Although it’s always nice to get away from home, feline-fanatics soon miss the company of a furry friend. Now there is a guidebook perfect for those who can’t imagine being away from a kitty companion. PURR-FECT PLACES TO STAY: Bed & Breakfasts, Country Inns, and Hotels With Resident Cats, by Susan Bard Hall, is believed to be the first and only directory of its kind to focus exclusively on lodging properties in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom with resident cats — cats that reside there full-time. A resident cat can help reduce withdrawal pangs of leaving your furry friend behind and makes a country inn feel like home. The cats, as you can imagine, bask in the attention and affection of property owners and guests alike. Some of the inns even allow you to BYOP (that’s right, Bring Your Own Pet), just be sure to let them know in advance….
We have listed just a few of the charming inns from Hall’s guidebook, all purr-fect for any cat-lover on vacation.
Pembridge Court Hotel
34 Pembridge Gardens, London W2 4DX.
Tel: (44) 020 7229 9977 Fax: (44) 020 7727 4982
The Pembridge Court hotel, situated in London’s Notting Hill Gate, is a beautifully restored 19th century townhouse inn, filled with antiques. A paradise perch for antique-collectors, the hotel is right around the corner from Portobello Road, the world famous antiques market. Guests of the hotel may enjoy a stroll to Hyde Park, or visit the many trendy pubs, bars and restaurants nearby. And in the mornings, the hotel boasts a delicious traditional English breakfast. Resident Cats: Spencer and Churchill. Churchill looks forward to welcoming all guests, and even bestow a box of chocolate kittens to each child who stays at the hotel. The cat has been featured on several British TV programs, but do not worry; his recent stardom hasn’t gone to his head yet!
Marshall House Bed & Breakfast Inn
P.O. Box 865
100 Hill Road
Marshall, NC 28753
Situated in the quaint town of Marshall, this bed and breakfast inn offers guests a perfect place to relax. Imagine a sleepy afternoon, sitting on the inn’s 50-foot veranda, overlooking the Appalachian Mountains and French Board River. Guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits, walking, hiking, golfing, rafting or fishing, or may venture into the nearby town of Asheville, to shop and dine. Resident Cats: Lady, Bashful, Dusty, Sherlock, Watson, Blizzard, Daniella, JoJo, BoBo, Rockefeller, Tigger, Casper, Gracie, DoDo, Tip and Angel. And to be even-handed, Tar, the resident dog, is also a welcoming presence at Marshall House.
Casa Laguna Bed and Breakfast Inn
2510 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Allows small, well-mannered dogs on minimal basis
Overlooking the Pacific, Casa Laguna is a breathtaking Spanish-style inn where flower-splashed patios, tropical gardens and towering palms abound. The hotel’s pool deck has views of the ocean and is lush with banana and avocado trees. Victoria Beach and Moss Point are just a short stroll from the hotel, as are many boutiques, pottery shops and galleries to enjoy. Casa Laguna is the perfect place to watch the sun set over Catalina Island, and even the family pet can join in the fun!
The North House
325 N. Main St.
Vassar, MI 48768
Near Lake Huron, this 1880 Victorian Home is a lovely bed and breakfast. The house features a personal library, to enjoy a page-turner on a cool night, and groomed lawn perfect for strolls and picnics. When staying at the North House, one may enjoy walking along Lake Huron, skiing, canoeing, or shopping at the nearby outlet malls. Resident Cats: Harley Davidson and Black Beauty. If invited, Harley will join guests in their rooms. The owners, Pat Akers-Goggans and Roger Goggans, also have a puppy who competes with Black Beauty for affection!
Golden Gate Hotel
775 Bush Street (between Powell and Mason)
San Francisco, CA 94108
Toll-Free Reservations: 1-800-835-1118
Smack dab in the heart of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Hotel is charming place to stay, furnished with antiques and wicker, historical photographs, and a parlor fireplace. The 1913 Edwardian building boasts the oldest working birdcage elevator in the city. Guests of the hotel are just a cable car ride away from Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach and other San Fran favorite hotspots. Resident Cat: Captain Nemo. Named after Jules Verne’s classic character, Captain Nemo is partial to the Dungeness crab, San Francisco is so famous for.
Whether you are vacationing with your furry felines, or taking a weekend without them and crave the warmth and companionship a kitty will provide, Purrfect Places To Stay will point you in the purr-fect direction!