low season (for example, July 1 through August 31), rates per night run from $229 to $329. Rates in the high season are slightly more.
Canine-Friendly Activities Around Sedona
There are local parks that welcome dogs, of course. And several restaurants with outdoor seating areas where pets are welcome.
But if you’re looking for breath-taking scenery and hiking opportunities, there’s Oak Creek Canyon, the Coconino National Forest, and of course, the magnificent Grand Canyon.
Other Pet-Friendly Sedona Hotels
Northern Arizona is known for its dog-friendly culture. In the small town of Sedona there are over a dozen hotels that welcome pets. So if El Portal doesn’t strike your fancy, another hotel in the area might: