This is a sponsored post on behalf of Explore Boone, however all opinions are our own.
What do dog owners do before traveling? Look for the best places to take their dog on a trip, of course. We recently went to one of our favorite mountain towns for an overnight stay and put together this list of the best dog friendly places in Boone, NC.
As millennials continue to add animals to their families instead of kids, there is an increasing need for pet friendly accommodations and attractions. We certainly love traveling with our three dogs. It is important for us to take all three, as they are a pack and a family. Our dogs truly are our kids.
Accommodations, Wineries, Restaurants, & Hiking – Find The Best Dog Friendly Places in Boone, NC
Fun fact: the town of Boone is actually named after, you guessed it, Daniel Boone! The town is home to Appalachian State University (GO APPS!), where Nicole went to graduate school. The students honestly love dog visitors, so when you visit Boone make sure to walk the campus grounds. Overall, Boone is a very dog friendly town with a variety of attractions and activities for every type of dog owner.
The Best Dog Friendly Hotel in Boone, NC
During our overnight trip, we stayed at The Horton Hotel. Talk about a gorgeous location! The Horton Hotel is a boutique hotel and rooftop lounge in downtown Boone. Prior to this trip we had never stayed in a boutique hotel and now we feel spoiled. Seriously, check out these spaces!!
It is a chore to find accommodations that allow multiple dogs, but The Horton Hotel staff welcomed all of us with open arms and the dogs with treats! They even have rugs just for the dogs in the pet friendly rooms. How cool is that? The hotel actually has 5 rooms available for those traveling with dogs.
Not only is The Horton Hotel stunning, but it is also in the perfect location. Located in the heart of downtown, we were able to easily walk to grab dinner, take the pups to the grass park, and hit all the shops on King Street. While parking isn’t right beside the hotel, it’s just 300 feet to the parking spaces.
The location is also just a hop-skip away from the AppState campus, which is perfect for football games or visiting your favorite college student. Being that Nicole used to work in higher-ed, she knows that college students enjoy having their loved ones visit–especially if they bring the dog!
Fair warning, this is a boutique hotel and is between two buildings so not all rooms have windows. However, we found that we kept our blinds shut the entire time. We honestly didn’t need a window anyway, but thought this was important to note for our readers. The Horton Hotel staff does make sure to go out of their way to make up for this with salt lamps and amazing decor.
We stayed in Room 5 and it was the perfect space for us. Even with two soft-sided travel crates, there was plenty of room for all three dogs and both humans. The room location was great too because it was right beside the back entrance for the hotel. Being near this entrance allowed for quick exits to the grass park and the parking spaces.
The hospitality of The Horton Hotel staff was second to none. We typically stay at short-term rentals when traveling with the pups, so we miss out on the human interactions. Every single staff member we encountered was pleasant and they LOVED our dogs. Y’all know we love people that love our dogs!
The Best Dog Friendly Winery
Following our stay at The Horton Hotel we drove down to Grandfather Vineyard. Nestled in Banner Elk, Grandfather Vineyard is the place to take your dog(s) for spectacular views of Grandfather Mountain, wine, and picnics by the creek.
We arrived slightly before Grandfather Vineyard opened, so we walked around part of the grounds. The vineyards are on the side of a mountain and look like they belong in a movie. Seriously, this is a majestic location.
Once the tasting room opened, Nicole took Elliott inside with her to grab a flight of wines. To her surprise, Grandfather Vineyard also has cider! We tried three sweet wines and a raspberry cider. Even though dogs are allowed on both the grounds and the tasting room, we decided it was best not to take them all inside. Since the wine flights can leave the tasting room, we decided to go that route.
Outside of the tasting room is a patio with plenty of comfortable seating. We lounged at a table while trying the wines and cider.
Grandfather Vineyard has seating down by the creek as well. It is the perfect spot for a picnic and potentially creek stomping! However, we decided not to let the dogs in the creek because we were traveling down the mountain. There were signs about not playing on the rocks, but we did not go down to that area so we may not have even been able to let the dogs into the creek.
There are three dogs that live on property at Grandfather Vineyard. If you have a reactive dog, this might not be the best place to bring your pup. Otherwise, we think this is a must-do activity!
The Best Dog Friendly Restaurants
Being the dog friendly town it is, Boone offers a variety of restaurants allowing dogs on the patio. While we didn’t get a chance to stop on this trip, here are a few dog friendly restaurants:
- Lost Province – high-quality pub fare featuring oven-baked pizzas
- The Cardinal – classic American road food
- Appalachian Mountain Brewery / Farm 2 Flame – AMB brews award-winning beers and ciders while F2F features wood fired street food
- Booneshine Brewing Co. – a craft brewery with a variety of bar food from snacks to sweets and a new tasting room
- Coyote Kitchen – one of Nicole’s personal Boone favs featuring Southwest Carribean Soulfood (vegan and vegetarian friendly!)
The Best Dog Friendly Hikes
Y’all know we head up to the mountains on a weekly basis to hit the trails. We love to escape the heat and hike in the cooler weather found in the High Country. Exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of our favorite pastimes. Not to mention the benefits from hiking, which you can read about here. Here are a few of our favorite hiking trails to take the dogs on:
- Boone Fork Trail – a moderate 5-mile loop trail that is perfect for high-energy dogs like McCartney, includes boulders and ladders
- Rough Ridge – a moderate-to-strenuous 2.5 mile out-and-back trail with breath-taking views that Storm’s little legs can’t handle
- Beacon Heights – an easier one-mile out-and-back trail with stunning views perfect for all three of our dogs
- Price Lake Loop Trail – a 2.2 mile loop trail that is relatively flat and a great leg stretcher for all levels
- Bass Lake Loop Trail – a very easy one-mile loop trail that we use quite a bit in the colder months
The Best Dog Friendly Places in Boone, NC
We hope this post of the best dog friendly places in Boone, NC helps you find some hidden gems on your next trip to the High Country. The big question is, where do you plan to stop first?
Are you traveling with your dog soon? We put together a free Dog Traveling List printable just for you! Grab it here!5