Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How to be a Tourist with Dogs: City Lights

E and I aren't really museum people. When we go on trips we usually spend most of the time walking around. Stopping to eat. Then walking around some more. And we usually talk about how much fun it would be to have the pups on vacation.
After experiencing this, we found a good mid-week hotel rate and we decided to Staycation downtown during our Spring Break. Being among the tourists made us feel more like tourists ourselves and really see the city from a new perspective. One of our favorite things E and I do on our vacations is walk around after dark to explore cities in a different way and see everything lit up by lights. Which was perfect to do with the pups in tow:
We all bundled up in thick coats and our matching scarves and headed out on the city. We were able to walk a little and eat a little (kind of like this!). We were able to grab take-out from Chicago's infamous Portillio's, and we created our own Chicago tradition of picking up salted caramel hot chocolate at Ghirardelli's. The pooches did some late night window shopping, and Miss M was especially impressed by the Princess Collection at the Disney Store.
Our first night we stayed in with the pups hanging out on the king-size bed and watching movies. By the second night the pups were so exhausted by their nightly walks, E and I were able to head out on the town by ourselves for a nice downtown dinner.
Does anyone else do any nighttime exploring?

PS. We've realized this and this are always fun dog-city vacation ideas.

7 comments:

ohmelvin.com said...

That first picture of The Man and Miss M is priceless!

adventuresofadogmom said...

We haven't tried any night time exploring but I think we really should!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Mom said if she lived there she would do staycations too. What a great city. When she was there she did a lot of exploring at night. What a different and wonderful atmosphere
Benny & Lily

Patty said...

What a great idea to do a staycation but in the middle of the week. I will have to see if I can do something like that in San Francisco this summer.

jet said...

yes, we do night time exploring in other cities... though when we are out camping with the doggies it's the early mornings they really seem to enjoy :)

Allie said...

It sounds like the staycation was hugely fun and successful! Fun room, too! :-)

DinaDog said...

I love the last photo. That is exactly what I look like after a long walk.
Dina

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