Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas that make up the Triangle are places that many pet parents and their furkids call "home". They are also a big hit with pet travelers, with multiple pet friendly accommodations to choose from, as well as activities, breweries and restaurants to experience with their pooches. It's easy to see that there’s so much for pet parents and their four-legged family members to do in the Triangle!
Pet Friendly Places to Stay
From budget hotels to extended stays, the Triangle delivers with plenty of upscale boutique hotels, midscale lodging options, extended stays and budget friendly accommodations to be found. If pampering and luxury are at the top of your list, you'll find there are many high-end accommodations you can choose. The Aloft Hotel in Raleigh is a great example, and pet guests are in for a real treat with Aloft's Animals R Fun (ARF) Program. Pooches receive extra amenities like their own bowls and toys, as well as their own bed!
If you're looking for moderately priced lodging that is super pet friendly, then the La Quinta Inns & Suites accommodations are for you. They allow multiple pets with no weight or breed restrictions, and best of all, pets stay free! You'll find their locations all across the Triangle. Notably, Candlewood Suites also have midrange pricing, for those needing a place for longer stays. All their locations feature designated potty areas, complete with waste bags and receptacles, for their pet guests' needs.
Looking for a pet friendly place to stay that's easy on your wallet? Motel 6 and Red Roof Inn properties are easy to find, and they offer comfortable surroundings with low rates. Even better, when it comes to pets, they stay free!
Pet Friendly Activities
There’s no lack of pet-centric activities to do in the Triangle! No matter what interests you and your pooch may have, you’ll find fun and unique experiences you can enjoy together. When you’re in Raleigh, you can try a Yoga class or throw a “Dog Pawty” at Woofinwaggle, or take a tour of the artistic sculptures along the paved trails at the North Carolina Art Museum Park. Head a bit north to Wake Forest and visit The Cotton Company for a unique shopping and art experience in a historic downtown setting.
How about heading to Durham to stroll through the beautiful Duke Botanical Gardens, or eating outdoors at Foster’s Market - it's a cafe, coffee bar and specialty foods market all rolled into one! You can also take your pooch to one of the local Woof Gang Bakeries, conveniently located in Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill, for homemade dog treats and unique pet accessories. Even the smaller towns on the outskirts have plenty of things to do, such as the Trails at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary. With over three miles of hiking trails to explore combined with scenic overlooks among the Eastern Hemlock Trees, it's a unique place for exercise and getting back to nature.
Dog Friendly Breweries & Bottle Shops
Grab a pint with your pup! There are a lot of dog friendly breweries in the area, such as Raleigh Brewing Company, with plenty of outdoor seating and food trucks that stop by regularly. Another great place for local brews is Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, where leashed dogs are always welcome to join their pet parents.
Wine shops and breweries in the suburbs are also a hit, such as wine offered by the glass, plenty of beers on tap, food trucks and frequent events at Wine & Beer 101 in Youngsville. This great town also has Yacht Club Beverage House, offering a taproom and outdoor beer garden, and described by patrons as a "friendly place with tons of space inside and out."
Pet Friendly Restaurants
When it comes to great places to eat, the Triangle does not disappoint! Most restaurants in the area with outdoor seating areas allow your pet to dine with you. We recommend that you call ahead of time, just to be sure there's plenty of seating for you and your pooch. A few great local eateries in Wake Forest include Buffalo Brothers Pizza & Wing Company and The Burger Shop. Both feature fresh menus and provide plenty of outdoor seating areas. If it’s simply a sweet treat you’re after, head to one of the Triangle’s many Goodberry’s Frozen Custard shops, all of which have great outside tables to sit, relax and enjoy a cool custard treat.