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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - Southeast


If you love the outdoors you've got to head to the mountains of North Carolina with your dog. Near the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock & Sugar Mountain are tons of trails. I had the pleasure of living there for a few years and go back every chance I get. All levels of trails from easy to difficult high in the mountains or along the rivers. Some are right off the Blue Ridge Parkway while others are nestled in the Forrest. From the spring until the fall it's beautiful there. All the towns are very dog friendly as are many accommodations and the people very welcoming too. If you need any help check out a small outdoor store called Footsloggers in Blowing Rock for help with maps and trails among other things. — Nancy Bahls

Barkwells in NC!! You can even bring your horse. They have dog doors and gated porches in the cabins and plenty of dog play areas. — Lisa Ammirati

Panama City Florida, home of the world's most beautiful beaches, allows dogs on the waterfront at the Pier Park shopping and dining complex (also dog-friendly!). Window-shop, dine, and enjoy the snow-white sands and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico together. Then rent a boat and take a day trip to the center of Shell Island, where the shallow waters and uninhabited white beaches at the boater's anchorage are a dog-friendly canine nirvana. — Stephanie Somerset

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Submitted by Anonymous | March 28 2012 |

The Eastern Shore of Virginia has two dog friendly B&Bs in Onancock, VA. Its a very dog friendly town.

The two inns are the Spinning Wheel and the 1882 Colonial Manor Inn. Both have large yards and are close to the center of the waterfront village. There is also a dog friendly beach not far from Onancock.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 30 2012 |

Try Lake Lure, NC. Really pretty and lots of places to walk with your dog. Especially recommend this log cabin rental that is super dog friendly. Have stayed several times. www.vrbo.com/8638

Submitted by Valerie T | May 22 2013 |

I agree with Barkwells in NC. It is beautiful. One of our best dog vacations ever.