Pets owners love their fur-babies. So, it’s no surprise when you feel serious guilt leaving your furry friend at home while you go on your insta-worthy adventures. So if you're looking for pet-friendly things to do, we’ve put together the ultimate ideas for you and your dog (or cat?) to experience some of the best of the capital of the South.
Chow down with your hound at one of the many pet friendly patios around town. (📷 courtesy Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund)
Where to eat?
Highland Bakery: For the perfect brunch with your four-legged companion head to Highland Bakery’s Inman Park location. You’ll be seated outside to enjoy some delicious made-from-scratch baked goods and savory breakfast dishes. Be sure to stroll down to Inman Park’s charming main drag.
Monday Night Brewing Company: Enjoy a pint with your best friend on the patio and soak in the people-watching and delicious brews while you fill up on pub fare. You and Fido may even make a new friend or two.
Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall: A perfect midpoint on the Eastside portion of the Atlanta BeltLine, Ladybird is an excellent lunch spot for you and your pet. Sit on the patio while dining on “Southern camp fare” and delish cocktails.
Seven Lamps: Located in Buckhead’s Shops Around Lenox, Seven Lamps offers Atlantans a fresh selection of modern-rustic staples, seasonal American fare, handmade pasta, craft cocktails and an oasis of a courtyard that’ll be a perfect respite after a long day out in the park and shopping in Buckhead.
Take your pup on a shopping spree on the Atlanta BeltLine and at Ponce City Market. (📷 Gene Phillips, AtlantaPhotos.com)
Where to play?
Atlanta BeltLine: You cannot beat the BeltLine in Atlanta for a day spoiling yourself and your furry friend. There are miles of pet-friendly stores and even a few pet shops along the way in case you forgot something or just want an excuse to spoil your critter. Many shops even have treats on hand for four-legged customers.
Fetch Dog Park: This is the coolest dog hangout in town. Let Fido off leash and enjoy. Toys, bags and a pet bath are all available for use. Get a day pass for $10 and enjoy music and cocktails while meeting fellow dog moms and dads. This place will get even better as food will soon be available. There are rules so check the website before you go.
SweetWater Brewing Company: With its major renovation complete, this Atlanta legend is even more dog-friendly than ever. Now with plenty of seating on the outdoor patio and with lots of doggie friends there on any sunny day, you’ll enjoy some of the best beer in Atlanta while you chow down on some solid food. We won’t judge if you share the snacks with your best friend.
Downtown Decatur: For a bit of a small-town Southern feel, head just outside the city to downtown Decatur where there is a local pet boutique and where the vast majority of stores are pet-friendly.
Shops at Ponce City Market: The outward facing shops here are probably the most pet-friendly around. Most even have treats and water on hand plus several dining options you can enjoy with your pet pal. If you want to head into the food hall, there is a Dog Valet on the second floor who will watch your pet for a small fee.
Dog-friendly hotels are paw-sitvely fabulous in Atlanta.
Where to stay?
Hotel Clermont: For a truly retro-chic experience, you can’t beat this former motor lodge. Located within walking distance of the extremely pet-friendly Atlanta BeltLine this is an ideal place for you and your pet to relax in the heart of the very pet-friendly Eastside.
The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Atlanta Buckhead: For the ultimate pet-parent move, book a room here. Stay in some of the finest luxury Atlanta has to offer and be steps away from amazing shopping, dining and nightlife. There are also plenty of parks, and your pet will get five-star treatment.
Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown: Located across from the Fox Theatre this perfectly placed hotel puts you minutes away from Piedmont Park, the Atlanta BeltLine and so much more. Take your pet on a quick stroll down Peachtree Street and pass some of Atlanta’s major landmarks including the Fox Theatre, the Margaret Mitchell House and some pet-welcoming local businesses.
Aloft Atlanta Downtown: Aloft is known for being welcoming to all, and your pet is no exception. Highlights of the area are photo ops at the Olympic Rings at Centennial Olympic Park and with street art as the backdrop. Once you and Fido have gotten your fill of photos and Fido is resting, go out and explore some of Atlanta’s world-renowned attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and so much more.
Note: Most of these hotels have pet fees but all are welcoming to pets.
Even in the dog days of summer, there is plenty for furry friends to do in Atlanta, so don't hesitate to include your four-legged friends when planning your Atlanta getaway.
Courtney Bigum is a marketing professional and Atlanta local always looking for new and exciting ways to explore the city. There is never a weekend an adventure doesn't find her.