Doin' Texas With Your Pooch
Eileen's Guide of Pet-Friendly Lodging and Outdoor Adventure in Texas


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ISBN# 1-884465-21-8 
640 pages, illustrated 
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Where To Stay!
Choose a place to snooze for you and furface from more than 1,300 Texas hotels, motels, historic inns, ranches, 5-star resorts and B&Bs. From the Panhandle to Padre Island, El Paso to Texarkana, you'll find accommodations in every price range to suit every taste. 

  • Admire the pretty topiary in the across from the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Houston. Whisk your wagger away for a relaxing weekend at the Plaza San Antonio and do some river walking.
  • Doggie does Dallas with over 50 pooch-friendly hotels.
  • Cozy up with the sniffmeister at one of a dozen charming B&Bs (Bed & Biscuits?) in historic Fredericksburg. 
  • Boogie board with Bowser after a restful night in one of 25 beach-oriented Corpus Christi motels.

What To Do ...
Impress your dog with thousands of hikes, parks, lakes, forests and other dog-friendly recreation. 

  • Canoe with your pooch in the Big Thicket Waterways on an unforgettable Timber Ridge Tour.
  • Take your bowwow to a powwow at the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation.
  • Give your hound something to howl about with a free concert at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
  • Beachcomb with the wet wagger along 80 miles of Padre Island National Seashore).
  • Explore hundreds of miles of hiking trails with your hiking hound in more than 100 state parks. 

-- SAMPLE LISTING --

F R E D E R I C K S B U R G
/ Lodging

ALFRED HAUS BED & BREAKFAST
231 W Main St (78624)
Rates: $74+;
Tel: (210) 997-5612

ALLEGANI'S LITTLE HORSE INN
307 S Creek (78624)
Rates: $75-$95;
Tel: (210) 997-7448

BEST WESTERN SUNDAY HOUSE INN
501 E Main St (78624)
Rates: $54-$110;
Tel: (210) 997-4484; (800) 528-1234

BUDGET HOST DELUXE INN
901 E Main St (78624)
Rates: $28-$60;
Tel: (210) 997-3344; (800) 283-4678

COMFORT INN
908 S Adams St (78624)
Rates: $54-$64;
Tel: (210) 997-9811; (800) 228-5150

COUNTRY INN MOTEL
Hwy 290 W (78624)
Rates: $35-$58;
Tel: (210) 997-2185

DIETZEL MOTEL
909 W Main St (78624)
Rates: $32-$49;
Tel: (210) 997-3330

ECONO LODGE
810 S Adams St (78624)
Rates: $39-$59;
Tel: (210) 997-3437; (800) 424-4777;
(800) 553-2666 (TX)

 

 

 


F R E D E R I C K S B U R G
/ Recreation (continued)

 


FRONTIER INN MOTEL
Rt 2, Box 99 (78624)
Rates: $30+;
Tel: (210) 997-4389

THE GARDEN HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
104 N Adams St (78624)
Rates: $69;
Tel: (210) 990-8455; (800) 745-3591

MAGNOLIA HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
101 E Hackberry (78624)
Rates: $80-$110;
Tel: (210) 997-0306

MILLER'S INN MOTEL
910 E Main St (78624)
Rates: $36-$50;
Tel: (210) 997-2244

MISS TOODLES INN BED & BREAKFAST
104 N Adams St (78624)
Rates: $115+;
Tel: (210) 990-8455; (800) 745-3591

PEACH TREE INN
401 S Washington (78624)
Rates: $28-$66;
Tel: (210) 997-2117; (800) 843-4666

RIVER VIEW INN & FARM
Hwy 16 S (78624)
Rates: $55-$65;
Tel: (210) 997-8555

ROCK HOUSE ON ACORN
BED & BREAKFAST
231 W Main St (78624)
Rates: $85+;
Tel: (210) 997-5612

ROCKY TOP BED & BREAKFAST
RR 965, Enchanted Rock Rd (78624)
Rates: $70;
Tel: (210) 997-8145

F R E D E R I C K S B U R G
/ Recreation

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area - Leashes

Info: Fairy shrimp, massive chunks of pink granite and rocks dating back 1 billion years make this area a land of enchantment for you and your sidekick. Tote your own water and hike through scenic, dome-shaped hills of rosy colored rock. Wildflowers in springtime bring a cornucopia of color to the landscape and add to your hiking and aesthetic pleasure. The area is primitive, please respect the rules. Picnickers can snout out one of the special, day-use areas and have a kibble cookout. Bone appetite! For more information: (915) 247-3903.

Directions: From Fredericksburg, head north on FM 965 for 18 miles to park's entrance.

The numbered hikes that follow are within Enchanted Rock State Natural Area:

1) Loop Trail Hike - Leashes|
Beginner/4.0 miles/2.0 hours

Info: Couch potato pooches, this flat simple trail around the base of Enchanted Rock is just your speed. As you loop about this billion-year-old granite dome, you'll pass several spur trails that make for great little sidetrips to scenic overlooks and ridgetops. Please remain on the trails, the surrounding soil is prone to erosion. For more information: (915) 247-3903.

Directions: From Fredericksburg, head north on FM 965 for 18 miles to park's entrance.

2) Summit Trail Hike - Leashes
Intermediate/1.2 miles/0.5 hours

Info: This trail to the top of Enchanted Rock may be short on distance, but not on effort. Get ready for an aerobic workout as you and the dawgus climb 425 feet in just .6 miles. Your reward, summit vistas. Once at the top, sit a spell and drink in the magnificence of the surrounding hill country or check out the vernal pools. The pools are home to unique flora and fauna that co-exist in dormant conditions from season to season. This fragile ecosystem must be left undisturbed. For more information: (915) 247-3903.

Directions: From Fredericksburg, head north on FM 965 for 18 miles to park's entrance. 

 Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park - Leashes

Info: Escape the city for awhile and settle in for a comfy afternoon in the shade of an oak tree at this vast park. Cloudgaze to your heart's content or try your luck at trout fishing. For more information: (210) 997-4202.

Directions: Located two miles southwest of the Fredericksburg city limits on Texas Highway 16 (Kerrville Highway).

LBJ State Historical Park - Leashes

Info: Give your pooch the VIP treatment by spending the day combing the 700 acres of LBJ State Historical Park. Nestled in a natural setting, this historical park offers lots of eye-pleasing recreation for you and the tailwagger. You can sniff out the past as you lead your history hound past the log cabins that reflect the influence of early German settlers. Or learn about the local flora on the 1.5-mile nature trail that winds its way through lovely fields of dazzling wildflowers as well as several wildlife enclosures and exhibits. Don't forget your binoculars, the bird watching opportunities are excellent. If you're a fishing fiend, try your rod in the river, while the pooch munches on Scooby snacks beside you. For more information: (210) 644-2252.

Directions: From Fredericksburg, take Highway 290 east for 16 miles to park entrance.

F R E D E R I C K S B U R G
/ Recreation (continued)

The numbered hike that follows is within LBJ State Historical Park:

1) Paseo Del Arroyo Nature Trail Hike - Leashes
Beginner/1.25 miles/0.5 hours

Info: Leash your hound since wildlife abounds on this interpretive trail that journeys through a landscape filled with white-tailed deer, bison, longhorn cattle and wild turkeys. Glance skywards once in awhile for a sighting of the numerous bird species that call this park home. If your pooch is a sniffmeister at heart, plan a spring hike. The park's spectacular wildflower display will send Bowser's tail and nose into overdrive. For more information: (210) 644-2252.

Directions: From Fredericksburg, take Highway 290 east for miles to park entrance.

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