Hit the road with your four-legged friends in tow.
It’s just about that time. The temperatures are rising, and your productivity is dropping because all you can think about is a refreshing summer getaway. Want a trip that your furry family members can enjoy? You can pack up the pooches and hit the road because we’ve found three drivable dog-friendly getaways.
STORY: Candice Rose
Dahlonega Spa Resort, Dahlonega
What: Just about an hour and a half away from Buckhead, Dahlonega Spa Resort is the perfect peaceful mountain getaway for those who want to unplug … literally. There are no phones or TVs in the eight cabins. But while you’re happily hiking with your dog, taking in waterfalls and connecting to nature, you won’t miss them for a moment. Enjoy massages, wraps and scrubs at the spa, or get your downward facing dog on during a yoga class in the 1,200-squarefoot yoga hall. Just a few miles down the road, the Dahlonega-area vineyards are a picturesque way to spend the day with your dog. Three Sisters Vineyards welcomes dogs that are dry and leashed, and Wolf Mountain Vineyards will host your dog at any of their outdoor tables. Possibly the best part: taking in the night sky from the front porch rocking chair with your pup by your side.
Details: There is a nonrefundable pet fee of $25 and cabins start at $165 a night.
Barnsley Resort, Adairsville
What: A resort featuring antebellum ruins, endless gardens and its own romantic history, this is a luxury getaway just about an hour away from Buckhead. Amenities, such as pet beds, bottled water and treats, are included for your buddy. With lawn games, outdoor dining areas, gardens and miles of trails, you’ll find plenty of pet-friendly exploring to do. When you’re not hanging with the pupster, golf is a staple here; the highly sought-after 18-hole course was created by renowned course designer Jim Fazio. Or, choose from hiking, horseback riding, hunting or fishing. You can end the day around the fire pit or sipping a brew at the beer garden with your pooch.
Details: When you book a Pampered Pets for PAWS rate, they waive the nonrefundable $75 pet fee and instead, they donate $75 to PAWS, a no-kill animal rescue and shelter. You’ll also receive a discounted rate on dog-friendly rooms, with accommodations starting at $361.
The King and Prince, St. Simons Island
What: St. Simons Island is about a five-hour drive from Buckhead, yet it feels like another world. You and your pup will love exploring the live oak-lined streets and dog-friendly beaches. Other outdoor adventures to enjoy with your pup: miles of paved trails, paddleboarding (if he knows how to swim, of course!) and fishing charters (ask ahead of time if they’ll accept your furry one).
Details: To reserve your dog-friendly room, you’ll need to give the reservations team a ring. Depending on the accommodations you choose, there is a nonrefundable pet fee of $99 to $175. Rooms start around $300.
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