Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena, Dubuque, Iowa

During the 2015 DockDogs World Championship and the 2016 DockDogs World Championship we stayed at the Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena, in Dubuque, Iowa.  The hotel was located directly across from the competition arena.

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Our room (2015):

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View from our room (2015):

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Even with the hotel being under construction in some areas, the hotel was clean, and the staff was friendly!

2016:

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Comfort Inn, University Center, Fairfax, VA

Margarita got to stay in a hotel for the first time (the Comfort Inn, University Center) when we made a spontaneous decision to be “Sunday Spoilers” at the Celebrate Fairfax Festival dock diving competition!

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Rita did SO well during her first hotel stay! She made herself right at home, and was very content.

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Exhausted !

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Dock-Dogs-tired when she didn’t even dock-dog! Hahaha!

I am so proud of this little girl and how well she did!

Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel: Harrisburg, PA

We stayed at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel in Harrisburg, PA for the Keystone DockDogs End-of-Season Banquet.

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This hotel had a great dog-friendly set of rooms that each had sliding glass doors that led out to a private, enclosed potty area.

We received the best gift ever this past Christmas – the Petcube camera – and used it for the first time here.  We were able to attend the banquet all while keeping and eye on the pups!

Here is a screen shot from  the camera that night:

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The Westin, Pittsburgh, PA

Instead of camping, we decided to stay at a hotel for our last dock diving event of the season, since we are not used to staying in hotels, and because we would have to stay in a hotel for the DockDogs World Championship.  We hoped that this would prep our whole pack for our trip out to Iowa in November.  The Westin was attached directly to the Pittsburgh Expo Center, so we decided that would be our home-away-from-home for the weekend.

What a gorgeous hotel this was! …And the hotel staff were MORE than dog friendly!  We felt so at-home here! The biggest surprise was the size of our room… it was GINORMOUS! The dogs thought they were at an indoor dog park!

This hotel was very clean, the staff were not only friendly – but super DOG friendly, and the breakfast was delicious!

Limoncello at the Orange Inn: Goshen, NY

After all of our winery visits on the Shawangunk Wine Trail, how could we resist stopping here for a bite to eat!?!unnamed (80)

Limoncello at the Orange Inn was opened by brothers Luigi and Victor Kapiti in August of 2006.  These brothers renovated what was once a rundown restaurant and inn.  The Orange Inn was a Goshen Landmark, dating back to 1790.  Many historical figures were guests at the inn, especially from the Revolutionary War era.  The inn’s well-known guests ranged from George Washington to James Cagney.

unnamed (81)During the Civil War, the Orange Inn was used as a haven for escaped slaves. The building itself is built on the foundation of an old prison!

unnamed (93)Located across the street from the World’s oldest harness racetrack –  Goshen’s historic race track – many people would come to the inn (especially to the bar within the inn!) after the races.

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We enjoyed a snack of fried calamari served with Thai chili sauce – which I highly recommend if you ever find yourself visiting Limoncello at the Orange Inn! unnamed (94)

Bon appetit!