Monday, January 20, 2014

Wagtail Mountain







Holly Miller blogs

for the

Paws & Claws Mysteries

by Krista Davis







I've been visiting my grandmother on Wagtail Mountain. It's gone to the dogs and cats! In the 1800s and even the 1900s, people used to come to Wagtail for the waters. But when taking the waters for one's health fell out of favor, Wagtail struggled to be the thriving place it once was. So what did the townsfolk do? They made it into the premier destination for people who want to vacation with their dogs and cats.

For instance, dogs and cats are welcome at my grandmother's Sugar Maple Inn. She even invested in special GPS collars for her four-legged guests so that they can be located if they should get lost. There's a special cat wing, too. The rooms have cat doors that lead to screened porches. And each porch is outfitted with a real tree to climb. What cat wouldn't love that?

Dogs and cats are allowed in the local restaurants. They even have special canine and feline menus! Wagtail Mountain is loaded with hiking trails. There's birdwatching for the cats, and a daily Yappy Hour for everyone. Wagtail even has an animal psychic. And if you're not interested in any of those things, a stroll along the sprawling pedestrian zone might appeal to you. There's something for everyone, from Tall Tails Bookstore to an old fashioned soda fountain.

After years of living in the city, I appreciate the fact that Wagtail is an electric golf cart community with extremely limited access for cars. No exhaust fumes or beep, beep, beep of trucks backing up.

Life is slower in Wagtail. Sugar Maple Inn guests are always sitting on the front porch enjoying coffee and pastries and sharing treats with their four-legged friends. I'd like to do that myself sometime. It's been too hectic, though, what with one of my grandmother's employees being killed. Maybe one of these days I can kick back and enjoy the town.

Where do you like to vacation?




10 comments:

  1. I don't have a specific place that I like to vacation, I just like to go on vacations and I like places where there is a lot to see and do. We were supposed to go to Alaska, September 2013 but were one of the unlucky ones whose trip was cancelled due to Celebrity Cruises cancelling their last 5 Alaska Cruises due to mechanical problems. I'm still waiting for Amazon.com to send me my book, Murder She Barked!

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    1. I hope they send Murder, She Barked right away! One of my friends went on an Alaskan cruise and loved it. But pack your mittens!

      ~Holly

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  2. I'd like to bring my pets and come to Wagtail Mountain! Does the Sugar Maple Inn have rooms in the cat wing that also accommodate dogs?

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    1. I'm afraid the cat wing is for cats only. But now that you mention it, maybe we can designate one room for people who brings cats *and* dogs! I'll talk to Oma about it.

      ~Holly

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  3. We have 3 places we love to vacation. The first is Cape Cod and P-town. Walking along the beaches and going on the whale watch boats is very relaxing. The second place is anywhere in Upstate NY in the Lake George area or Grand Gorge areas. The last but certainly NOT the least is Colonial WIlliamsburg. We are long time supports of the Colonial WIlliamsburg Foundation and are thinking of doing Thanksgiving there this year if we can find the money.

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    1. Thanksgiving in Williamsburg sounds lovely. What better place to spend that holiday? One of these days I would love to see Cape Cod. It sounds fabulous!

      ~Holly

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    1. We have a room waiting for you, Libby! Your cats would love our cat wing!

      ~Holly

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  5. I wish Wagtail Mt. was a real vacation destination. I would bring my Welsh Corgi, Shelby there. I know she would love it. Meantime, we are planning a three week trip to Ireland this summer.

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  6. Love the cat posed to pounce!! Enjoy all these books

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