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Dog-Friendly Austin Texas

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

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Austin Texas is a rapidly growing city of 735,000 people. The capital of the State of Texas, and home to tthe main campus of the University of Texas, the region has become perhaps the nation’s high tech center outside of Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Austin is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the United States. It was the first Texas city to pass a local ordinance clearly allowing dogs to accompany people to patio restaurants. It has many off-leash dog parks and areas to walk dogs. Austin has led Texas in dog-friendliness to residents and visitors and is very welcoming to dogs.

Austin has many pet-friendly hotels and extended stay dog-friendly hotels. From the new Aloft Brand from Starwood to the Best Western, La Quinta, Motel 6 to high end hotels such as Sheraton, the Renaisssance and the W there will be a dog-friendly place to stay for all budgets in Austin. Austin, being a business and tech center, has a large number of extended stay hotels that are pet-friendly. If you are moving to Austin, or working there for a number of months, these properties will make your stay with your dog more comfortable. Some of the extended stay brands are Residence Inn, Staybridge Suites and Extended Stay America. There are a few dog-friendly vacation rentals in town, as well.

Austin has been one of the national leaders in dog-friendly dining. Dog-Friendly outdoor restaurants were sanctioned by city ordinance here earlier than in most places in the country. As such, there are many dog-friendly restaurants in town where your dog can join you for meals on the outdoor patio. P Terry’s Burger Stand at 404 S Lamar Blvd even has doggy bones for your pet. There are many restaurants with dog-friendly dining for every taste in food. Dog & Duck Pub, Elevation Burger, Gingerman Pub, Freddies’s Place and the Moonshine Patio Bar &Grill are some of them. But check the DogFriendly.com restaurant directory for many more.

Visitors with four-legged family members can view the famous Congress Avenue Bridge Bats as they make their sunset flight out of the Congress Avenue Bridge. From March to November this largest of urban bat colonies leaves “en mass” from their home in the bridge and it makes for an incredible site. If more conventional tourism is your thing, you can explore the city on foot where you can get great views of the Texas Capitol Building from the grounds. You can also see the LBJ Presidential Library from it’s grounds, but to go inside either of these buildings you will need someone to watch your dog. The Austin Carriage Service offers rides at vaious downtown locations and your dog is welcome to join you for the guided tours. The Cedar Park Farmer to Market Farmers’ Market allows well-behaved, leashed dogs. It is held on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm in the parking lot at the Lakeline Mall. For reading fans, the Half Price Books and Music Stores around town are also dog-friendly. For a pet-friendly shopping center visit the Hill Country Galleria at 12700 Hill Country Blvd in Bee Cave.

The most popular park in town for people and pets is Zilker Metropolitan Park. The park is 350 acres and there are 1 1/2 miles to trails to walk with your dog. Leashed dogs are allowed in most of the park. They are not allowed in the theater or the Umlauf Sculpure Garden. They are welcome to explore the Zilker Botanical Garden with you. This 31 acre garden offers themes such as the Fragrance Garden, Prehistoric Garden and Rose Garden. There is also an off-leash dog park in Zilker Park. If your dog is a canoeing canine, you can rent canoes on Lady Bird Lake at Zilker Park Boat Rentals. For a popular seven mile trail, there is the Barton Creek Greenbelt Preserve. About 20 miles east of Austin is Bastrop State Park for 6000 acres with a scenic drive, hiking and camping.

Other Texas destinations to take your dog near Austin include San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

Dog-Friendly Amarillo Texas

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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First settled in 1887 as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad and then a prominent stop along the famous Route 66 Amarillo today serves as the economic center of the Texas Panhandle region. The Amarillo Livestock Auction here is where cattle is bought and sold. 185 thousand people now live in Amarillo. Amarillo is a routine tourist stop along Interstate 40 coast to coast travel and a vacation spot on its own due to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the United States. There are a lot of things for people traveling with dogs to do here.

Palo Duro Canyon

Amarillo doesn’t boast the large fancy resort hotels but has a lot of quiet comfortable and pet-friendly lodging. There are pet-friendly La Quinta hotels in town,Best Western, Quality Inns and hotels from most of the major chains. An interesting choice for lodging is the pet-friendly Big Texan Inn which collocates with the famous Big Texan Steakhouse. The hotel allows pets and has an enclosed dog run in front of the hotel. There are also outdoor picnic tables where you can eat the 72 oz steak or other takeout food from the Big Texan Steakhouse next door.
Cadillac Ranch

If you are here with a Motor home or Travel Trailer then there is the Fort Amarillo RV Resort or the Amarillo KOA. Fort Amarillo RV Resort is the most central location. If you prefer tent camping then dog-friendly camping can be had at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Caprock Canyons State Park or Lake Meridith National Rec Area. One of the true highlights of a trip to Amarillo is a visit to Palo Duro Canyon so if you are dry camping you might consider staying there. It is about a half hour out of town.

Attractions in Amarillo are in the West Texas style. There’s the unique monument on private land to the city’s famous Route 66 days – Cadillac Ranch. These Cadillacs, planted nose first into the ground and painted and written on by visitors is something that you and your dog shouldn’t miss. It is located about 3 miles west of town on the Interstate. Elkins Ranch Cowboy Morning will take you, dog included, on spectacular tours of Palo Duro Canyon. The Amarillo Botanical Garden in town and the 175 acre Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge allow well-behaved, leashed dogs. Dog-friendly dining is available at a number of takeout restaurants. You can take food out from the Big Texas Steakhouse and eat it at the picnic tables at the Big Texas Inn next door or at a park nearby.

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the U.S. behind the Grand Canyon. Unlike the Grand Canyon you can drive your car into and around this canyon, hike up and down it with a leashed dog and camp throughout the park. There are steep as well as level trails. There is an outdoor Amphitheater in the canyon with major acts, often country singers. Dogs are allowed in the Amphitheater except during June, July and part of August. But there are big name concerts well into the Fall and in the Spring. There are horse back rides (sorry, no dogs on these) and dry camping for RVs or tents at a number of campgrounds in the park. The scenery in this park is fabulous and is well worth the stopover on a cross country I-40 trip.

Nearby places to visit with your dog are, to the west on I-40, Albuquerque New Mexico, to the east is Oklahoma City. Lubbock Texas is a short drive to the south.

Dog-Friendly Carmel California

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

You can be certain of few things always being true. One of those things is that Carmel California will rank at or very near the top of any national pet-friendly city list. It has been in DogFriendly.com’s Top 3 resort cities to visit with a dog every year, and has held the number one spot about half the time. Carmel is made for a vacation with a dog. It is not too hot, with moderate summertime temperatures and the ocean fog cooling things off. It is not too cold in winter, so you can do the outdoor activities that make up much of a great dog-friendly vacation. But if weather was the only factor, there could be lots of other places like Carmel. There are not.

If you are looking for a big four star resort hotel, Carmel is not the place. There are some in neighboring Monterey which is an easy drive to Carmel, but the treasure of Carmel is the small inns and B&Bs, many of which are extremely dog-friendly. The town is small, and easy to walk. You will need your car for some of the attractions, however. You will want your car for the famous Seventeen Mile Drive which takes you to and past the world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course and some of the most beautiful coastline anywhere. You may also want to take short car excursions to the beautiful Carmel Valley, Big Sur and the relatively larger city of Monterey which is also dog-friendly to the north.

Carmel Beach

In town, you can park your car at your B&B and do most of your touring, shopping and, of course, dining by foot. Perhaps the biggest jewel for the traveler with a dog in Carmel is the Carmel City Beach. This is the main city beach and it allows dogs, and in fact, it allows dogs off-leash. Usually, you need to choose the best beach for people or the best beach for dogs. Not in Carmel as they are one and the same. For other attractions, take in a walking tour of town, visit the doggy happy hour at Cypress Inn, or shop to your heart’s content. Many stores in town will welcome your leashed dogs, and you can shop in the Carmel Plaza, Crossroads Shopping Center or the Carmel Village Shopping Area.

When it comes to dining with your dog, Carmel really shines. For a doggy menu along with a “people menu” try the Forge in the Forest. It’s like sitting in a garden. One of our favorite restaurants in Carmel is PortaBella which will bring your dog water in a champagne bucket and has a very well covered and heated patio that will serve you and your dog well in any weather. Other favorites for the four-legged crowd are Anton and Michel’s and the western themed Hog’s Breath Inn of Clint Eastwood fame.

Carmel is just a few hours from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area, about six hours from Los Angeles and in a world of it’s own for the vacationing pooch.