Monarch Beach Resort: Pet Photos with Santa

The Dana Point destination offers a cute twist on a classic seasonal snapshot.

COAXING YOUR COCKER SPANIEL... to don a pair of felt reindeer antlers or an elf hat (complete with jingling bell on the end) can take a treat or two or five, with an added promise that you'll visit the park later. (Granted, your pup may not be able to piece together the whole sentence, but his ears will surely perk up upon hearing the word "park.") But hound-loving humans are not deterred when our dogs demur upon first seeing their brand-new Christmas costume. After all, canines typically wear their elf or reindeer costumes for a few minutes, and after the perfect photograph is captured, the antlers and bells are retired for another year. If you want your pup's holiday portrait to be especially special this year, considering all the preparation and coaxing that goes into it, consider making a visit to the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, a place that knows how to put some extra sheen on the holiday sparkle. That includes the offbeat but sweet chance to queue up for...

PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Book a stay at the ocean-close destination and a heart-tugger of a pet pic, complete with St. Nick, shall be yours. The photo sessions are scheduled on Sundays "from Thanksgiving — Christmas" and donations to the Pet Rescue Center are most welcome. The pet photos, though, aren't the only treat on the resort's calendar: holiday teas, the lighting of the menorah, cookie decorating, and a host of relaxed activities with a gingerbread-scented spirit await. Do you have Fido's felt reindeer antlers yet? Well, he can arrive as is, no costume required, for his Monarch Beach Resort photograph with the Jolly Ol' Elf.

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