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I am thrilled to welcome fellow Canadians Kayleen and Danielle of Bolt and Keel to the Montecristo Travels “special correspondent” series. A collection of interviews here on the blog that proves we are not the only ones “crazy” enough to travel the globe with our pet(s). It’s a growing trend and no longer quite so rare an occurrence. We are building a community of people passionate about both their pets and […]

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Every year, at the end of May, Ottawa goes crazy with thousands (and I do mean thousands!) of tulips. If it’s May in Ottawa, it has to be the Tulip Festival. The full story of the Tulip Festival is a wonderful story of friendship. The quick synopsis goes like this: During World War II, Canada provided safe haven to the Dutch royal family, sheltering them from the three year […]

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Canada/USA border crossing with a small dog is painless. Making road trips or flying between the two a relatively easy task to undertake. Especially small “carry on” dogs like me! For this post we will focus on flying as an “example” but the rules are the same. Note regarding air travel: I admit right now I have no idea how it works for flying larger dogs. I write only about […]

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On a glorious Saturday afternoon, I watched Mom and Dad get all dressed up—and I mean dressed up, Dear Reader! Complete with hat, hand-painted silk summer dress, fancy LV bag, and shoes for Mom, and for Dad, fancy Italian shoes, hat, bowtie, vest, and pocket watch. They were going all out! This was unusual in that normally weekends are more dress down kinds of days for the bipeds. […]

Staying With a Dog at the Ramada Ottawa on the Rideau in Canada

The Ramada Ottawa on the Rideau is the best and most affordable pet friendly hotel in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. No word of a lie. Don’t believe me? Keep reading! I have seen hotels offer free stays or some other incentive in exchange for a review by a social-media-blogger-sweetheart. It’s marketing and I get it. But I don’t trust sponsored reviews as much as I trust those that are […]

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I am thrilled to welcome Millie La Rue and her posse to the Montecristo Travels “Special Correspondent” series—the series that proves we are not the only ones travelling the globe with our pets. It’s a first step in building a community of people passionate about both their pets and travel. So welcome, WELCOME! First, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves: Who is who? Where is […]

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This past August, we had the great luck of being invited again to visit our friends on the Jersey Shore. We couldn’t resist the lure of Brigantine and the quiet relaxation it promised. Since our trips tend to be very go-go-go, the idea of simply enjoying the sun and surf and taking many naps sounded just about right. The trip would allow us to enjoy a full 10 […]

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There is a little gem of a town found on the southernmost tip of the state of New Jersey, where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. This is where you will find one of the United States’ oldest resort destinations—Cape May. This National Historic Landmark is sure to charm you, if not for its summertime vacation vibe, then for the high concentration of Victorian Buildings you will […]

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Last spring I went to Montreal. It was one of those quick little overnight trips. It started on Saturday morning with my anaesthetic-free teeth cleaning in Laval. (Sadly, this service is no longer available anywhere in Ontario or Quebec.) From there, we went on to Montreal proper where I had a lunch at the Hot Dog Café. The next day, we enjoyed a snowy walk in the Park […]

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If staying somewhere more than three nights, we prefer to stay at a vacation rental rather than a hotel. But when we discovered the very well located Old Stone Inn, we decided to give this pet friendly hotel a try. After all, it would give us something to blog about! The hotel’s website is really well done. It certainly sheds the most flattering light on what the hotel has to […]