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This ain’t no Motel 6 …


Ace and I woke up yesterday morning in a Motel 6 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was the cheaper of the two in town, at $29, probably because it lacked a certain amenity — that being hot water. At least my room did.

We woke up today at the Hotel Monaco in Washington — after an evening that included a long hot bath, washing my hair with complimentary Aveda products, drying off with big fluffy towels, then cloaking myself in the complimentary leopard print robe.

Ace, because I wondered what he’d look like as a leopard, tried one too.

After seven months of living on a shoestring, and staying in dozens of Motel 6’s during our 22,000 mile journey, checking into the Hotel Monaco was culture shock. I like culture shock.

Upon arrival, Ace immediately ate an entire bowl of dog treats left by the front desk, then asked for more. One of the desk clerks proposed to him, and he received a gift bag to take the room. Hotel Monaco is very dog friendly, charges no fees, and has no size, weight or breed restrictions, which is as it should be.

The hotel’s awesomeness goes beyond that, though. It’s in what was once Washington D.C.’s General Post Office, built in 1839 by Robert Mills, the architect who designed the Washington Monument. We were able to enjoy  our nicest lodgings yet courtesy of my publisher. At least it better be courtesy of my publisher. Otherwise, I am officially over my credit limit.

We’re here for an appearance on the Diane Rehm Show this morning to talk about my new book, “Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning  Man’s Best Friend.” Ace will luxuriate in the hotel room while I do that, and tape another radio show in the afternoon.

Then we’ll head back home to Baltimore for a book signing party tonight, and another tomorrow.

The one tonight — and everyone is invited to both — will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Idle Hour, 201 E. Fort Avenue.

Tomorrow (Thursday) we’ll be signing books (and of course selling them, too, with help from The Book Escape) at Captain Larry’s, 601 E. Fort Avenue, also from 7 to 10 p.m.


Comment from Sara
Time January 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

Suits Ace as a leopard- very decadent. Following your journey by reading back on your adventure – I think you deserved a little luxury after the other motels! Good luck with book sales.

Comment from Sue
Time January 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Just listened to you on the Diane Rehm show. Great interview and enjoyed the stories. So glad you were able to call attention to adopting from a shelter! (And please know I’m so glad you’re seeing kudzu again 🙂 )

Comment from Peggy @Peggy’s Pet Place
Time January 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Good luck on the show and the book signings. It looks like a really interesting book.

Comment from Daina
Time January 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Listened to your interview on the Diane Rehm Show today and found your wonderful blog! The Kimpton Hotels are a lifesaver for those of us with large dogs (100 lb. Doberman) and want a nice, clean place to stay. The new book (Dog, Inc) is on my reading list. Travel safe and make frequent stops!