Top 10 Best Dog Friendly Cities in the USA!

Hey internet friends! Its been a while! How are you? How has your summer been going? Been anywhere fun? Basil and I have been super busy working on relaunching this blog (good stuff coming soon) and going on all sorts of wacky adventures.

Todays post we are going to dive into the brain of a Boston terrier. Don’t worry you won’t have the sudden urge to pee on everything and hump every warm body, unless thats your life and then, by all means, do you boo! No, we are going to count down the 10 best dog friendly cities in the United States of America – A Boston terriers opinion!

#10 San Antonio, Texas

Southern hospitality + good food + pet friendly hotels = Happy puppy!

Basil takes The Alamo
Basil takes The Alamo

#9 Bend, Oregon

Outdoor loves dream! Beer for you, 1 billion trees to pee on for your dog!

#8 Charlotte, North Carolina

An up and coming city growing faster than that 8 week old great dane puppy at the pet store.

Dog Friendly Charlotte
Dog Friendly Charlotte

#7 Austin, Texas

Great music, BBQ, and hipsters as far as the eye can see… So, pretty much heaven!

Banger's Sausage House - Austin, Texas
Banger’s Sausage House – Austin, Texas

#6 Leavenworth, Washington

Modern mountain town meets Bavarian village. Grab a brat and a beer and then hit the river!

Dog Friendly Destinations - Leavenworth, WA
Dog Friendly Leavenworth, Washington

#5 Portland, Oregon

I don’t have anything clever to say here. Seriously, just go!

Dog Friendly Portland, Oregon
Dog Friendly Portland, Oregon

#4 Friday Harbor, Washington (San Juan Island)

Feels like its a world away but only a few hours from Seattle or Vancouver. Do some shopping downtown, every shop has dog treats, and relax on the beach.

4 hipsters and 2 dogs on South Beach, Friday Harbor, Washington
4 hipsters and 2 dogs on South Beach, Friday Harbor, Washington

#3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

The birthplace of this country and home to some amazing pet friendly hotels!

Dog Friendly Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dog Friendly Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

#2 Asheville, North Carolina

I can’t say enough good things about this “sleepy” mountain town. Beautiful, fun, and not what you are expecting. If you get the chance to go please do. Do it for us! DO IT!

Dog Friendly Asheville, North Carolina
Dog Friendly Asheville, North Carolina

#1 Seattle, Washington

What can I say? I am totally biased! We love this amazing city and you (and your dog) will too!

The Best Dog Friendly City Ever! Seattle, Washington
The Best Dog Friendly City Ever! Seattle, Washington


So, now that we have told you where we like to visit how about you tell us where some of your favorite places are. Where should we travel next?

Like I said up top we are working on a relaunch of Basil’s Travels so keep an eye out for some new amazing content soon. Also, make sure you are following us on Instagram, http://www.instagram.com/basilstravels for daily cuteness and the dog friendly information.

Until next time! Xoxo

Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil


The Alamo! Blogmas Day 9!

Too much fun! Blogmas Day 8!

Happy Travel Tuesday Internet friends! We have been having an amazing time in Texas. The weather is beautiful and we really couldn’t ask for better company.

Basil has been running around the hill country every moment he can.  

More fun to come soon. Make sure you’re following us on Instagram @Basilstravels  for even more crazy Boston terrier in Texas shenanigans!

Travel well, nap well, live well!
-Abbey & Basil

Sausage for everyone! Blogmas Day 6!

Last night was our first night in Austin, Texas and we started off with a bang or with a Banger!

  Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden located on the famed Rainey Street of Austin, Texas is a hipster Mecca. 104 beers on tap, most being local, and sausage for every taste. 
Walking by it may just look like an extremely busy residential neighborhood but go into almost any of these “houses” and you’ll find good food, good drink all in a dog friendly atmosphere. 

Banger’s was recommended to us by the Travel Channel show Booze Travel. The host Jack Maxwell explored the Austin food scene and sold us on Banger’s

I enjoyed a classic Bratwurst while Basil had his very own “woof-wurst.”  

All proceeds of Woof-wurst go to Austin Pets Alive.

All the sausages were a hit. Can you tell?! 

After we enjoyed dinner we headed deeper into the beer garden. Outside you’ll find a large fully fenced off-leash dog run, more tables, and 2 fire pits.   

People where friendly, the service was fast, and food was great. We highly recommend giving Banger’s a try if your in the Austin area. 

Find information on Banger’s here

Where else should be go while in Texas? Let me know! 

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil 

Travel day! Blogmas day 5!

  Today is travel day. The majority of our day was spend in the airport or on a plane. We have successfully landed in Texas and Basil did great. We are going to spend the rest of our day enjoying our family. 
Big thanks to Alaska Airlines for a great flight and welcoming crew. 

More adventures coming tomorrow. 

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

“I’m ready!” Day 4 of Blogmas

The Happiest Dog in the World in the Great State of Texas!

Happy Wednesday all! I thought I would post just a few pictures from our current trip for your “wordless Wednesday” enjoyment. We have been having a ton of fun hanging out with family, enjoying the weather, and just letting Basil go nuts. A lot is happening so I’ll be taking a lot of photos and posting them here soon!
Have you ever seen a happier dog?! Basil pretty much thinks this is the best trip ever!
ps. The Petco Pupcrew boots you see him wearing are amazing! They are protecting Basil soft paws from all the rough terrain here in Texas hill country. 

-Abbey & Basil


Reading with Abbey & Basil — Wine Dogs USA 3

HappyMonday! Today’s Reading with Abbey & Basil is a book about my two favorite things; wine & dogs!Wine Dogs USA 3

I picked up Wine Dogs USA 3 while in Texas over Christmas. We were taken to the world famous Salt Lick restaurant and winery just 15 minutes outside of Austin, TX for a family dinner. After enjoying some truly tasty BBQ and good conversation, Nate & I wandered over to the Salt Lick Cellars, right next door. Inside their tasting room/gift store I found Wine Dogs.

Wine Dogs USA 3 is the newest edition in the Wine Dogs book family. This gem of a book features over 190 wineries from North America and the dogs that call these wineries home. Each page highlights a winery dogs personality with a full color photo and a little information about what makes that dogs tail wag. Throughout the book you will also find winery dog stores written by wine and dog experts from all over North America.

Basil and I highly recommend picking up a copy of Wine Dogs USA 3. You can find it on Amazon, winedogs.com, and in 100’s of wineries from Napa to Rhode Island, Washington, to Texas and every where in-between.

Maybe someday we’ll hang up our traveling shoes, move to Napa and run a winery. Then maybe they will feature Basil in Wine Dogs 15! Until then we will just keep on dreaming!Basil-winedogs

Only 10 days until BlogPaws 2014 conference in Las Vegas!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil


Boston Terrier Advent Calendar- December 20th -23rd! Family Edition!

We have been having such a good time with the family in the great state of Texas, I don’t think Basil could be any happier! Here is a few photos of Basil loving on his family that he has not seen in a while!

Only 1 day before Christmas! Hope everyone is with their family and getting as much love as Basil currently is!

Ho Ho Ho!

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil

San Antonio,Texas River walk

Christmas in the Southwest started off with a bang! Traveling into San Antonio, TX to experience the world famous River walk.

We drove into town around lunch time and easily found a place to park. The weather was warm, like around 75 degrees, and for us PNW peeps this was very odd for just a few days before Christmas. Before we hit the walk we soaked up a little bit of this large beautiful city. Grand Southern buildings towered all around us as well as a few churches and five-star hotels. It really is true what they say “Everything is bigger in Texas!” We walk through Hotel Contessa San Antonio. Basked in the glory of the stately Christmas tree in what seemed like a lobby with a never ending ceiling.

Basil was less impressed with the overwhelming beauty of his urban surroundings and more impressed with the very large, very long river that was flowing down the middle of town. He pulled me right up to the ledge of river, which I feel like I must mention had absolutely no railing! This made the River Walk even more beautiful to look at but was a little thrilling for me with a hyper Boston Terrier with an “extreme need” to jump in and swim around and/or drink it. 

We spent the next couple of hours walking the paths and stoping in the shops and restaurants as well as watching the river boat tours lazily float down the canal. Along the way there were many great photo opts with waterfalls, floral arrangements and the stage from Miss Congeniality. 

As the day slowly turned to night our tummies were starting to tell us that it was time for some food. There are more than a few restaurants to choose from. Almost all of them with large outdoor patios. One thing I did notice while we were there, not only in San Antonio but in Austin as well, every restaurant and bar had someone outside “hawking their wares” to all the pedestrian walking by. Yelling out their specials to get you to come in and spend your money with them. It was very helpful and it was nice to hear a complete stranger tell me  “you deserve a drink!” Yes, yes I do! 

We stopped upon the Hard Rock Cafe just as twilight hit. They were super friendly and were more then happy to accommodate our large party that included kids and Basil. The staff lit the massive heating lamps around our tables and took our orders. As we sat we talked and people watched and enjoyed as the Christmas lights all came on. The river was alive with dancing twinkling lights. Soon the river tour boats started floating by with Christmas Carolers and even though the temperature was still in the 70’s it actually felt like the holidays. 

With our stomachs full and the kids (and Basil) starting to slow down it was time to head back to the car. The walk back was just as fun. Filled with more friendly people, most of them more interested in talking to Basil than to me! We stopped for a moment and listened to a traveling mariachi and took a ton more photos. The River Walk in San Antonio was such a treat. We can’t wait to come back and highly recommend it if you are traveling anywhere near San Antonio. It was worth the trip for sure!

Until next time San Antonio! Xoxo

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil



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