A Sunny Weekend in San Diego with Loews

There are some hotels that simply "allows dogs" and then there are hotels that treat them like superstars. Last weekend, we drove down to San Diego for a mini SoCal staycation at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Hoku got to experience the "paw-someness" that is the Loews Loves Pets program. And let me tell you, when Loews says they love pets, they really love pets

After a seamless check in experience, in which Hoku received a bag of doggy swag, we lounged on the breezy Bay Terrace overlooking the water while our room was being prepared. David and I ordered the Orange Ave. Wit by the Coronado Brewing Company (when in Coronado, right?!) and Hoku was offered a bowl of water by our friendly server. We watched little kids run around playing Pokemon Go and smiled at other guests who had also brought their furry friends along on vacation with that quiet, mutual acknowledgment only us folks in the crazy dog people club truly understand.

Our room had an incredible 180 degree view of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge. It's one of those views that immediately makes you turn off your email notifications and puts you in vacation mode. Hoku wasted no time jumping on the plush king-sized bed (fur kids, they're just like real kids!) and making himself right at home. 

Shortly after we settled in, we heard on a knock on the door and opened it to find a bowl of dog treats and a toy being delivered just for Hoku, along with the sweetest note welcoming us to the hotel! 

In the evening, we drove across the bridge to the Embarcadero and joined some friends for dinner at Carnitas' Snack Shack's newest location before taking a stroll along the waterfront watching an absolutely perfect sunset. 

One sign of an amazing hotel for me is how well I sleep at night and I speak for the three of us when I say we all just sank into the mattress and slept like rocks. Hoku nestled into his usual spot right in between us like he sometimes does at home and didn't budge until the next morning. Even on a busy summer weekend with lots of families and kids around, our room was peaceful and quiet, even with the balcony door open to let the sea breeze in. 

Me: Rise and shine, Hoku!
Hoku: Just five more minutes?

Me: I guess we'll just have to order room service without you...
Hoku: Ok, I'm up!

We've stayed at our fair share of hotels before, but none that had a room service menu for dogs (and cats!) developed in collaboration with a licensed veterinarian. Hoku perused the "Bone" Appetit menu selections and, being a vegetarian pup, decided on the Grrreat Vegetarian Feast, which was developed to be an easily digestible dish to help weary, traveling dogs rehydrate. How thoughtful is that? We didn't have to travel too far luckily, but it was awesome to see a vegetarian option that Hoku could enjoy since he has meat allergies.  

David and I ordered the Eggs Benedict and a Belgian Waffle and shared our side of bananas and strawberries with Hoku after he devoured his very own veggie dish in minutes. It was one of those picture perfect, delicious breakfast in bed moments to remember. And fuel us for the day's adventures ahead! 

After breakfast, we headed down to the marina for some kayaking on the bay. Loews Coronado Bay offers a variety of water activities and rentals, many of which dogs are also allowed to participate in as well, including kayaking, sailing and stand up paddle boarding. It was going to be Hoku's first time on a kayak and we got him his very own yellow Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat, just in case. He got a lot of smiles as we walked him through the hotel lobby!


At the dock, Hoku watched on closely to make sure our tandem kayak was set up properly. To our surprise, he confidently boarded the kayak with us and we paddled into the bay. It was fascinating to see a different perspective of the hotel from the ocean and we could even spot our room. And thankfully, the water was calm and the air was pleasantly cool as we made our way out towards the Coronado Bridge.

Aside from clambering onto my lap when he realized his paws were getting wet at one point, Hoku had a blast on his first kayaking trip. For a dog that doesn't like to be IN water, he sure enjoys being ON it. After accepting that wet paws were an inevitability, he relaxed and spent the rest of the time with two legs up on the bow of the kayak to take in the views. He even helped us spot a turtle sticking its head out of the water! We couldn't have asked for a better way to start the day. 

This is the face of a tired pup that just had an amazing weekend, am I right? Thank you Loews for making our trip to San Diego so spectacular and for going above and beyond to welcome Hoku. We can't wait to come back!

This post was created in collaboration with Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, California. All opinions and photos are my own. Thanks for following along on our "Loews Loves Pets" adventure! 

Breakfast at Norma's at The Parker

Before hitting the road for the 2.5 hour drive home to San Diego, we stopped by the amazing Parker Palm Springs (formerly Le Parker Meridien) for brunch at Norma’s. We were seated on their colorful, Jonathan Adler-designed, dog-friendly patio and Hoku was immediately given a cookie and his own bowl of water. Such service! David, the benedict connoisseur, ordered the Eggs Florentine, and I got the Very Berry Brioche French Toast. Both were delicious, decadent and almost too pretty to eat. 

After breakfast, we walked around the gorgeous hotel grounds (which felt like a desert oasis) and David made himself comfortable on a hammock while Hoku did doggy yoga. For some reason, Hoku LOVED the Parker’s super lush lawn and kept rubbing his face on it and rolling around in it like it was the best grass in the whole wide world. Maybe they use some sort of bacon-flavored fertilizer? :)

Palm Springs Museum Trail (Part 2)

Palm Springs Museum Trail Part 2 

At the end of the Museum Trail is an open area with a number of picnic tables, a nice place to take a break, have lunch and enjoy the desert scenery. From there, the trail breaks off into the North Lykken Trail and the rigorous Skyline Ridge Trail aka the “Cactus to Clouds” hike that leads all the way up Mount San Jacinto. 

As for us, we turned around and headed back down to the museum to get back to the Ace in time to clean up for a fab dinner at Spencer’s. (Spencer’s has an outdoor heated patio that is dog-friendly, but Hoku was so pooped that we left him at the hotel to rest while we went out for a “kid-free” night of wining and dining!)

See Part 1 of our hike.