Dog-Friendly Hotels Where Man’s Best Friend Is King

The Fearrington House InnDog-Friendly Hotels Where Man’s Best Friend Is King

At The Fearrington House Inn in Pittsboro, dogs feel at home at the hotel, its surrounding trails and on-site park

Choosing a place to spend the night when you’re traveling or on vacation can get complicated when you have a dog or two in tow. Across North Carolina, there are plenty of hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, cabins and vacation rentals that welcome dogs as overnight guests.

And then there are some places to stay that go above and beyond to make man’s best friend feel at home. Book a room at any of these accommodations, and your dog will feel as if he’s the most important member of the family.

Mountains

Aloft Asheville Downtown
Asheville
Dogs are pampered at this downtown spot with their own food and water bowls, bed, toys and locally baked treats. The rooftop Air Level has a pet path of artificial turf specifically for walking and playing. You’ll be happy to learn that pet accommodations require no additional fee. And for those who are interested in adding to their families, the hotel has a dog adoption program in partnership with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, housing one pooch at a time who wears an “Adopt Me” vest and can be adopted and taken to a new home.

If visiting the area, also try: When a bed-and-breakfast setting is more your style, consider Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn, which has three dog-friendly suites in its carriage house and a dog run on-site. The pet fee is $30 per pet, per night. Dogs are welcomed with a note from the resident dog, Lady Amber Abbington.

Barkwells
Mills River
This dog-centric location comprises eight cabins on more than eight fenced-in acres with a pond. Each cabin has its own gated porch and private, fenced yard. The property requires a refundable $100 damage deposit for first-time visitors with dogs. All of the standard dog amenities, such as bowls and beds, are stocked in the cabins.

DogWoods Retreat
Brevard
On Cantrell Mountain, seven minutes from DuPont State Recreational Forest, DogWoods has three dog-friendly cabins on one-acre wooded lots with fenced yards. There is no fee for two dogs, but a $25 fee is charged for each additional dog. During your stay, you can book customized dog training and other services, such as walking and feeding, for an additional fee.

The Park on Main Hotel
Highlands
This hotel makes its commitment to dogs clear from the beginning with a black Scottish terrier as its logo and mascot. The rooms even have Scotty-shaped soaps. The mascot’s name is Mr. Pickles, and he makes special appearances to greet guests. He treats his pet visitors right with MacKenzie-Childs water bowls and Orvis pet beds. The Park on Main welcomes dogs free of charge. The hotel also has a pet fostering partnership with the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society to help pets find forever homes.

Green Park Inn
Blowing Rock
Located just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Green Park Inn welcomes guests with dogs. The hotel does request advanced reservations for pets, a $25 nightly fee and a refundable $100 damage deposit. Your dog will receive a “biscuit bag” upon arrival. In addition to the Parkway, the inn is close to Moses Cone Memorial Park and Julian Price Memorial Park, where your four-legged friend can enjoy playtime.

Piedmont

The Fearrington House Inn
Pittsboro
A member of Relais & Chateaux, a portfolio of renowned hotels and restaurants around the world, this Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond inn is situated among the farm and garden landscape at Fearrington Village. It welcomes dogs for a $50 fee per pet, per night, and provides them with treats at turndown service. You're encouraged to walk your dog throughout the beautiful grounds, which include trails and a park. Shops in the Village Center also offer dog treats as well as collars and toys for purchase. The Village’s two casual restaurants allow dogs to accompany guests on their patios and provide water bowls.

The Westin Charlotte
Charlotte
Dogs receive the vibrant city experience at this Uptown Charlotte hotel. Pet amenities include The Westin Heavenly Dog Bed, welcome kit and food bowls with a mat. The beds are also available for purchase in the Westin Store. There is no pet fee, but guests must sign a waiver of liability.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Cary
The Umstead provides dogs with their own space called DogWoods. Named after North Carolina’s state flower, the enclosed area has plenty of room to play. Complimentary tennis balls encourage a game of fetch. Dogs are pampered inside, too, with water bowls, beds and treats. The hotel charges a flat fee of $200 for pets.

Coast

Otway House Bed & Breakfast
Beaufort
The Otway House has four guest rooms, each with its own bathroom, and a wide front porch with rocking chairs. Dogs are welcome for an additional $20 per pet, per night. Indoor-outdoor kennels are available for them while guests are away from the house, and a quarter-acre fenced-in yard has plenty of grass and room to run.

Atlantis Lodge
Atlantic Beach
This oceanfront lodge has been a favorite of pet owners for decades; it opened in 1963 and has a retro beach feel. Many guests are repeat visitors year after year. The lodge’s spacious property with maritime forest has plenty of room to stroll with your dog on a leash, or let him run in the fenced-in dog park. The fee is $15 per pet, per night.

Oak Island Accommodations
Oak Island
This family-owned property management company offers more than 175 dog-friendly vacation rentals. Reservations for guests with one dog require a $100 nonrefundable fee; for additional dogs, the fee is $50 each. Guests traveling with dogs receive a treat from the local pet shop upon arrival. One specific property is a dog’s dream. Sea Dogs on the western end of the island has a shaded dog run, latching gates on two of the home’s covered porches and a dog-washing station to clean up after a day at the beach.

Inner Banks Inn & Restaurant
Edenton
One of Edenton’s most charming bed-and-breakfasts, the inn welcomes dogs in its two suites in The Tillie Bond Cottage, which has a fenced-in backyard. The pet fee is included in the room rate. Dog treats are readily available in the kitchen, and pets are welcome to accompany guests on the outdoor patios and porches.

If visiting the area, also try: Dogs are welcome at Athol Plantation, an elegant Edenton bed-and-breakfast 100 feet from the Albemarle Sound. Built in 1836, the plantation house is on the National Register of Historic Places. The owners and their Yorkies welcome your furry friends into their home for no additional fee.

Leah Hughes, a freelance journalist in Charlotte and native of Randolph County, enjoys writing stories about treasured places. You can see more of her work at leahchughes.com.

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