Texas cabins, Conestogas, farmhouses, vineyard stays and water’s-edge getaways in nature are going to the dogs, thank goodness!
When your travel companion is four-legged, your adventures in nature are double the fun. So pack em up and head out — and see what Texas has in store for pets and humans alike at the following dog-friendly vacation stays.
Scurlock Farm in Georgetown, Texas, offers kid- and pet-friendly activities and accommodations in the vicinity of InnerSpace Caverns, Lake Georgetown, two state parks and Georgetown’s “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.”
One of the farm’s dog-friendly accommodations, the Palette Pad, Rural Cabin on Working Farm, is made for a total of two guests and pets who love to lounge in the hammock or near the fireplace. It also caters to those who buzz with activity and who may want to feed the farm animals or hold their newborns, hike, fish, drive a tractor, gather eggs or pecans, or help plant in spring or fall.
Rocky Overlook, Rural Waterfront Home on a Working Farm, is a special place. It was designed by Steward Sheron’s mother, one of President LBJ’s favorite artists. And it was built by Sheron’s father. It’s constructed of river rocks collected by her parents from a San Gabriel island on the property. Another dog- and pet-friendly vacation spot (for eight) on this Texas farm, its five-minute walk to the San Gabriel River promises hours filled with fishing, fossil-hunting, swimming and tubing, or simply sitting on the white limestone banks and watching others do it all. The sunsets from the high bluff above the river are can’t-miss. Park it at the picnic table and just wait.
The farm’s Steward, Sheron Scurlock, offers the Scurlock Farm Tour and animal meet-and-greet, which come with every stay; the tour happens in a Polaris off-road vehicle, which is built to tackle the Texas terrain in a way your dog likely would approve of. And if at the end of your stay your dog leaves any scraps, Sheron requests that you don’t throw out food when leaving. She and the farm practice good stewardship of the land and its inhabitants and the food will be used or donated.
Steward Sheron knows every inch of the well-stewarded land — from trees and gardens to ravines and marked hiking trails — and she will be happy to share her knowledge.
BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch is located about an hour west of Houston in Cat Spring, Texas, known locally as the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country. Everyone in your party will find space to run or roam amidst centuries-old live oaks, lakes and wildlife on this 500-acre working guest ranch.
The ranch has Texas-sized charm and Texas-sized land that offers an array of accommodations, including The Texas Farmhouse. Your pets will feel welcome down to the dog figurines in the upstairs bedroom at this restored two-story Texas farmhouse complete with picket fence and turn-of-the-century antiques made equally for family escapes as for romantic getaways with a tagalong tail-wagger.
Here you can play fetch alongside Enchanted Lake, or just take in a picnic at its nearby gazebo. Take interesting turns on your daily walks and spot the historic homes, farmhouses, log cabins and even a conestoga wagon stay that dot the ranch land.
Your pets may not be interested in the nearby archery, horseback riding, catch and release fishing or trapshooting (with or without your own gear), but they may beg to join you for an outing to the local dessert bar, steak house, brewing company and prairie chicken national wildlife refuge.
The property’s Conestoga Covered Wagon stay is a one-room, two-guest accommodation that will bring out the pioneer in you and will also be a hit with the kids, those enchanted with history, or who love western movies and/or Little House on the Prairie. It’s up to you whether you tell everyone in your party that the modern conveniences (air conditioner, shower, mini-fridge, coffeemaker and other kitchen electronics) are unique to the wagon’s 21st century experience. Any reasonable pet will understand the wagon is stationary and they won’t be called on to trot behind the hitched-up wagon during your stay.
Both The Texas Farmhouse in Cat Spring, TX, and the Conestoga Covered Wagon at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch are easily accessible from Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The pet-friendly getaways are ideal for relaxing and agritourism. They contain a fenced-in area for your dog to explore off-leash as well as an expansive property that’s ripe for exploring.
Near Austin and San Antonio, Baron’s Creekside in Fredericksburg, Texas, offers more than a dozen getaways in nature, five of which welcome man’s best friend. Stay in one of 12 handcrafted Swiss log cabins, including the dog-friendly “Grindelwald” or “Barons Log Cabin.” For more variety, consider the dog-friendly “Mesquite” country farmhouse, a dog-friendly hilltop chalet, the Victorian-style house, and a pet-friendly glamping wagon! There’s plenty of activities to keep you busy including fishing and nature trails on the property (both pet-friendly), wine tours, and even an on-site private, dog-friendly wine bar, The Club, that hosts live music and is included with each stay.
Baron’s Big Lodge is the most spacious accommodation on the property (2,500 sq ft) and can accommodate nine people plus their pup(s). In the midst of 26 green Hill Country acres, Big Lodge is an elegant country escape built on Steward Daniel’s idea to create a Swiss mountain village in the heart of Texas Hill Country.
Thistle House Farmhouse in Whitesboro, Texas — aka Horse Country USA — near Dallas and Fort Worth, is a kid-friendly farm stay with historic charm and star gazing your group will love, and an expansive vacation property your dog will love.
Thistle Hill Ranch was originally settled in the 1850s; it was purchased from the same family in 2014 by the current Stewards. That’s some staying power. And with its huge trees, running creek, rolling hills and very cozy beds, we’re betting you’ll want to stay on, too.
With all the comforts of home — and gourmet kitchen — Thistle House Farmhouse is a perfect Texan getaway for families with dogs, folks who fish (catch and release), people who pick pecans, arrowhead hunters, and those who just appreciate life al fresco. Leave time to hit the nearby wineries for a bottle that will be just right. And if you play your cards right, you could hit the jackpot at the nearby Winstar World Casino.
The farmhouse will wait for your return. Built for the nature around it, it’s made for enjoying the pond and fields, and for listening to rustling tree leaves and the owls hiding inside them. It’s a place to feast your eyes on sunsets and stars. Just don’t forget to build a campfire and rub your dog’s belly.
Vineyard Estate Home at Hamilton Pool Vineyards and Farms is a gorgeous house whose deck overlooks 10 acres of grape vines. Hamilton Pool Vineyards and Farms is the estate’s onsite regenerative farm that offers organic fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs and learning opportunities.
The property welcomes pets and their eight people, including adults and children. Near Enchanted Rock and the Colorado River, the farm actively heals and builds its soil through regenerative and biodynamic farming practices such as no-tillage, cover-cropping, composting, mulching, crop rotation, seed saving, and biological controls to manage pests and disease.
Vineyard Estate Home seeks to heal, too, through the relaxation offered by the property’s rich blend of nature, wilderness, elegance and nutritional food made at its onsite restaurant.
Come to the family- and dog-friendly River House in Fredericksburg, TX to experience an oasis from the everyday.
Less than 1-½ hours from Austin and San Antonio, the beautifully built white stone-exterior River House welcomes up to 12 human guests and one lucky dog to vacation in style. Roam or run the outdoors from the property’s covered back patio and lush green lawn under the umbrellas of large, shady live oak trees into the Pedernales River that flows just steps away and waiting for skipping stones, splashing paws and exploring feet.
When you’ve had your fill of your watery wonderland, head back to the River House that’s overflowing with Texas charm for even deeper relaxation in the six-person sauna. Emerge refreshed and renewed for activity.
You may find your pup or your people sprawled out, sitting up or even begging in the gourmet kitchen for tasty treats you surely brought. There you’ll also find all the tools you need to prepare taste sensations fit for al fresco dining on that covered back patio: granite countertops, stainless steel major appliances including a dishwasher, as well as a microwave, coffee maker, blender and slow cooker.
You’ll also enjoy a feeling of Lone Star State expansiveness with the River House’s 20-foot vaulted ceilings in the main living area. The tile floors and unique Texas decor might just make you want to Two-Step.
The most challenging thing about your family, friend and furry friend stay at this stunning Texas home will be deciding everyone’s most preferred way to unwind: Gathered in the living room, catching up over a cold drink? Watching movies on the large wall-mounted flatscreen TV (cable, Blu-ray DVD players and wifi included)? Or playing games across the round ottoman?
However it shakes out, relaxation will be the group’s reward. When it comes to nightfall, you’re likely to reach consensus: All hands up for adjourning to the fire pit, where there’s a seat for every human member of your crew. There is plenty of room for your pooch to pick a favored lap or cozy spot nearby.
Rest assured, the River House also is made for a peaceful sleep. Each bedroom retreat holds a cushy king-size bed that from daybreak on offers a breathtaking view of the river or the grounds. Members of your party are welcome to retreat to the loft and curl up in one of the adult-friendly bunk beds’ high-quality mattresses; the loft sleeps six. Two more guests can sleep in two rollaway beds.
If you find yourself hankering for good times away from the River House, the wineries, brewery and microbrewery, museums, historical sights, barbecue, cosmopolitan dining and shops of Fredericksburg are less than 10 miles away. Or you can follow the river a few miles to LBJ National Park. Or find your way, for free, any day of the week to Wildseed Farms, the nation’s largest working wildflower farm with over 200 acres. Or just sneak away to Bat Tunnel State Park. If you decide to take a magical trip 28 miles north of the River House to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, wear your sneakers or hikers. By the time you reach the top of the pink granite dome, you’ll feel on top of the world. Come back to earth with a trip to tiny, iconic Luckenbach, where you can drink beer under the oak trees, western dance, and listen to the music the place is known for.
A little over half an hour from downtown Austin, and a little less than half an hour from Pedernales Falls State Park and Hamilton Pool, you’ll find one of the homiest mid-century-mod pet- and kiddo-friendly getaways to hang your hat in all of Dripping Springs: The Ranch House Retreat.
Light-and art-filled on the inside and laid back and fun-forward on the outside, Ranch House Retreat this dog-friendly vacation haven fits eight and falls right in with its Texas Hill Country surroundings. The tasteful interior includes wood and tile floors, a beautifully rustic stone wall dividing the main living and dining areas, and the artistic touches around every corner (and tabletop). Your dog is sure to feel at home among all the animal-themed art.
The backyard of this home is another delight. It features a shared pool and hot tub not far from a veritable grove of live oak. From the comfort of the tree swing you can watch deer and other wildlife explore the yard. Or you can ignore them and hop to work on your next mouth-watering masterpiece on the built-in backyard grill. Tell tall tales while the meal comes to temperature to a comfortably captive audience — the covered grill area has a bar long enough to hold four Texas-wide bar stools filled with four of your closest friends or family. Dine al fresco if you choose. You’ll be safe from any elements under the covered back deck.
If you like, instead, to prepare meals in a full kitchen with a large stainless steel fridge, oven/stove top, dishwasher, microwave and as well as coffee maker, coffee grinder, toaster, blender and mixer on hand, you’re in luck! And at Ranch House Retreat, everyone can fit around the circular dining table, and leave the amazing year-round weather outside.
When you do find yourself out back in the amazing weather, you’ll notice right away that the outdoor poolside facilities, including a commode, sink and shower, are a thing of Hill Country ingenuity and style — rustic yet comfortable, fun yet functional.
While you’re out there, take advantage of the usually great Hill Country weather, and close out the night outside with a roaring fire in the firepit. Or cozy up in Ranch House Retreat’s inviting living room, perfect for gathering the group and catching up, watching movies on the flatscreen TV (with attached DVD player), or playing games across the coffee table. Although the wood fireplace is just for show, the warmth of your group and the ambiance of this home aren’t. Just adjust the thermostat as you see fit, stream music via wifi, and kick back with a glass of something nice after a carefree day with your favorite people and pup.
If you ever get tired of the good time, an enticing king bed awaits in the wonderfully airy main bedroom; its private en suite bathroom features a tub and shower. The second bedroom boasts a queen bed. The third comfy bedroom is home to two twin beds. Two sofa beds complete the sleeping options. Sweet dreams and see you in the morning for another day’s adventure...
As the wedding capital of Texas, Dripping Springs is a host of hosts for family vacations. So whether you’re celebrating a union, a reunion or a simple hangout with people you love, the city — just four miles away from Ranch House Retreat — will welcome you and all of your crew. But nobody says you need to leave the nest. Rest yourselves on the serene property of Whitetail Ridge all the livelong day and night. Search out your favorite spot and hunker down with a good book. Weave your way through the trails. Splash away the day. Play pingpong until you turn pro. However you decide to explore your time in Hill Country, Ranch House Retreat agrees with you.
We get it — your family vacation would feel incomplete without your dog along for the adventure. Whether you crave the rugged beauty of Texas Hill Country or want to relish the simple joys of classic farm life, Yonder has the pet-friendly getaway to help you unwind and immerse yourself in nature. Explore our diverse overnight accommodations and activities to find your perfect fit.
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