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Traveling with Pets in Charlotte? Head to the Dog Bar

Charlotte, North Carolina is a booming, vital, town that retains its Southern charm.  Also, the citizens of Charlotte are doggone dog crazy and it shows. With a wealth of dog parks, dog friendly patios, doggie spas and daycare facilities, traveling with pets in Charlotte gets the Vacation Pet Friendly stamp of approval. Check out our Charlotte Travel Guide all there is to do! We love cities who love their dogs, and the Queen City certainly fits that bill. Why is Charlotte called the Queen City?  The city was named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was the queen consort of King George III of England.

I am always a sucker for creatively named establishments and Barkingham Park tickles my funny bone.  Located at 2900 Rocky River Road in Charlotte, this four acre park is a haven for off leash doggie fun. Known for its well behaved patrons – both canine and human – this south Charlotte hot spot is many Queen City hounds’ favorite place to run and romp with other dogs while the humans bond over stories of their furry offspring.

Dogs enjoy the many parks and water holes in Charlotte

When traveling with pets to Charlotte, the Dog Bar is a must

The Dog Bar in Charlotte is suited for a King!

When your dog has run off all of his or her excess energy, head on over to the similarly cleverly named Dog Bar. This bar is completely dog friendly and a great place for dogs and their humans to meet and mingle over icy cold beers and other cocktails. Located in the historical North Davidson neighborhood, this area is Charlotte’s thriving art’s district, called NoDa by locals.  While the Dog Bar does not serve food, they do encourage people to bring takeout food into the bar and enjoy it alongside cold drinks, dogs and the humans who love them. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at The Dog Bar, however, owners must be able to show proof of current rabies vaccination for each dog and all dogs over the age of one must be spayed or neutered. There is a $10 annual membership fee for each dog to enter The Dog Bar – which this writer and dog nut thinks is entirely reasonable for a fun, social environment where dog lovers can get to know each other in the company of both their beloved pups and cocktails. During the warmer months, The Dog Bar offers live music, social events and dog birthday parties to patrons.

Traveling with pets to Charlotte makes for a great pet-friendly vacation

If you want to treat your sweet dog to a special treat, look no further than Barbara’s Canine Café on South Tryon Street. This canine catering service offers all-natural dog treats made with no preservatives, fillers, artificial coloring, sodium, sugars or added fat. Barbara’s treats are hypoallergenic and great for pups with sensitive tummies and special dietary needs. Barbara consulted with veterinarians and the North Carolina State University’s Food Science Department when developing her canine treats.

A trip to the dog park, a dog bakery and café and a real live bar that allows dogs – is Charlotte the greatest dog city, or what? When it comes to dog friendly lodgings, as expected, Charlotte is tops and Vacation Pet Friendly has an exclusive listing of the most dog friendly hotels in the Queen City.

Remember, booking early is essential when traveling with pets. See what’s available today so you get the best deals. Start your search for pet friendly hotels in Charlotte here. Then sit back and think of all the fun things you can do when you get there!


Posted by Amy L. on Aug 4, 2011 in Blog, no comments
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