What happens when a lifelong pet lover who built a successful career in the pet care and food industry decides to open a luxury boutique hotel in one of the most beautiful spots in the U.S.?  Visit El Portal in Sedona, Arizona to find out – and be sure to take along your dog.  El Portal Sedona Hotel is the original pet friendly hotel in Sedona.

El Portal owners Steve and Connie Segner built the luxury boutique hotel with the idea of catering to discerning guests and their pets. Segner has had a longtime involvement in the pet care industry, as owner of a pet food company and developing one of the first premium dog foods in the industry. To the Segners, there was no question that an upscale, luxury inn could provide style, the best amenities and personalized concierge services for guests and their pets.  The twelve room luxury inn was designed and built with painstaking attention to detail, featuring turn of the century Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, recycled wood trim and natural native stone.  Each spacious room is different, but all have unique features such as museum quality Arts and Crafts furnishings, soaring beamed ceilings or hand-painted detailing.  The hotel was built with wood and tile flooring throughout to accommodate canine visitors and Segner recently added additional fencing to create 1,000 square feet of dog friendly patio area.

In the words of one guest, “Traveling with 2 dogs, one very large, can sometimes prove challenging but as soon as we arrived at the El Portal we knew that we were at the most dog friendly place we had ever stayed! Our dogs were treated as honored guests.”  The Segners welcome canine guests with pet beds and special treat baskets in guest rooms, but that is just a small part of the amenities for dogs at El Portal.  The Segners are committed to creating a memorable experience for both you and your pet. They understand the bond between a dog and his human family and know from personal experience that dogs make great travel companions.  Dog lovers can enjoy talking with their hosts about Sedona and all it has to offer, including a list of dog-friendly parks and outdoor restaurants, pet food and supply stores, and groomers.

Sit by the fire with a glass of wine and your dog by your side, or wander to the adjacent Tlaquepaque shopping village or nearby Oak Creek with your pooch.  Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of Segner’s extensive knowledge of the local preserves and hiking trails.  He is well-versed in what might be an overwhelming choice of trails available to visitors, and in El Portal’s highly personalized concierge services style, will recommend hikes to suit every interest and ability level.

If you and your canine companion are itching for adventure further afield, El Portal Sedona Hotel has its own well-established jeep tour company, Sun Country Adventures, which offers a variety of awe-inspiring red rock and vortex jeep tours.  Sun Country guides are knowledgeable about the history, geography and spiritual aspects of the local landscape. El Portal Sedona Hotel can also send you to the Grand Canyon with your own personal guide and a gourmet picnic for your entire family and your dog.

On your next trip, don’t leave your dog at home alone when you can take advantage of luxury pet friendly lodging in beautiful Sedona. Call El Portal Sedona Hotel, 1-800-313-0017, for your Sedona Arizona vacation – with your best bud!