Weekend getaways are supposed to be easy, but when it comes to going on vacation with our dogs, things can get a little more complicated. Knowing the best dog-friendly places to stay, shop, and eat in a new locale can be difficult, so our pal + west elm LOCAL maker Liz Martin from Charleston Weekender did a little research for us on a recent trip to Savannah. Below are Liz’s suggestions for places you and your four-legged friends can enjoy!
This was my first attempt to bring my four-legged travel buddy along to a hotel, and The Brice made it such an enjoyable experience. Maddie Martin, our King Charles, was immediately welcomed with dog-friendly staff & Woof Gang Bakery treats upon check-in. She made herself right at home on the cozy bed and in the outdoor courtyard, and made plenty of other furry friends during our stay. I would definitely stay here again due to the ambiance and the convenience of having a delicious restaurant downstairs, Pacci Italian Kitchen.
Fido CAN sit on the furniture
A couple of places weren’t open to having my little leashed shopping companion, but we were still able to explore some neat spots. One of my favorites is Emily McCarthy’s Shoppe. Emily is a blogger and lifestyle designer, and her shop is THE place to go for custom paper products like napkins, stationery, and coasters. My favorite of Emily’s offerings, however, are her adorable patterned prints that have been used on everything from pillows to melamine trays. Maddie waited patiently for me to decide on a lemon tray from the comfort of a fabulous spotted rug. We even got to meet Emily, who was such a sweet hostess and made sure Maddie didn’t go thirsty.
In any city we explore, West Elm is always a favorite of both myself & Maddie. She can always expect to get a treat and some TLC, and I love to head straight for the LOCAL Section. Shameless plug: I have some products that are part of the Charleston local section and it’s always a great place to treat yourself to a souvenir from a LOCAL maker.
Meals Worth Wagging About
While I wasn’t able to find any indoor spots to bring your dog, there are plenty of amazing options with outdoor seating and great ambiance. A southern staple is the Olde Pink House, which is of course very pink inside and out. We enjoyed a Southbound Brewing Co Sour Ale while grubbing on gumbo and fried chicken in the heart of the city. If you’re pooch is more of a hipster at heart, you’ll love The Atlantic. There are plenty of outdoor games to keep you entertained while you wait for one of their delicious cocktails or farm fresh meals. For a casual experience with a water view and classics like Lowcountry Boil, The Crab Shack won’t disappoint.
You wouldn’t want to bore your fur baby or leave him in the hotel the whole time, so you’ll love all of the dog-friendly activities around town. Dogs are allowed on pedi cabs and trolley tours, so that is a great way to get around if your pup needs a break from strolling. If you have more of a sea dog on your hands, Aqua Dawg Kayak Company is right up your alley. It was an easy but scenic paddle to the old Cockspur Lighthouse, and we even got a doggie life jacket in case Maddie went overboard.