Q: How can I get information on which hotels or motels in the United States make provisions for pets?
A: "On the Road Again With Man's Best Friend," by Dawn and Robert Habgood, is available in two versions: one for New England ($12.95) and one for the West Coast ($11.95). These are 1991 updates of "Traveling With Man's Best Friend."
These guides present a selection of vacation accommodations -- bed and breakfasts, inns, hotels and resorts -- that allow dogs (many only with prior approval) and provide detailed descriptions.
At the end of the book, the authors list motels and motor lodges that accept dogs. There are city hotels listed, including the Ritz-Carlton in Boston or the Four Seasons in Seattle.
The New England guide takes in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and the West Coast guide includes California, Washington and Oregon. They are available in some bookstores or from the publisher, Dawbert Press, P.O. Box 2758, Duxbury Mass. 02331; telephone (800) 933-2923. Add $2.80 shipping charge for one book, plus 50 cents for each additional one. A mid-Atlantic guide, which will cost $12.95, is due in December.
"Take Your Pet U.S.A." is a 433-page book published in 1990 listing lodgings nationwide.
It gives names, addresses, telephone numbers and room rates plus restrictions on pets (such as size and deposit or additional ,, fee if required) and whether the lodging has a pet exercise area.
As such, it is better for finding lodging for you and your dog en route. The book is $9.95 plus $2 shipping from Artco Publishing, 12 Channel St., Boston, Mass. 02210; (800) 255-8038.
"Traveling With Towser" is a 60-page brochure published in 1989, with listings by state, giving only names and addresses of lodgings that accept dogs. It is available for $1.50 from Quaker Professional Services, 585 Hawthorne Court, Galesburg, Ill. 61401.
None of the listings include Hawaii and North Carolina. Hawaii has a 120-day quarantine before pets can be admitted, and North Carolina law prohibits dogs in hotel rooms. There are hotels with kennels in North Carolina, but the books do not list any.