Travels with Journey to the Montage: Dogue in Vogue 90210 Style


Nancy and James Chuda for Travels with Journey

By Nancy Chuda and James Chuda founders of LuxEcoLiving and co-founders of Healthy Child Healthy World


Having lunch at Parq Bar’s dog-friendly patio. Nancy’s duster by Sarape Girl Journey’s treats by The Real Meat Company


Experience ultimate green luxury, fine dining, the spa and forget the kennel fee.. treat you and your pet to the very best… Montage

 When you think of a five star hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills you would never expect they also offer first class canine accommodations and treats!

Adopt me
Journey sports his true colors… the Adopt Me scarf. And when we adopted him we won the dog lottery!

OMG! We walked into the lobby to register and JOURNEY was greeted by Justin Cua the Guest Relations Manager. After a few south paws (his way of shaking hands) she escorted him…. and us to our classic Suite. The white imported linens on the king sized bed with attached duvet caught my eye the minute we entered the room. Thank goodness Journey didn’t eyeball the head rest thinking it was a toy.


He found the complimentary spa wardrobes which included two sets of slippers. By the time the bellman left the room there was only one wearable pair.

Green becomes Gold

With a focus and commitment to caring for the planet, guests are treated to every eco-friendly practice imaginable making the Montage a leader having earned the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s New Construction rating system.


Montage Beverly Hills was the first Southern California luxury resort to earn this certification, and at the time this honor was received, was one of just 18 Gold-certified hotels worldwide.


The very best in sustainable building materials has created a model for efficiency but tantamount to that guests can reside in a healthier atmosphere. They employ a Green Housekeeping Program which includes safer cleaning products.


The interior spaces are elegantly attired as well as being eco-friendly; low-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives combined with efficient lighting systems and specific seasonal temperature and humidity controls.  As none of these materials are harmful, personal comfort is matched with a true feeling of well-being.

Dogs have a highly acute sense of smell. Journey felt quite at home and relaxed in this beautiful atmosphere.

Room Service Please

We had an exquisite four course tasting menu perfectly paired with wines. Journey slept through courses one and two and I think I lost Jim by course four.

Wine Tasting Montage Scarpetta Scarpetta-1

Scarpetta has garnered glowing reviews, including a selection as one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine and a nomination for “Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation.”

Chef Scott Conant is a masterful chef. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, it truly was an honor to taste samples from his Mediterranean-inspired menu. It was an INVogue experience to be served a romantic dinner from  his tasting menu, with one of the most enchanting sunset views from the privacy of our own terrace.


 Go Get Groomed

Can you imagine! Journey was treated to his own special treatments. The SoCal Grooming Mobile pulled up and we headed for Spa Montage.

so cal grooming van 3






 Seriously, one of the best facials I have ever had!

images-3The Montage is known for it’s excellent service. As a resident hotel, guests experience the feeling of a well-lived, beautifully assisted lifestyle.

There isn’t anything that you can’t have. For wellness and longevity the beautiful SPA Montage awaits with its organically infused amenities.




A spectacular ambiance in which soft natural lighting welcomes a sense of deep relaxation


The esthetician provided a deep exfoilation as part of their signature spa facial. It was a wonderful experience learning all about the natural products used. No chemicals or parabens. The facial was a generous 90 minutes. The gentle chemistry of these natural products really make a difference. And the inspiring education I received from Heather Schuman  introduced me to Eminence and Isun, the two skin care companies she highly recommends. She has a midas touch. Ask for her and experience the customized facial. You will love it!


Step outside the Montage and you enter a spectacular water garden, a natural promenade with great restaurants and luxurious shopping literally a block away.

Becoming a Resident at the Montage…. is a dream come true

Our last evening we felt totally relaxed, pampered, well-fed, and yes, even well groomed. We ordered a light dinner in our room and waited to watch a final episode of Dallas. There was only one lingering question yet to be answered.  Who is the “real Rebecca Sutter?

Dallas:Alex McKenna:Real Rebecca

WATCH: Alex McKenna and find out








Editor’s Notes:

How to book:

Montage Beverly Hills (310) 860-4840

What to wear:

Sarape Girl by Christine Dunwell Designs, is a must!

What to bring:

Journey loves his Elk Horn Bone, Adopt Me scarf, and his new Everlasting Treat FIREPLUG compliments Todd R. Warner at

A very special thank you to Allison Gray Public Relations Manager Montage Beverly Hills for welcoming Journey.

Dog Brochure Journey



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Article by Nancy Chuda

Nancy Chuda is a seasoned broadcast journalist, television writer/producer, talk show host and author. Her career spans over three decades having appeared on both national and cable television. In 1971 she authored one of America’s first low-calorie cookbooks, How To Gorge George Without Fattening Fanny, published by Hawthorn Books. Appearing as a regular guest on Dinah’s Place, Dinah Shore’s ABC daytime talk show. And later on The Johnny Carson Show, The Today Show with Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin, Phil Donahue, and David Frost. In 1972, Nancy and ABC’s Good Morning America co-produced Michael Krause produced a cable program, The Low- Calorie Gallery, based on her best selling cook book. In 1975, hired by Warner-Amex as part of a creative team, she was responsible for hosting and producing content for Columbus Then and Now, a program, the invention of QUBE, an interactive television system which played a pivotal role in the history of American cable television. In 1978 she developed a series for ABC’s Good Morning America based on an article which appeared in Mother Earth News magazine. The Integral Urban House, a case study project and model for a sound urban habitat sponsored by the Farallones Institute in Berkley California was the first example of green architecture ever to be televised. In 1979, Nancy co-produced and hosted Sunnyside a Los Angeles based public affairs program viewed on the CBS affiliate station KNXT, From 1980-1984, she appeared on KABC’s Eyewitness News as entertainment reporter and film critic. Her environmental advocacy began when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer. In 1990 she co-produced an Emmy nominated ABC Variety Special, An Evening With Friends For The Environment to benefit Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet one of the first national children’s environmental health advocacy groups in which she served as a volunteer. Currently, she is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Healthy Child Healthy World, a non-profit organization established to honor the Chuda’s only child, Colette, who died in 1991 at the age of 5 from Wilm’s tumor a nonhereditary childhood cancer. She is also the co-founder of The Colette Chuda Environmental Fund, a donor-advised fund which supports major epidemiological research on children’s health. Nancy has won numerous awards for her advocacy. In 1996, the California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award, The Healthy Schools Heroes Award, presented to both her and her husband James Chuda by California Governor Gray Davis for their legislative efforts in securing The Healthy Schools Act which was signed into law in September, 2000. In 2003, Parent’s Magazine published an article Mom’s On A Mission and awarded Nancy for her environmental leadership for children’s environmental health. She serves as an associate of the Director’s Council of Public Representatives of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was appointed by President Clinton’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Donna Shalala, to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) a position she held for four years. In 2010, along with her husband James she founded LuxEcoLiving. Nancy Chuda tagged this post with: , , , Read 265 articles by
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