Monday, January 20, 2014
Holly Miller blogs
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?