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Woof Woof Takes the C & J Bus from New York to Portsmouth, NH

I have several fears in life. One of the biggest ones: driving in Boston. Woof Woof had to meet with his marketing manager, Jane Harrell, in Portland, ME on Easter weekend. Plane and train prices were not great. If we wanted to rent a car, the prices weren’t much better.

After doing a bit of searching, I discovered the C & J bus to Portland, ME, followed by taking an Uber to Portland, ME. Provided there’s availability, the C & J bus is only $78 each way including taxes and everything. It’s not a normal bus. There are leather seats, tray tables, gluten free snacks, fruits, and a Kerrigan coffee maker in the back. It makes minimal stops and takes about 5.5 hours to get to Portsmouth. You can also take it from New York to several other New England locations including Boston.

For pets, it’s one of the most pet friendly modes of transportation there is. They have official pet tickets, and you have to sign a waiver that you are responsible for anything your dog or cat does. So good behavior is a must. The maximum weight allowance is 20 pounds. He sat on my lap most of the time, but he still had space to sprawl out on the floor when he wished. We brought a carrier for him, even though this particular driver didn’t require it. The rule on carriers seems to be one of courtesy. As long as your dog or cat isn’t bothering anyone, you probably will not be required to have your pet travel in one. If you forget your carrier when travel, cardboard carriers are available for purchase at a small.

The only problem we encountered was the lack of noise level. C and J asks for passengers to avoid cellphone usage for non emergencies. If I were traveling and knew I would need to make calls along the way, Amtrak would be my choice. However, Woof Woof would be required to travel in the carrier.

It was a pleasant trip that gave Woof Woof plenty of time to look out the window at the views of the North East. We’re planning on traveling C & J this week.

Happy travels. See ya out there.

Pet Friendly Hotel Review: Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth

Portsmouth, NH is pure beauty with all the New England charm and colonial homes you’d expect. It’s situated directly on the water. Woof Woof loved smelling the sea air and walking across the bridge that within a mile or two led to Maine. It’s just an hour drive away from Boston and the same from Portland, Maine.

The Sheraton Harbourside hotel was just as charming as Portsmouth itself. Woof Woof had an array of room choices available to him from standard rooms to suites that are dog friendly. He was given a homemade dog treat made by the pastry chef, Lea. She offers them to all the canines staying in the hotel.

When Woof Woof entered the suite he stayed in, he barely sniffed it. He didn’t look at the view. He just gave an approving this-is-home-for-a-few-days look. He alternated his room time between the bed and a comfy couch while I watched TV.

With the exception of when we ordered room service, the lobby was much more interesting to him. The restaurant area is in enveloped by two curved staircases with pillars separating seating from the lobby. He loved climbing up and down the staircase. Marcia, who works in both the hotel and room service, brought Woof Woof extra slices of bacon.

When he retired to bed, he was grateful for the dog bowls the hotel provides for a few sips of water. Definitely a warm place for any canine visitor.