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The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Las Vegas, Nevada

Dog Friendly Las Vegas

Most people go to Las Vegas with lots of money, leave with no money and consider it a great time.  But you actually can visit Las Vegas and have a great time without going broke.  In between rolling the dice, make sure you take a break and visit some of these awesome local attractions with your pup.

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Lady luck treated Mr. Eko to a great week in Sin City

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Dog Park  Sunset Dog Park – The dog park isn’t huge, but it doesn’t have to be.  Even the mighty Eko didn’t want more room to run.  At Sunset your dog will romp in the sun for a while and then quickly join you in the shade to cool off.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Walking Tour – The Strip – No matter why you’re in Vegas, you owe it to yourself to take a stroll down the Strip and marvel at the spectacle of it all.  Make sure to do the walk at night to get the full experience.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Hike – Frenchman Mountain  This hike is not for the faint of heart! Between the steep inclines, the rocky terrain and the desert heat, you and your dog will need to put in some serious effort to conquer Frenchman.  If you have the mettle to reach the top, you will be rewarded with a view of the city that few ever see.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Hotel – La Quinta – The newly built La Quinta just south of the airport was a great home base for our trip.  If you are a high roller you can get your dog into just about any hotel on the strip, but it seems like more hassle than it’s worth.  We had a corner room by the door and could hop right into our car and go.  As an added bonus it is also the closest hotel to Sunset Dog Park

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Event – Pet-A-Palooza – Like us, maybe you’ll get lucky and your trip to Vegas will happen to coincide with this awesome festival. If you have the chance, go!  It’s a very unique and fun event.

We hit it big in Vegas without ever stepping into a casino.  If you and your pup are up for some serious outdoor adventures then you will definitely want to add Vegas to your itinerary.

The temperature is rising here in Phoenix, but Eko is itching for a run so we are going to head over to Chaparral Dog Park to see how long he lasts. Let us know if you’re around!

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The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Dallas, Texas

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It is good to be a dog in Texas.  Over the past three weeks we have found some of our favorite destinations in the whole country and it was tough leaving those places behind.  Here are some of the awesome places we’ll miss in Dallas:

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Eko will definitely miss his steer buddies

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Dog Park Bark Park – We visited Dallas’ three most popular dog parks, and while each one had something going for it, Bark Park won us over with it’s unique design and atmosphere.  We always love it when dog parks can help make the community   come together – even if it’s under a freeway.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Tour – M-Line Trolley– Kick up your feet/paws on a ride in one of Dallas’ historic trolleys.  There is no better way to get a (free!) tour of Uptown and your pup will enjoy cruising the streets in style as much as you do.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Time Travel Trip – Heritage Village – For nine bucks you can take a stroll through time to see how Texans lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The grounds are a great place for a walk and you can check out some really cool historic homes on the way.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Park – Pioneer Paza– It’s worth the trip just to see the bronze statues, but the plaza also has a Civil War era cemetery and plenty of green space.  If you’re downtown, you should definitely swing by.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Hotel – Aloft – One word: perch.  Thanks to Aloft, I may have to build a permanent perch for Eko when we aren’t living in a car anymore.  Aloft is a cool hotel in the heart of downtown and it puts you close to Bark Park and tons of other great spots.

In sum: Texas you have a special place in our hearts and you have set the bar for the rest of the trip!

We dodged some flash floods getting to OKC and it now looks like we may have to contend with Thunderstorms for the week.  But if Ben Franklin and his key could handle it, then Eko and I got this no problem.

The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – St. Louis, Missouri

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With all the excitement of the Pet Parade it took me a bit longer to get to this, but fear not St. Louis, you were one of the most awesome pet-friendly cities we have visited.  If you’re ever in STL with your pup, here are the places you don’t want to miss.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Park – Forrest Park – Unfortunately, after our fence jumping escapades I never heard back from the University Park people,  so we can’t really recommend you go there. Not to worry though, we had a great time visiting Forrest Park. You have to keep your dog on a leash, but between the Art Museum, the World’s Fair Pavilion and all the other attractions, there is no better place in the city to go for a walk.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Hotel – Cheshire Inn – The newly renovated Cheshire has a style all its own.  Your dog will love the pet welcome package and you will love the fenced in patio where dogs are welcome off-leash.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Classy Adventure – Vineyard/Museum day trip – We couldn’t pick one over the other, and neither should you.  Start your day with a visit to the one of a kind, AKC Museum of the Dog. It is full of great paintings, sculptures and photos.  After the museum, head a bit further west to Mt. Pleasant Vineyard, where dogs are welcome to stroll the grounds with you as you enjoy the view (and the wine).

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Event- Beggin’ Pet Parade – Without a doubt one of the best days of our trip was the day of the Pet Parade.  We have never seen anything like it before, and I doubt we will find anything like it during the rest of our travels.  Somehow, someway, make sure you are in St. Louis next February to experience this amazing event in person.

St. Louis really set the bar high, so if you think your city has some great pet-friendly destinations be sure to let us know!

The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Nashville, Tennessee

The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Nashville, Tennessee

BAM! The A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Awards have gone from a fringe awards show to become an overnight sensation – all the networks clamoring to get the show on TV.  Or something like that.  In any event, we got this nice new banner up there to class things up a bit.  The A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Awards give you the best of Petcentric Places all in one convenient location, and here are your champions from Nashville, TN:

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Many know Nashville as “Music City” but we like to call it by it’s other name: “Questionable Medical Advice City” 

A.W.E.S.O.M.E. Dog Park – Centennial Dog ParkYour dog will love the park so much, that you’ll end up going twice. Or five times, like we did.  It’s the best park in the city, and you can always count on a good crowd of dogs. 

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Pet Store – Wags and WhiskersThey’ve got everything you need to give you dog a thorough do-it-yourself bath along with a large stock of food, treats and pet products.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Hotel – Hutton HotelA man’s got it good at Hutton, dog.  But a dog’s got it GREAT at Hutton, man. A welcome doggie bag is stocked with toys and treats to keep your pup happy and entertained.  The Hutton is definitely one of the best pet-friendly hotels we have ever stayed in.

A.W.E.S.O.M.E Landmark – The Parthenon There’s a Parthenon in Nashville? Yes, there’s a Parthenon in Nashville.  Just go with it.  And go to it.  Just be sure to take a photo so all your friends will scratch their heads when they check out your album from the trip.

Nashville, we tip our invisible Cowboy hats to you.  Thanks for a great week!

The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Atlanta, Georgia

Somehow we managed to spend a whole week in Georgia without seeing a single peach. Nonetheless we did see plenty of awesome pet friendly destinations.  Check out the places  you need to check out with our A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Atlanta edition.

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All smiles in Atlanta

AWESOME Dog Park: Beneful WagWorld Dream Park – We visited a few different dog parks while it Atlanta, but everything from the design of the Dream Park to the community it brings together makes it hands down our favorite park in the Atlanta area.

AWESOME Restaurant: Park Grounds – Just when we thought we’d seen it all, Park Grounds changes the game by being the first combination cafe/dog-run.  Stop in for a coffee or a signature sandwich and enjoy your purchase on the patio while watching your dog play.

AWESOME Hotel: Twleve Atlantic Station – Located in the newly developed area, Twelve Atlantic Station is conveniently located near a number of restaurants, stores and a small dog run.  If you plan on staying in town a while, the hotel also has a full kitchen which is a nice bonus.

AWESOME Landmark: Centennial Park – In the heart of downtown Atlanta, Centennial Park is a perfect spot for a walk or an outdoor lunch.

AWESOME Treats: Woof Gang Bakery and CityDog – This category ended up as a tie between two delicious spots.  Woof Gang has the edge on baked treats and CityDog comes out ahead on variety.  The real winner here was Mr. Eko

Atlanta, you were awesome. America, now it’s up to you to visit these A.W.E.S.O.M.E. spots.  Eko and I are in Nashville this week, so drop us a line if you know any rockin’ pet-friendly places.

The A.W.E.S.O.M.E Awards – Charleston, South Carolina

We’re off to Atlanta today, but before we go I have decided to start a new tradition to help fellow pet-travelers easily find the best spots in each city.  At the end of each week we will recap our adventures so that there is one page which lists all of our favorite stops.  We have humbly named this new tradition, All the Will and Eko Sights One Must Experience – or the AWESOME Awards.  There are tons of awesome pet-friendly destinations in every city that we don’t have time to make it to, so these awards will just cover the places we visited.

And now WE Inc. (Will and Eko Incorporated) is proud to present the inaugural AWESOME Awards! (and the crowd goes wild!!!!!)

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Here’s your host, Mr. Eko!

Awesome Dog Park- Whether your pup is a land lover or a sea dog, James Island County Park is definitely the place to visit.

Awesome Restaurant- Adventure gives life some spice and Fuel in Charleston does the same for food with it’s unique Mexican and Carribean flavors.  Your dog will love lounging with you in the relaxed atmosphere of the back patio.

Awesome Accommodations- We had a great week at the John Rutledge Inn, but there are a number of pet-friendly Bed and Breakfasts in the area that you can check out. Or check in.

Awesome Landmark- You’ll need to better part of the day to explore the Magnolia Plantation but it’s likely to be your favorite day of the trip.  Dogs are welcome everywhere outside of the main house.

Awesome Adventure- Not for the meek!  If you want to try a bold and challenging adventure with your dog in Charleston, take to the seas with a kayak from Coastal Expeditions.

Thanks Charleston, we’ll see you guys in Atlanta!