By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’re planning a weekend trip to Nashville in the New Year. Where can we stay with our pet dog?

A: Today you’ll find many hotels are making more allowances when it comes to traveling with pets. However, it’s recommended that you call ahead to see what the hotel offers for pet friendly guests.

One hotel brand which was known for spear-heading the growing travel trend toward vacationing with family pets is Loews Hotels. The hotel chain first introduced its Loews Loves Pets program in 2000 and it has recently introduced a new learning vacation for your pooch. Besides the assurance of having your pet live in Loews luxury, the family dog can indulge in some extra pampering too.

In Nashville, the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is offering the “Hound of Music,” a program in which Fido or Fifi heads into the studio with a voice coach for a professional recording session. While the price-tag appears dog-gone high ($1599US per night), dog lovers might be inclined to have the howls of their favorite pet recorded on CD.

Other package highlights include: accommodations for your family in Loews Vanderbilt’s plushest platinum-level suite, a pet room service voucher, a grooming session and massage, a limo ride to the studio and a personalized CD case.

If this hound of music package doesn’t create a tune to your ears, the luxury hotel’s Loews Loves Pets program offers your pet a gourmet room service, specialized bedding, a pet amenity and guest services designed to make pets and their owners feel right at home.

In January, a standard room at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel starts from $139US/per night. Prices can vary. For more information call 1-800-336-3335, 2100 West End Avenue, Nashville.


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