Dogs are family. For a lot of us, they’re more than family. The Huffington Post surveyed 1,000 dog owners, and 38% say they love their dog MORE than their spouse.
Austin is for dog lovers—we would do anything to make sure our pets are healthy and happy—but 1 out of 3 dogs still don’t get the amount of daily exercise and stimulation they need. We all want to be responsible pet owners, but, as everyone knows, sometimes that can be hard … we get caught in traffic, our managers add us to last-minute lunch meetings, and we get stuck late at the office. We’re doing our best but sometimes we fall short, and when that happens, our dogs end up spending more time alone at home than we know is best for them. But we’re here to tell you there’s an answer …
Get you a dog walker.
Dog walking services offer mid-day walks and potty breaks for our esteemed furry colleagues. Getting a dog walker is the responsible choice for people who have taken on the commitment to own a dog but who can’t always be around to take care of them.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s me, but how do I find a dog walking service I can trust?” We’ve got you. We did the research and found the dog walking service that fits the bill.
Skipper is a local, on-demand dog walking company run by a trained team of pet care professionals. Unlike most other dog walking services, Skipper employs all of its staff. Skipper dog walkers are W2 employees, not contractors. Skipper walkers go through two full background checks and 10 hours of classroom and field training before they join the Skipper team. Skipper’s standards are high, and they accept less than 10% of applicants.
When you sign up for Skipper dog walking services, a trained Skipper team member will come by your home to do an in-home consultation where they ask for your home and pet information, including your pet’s personality type, meal instructions, and visit routine. (If you live in an apartment, they work directly with your leasing office to check out a key). After the consultation, Skipper activates your online account and you can start scheduling visits right away. Skipper has a local team in Austin that monitors all the Skipper dog walkers and visits, so you can rest easy knowing your pup will get personalized, quality service every time.
When your Skipper team member arrives, you’ll get a notification that they’re there. At the end of the visit, Skipper sends a visit summary report with a GPS-tracked map along with photos of your pet and a detailed summary of everything that happened at the visit (see below). With Skipper’s real-time updates and fully-trained team of pet care professionals, you’ll know exactly when we were there and what your pup (or cat!) did during their Skipper visit.
Skipper offers online payment doesn’t charge additional for extra pets or scheduling same-day service. You can customize each visit to fit your needs, all free of charge. Their visit rates are extremely affordable and you can also buy visits in bulk for extra cost savings – a 20 minute visit will run you $17.
With all of these good things, Skipper also just announced they’ve partnered with ZilkerBark! In celebration of ZilkerBark reaching 150K followers, ZilkerBark will be doing a giveaway of free dog photos and Insta features each week for the next couple of months for anyone who books a dog walk with Skipper. For a chance to have your dog featured on ZilkerBark, follow Skipper and ZilkerBark on Instagram and sign up for your free Skipper consultation using code “ZBWALKME”… you’ll get $40 in Skipper credit and the chance to have your dog walked and featured by ZilkerBark.
It’s no secret that Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is one of our favorite things to do in Austin. Through summer they’re having a special “kids fly free” program where any person 17 or under for free with a full price adult. The “kids fly free” program is on Monday through Thursdays.
It’s an adventure from the beginning, as there are five ziplines for you to tackle. The views are even more spectacular! You reach speeds of up to 50 miles an hour. It’s such a rush! The guides are also friendly, knowledgeable and fun. They make the whole experience even better.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures
14529 Pocohontas Trail
Austinites don’t just love our pets—we live for them! And we want to give them the very best. Humans in this town are all about the juice cleanses, nature walks, and organic food, so it’s only right that our animals get in on the action, too.
Kriser’s Natural Pet, otherwise known as “the Whole Foods for pets,” has just opened a brand-spanking new South Lamar location and they are having a party to celebrate! They’ll have free nail trims, raffles, and more. They’ll also be giving away fun-filled gift bags with poop bag holders, can lids, and a bunch of samples from their vendors.
Kriser’s opened its first storefront in Chicago in 2006 and has since spread to 47 locations throughout the country. Their natural pet foods are free of corn, wheat, soy, and by-products and their grooming products are gentle and non-irritating. You can shop knowing that they stand behind the treats, supplements, and pet supplies they feature and feel good about recommending each brand.
“The Austin pet community is thriving and we’re thrilled to continue our mission of helping pets live happier, healthier lives, naturally, with this second location,” said Brad Kriser, founder and CEO. “We’re excited to help even more pet parents care for their pets with education, outstanding products, and grooming.”
Whether your beloved furry friends need toys, food, supplements or anything else under the sun—you’ll find a huge selection here. Come meet the animal lovers at Kriser’s at the location and share that healthy, happy Austin lifestyle with your best pal.
It’s time again for that festival that combines three of our greatest passions—slow smoked meat and vino—along with amazing live music into a giant Texas Party.
Come out to Spicewood Vineyards for the BBQ & Wine Festival. Watch the recap video of last year’s epic experience here to get a good idea of what you are in for. This year none other than The Cory Morrow Band will be headlining a lineup that also includes Django Walker, Drew Womack, and Barnhill!
Get your advance tickets now for just $59, which get you unlimited BBQ from the greats below and free wine tastings to wet your whistle from 4-6 p.m. (or until the wineries run out!).
The event will most definitely sell out, so don’t think about it too long. You can buy your tickets righthere.
BBQ Vendors include:
Salt Lick BBQ
Kreuz Market BBQ
Schmidt Family Barbecue
It’s All Good
Bring your chairs and blankets to the festival, but outside food and drink will not be allowed in.
When: Saturday, July 21st
Time: 4-10 p.m.
1419 Co Rd 409
Spicewood, TX 78669
Float On, Austin’s highest boat rental company, is giving service industry pros a chance to live it up like only they know how this summer. During the week (Monday through Thursday), you can get the fourth hour of your party on the lake totally free, and they’ll throw in a YETI cooler filled with ice and water. That’s 30% less than you would normally pay.
Cruise on Lake Austin or Lake Travis and take advantage of the fact that the rest of the city is working away at an office somewhere.
Here’s the whole deal:
12 Passenger Pontoon
Highly rated FloatOn Captain
Aqua Lily Pad
Free YETI package ($50 Value)
This is all for only $350. Call your work pals and get something fun on the calendar! Just mention this post and where you work to get the discount.
Do you fancy yourself a connoisseur of whisky? Mostly because you are just really really good at drinking it? Well friend, this event is for you.
Whiskies of the World, an evening that celebrates all things whisky, is making its triumphant return to Austin on September 20th and tickets are on sale now.
With hundreds of whiskies to taste, whisky masterclasses, and food and cigar pairings, it will be an evening purely for your senses.
Hundreds of the world’s finest and most unique whiskies of different styles and origins will be highlighted here: Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Canadian, Japanese, Indian, and many others. American Craft distilleries will also be presented to demonstrate the growing popularity of the innovative, local distilled spirits, and craft distilling in general.
And you’ll learn a thing or two while you sip—the event will feature educational seminars conducted by master distillers, blenders, and brand representatives. Discover just how complex your drink of choice really is!
When: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $120 General Admission (7:00 p.m. entry), $145 VIP Admission (6:00 p.m.), Early Bird to July 31st ($20 Off)
1100 East 5th Street
Austin, Texas 78702
In Austin, we always need new things to do on the water. We’re basically aquatic creatures in the summer. Well now you can have a grand old time on Lake Travis with Waterloo Adventures, a locally owned and operated floating water park and challenge course that is a true evolution in water play!
Grab your pals and begin your awesome day with a boat ride to beautiful “Adventure Island.” When you arrive, you can throw yourself into a 45-minute, pulse-pounding session on their 600-foot state-of-the-art challenge course. It’s a series of floating obstacles like climbing walls, monkey bars, slides, hurdles, balance beams, bridges, and tons more fun.
This is the ultimate bonding trip for family and friends—basically we are talking Ninja Warriors on the water! The park is scheduled to open on June 29th.
Click here to learn more and don’t forget that reservations are required!
It had been several years since we’d been out to Horseshoe Bay Resort, and as soon as we turned in off the highway, we were both asking ourselves why it had taken us so long to come back. This golf and vacation destination, located about an hour west of Austin, has a somewhat tropical feel to it that at times feels a bit more like South Florida than Central Texas. Vacation vibes were immediately in full swing.
The landscaping definitely plays a huge part in the allure of this place. From the moment you enter the resort, it appears that every flower and every palm tree is part of a grand design. We were also fortunate enough to visit in late spring when everything was in full bloom.
For this trip, we decided to stay in one of the villas, rather than the main tower. We were still only a short walk to the front desk, restaurants, and other amenities, but with the luxury of having what felt like our own town home—complete with kitchen, family room, and a parking spot right by the front door. The villas are also pet-friendly, which was the main selling point for us because we wanted to bring the pup.
After settling in (and a trip to the bar), we headed straight for the real bermuda grass miniature golf course, which was one of our favorite memories from the previous trip. The 18-hole, par 72 course is complete with sand traps and other obstacles, and is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, ponds, and rose gardens. We have a standing rule that the loser has to buy post-round drinks, which is a tradition that I highly recommend for anyone (over 21) that plays here.
To claim my free drink, we wandered into the Whitewater 360 Sports Club, which is conveniently located right next to the mini golf course. This place had been remodeled since the last time we were here, and now hosts a full bar with 360 degrees of flat-screen TVs. We decided to order a pizza and watch the NBA Western Conference Finals, which was a perfect way to end the evening.
In the morning we took the dog for a walk around the resort (have I mentioned the beautiful landscaping?) before heading over to the tower for breakfast at Lantana. They offer an extensive buffet that looked great, but we both opted for made-to-order options off the breakfast menu.
I asked for a cup of coffee for the road and we hopped on the resort shuttle for an early tee time at one of four golf courses at Horseshoe Bay. Today we were playing Slick Rock, possibly the median of the four courses from a difficulty perspective, depending on who you ask. It’s home to the “Million Dollar Hole,” which includes a waterfall feature that you drive your cart across.
And that was that. We were unfortunately only able to spend less than 24-hours at the resort this time around. Not nearly enough time to hit the pool, the impressive spa, the other two golf courses, or rent jet-skis on Lake LBJ like we did on our last trip! But, we hear they just opened a waterfront bar, which has our name all over it, and their Ram Rock course recently reopened after extensive remodels; as if we needed more reasons to visit again.
It’s already way too hot in Austin to do anything but eat ice cream. So now we have the only festival that matters—the 12th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival!
Coming Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Fiesta Gardens, this super sweet event has two parts, and two very different flavors. Here’s the scoop …
Part one is all about daytime fun for the whole family with samples from over a dozen local, regional, and national brands to tickle your taste buds. They’ll also have crazy contests, yard games, live music, rock wall climbing, and a dunk tank.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (ZIP ticket holders may enter early at 9 a.m.)
Children six and under receive free entry to the festival.
When it’s time for the kids to go home and eat a vegetable or two, the After Dark party will begin. Grown-up types can soak in summer under the stars with performances by Lee Fields & The Expressions, Tameca Jones, and DJ Mel—all while enjoying frozen treats, boozy frozen cocktails, savory eats from food trucks, and fun and games all night long!
6 – 10 p.m. for the general public (with ZIP guests entering early at 5:30 p.m.).
If you want that VIP treatment, purchase early. There is a limited number of ZIP passes!
Click here to learn more and get your tickets for either option. It’s an ice cream festival—what more could you possibly need to know?
Near the McKinney Roughs Nature Park and situated along the Colorado River, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines provides a wide variety of experiences to enjoy the Texas wilderness.
Throughout the summer months the resort will feature river activities including kayaking and rafting trips, as well as river float excursions and air boat rides that depart directly from the resort.
Guests can also enjoy the resort’s onsite Crooked River Water Park. The water park features everything from an active pool with a volleyball net and sandy beach for building sand castles to a lazy river, a two-story water slide, and a splash pad for children. It also includes an adults-only section with a relaxing pool and whirlpool. Throughout the summer, the Crooked River Water Park will feature family pool parties with a live DJ, pool games, and activities.
Guests also get the opportunity to meet and interact with its live-in mascots, including two Texas longhorns, miniature horses, and alpacas. There are also regular falconry shows by Sky Kings, an organization that is dedicated to the education and preservation of wildlife. The demonstrations feature free-flying birds such as hawks, owls, and falcons and wildlife expert discussing each bird’s traits and natural abilities.
Guests can also explore the Loblolly Pine region with guided horseback rides, explore more than 18-miles of hike and bike trails, or soar over the McKinney Roughs Nature Park with excursions to the Zip Lost Pines ziplining adventure.
Additionally, local residents can now enjoy “Daycation” opportunities to Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. The resort recently partnered with ResortPass.com to provide general, spa, and golf day pass options. The general day pass includes access to the resort’s water park, access to poolside food and drink service during the summer months, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Rates for the general day pass begin at $35 for adults and $18 for children.
Spa Django, named after the famed gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, is also offering a spa day pass for locals. The passes get you full access to the spa’s facilities and amenities, including the spa’s outdoor pool and patio, which overlooks the resort’s pond and provides scenic views of the Wolfdancer Golf Course. You can also spend time in the spa’s eucalyptus steam rooms, dry saunas, hot tubs, relaxation lounges, and state-of-the-art fitness center. The spa passes are $40 per person.
The day passes to the resort’s Wolfdancer Golf Club are $75 and include a round of 18 holes as well as unlimited access to the full-scale practice facilities, which include a 13-acre driving range with target greens, a short game area, two chipping greens and bunkers, a practice putting green, a golf cart rental, and warm-up range balls.
Additionally, local residents have access to membership programs at Spa Django and Wolfdancer Golf Club. The golf club provides individual, family, and corporate membership opportunities in which locals can received special guest rates for tee times, complimentary guest passes, special rates on private golf instruction, as well as discounts at the resort’s food and beverage outlets and services and products at Spa Django. Memberships at Spa Django include unlimited access to the spa’s facilities during business hours, 24-hour access to the spa’s fitness center, monthly specials and promotions, discounts at the resort’s food and beverage outlets, and more.