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Fabulously Festive Winter Walks

If we didn’t already know it, Andy Williams confirmed that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. And what a time for a walk. With family and friends all together, ‘tis the season to wrap up, wellington boot up and take your four-legged friends out for a stroll. Wherever you are in the USA there’s sure to be a good spot for a wander, not too far away.



Snowy mountains can make a festive winter walk more of an uphill battle, a beach and forest stroll is more up our street. We love to get the family and furry friends together and head to Cannon Beach. A hike to Cape Lookout offers breath-taking views of The Pacific and tranquil trails through dense Sitka spruce. Wellington or walking boots are highly recommended as it can be a bit of a mud-fest.

Cannon beach photo by


Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland for dogs and their intrepid owners. And at just 2.2 miles the Lam Watah Trail is a great way to get a flavor of it. It takes in a lakeside beach and meadowland, and offers great vantage points for stunning sunsets. You can also learn a little history along the way. So, why not treat yourself, your family and your pet this festive season?

Lake Tahoe; photo by travelingninetofiver



In the heart of Austin, the Ann and Roy Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake, meanders along the water’s edge, passing skyscrapers, ball fields and more. The main trail is about a 4.5miles but shorter sections are possible if you have kids as well as canines in tow and you’re after a shorter Christmas stroll. It’s a buzzing atmosphere and one that’s sure to get you and yours in the Christmas spirit.

Ann and Roy Butler trail at Ladybird Lake; photo by



Bonita Beach is an off-leash beach that’s off the hook. Just outside Lovers Key State Park, dogs of all sizes can run free. Parking is free, there’s a toilet on site and it’s got a lovely family-friendly, not to mention pet-friendly vibe. What better place to take your family and canine companions this Christmas?

Bonita Beach Florida; photo by



It may be kind of obvious, but a winter walk in Central Park at Christmas is definitely one for your bucket list and your dog’s bowl list. Glistening, magical, magnificent, we could go on – bottom line is, it’s not to be missed. There are a few rules to follow but nothing you wouldn’t expect. Just be sure to wrap up warm, wrap your dog up warm and go make the most of the magical atmosphere.

Central park; photo by Ralph Hockens

Merry Christmas and a waggy New Year. We hope you love the walks as much as we did.







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