Love at First Bite at the Cypress Inn

Lucy, Happy and Lady enjoy watching passersby from their window perch at The Cypress Inn.

Lucy, Happy and Lady enjoy watching passersby from their window perch at The Cypress Inn. Photo by Dan Merchant

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.

Well, we know for us, it was love at first sight when we ‘discovered’ Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Cypress Inn, the most dog-friendly city and hotel we have yet to find in the US. We love it so much, in fact, we wrote a children’s book about it.

For the month of February, there is even more to wag your tail over with their ‘Puppy Love’ offer:

PUPPY LOVE PACKAGE
February 1 – February 28: Cypress Inn celebrates Valentine’s month by rolling out the red carpet for you and your dog!

Ahead of the curve, Cypress Inn was one of California’s first hotel properties to welcome pets in the mid-1980s and has since seen everything from parrots to pot bellied pigs check in for an adventure by the sea. Standard operating procedure includes concierges carrying grain-free all-natural dog treats and all of the Inn’s 44 crisp, contemporary guestrooms appointed with dog bowls, plush dog beds and in-room fireplaces.

Package includes:

• Deluxe Accommodations
• Daily Breakfast
• Tricks for a Guestroom Upgrade, Available Upon Arrival. Based on Availability
• Complimentary logoed Cypress Inn Collar Tag
• $20.00 food credit toward Yappy Hour or Terry’s Lounge + Restaurant
• Turndown of Lula’s Chocolates Dark Aloha Rocky Road

Starting at $199.00/double.
Two night minimum, based on availability.
Does not include taxes; blackout periods apply.  No resort fee. Reservations:   831.624.3871

Hope to see you there!

About the King’s Life Series

The King’s Life books are a travel adventure series about dog-friendly places.  The artwork is photography that has been digitally illustrated to look like paintings – something quite unusual in the children’s book genre. Dan Merchant is the artist and a professional photographer, who was published at a young age and has honed his colorful art skills over the years.  Dan is the chief illustrator of the King’s Life series, as well as a series for The Phoenician resort, which is also featured in the Holiday Edition of the King’s Life series.

Contact Information for Book Commissions

If you would like to learn more about commissioning a special children’s book for your organization, please contact Dan Merchant or Emily Randolph at Happy Lady Books: 480.656.7388.

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High Paws to the Desert Botanical Garden

Happy, Lady & Lucy enjoying the DBG's Dogs Day as they sign their latest book, 'It's a King's Life: Holiday Edition."

Happy (in Emily’s arms), Lucy (red head) & Lady enjoying the DBG’s Dogs’ Day as they sign their latest book, ‘It’s a King’s Life: Holiday Edition.

What a great day out with the dogs! We give high paws and high praise to the Desert Botanical Garden’s Dogs’ Day, which raised money and awareness for the Arizona Humane Society this past Sunday. We were invited by the gift shop to join the fun with several other vendors and to sign our new book, It’s a King’s Life: Holiday Edition, a Christmas romp that takes Happy, Lady and Lucy to the Garden, as well as the neighboring and very fun Phoenician resort. The dogs worked their little hearts out putting pawtographs in each book. Lady, ever the publicist, took to jumping on the table to attract a crowd. She was quite successful, as it’s a stony heart, indeed, that can resist her charms. We were also delighted to see several of our biggest fans. Thank you for coming out – you know who you are, and we love you.

The best part of the day was seeing many hundreds of dogs with their owners, enjoying a beautiful day in what might be our dearest treasure in the Valley. To meander the trails of the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG), taking in the thousands of plants and the wildlife they attract, is a slice of heaven. To do it with your dog, well, that’s the hot fudge, cherry, whipped cream and sprinkles on your Sunday.

Not surprisingly, this is a very well attended event, so much so, the Garden has increased the event to twice a year. The next date is in January (TBD), and you can bet your dog bones, we’ll be on paw to sign books and enjoy another indulgent day at the DBG. Until then, we just want to say thank you to the Garden for sharing its beautiful property with us and for giving us this incredible opportunity to share it with our canine BFFs.

It’s a King’s Life: Holiday Edition is available at the DBG’s gift shop, their online store, Amazon and our own bookstore.

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.

About the King’s Life Series

The King’s Life books are a travel adventure series about dog-friendly places.  The artwork is photography that has been digitally illustrated to look like paintings – something quite unusual in the children’s book genre. Dan Merchant is the artist and a professional photographer, who was published at a young age and has honed his colorful art skills over the years.  Dan is the chief illustrator of the King’s Life series, as well as a series for The Phoenician resort, which is also featured in the Holiday Edition of the King’s Life series.

Contact Information for Book Commissions

If you would like to learn more about commissioning a special children’s book for your organization, please contact Dan Merchant or Emily Randolph at Happy Lady Books: 480.656.7388.

 

 

 

 

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‘It’s a King’s Life: Holiday Edition’ Book Signing at the Desert Botanical Gardens

Happy, Lucy and Lady enjoy the views at the Desert Botanical Gardens during Dogs' Day at the Garden.

Happy, Lucy and Lady enjoy the views at the Desert Botanical Gardens during Dogs’ Day at the Garden.

Join us! Put your paws together and come on out to the Desert Botanical Gardens’ Dogs Day, Sunday, November 16th! This is a wonderfully unique event, 8AM – 2 PM, to which you can bring your dogs and explore this magical place. Naturally, we will be there. Come meet Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Happy, Lady and Lucy, who will be signing their latest book, It’s a King’s Life: Holiday Edition. Read all about their escapades for the Christmas holidays, including their very own rendition of The Night Before Christmas. They can’t wait to meet you and have you share in their fun.

About the King’s Life Series

The King’s Life books are a travel adventure series about dog-friendly places.  The artwork is photography that has been digitally illustrated to look like paintings – something very rare in the children’s book genre. Dan Merchant is the artist and a professional photographer, who was published at a young age and has honed his colorful art skills over the years.  Dan is the chief illustrator of the King’s Life series, as well as a series for The Phoenician resort, which is also featured in the Holiday Edition of the King’s Life series.

Contact Information for Book Commissions

If you would like to learn more about commissioning a special children’s book for your organization, please contact Dan Merchant or Emily Randolph at Happy Lady Books: 480.656.7388.

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.
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Happy Pixs Photography

Underwater LadyBy Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.

Happy Pixs

We love creating children’s books and sharing our artwork with you. Now, we have a new way to exhibit our photographs and illustrations. We’re delighted to announce that we now have our artwork available for sale at HappyPixs.com. You will find a range of our work from photo illustrations and digital animal art to nature photography.

‘It’s a King’s Life: Holiday Edition’

In addition, we are wrapping up the next book in our King’s Life series, ‘It’s a King’s Life: Holiday Edition.’ This unique book is a collaboration with The Phoenician resort and Desert Botanical Garden. We can’t wait to share it with you. Stay tuned for the publishing date, which is very soon!

It's a King's Life: Holiday Edition

 

 

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Have a Hoppy Easter at The Phoenician Resort: Children’s Book Signing & Easter Fair

 

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Phoe-Phoe can’t wait to celebrate Easter with you and share her book, ‘Discover The Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe & Friends’

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.

Photographer & photo illustrator, Dan Merchant pals around with The Phoenician's bear, Charlie

Photographer & photo illustrator, Dan Merchant pals around with The Phoenician’s bear, Charlie

Dan and I are attending The Phoenician’s Easter celebration, Sunday, April 20th, which has all the promise of a hopping good time! First, we invite all of you to come to our book signing of Discover The Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe & Friends.  We can’t wait to sign a copy just for you. You will meet the resort’s legendary mascot, Phoe-Phoe, as well as several of her BFFs, like Tut-Tut the wise old turtle, and Charlie, a very huggable big bear. Snickers, the celebrity therapy dog, will also make a special guest appearance. This adorable pooch is not to be missed! Not only does he make a cameo in our book, he is a full-time, volunteer therapy dog with many great tricks up his Pomeranian paws!

We had the honor of creating Discover The Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe & Friends for The Phoenician’s 25th anniversary. The book introduces a cast of furry characters that live year-round at the resort and the many incredible things to do for children and their families at this world-famous resort. Every year, there is more to do, including this year’s ‘Surge,’ a splash pad like no other! Hop over to take a look at it while you’re here!

The Phoenician's new 'Surge' - The Phoencian's unique splash pad for young ones to cool their heels.

SURGE – The Phoenician’s unique splash pad for young ones to cool their heels.

After you pick up your newly signed book, you will want to attend one of The Phoenician’s most wonderful annual events – Phoe-Phoe’s Egg Hunt, as well as the Easter Fair, Rubber Ducky Races and a very special Birds of Prey show. Here’s the full listing with times and locations:

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THE PHOENICIAN’S EASTER EVENTS

The Phoenician — East Lawn
6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale

Sunday, April 20, 2014

BOOK SIGNING
9 a.m.-1 p.m, East Lawn
(Snickers will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

Open to the public. Books are available for purchase at $15. each

PHOE-PHOE’S EGG HUNT
9am and 11am, Casita Lawn

EASTER FAIR
9am – 1pm, East Lawn
Over-sized bouncy house, popular pony rides, face painting, trackless train and more

EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS
10am – 2pm, Grand Ballroom Foyer

BIRDS OF PREY SHOW
11:30am, East Lawn

ROAMING EASTER BUNNY
Noon – 2pm, Resortwide

RUBBER DUCKY RACE
2pm – 2:30pm, Oasis Pool Waterslide

We can’t wait to see you all on Easter. There is no doubt, we’ll have a hopping great time!

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Vote: San Diego Best City for Pet Travelers: 10 things to do with your dog

Double Trouble: Surfing dogs in San Diego

Double Trouble: Surfing dogs in San Diego. Dog in pink is the one and only Surf Dog Ricochet! Photo by Dan Merchant

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.

The furry truth (disclosure): We’ve nominated San Diego in GoPetFriendly‘s 2014 competition for best city for pet travelers. If we win the top prize, we will be able to go to San Diego and write our next book in our King’s Life children’s book series about this terrific pet-friendly city. Philanthropy is in our bones®, and so we donate a great deal of our revenue to animal rescue and pet therapy charities. Last year, we donated approximately 40%. We hope we are doing some good and hope we’ll be able to do even more. So, there you have it. We hope you don’t mind our dogged determination nor our ulterior motives and that you will raise your paw and cast a vote for San Diego! Here are the top 10 reasons why we love San Diego:

Sitting pretty at Kimpton's Hotel Solamar

Sitting pretty at Kimpton’s Hotel Solamar

1. Pet-friendly hotels. You can’t have a pet-friendly city without lots of pet-friendly accommodation choices. San Diego has them all, from budget to ultra luxury, like the US Grant, Hotel Solamar, Loews Coronado Bay, and The Grand Del Mar. Check out these links for all the dozens of choices: GoPetFriendly and San Diego.

Hey pup, it's a surfboard riding comp, not a doggyback contest! Photo by Dan Merchant

Hitching a ride at the Loews Surf Dog Competition 2013. Photo by Dan Merchant

2. Beaches galore. San Diego just doesn’t have one beach, it has eight great ones for dogs to socialize and get wet. The Loews Coronado even holds an annual dog surfing competition!

Here are just a few:

  • Dog BeachOn Ocean Beach, this popular spot is off-leash all the time!
  • Fiesta IslandLocated in Mission Bay, this beach has still waters and sandy dunes for dogs more interested in a calm stroll than catching big waves.
  • North Beach Dog RunIn Coronado, this dog-friendly beach is also 24/7 off leash and is great for dogs who love strong surf.
  • Del Mar Dog BeachThis beach, located in Del Mar, is off-leash post-Labor Day through June 14.

3. Exercise! Beyond beach running there are tons of things to do with your dog in San Diego to meet other furry-minded friends. Check out Leash Your Fitness to find out about runs, kayaking, events, and exercises classes like yoga and doga!

4. Dining. Oh yes, dogs love to eat just as much – OK, more! – than we do. So, what’s an ‘epicurious’ dog to do? San Diego Pets Magazine has a complete listing for you to munch your way through town. One of our favorites? Sally and Henry’s Dog House. You won’t go hungry in this town!

5. Treats just for Trigger. Naturally, in such a dog-luvin’ town there are places catering just to pets’ pallots. Drop by Paw Pleasers, My Best Friends and Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe for tasty treats for a snack on the go or a special birthday celebration.

Happy, Lady and Lucy really dig The Honest Kitchen's pet food!

Happy, Lady & Lucy really dig The Honest Kitchen’s pet food!

6. Pet Stores. Does your dog go ah naturelle? Find your inner growl at Howlistic for natural pet food supplies. Nor, will you want to miss Dexter’s Deli, just up the road in Del Mar (and in Carlsbad), billed as the ‘original health food store for your pet.’ At City Dog, you can pick up your dinner and use the self service dog wash, too. If you’re cantering down Orange Avenue in  Coronado, stop by WagN’ Tails.  San Diego is also home to our favorite pet food, The Honest Kitchen. Notably, it’s the HQ for Petco, too, which might explain the name of the San Diego Padres’ baseball park…Silly me, I thought it was a dog park when I first visited San Diego!

7. Shopping. Shopping with your best friend is no problem in San Diego. Many stores encourage your dog to come on in for a belly rub. Seaport Village is a notable and fun spot to take your dog, though you might not have any time to get into the stores with all the people wanting to pet your pooch! Maybe art is more your thing? Peruse the beautiful works in the Spanish Village Arts Center.

Off-Leash Dog Parks in San Diego

Off-Leash Dog Parks in San Diego

8. Parks. You name it, they have one near you. The City of San Diego has an official page for you to find both on and off-leash parks. Their map off off-leash areas, including beaches, is very handy.

9. Boating. Ahoy, Fido! Perhaps your dog loves to power boat or sail? By all means, rent a boat and let Fifi play skipper for the day. Head on over to Downtown Boat Rentals at 385 W Harbor Drive.

10. Yappy Hour. And when the day is done, there is nothing more fun than attending a Yappy Hour. While there are several around town, the newest addition is from the Hotel Del Coronado “for guests and locals with pets on its Sun Deck, from 4 to 5 p.m., Sundays starting May 4. Pets can snack and schmooze to their heart’s content while lapping up Evian and kibble, while their owners take in the spectacular ocean setting partaking in pet-inspired libations such as a Greyhound or a Salty Dog.” 

It’s a King’s Life in San Diego® is our next planned children’s book. My husband, Dan Merchant, will be taking photos of our Cavaliers, Happy, Lady and Lucy, all over this great city to produce his famous photo illustrations for our book. We can’t wait to create it for you. Please help us make it a reality and vote for San Diego!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Great Fun for Furry Fans of the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Luxury at its best for pooches at The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

Luxury at its best for pooches at The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Photo courtesy of the hotel.

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.

Famous celebrities may be fans of the Mandarin Oriental, but now the hotel group’s furrier clientele have something to bark about! The Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta has announced a luxurious new pet ‘MOpup’ dog program – and it’s truly something to bark about!

Organic dog bones for the furry VIPs of the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Organic dog bones for the furry VIPs of the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

For a sweet start to their stay, pets are welcomed upon arrival with organic bone-shaped cookies prepared by the hotel’s pastry team. In the guestroom, pets are treated to a cozy bed, water bowl, doggie dental kit (hurrah for sweet-smelling breath!) and a variety of play toys. The in-room ‘MOpup’ dining program offers a selection of special pet-friendly dishes, such as Grilled Steelhead Salmon with Roasted Asparagus and Glazed Carrots, and Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes and Peanut Butter Biscuits. Yum! Maybe Fido will allow you to have a nibble, too.

We might like this the best of all given our love of travel: for guests looking to spend some quality time with their pets, the hotel’s English Garden has a dedicated pet-friendly seating area, perfect for relaxing and enjoying cocktails. Pets can explore all of the hidden nooks in the English Garden and also try a non-alcoholic peach flavored ‘MOcktail’ or a coconut water-infused ‘Melon Puptail.’ Pet owners will also receive an ‘Explore FANtastic Atlanta’ map to discover the best pet-friendly places in the city, including the popular walking trails in nearby Chastain Park. The hotel’s concierge team can provide recommendations on Atlanta’s top dog-sitters, grooming services, 24-hour veterinary services, pet hot spots and pet retailers.

Available for purchase are ‘MOpup’ Hoodies designed with the slogan, ‘Keep Calm and Carry Treats.’ Pet turndown service is also available. What more could a pup ask for? He or she will certainly become a fan, too, after sampling this great new MOpup program.

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The Kids Eat Free at Kahala Hotel & Resort, Spring Break and Beyond

A 'Keiki Club' kid learns how to fish

A ‘Keiki Club’ kid learns how to fish

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ kids’ book series about very special, dog-friendly places.

Is Hawaii kid friendly? Absolutely! And at the Kahala Hotel & Resort near Waikiki, kids are especially welcome. From spring break and beyond, children – or Keikis, as they’re called in Hawaiian – can enjoy this great resort’s expanded ‘The Kids East Free’ program.

The Kids Eat Free

The Kids East Free is for up to two children, 12 years of age or under, per room or suite, and includes:

  • One daily breakfast buffet at The Plumeria Beach House
  • One daily lunch item from the children’s lunch menu
  • One daily dinner item from the children’s menu
  • A Daily gift from The Kahala Boutique
  • One daily smoothie for each child

The program is available to guests booking the resort’s popular 4 for 3 room package which already includes 4th night free, breakfast for 2 adults and free internet plus many other hotel amenities. A minimum stay of 4 nights is required for the package and The Kids Eat Free Program.

The Kids Eat Free Program can also be combined with The Kahala’s Suite Amenity Program for all suite bookings. The Suite Amenity Program itself features generous offers including airport transfer in a sedan car, daily breakfast for adults in the suite, welcome amenity and lei greeting and other complimentary suite services depending on the suite category. A minimum 2-night stay is required for the Suite Kids Eat Free program.

Kahala’s Keiki Club

The Kahala also has a great kids club, aptly named the Keiki Club, for 5-12 year olds, where kids can “make friends and learn about our beautiful islands and rich Hawaiian culture in a safe and fun environment.” Activities for Keikis include:

  • Reef walking
  • Snorkeling
  • Hawaiian Legend storytelling
  • Bamboo pole fishing
  • Lei making
  • Hula Dancing
  • Crabbing
  • Observing Hawaiian marine life
  • Hawaiian Art

Dolphin Dips

Other adventures, called Dolphin Quest, at Kahala include several programs for swimming with the dolphins for families and children, ages 4 and up. Take a dip with the dolphins, have a photo op and even discover what it takes to be a dolphin trainer.

Need an immediate Hawaiian fix? Check out their webcam and you’ll get right in the mood. You can almost feel the warm breezes and warm water against your skin. Better yet, fly there, instead, and have a memorable vacation for both you and the Keikis this spring break.

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Kids Soar at Camp Pelican

Camp Pelican Club House, Pelican Hill. Photo: Courtesy of Pelican Hill

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ series about very special, dog-friendly places. 

If you are looking for a flapping good time for your kids in Southern California, look no further than Newport Beach’s Camp Pelican at The Resort at Pelican Hill ®, where kids are just as much VIP guests as the rest of the family. A unique, exciting adventure designed for guests ages 4 – 12, Camp Pelican is a children’s retreat offering both indoor and outdoor activities that entertain while nurturing inquisitive, imaginative and creative minds.

Arrival amenities

Arrival for youngsters is a special experience. Pelican Hill’s youngest guests receive a resort map and instructions for the first piece of a puzzle that is the Resort’s signature Scavenger Hunt for kids. Additionally, children and young adults receive special welcome gifts in their Bungalow or Villa upon check-in. During the summer season, young adults ages 13 – 17 receive a disposable underwater camera.

Activities

Camp Pelican's Children's Pool

Camp Pelican’s Children’s Pool

Camp Pelican is a separate facility away from the adults, just for kids. Indoor amenities include two big-screen HD TVs, popular video games, karaoke, iPod accessories, board games, complete computer stations, arts and crafts, and age-appropriate books and magazines. The outdoor patio area features a spouting bubble jet fountain, a swimming pool, ping-pong and more.

All year round, Camp Pelican offers a weekly schedule of themed days, special guests like the “Lizard Wizard” with his reptile zoo, summer sand castle building and the ever-popular Kids’ Night Out dinner and movie nights. The Teen Adventure Program, for young adults ages 13 – 17, features off-property activities like kayaking, surfing lessons, paddle boarding and shopping excursions.

Storytelling and yoga

If you’re lucky enough to be staying at Pelican Hill over the weekend, children can also participate in a unique, Saturday program called Mindful Octopus. Developed by a mom, the program “introduces the practice of yoga and meditation through the ancient art of storytelling”:

Inspired by the traditional art of storytelling and the ancient science of yoga, Mindful Octopus is a philosophically based program committed to bringing peace, love, and happiness to kids, through a modern practice of story, yoga, and art.

Every Mindful Octopus class is creatively designed to teach “The 8 Tentacles.” A collection of valuable lessons and exercises for kids to learn and practice, in a fun and safe environment.

The eight tentacles include: story, mindfulness, yoga, breath, meditation, self-realization, karma and art. So, not only will children have a tremendous amount of fun at Camp Pelican, they will also learn critical skills that will guide them their entire lives. Makes me wish I was a kid, again.

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‘Succeed Through Service’ by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

By Emily Randolph, owner of Happy Lady Books and an award-winning author of children’s books for luxury hotels and resorts, as well as the author of the ‘It’s a King’s Life‘ series about very special, dog-friendly places.

As storytellers, my husband, photographer/photo illustrator Dan Merchant, and I are always looking to be inspired in our work with hotels and resorts. The origin of Happy Lady Books is in philanthropy, so we are particularly inspired by civic-minded organizations. Recently, we came across an open-source program, called Succeed Through Service, created by the Ritz-Carlton Company for at-risk children. It’s extremely impressive and an award-winning blueprint for young people across the United States and around the world.

Through Succeed Through Service, Ritz-Carlton employees mentor students in low income communities to follow their passions, imagine futures not previously envisioned, understand the value of giving back to their community, and learn valuable life skills that will help them forge a path of success. Developed in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance, The Ritz-Carlton formulated a core curriculum which leveraged the company’s embedded focus on training excellence and created Succeed Through Service which, since launching in 2009, has benefited over 15,000 students. To expand the program’s reach and impact, The Ritz-Carlton is making the curriculum available to the private sector, non-profits and educators on an open source, non-proprietary basis.

The Succeed Through Service Open Source Toolkit is a practical resource for establishing a comprehensive youth engagement program. It provides a road map on how to successfully partner with a school; engage and prepare employee trainers and mentors; set the stage and inspire the students; implement the curriculum and evaluate its impact. The curriculum includes modules on the value of social skills (eye-contact, a great smile and a firm handshake); healthy eating habits and how to safely handle food; group presentation skills; and the importance of teamwork and collaboration. The Toolkit also provides lesson plans and supporting PowerPoint presentations enabling volunteers to easily deliver the content in an informed, compelling manner, leveraging their own skills and competencies.

On January 30th, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership and the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognized The Ritz-Carlton for outstanding contributions to advancing quality mentoring opportunities for the nation’s youth through the Succeed Through Service program. Honored during an awards ceremony at the 2014 National Mentoring Summit for the “Most Robust and Comprehensive National Youth Mentoring Program,” The Ritz-Carlton was also recognized for participation in the Corporate Mentoring Challenge.

“We are committed to enhancing the lives, well-being and career prospects for young people in communities in which we operate hotels, and our Succeed Through Service program provides a platform for us to deliver on that promise,” said Hervé Humler, president and chief operations officer. “It is our hope that by sharing the Succeed Through Service toolkit on an open source basis, others will be inspired to help young students flourish, complete their education and have a successful and productive life.”

Please share this program with any group you feel might benefit from it.

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