Take your four-legged family members along to one of these pet-friendly seaside resorts.

By Eleanor W. Hand
September 08, 2008
Courtesy of Inn by the Sea

Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, California
Join the latest doggie trend of surfing with Su'ruff Camp. A one-hour lesson with Coronado Surfing Academy at Dog Beach includes board shorts or a surfing bandana from Lucky Dog, a San Diego dog boutique. After the exercise, a room service meal of beef tenderloin and salmon satisfies the tired boarder; 800/815-6397 or loewshotels.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, Florida
Enroll your disobedient friend in one of three levels of "petiquette" classes taught by certified Humane Society instructors. After learning some social skills and good manners, your dog earns a personalized doggie biscuit. Human companions also receive a gift―a dog-related book or doggie golf club; 239/593-2000 or ritzcarlton.com.

The James Chicago
In-room amenities include a pet bed, food and water bowls with a floor mat, and a lint brush. But the real treats come from David Burke's Primehouse restaurant. Its room service menu lists gourmet doggie bagels and steak tartare for pooches, while felines can feast on a salmon- and tuna-tartare tower with crème fraîche. Don't miss the pooch spa services, with an aromatherapy massage or "pawdicure." If the Chicago rains hit, the grooming won't be ruined, either: The James Chicago provides pet raincoats and galoshes upon request; 877/526-3755 or jameshotel.com.

Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Pet-friendly for more than 15 years, this luxury inn knows how to make your four-legged friend feel at home. The Doggie Pet Away package includes a dog toy, 15-minute in-room massage, and room service with such options as natural ground-beef meat "roaff," doggie gumbo with Angus beef tips, and K-9 ice cream topped with crumbled dog bones. L.L.Bean blankets, beach towels, bowls, and a Maine-made turndown treat come standard; 207/799-3134 or innbythesea.com.

Hotel Palomar, Washington, D.C.
The Reigning Cats and Dogs package keeps your furry friend content throughout the stay. Pets arrive to an assortment of goodies, including a pillow bed, food bowls, treats, and bottled water. As you enjoy the evening wine reception, your pet dines on snacks at The Dish, the pet lounging area. Outside the hotel, pets can sip from the three-tiered water Bark Bar; 877/866-3070 or hotelpalomar-dc.com.

Alexis Hotel, Seattle
A designer doggie bed, a water bowl with distilled water, and complimentary treats greet pets. The hotel offers private grooming sessions and an in-room doggie dining menu. If you want an afternoon alone in the city, the hotel can organize pet-sitting; 206/624-4844 or alexishotel.com.

For more pet-friendly beach accommodations, visit dogfriendly.com.