Savannah evokes visions of emerald trees, cobblestone streets and historic architecture. The coastal city in Georgia also offers up a variety of canine-friendly options if you're looking to head south for a fun-filled trip with your dog.
Places to Stay
Pets of all shapes and sizes receive VIP treatment from the moment they arrive at Kimpton Brice Hotel, located in Savannah’s historic district. At check-in, dogs and cats receive special welcome packages including loaner beds, food, water bowls, mats and waste bags. Call ahead and the pet-loving staff will even include a personalized name tag for visiting four-legged guests. Pets are also welcome at the hotel’s nightly wine reception in the lobby. The Kimpton Brice welcomes two pets of any size for no additional fee. Visit The Thunderbird Inn, a budget-friendly retro motel that welcomes dogs with amenities like a Thunderbird Inn pet bed, stainless steel dishes and mat, bottled spring water, gourmet pet treats, a souvenir Thunderbird Inn pet tag, and a healthy supply of waste bags to help keep Savannah clean. Dog owners will also receive a map of downtown Savannah highlighting designated pet-friendly restaurants, cafes and relief areas at check-in. In addition, the motel offers complimentary hot popcorn in the lobby, free Moon Pies and RC Cola in rooms, and fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee each morning. The Thunderbird welcomes as many as four pets weighing up to 150 pounds for an additional fee of $50 per stay. Top off your tour of Savannah with an overnight stay in one of the city’s historic mansions. The Foley House Inn welcomes guests with complimentary afternoon tea and wine and cheese in the evening. Dogs staying at the inn are given treats and bottled water at check-in, and are welcome to join their owners for the included full breakfast in the courtyard. Dogs of any size are welcome at Foley House Inn for an additional fee of $50 per dog, per stay.
Places to Eat
Wake up bright and early to dine at J. Christopher’s. This dog-friendly spot serves up tasty breakfasts for you and your pup! Sit at an outdoor table and your dog will be treated like a member of the family. When you receive your coffee, your dog will get a bowl of ice water. While browsing the menu, don’t overlook the doggie menu! Breakfast options for Fido include Puppy Chow (skillet potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage) and The Bulldog (skillet potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, chicken, ham and turkey). For lunch or dinner, bring Fido to Moon River Brewing’s large, dog-friendly beer garden, where you can sample craft beers while your dog laps up a bowl of ice-cold Savannah tap water. The classic pub fare includes tasty Brew Moon buffalo wings, organic beef burgers, crisp salads and filet mignon. Wash it all down with one of the brewpub’s signature beers on draft. Plan ahead and make reservations for The Olde Pink House, where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables. Your furry dinner companion will be given a bowl of fresh cold water while you dine on Southern fare on the patio overlooking Reynolds Square. Start off with an order of blue crab beignets with a lemony dipping sauce, followed by the BLT salad topped with a decadent Southern fried green tomato. For your main course, the menu includes locally sourced seafood and prime-aged beef or lamb. Finish your meal on a sweet note with a slice of Key lime pie or an after-dinner cocktail like Planter’s Punch or The Pink Lady. The number of outdoor tables is limited, so reservations are recommended if you want to dine with your dog.
Bring Fido on one of Carriage Tours of Savannah's dog-friendly tours and get acquainted with the Hostess City of the South. Just look for the carriage at City Market. You’ll hear stories of Savannah's architecture and haunted history from your knowledgeable guide as you ride through town in the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. It's a great way to learn more about the city with your dog. Small dogs are welcome (and free!) on all of their carriage tours; bigger dogs may require a private tour. All carriage tours with a pet should be booked in advance. Savannah has a reputation as one of America’s most haunted cities and is well known for its elaborate burial grounds. Bonaventure Cemetery is the most famous and is considered a must-see by visitors and locals alike. Stroll the grounds for free, but according to local legend, be sure to leave by 5 p.m. to avoid a pack of ghost guard dogs who chase away anyone lingering after dark! If your visit piques your interest in the paranormal, make advance reservations for Ghost City Tours’ Dead of the Night Tour. This 90-minute, dog-friendly and adults-only walking tour is offered nightly. You’ll explore some of Savannah’s most haunted homes and cemeteries while listening to your guide recount the spooky tales and strange happenings that have taken place throughout the years. If you’d prefer a day out on the water, drive out to Tybee Island to the Lazaretto Creek Marina. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours will welcome you and your furry best friend aboard for an afternoon boat ride. As you cruise along the coast of Tybee Island, you and your pup will look for dolphins in the wild as you sail past Cockspur Lighthouse, Fort Pulaski and Tybee Lighthouse. Captain Mike just asks that your dog is well-behaved, leashed and comfortable being out on the water. For a more active aquatic adventure, rent a Jet Ski or kayak from Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports. Your pup is welcome to ride on your personal watercraft as you speed across the waves, enjoying the ocean breeze and the thrill of being out on the water. For a more leisurely experience, rent a kayak and paddle through Tybee’s waters with your canine companion. Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports even provides dog life jackets. Best of all, Fido floats for free at both Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours and Tybee Jet Ski & Watersports!
Since the 1700s, City Market has been the commercial center of Savannah. There are several dog-friendly shops here, and Fido’s favorite will most likely be Woof Gang Bakery. Treat him to a free ice cream (choose the PB&B - Peanut Butter and Bacon!) while you browse gourmet dog treats of all different colors, flavors and designs alongside collars, leashes and dog bowls. Take your dog on a stroll over to Wright Square to sample and purchase some handmade Ollie B. Biscuits from Oliver Bentleys. The store also offers daily dog-friendly walking tours of Savannah. If Fido’s kibble is running low, head to Canine Palace on Bull Street to buy high-quality dog food from the store’s vast selection. The pet store also sells leashes, dog bowls, designer dog beds and freshly baked treats.
Grooming/Day Care/Vet Services
If Fido is in need of a bath or haircut while in Savannah, head to Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Wright Square, which offers a do-it-yourself bath station and full-service grooming. If your pet is more of a holistic hound, make an appointment with Blissful Buddha Pet Services. This unique service comes to you to provide dog yoga, dog massage and basic grooming in the comfort of your own accommodations. Want to take in a show at The Johnny Mercer Theatre or go bar-hopping on River Street where you can’t bring Fido? A couple of good doggie day cares include Catnip n Biscuits and The Hipster Hound. Catnip n Biscuits is a fun, play-all-day environment with three indoor play yards perfect for social pups. If Fido needs to extend his stay overnight, book one of Catnip n Biscuits’ suites with a comfortable bed, TVs and personal webcam. The Hipster Hound offers a shuttle to pick up your pet for doggie day care or overnight stays. If you have to visit a veterinarian during your stay, call the experienced professionals at Case Veterinary Hospital, Savannah Veterinary Medical Center or Central Animal Hospital.
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