Feel free to stride amidst Rancho Valencia’s olivetree
rimmed property or relax on restaurant patios.
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RANCHO SANTA FE
Named “No. 1 Best Hotel in California” by U.S. News & World
Report, Rancho Valencia Mediterranean-inspired resort dispenses
affordable luxury in the San Diego area. Unwind at Rein Poolside
Retreat, rebalance at the Wellness Collective or explore the town in
complimentary Porsches. Upon check-in, pet guests receive a resort
pet guide, custom-made doggie bed, food and water bowls, and
a very special treat. Cost: $200 per stay; dogs and cats welcome.
Playtime: Feel free to stride amidst Rancho Valencia’s olivetree
rimmed property or relax on restaurant patios. Remember
that California health laws prohibit pets from resort restaurant
interiors, poolside and inside spas.
Hound Chow: Rancho Valencia satisfies the most persnickety
pet palate with a clever in-room Doggie Tapas menu chockablock
with tantalizing treats like Shepherd’s Pie; Rin-Tin-Tin Tartare;
Chicken-of-the-Sea tuna with fish; steamed rice and spinach;
Morning Risers scrambled eggs and potatoes; and Barnyard Chase
grilled chicken with steamed rice and veggies.
Ultimately, each of these high-end hotels seeks to create a soothing
sanctuary that spotlights seamless service, minimal hassles and
memorable experiences sure to unjangle holiday nerves for two-
and four-legged creatures alike. Peter Radler, general manager of
Cypress Inn, sums it up best: “We have as many pets as we have
pet owners here. It’s all about providing a pleasant, comfortable
environment for everyone.” n
COURTESY OF RANCHO VALENCIA; OPPOSITE: MICHAEL TROUTMAN