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Weird News Therapy llamas are coming to a Portland hotel for the holidays, because Portland

04:50  19 november  2019
04:50  19 november  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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a dog wearing a costume: Woolly friends Napoleon, left, an alpaca, and Rojo, a llama, in festive gear. (Jamie Hangauer/Kimpton Hotels) Woolly friends Napoleon, left, an alpaca, and Rojo, a llama, in festive gear. (Jamie Hangauer/Kimpton Hotels)

The holiday season is fraught with cliches (albeit cliches we love). Everywhere you turn, you see the same lights, hear the same songs and drink the same eggnog.

And then there’s Portland, Ore., a city so unique that it got its own show (“Portlandia”) to lampoon its many quirks. You can now add this to the list: festively dressed therapy llamas in a hotel lobby.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland has partnered with the nonprofit Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas to host a few holiday-themed llama visits where guests can interact with the shaggy creatures in the spirit of stress relief. The Friday llama lobby visits are scheduled Dec. 6 and 20.

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Everyone knows the holidays can be stressful, and one Portland , Oregon hotel decided to do something about it. No, they aren 't providing special The hotel teamed up with local Mountain Therapy Llamas & Alpacas, who will bring their llamas to the property at least twice this December

Holiday stress is no match for one hotel 's therapy animals, which guests can interact with.And then there’s Portland , Ore., a city so unique that it got its own show (“Portlandia”) to lampoon its many quirks. You can now add this to the list: festively dressed therapy llamas in a hotel lobby.

It’s not the first time the hotel has sponsored llama shenanigans.

a group of stuffed animals sitting next to a christmas tree: Napoleon, front, and Rojo pose in the hotel lobby.  (Kimpton Hotels) © Kimpton Hotels/Kimpton Hotels Napoleon, front, and Rojo pose in the hotel lobby. (Kimpton Hotels)

“Prior years, we’ve had the llamas out, and walked through the downtown areas and spread holiday cheer unexpectedly,” says Travis Williams, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland’s general manager. “Last year we had them in the lobby before we walked them around the neighborhood, and immediately the word is out once you see a llama. People were so excited by the chance to touch and feed and get some photos with a llama.”

The idea for the partnership came from a hotel employee who was friends with someone at Mountain Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas. After seeing the reactions from guests, Portland locals and tourists, the hotel decided to bring them back.

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No-drama llamas : Therapy animals are coming to a Portland , Ore., hotel for the holidays . San Diego's Hotel del Coronado is a legendary property, one that has hosted a long list of presidents over the years and even served as the backdrop for Marilyn Monroe's "Some Like it Hot."

Possibly because Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and the rest of the reindeer are pretty busy at this time of year, Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Portland , Oregon, is offering guests the chance to hang out with a few jolly llamas instead. Therapy llamas are coming to a Portland hotel for the holidays , because

“Once we saw the joy that it brought people, we just kept going,” Williams says.

When the Mountain Peaks therapy llamas and alpacas aren’t making holiday-themed visits to the Kimpton, they’re herded around Washington and Oregon to hospitals, rehab facilities, senior communities, hospice care, schools and special-needs organizations. According to the Mountain Peaks website, “research has shown that animals help humans by acting as social bridges, reducing blood pressure, directing thoughts outward, and serving as strong motivators for accomplishing difficult tasks.”

For those concerned about the well-being of llamas and alpacas in a hotel lobby, Williams says there’s nothing to be worried about. The animals are well fed and taken care of, plus they’re attended to by handlers during the visit.

a white dog lying on a bed: Stuffed animals are included in Kimpton Monaco Portland's llama hotel package. (Kimpton Hotels) © Kimpton Hotels/Kimpton Hotels Stuffed animals are included in Kimpton Monaco Portland's llama hotel package. (Kimpton Hotels)

To promote the animal visits, Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland is running a Fa-La-La-La-Llama package starting at $155 plus tax per night. The package includes a $5 donation to Mountain Peaks, a stuffed toy llama as well as a plate of holiday milk and cookies. For the ultimate llama experience, book the package to overlap with the llama visit days. It could be the most unusual thing you do this holiday season.

“Everyone’s got an option to go see Santa, or an option to go see a Christmas tree, but an option to go see a llama is pretty cool,” Williams says.


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