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End of an Era: A Laughing Horse Lodge Closes Permanently

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Irie and Tiki (in their GPS collars) in front of the entrance sign, just a short walk from the beach.

We were SO sad to read this week on Facebook that A Laughing Horse Lodge in Port Aransas will not be rebuilding or renovating following extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey. It appears that the land will be sold, bringing an end to one of the most dog-friendly accommodations in Texas.

We’d been taking Irie and Tiki to Laughing Horse for the past five years, always planning both a spring and a fall visit.

They stayed there so many times that they knew when we drove into the parking lot where they were and immediately got excited!

We always stayed in the individual cottages; we started out in cottage #7, staying there three times before we moved on to #11 and 12…but Irie and Tiki NEVER forgot #7! Every time we walked the dogs around the property, they wanted to return to the back door of cottage #7 to “their” first beach house:

Our first cottage was located right beside the property’s self-serve dog wash!

As we got to know the property better, we moved to the larger cottages; our favorite was one that was easy to spot with its huge tree:

It was dog-friendly and comfortable…and Irie and Tiki raced inside every time we opened the door…

As rebuilding efforts continue, we know that we’ll be back to Port Aransas once again…but it sure won’t be the same without A Laughing Horse Lodge!

Paris Permenter
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