Howdy, pals! Are you looking for a laid back, nature-packed getaway where there is endless art, BBQ, live music and tacos? This weird-cool Texas city is begging to be explored by you and your pup as the trees regain their leaves. You guessed it. Austin, Texas is calling.

Austin is the capital of Texas. Her current claim to fame is being the live music capital of the world, and Austin is also one of the best cities to visit with a four-legged companion. With its greenways, rivers, lakes, dog bars, and seemingly endless dog-friendly restaurants, venues and activities to explore, Austin guarantees fun for the whole pack every day of the week.

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Where to Stay with Your Pup

Our Pick:

Austin Motel

This LGBTQ+, dog-friendly vintage motel is one of the coolest places to stay with your pup while in Austin. You will feel right at home, with the motel’s eclectic, art-forward interiors and its unbeatable location in South Congress. You won’t want to miss getting your dose of sunshine at the pool, which is said to be the best in town. 

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The Runner-ups:

Kimpton Van Zandt

The Carpenter Hotel

Hotel Ella

Where to Eat and Drink with Your Pup

Our Pick:

Moonshine Grill

What better place to eat down home, delicious comfort food with your pup at your side than on the porch of a historic Austin home? Moonshine Grill is an Austin dog-parent favorite for its mouthwatering southern dishes and yummy cocktails that will wet your whistle.

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The Runner-ups:

Yard Bar

Dog House Drinkery

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

Where to Eat and Drink without Your Pup

Our Pick:


Located in the swanky Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, Geraldine’s is the hottest place in town to eat, drink and rock out. Geraldine’s features a contemporary menu of eclectic and savory dishes and cocktails created with locally sourced ingredients, nightly live music, and a rooftop bar “offering a bat’s-eye-view of Lady Bird Lake and the downtown skyline.” Be sure to check out the concert calendar and get a reservation for your night out on the town experiencing the best of Austin!

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The Runner-ups:

The Well

Veracruz All Natural

Honey Moon Spirit Lounge

Midnight Cowboy

What to Do with Your Pup

Our Pick:

Run free and swim at Red Bud Isle

Red Bud Isle is an entire off-leash island in the middle of Austin’s Colorado River, which is a great place for hiking, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing! This is an off-leash dog park unlike any other and you and your adventure buddy will have a blast exploring its tree-lined terrain and fresh waters.

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What to Do without Your Pup

Our Pick:

Celebrate Austin Pride

One of the many amazing things about Austin is its loving-embrace of its LGBTQ+ residents. All year long, you will find rainbow flags and artwork across the city–on the iconic Austin murals, at shops, hotels, restaurants, bars and other venuesstanding in solidarity with the queer community. This summer, Austin Pride is taking place in August! It is a truly amazing time of year to visit Austin, as the city turns into a rainbow-sunburst, love-filled celebration of equality and pride!

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The Runner-ups:

Swim in Barton Springs Pool

Gaze at the iconic Austin Murals

Rent a boat and take a day off on Lake Travis

Explore Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Services for Your Pup

Sometimes Fido needs a little relief and pampering… and you may need some time to experience the sights and museums on your own. We have all the bases covered for your pup’s particular needs and emergencies while exploring The Capital of The Lone Star State.


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So load up your cowboy boots, Out-of-Office Carry-All and Out-of-Office Pet Food Travel Kit, zip your pooch in their matching Out-of-Office Pet Carrier, and fly down to the Silicon Hills for a BBQ-infused celebration you and the pack will never forget! 

P.S. Remember to tag @roverlund in your all your photos from colorful, beautiful Austin!


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