August is a great time to take that glamping trip with your furry friend because it’s National Dog Month! In fact, dog lovers have been known to call the eighth month of the year “Dogust!” We’ve rounded up some dog-friendly glamping locations with nearby beaches, hikes, and other places that roll out the red carpet for the doggies. And, as always, please keep your pets cool and safe when traveling – don’t leave them in cars, keep in mind how hot pavement can be, and know the signs of heat stroke.
Austin: Austin is a super friendly town, so it’s no wonder the hospitality extends to dogs, as well. Book the pet-friendly glamping cabin at Thousand Trails Colorado River and see for yourself why Austin is on the list of pet-friendly vacation destinations. Lots of places to see with your pet in tow here – for example, Zilker Botanical Garden welcomes leashed pets to stroll the 28 acres of gardens that include the Mabel Davis Rose Garden, the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, and the Hartman Prehistoric Garden with its wonderful waterfalls. For more outdoor fun, head over to Barkin’ Springs, which is literally a water park for pups! The waterhole is great for wading and fun dog-watching as all kinds of canines freely frolic in the water here. Red Bud Isle is another option for outdoor water fun and allows dogs off-leash. Dogs are also welcome at the Barton Creek Farmers Market held on Saturdays in Austin. The list of dog-friendly eateries and breweries is too long to list here, so check out bringfido.com/restaurant/beer/city/austin_tx_us for some options.
Sonoma, California: Has your pet expressed a desire to explore wine country with you? If a resounding woof is the response, then book a pet-friendly cabin or cottage at Thousand Trails Russian River and take in the beautiful countryside with your pup in tow. Several wineries are welcoming and include Kunde Family Winery, which offers dog-friendly (albeit somewhat strenuous) hikes through the estate; and Mutt Lynch Winery, which was voted “Most Pet Friendly Winery in Sonoma County” by Bay Woof magazine. Check out the monthly “Yappy Hour” here held in the winery’s Hound Lounge! More hiking with your furry pal is an option at Bartholomew Estate Winery, which has a 3-mile hiking trail with shaded paths. After the hike, the dogs are welcome to join you in the tasting room – you taste the wine, they enjoy some complimentary treats. For eats, check out the Sausage Emporium where dogs are welcome on the patio or the outdoor patio at HopMonk Tavern in historic downtown Sonoma.
Pennsylvania Dutch Country: All are welcome in the scenic spot of Pennsylvania. Book a stay at one of the pet-friendly accommodations at Thousand Trails Circle M and hike, shop, and frolic with your loyal companion. The Amish Farm and House welcomes dogs on the house tour and the buggy tour so they can soak up Amish culture and history along with you. Another ride-along would be the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway which welcomes dogs for the 16-mile ride that offers insight into the area’s coal-mining history (the roughly one-hour ride to the depot is worth it). For outdoor fun, don’t miss Beau’s Dream Dog Park at Buchanan Park in Lancaster. This is a doggie’s dream destination with plenty of open space, a few splash pads, and a tennis ball tree, which launches tennis balls. Dalton’s Doggie Deck, located at the Spring House Brewing Company, is a great place for outdoor relaxation and some cool brews, to boot.
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