Stay at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego and you could take advantage of their one night surfing package that includes not only surfing lessons but also a how-to book on surfing, board shorts, and a surf ‘n’ turf supper.

There’s only one catch – this package is only for dogs.

Although I’m sure, if asked, the resort would be able to cater for two-legged traveling companions as well.

This is just one of the many deals highlighted in The Privileged Pooch, a specialized travel guide to pet-friendly places in Southern California. Written by travel journalist (and dog owner) Maggie Espinosa, this book offers a fascinating look at luxury hotels, eateries, and shops that cater for the four-legged travel companion.

After reading The Privileged Pooch, it’s clear that many hotels are not simply providing a convenient service to entice clients. They are actually whole-heartedly embracing their canine guests, offering everything from in-room massages, a canine room service menu, and even four legged yoga classes.

Covering San Diego (voted ‘America’s Best City for Dogs’ by Dog Fancy magazine), Palm Springs, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, the book provides in-depth information on 69 hotels and almost as many bistros, activities, and shops that are seriously dog friendly.

Even if you’re not planning on traveling with a dog, this book is well a read, especially if you have an interest in the history behind many of the luxury hotels in Southern California. Plus, there’s the added bonus of discovering new and interesting eateries and shops that you might otherwise never have learned about.

(Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary review copy of The Privileged Pooch to read and review)

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.