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When we see your pooch walking up with you to check-in, we get just as excited as they are that you’ve chosen a dog-friendly vacation in North Carolina. We are huge dog people at Landmark Vacation Rentals and we know what it takes to make sure you and your pup have the ultimate dog-friendly vacation, North Carolina-style.

If you’re thinking about a dog-friendly vacation in North Carolina, you’ve come to the right place. Western North Carolina is one of the most dog-friendly places to vacation and we’ll outline the reasons why in this guide to dog-friendly vacations in North Carolina. You and your pup will love hiking in the mountains, the small-town feel of the Highlands-Cashier plateau and Landmark’s variety of dog-friendly vacation rentals. After reading about how to spend your dog-friendly vacation in North Carolina, you’ll be ready for your next Western North Carolina vacation, and you’ll never have to leave your furry family member behind again.

The team at Landmark Vacation Rentals can also recommend some dog-friendly vacation ideas:

  1. Walking trails you and your doggo will love
  2. Pet-friendly restaurants
  3. Dog-friendly shops
  4. A relaxing pet-friendly cabin in the NC mountains

Where Can I Go On Vacation with my Dog?

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Western North Carolina is one of the best dog-friendly vacation spots in the United States. At Landmark Vacation Rentals, we know every vacation is better when you bring your furry friend along! From hiking up and down the Blue Ridge Mountains to a variety of pet-friendly shops, restaurants and vacation rentals, we know you’ll love vacationing on the Highlands-Cashiers plateau. Smile as your dog enjoys the fresh mountain air and everything else they’ll discover and learn about on the trail, watch them discover their first Western North Carolina waterfall and enjoy a delicious meal at one of our many pet-friendly restaurants. When you want to wind down for the night, our professional team at Landmark Vacation Rentals can help you find the perfect pet-friendly vacation rental.

Is North Carolina Pet-Friendly?

Western North Carolina is one of the most dog-friendly destinations in the country and once you get here it’ll be easy to see why.

Things to Do in North Carolina with Dogs:

  1. Visit any of our hiking trails. Most of them are dog-friendly! Your pup will thank you later.
  2. Visit the Ugly Dog in Cashiers for lunch
  3. Visit the Highlands Dog Park
  4. Visit dog-friendly shops in Highlands like Highlands Mountain Paws
  5. Go for a walk with your pup in the charming pet-friendly towns of Cashiers and Highlands

If you have any questions, the Landmark staff should be able to answer them, as well as make recommendations on local things to do for you and your furry family member. Most of us have deep roots in the Highlands-Cashiers plateau and we know the area well. We can’t wait to share our slice of mountain paradise with you!

Murray’s Dog-Friendly Vacation in North Carolina

We imagine how extraordinarily exciting it is to visit an outdoor paradise like the Highlands-Cashiers plateau, from a dog’s perspective. So, we had one of our favorite Landmark ambassador pups write about their experience in the mountains to give you an idea of what your dog-friendly vacation or just a dog-friendly day trip in NC will look like.

Day One

Today isn’t like most days. Mom is packing lots of bags. She’s packing her camera and she’s got her shoes on. Oh, boy. She’s putting my harness on, and that means I’m going, too!

We’re out the door. I’m really good at jumping in the car all by myself and she tells me I’m a good girl. I love the car because it’s magic. Mom and I get in and we sit for a little while and then we end up somewhere surprising together. Sometimes, it’s one of my favorite places, and sometimes it’s somewhere totally new.

Okay, we drove past the vet. That was a close call.

We are going and going and going. It feels like years and years. We make a few stops so I can go to the bathroom. This is really unusual. Where could we be going?

I stick my head out the window. Gosh, it feels cooler outside! And none of the smells are the same. This is somewhere new! The big highway is gone and the roads are curvier. Oh…now, I get it! We are going to the mountains!

We get out of the car at a beautiful cabin. So many new smells. I’m so excited! After some unpacking, mom puts me in the car and we drive to a place called The Ugly Dog in Cashiers. I wonder if only ugly dogs can come inside, because if that’s the case, I won’t be allowed. I’m very cute. Mom says The Ugly Dog is just an expression, and all dogs are welcome to eat with their owners on the outside patio. So, I hang out with my mom while she has dinner and a drink. After that we drive back to the cabin. I need some sleep before I go on any more new adventures!

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Day Two

We had breakfast and we are getting in the car AGAIN. This is so exciting! Car rides are my favorite and we just keep going on them. I stick my head out the window. We are on a street with pretty Christmas lights everywhere. I hear mom say it’s Highlands Main Street.

We park and start walking. We go into the stores and all of the people in the stores welcome me in and pet me. Mom says if I’m good we’ll go get treats, so I make sure I’m really, really good.

One store on Main Street has dogs coming in and out. We go in and it’s a store for me! There are toys and treats everywhere! This is Highlands Mountain Paws. My mom goes to the treat buffet and fills baggies of natural treats for me while I greet a new Poodle friend in the store. She grabs a new rope toy, too. After we check out, we get back in the car and I get to enjoy one of my treats…but not for long!

We get in the car and just minutes later, we are at Highlands Dog Park! There are so many dogs for me to play with. I take up with an Australian Shepherd and we run and run and run all around the dog park. Mom pulls out the rope toy she bought for me at Highlands Mountain Paws and the Australian Shepherd named Lucy and I start playing my favorite game, tug-of-war.

Finally, I’m so tired. I just plopped down right there in the dog park. I’m ready for a nap. So, mom and I load up, and we head back to our pet-friendly cabin. She put me in my crate for a much-needed break from all the excitement, and told me that she and her friends are going out to shop and have a nice dinner at Wolfgang’s in Highlands.

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Day Three

Mom is driving the car and she tells her friend that she’s so happy they took a dog-friendly vacation in North Carolina. And I sure am happy, too! We drive for a while and end up at Panthertown Valley. This makes me a little scared because I’ve heard panthers are big, mean cats. But, mom says there are no panthers, so I guess we can give it a try.

I love being outside in the mountains. The fresh mountain air feels so good. There are so many new sounds and smells in the woods that I don’t recognize, but I still love picking up on them. Finally, we come to our destination and I can’t believe it. It’s water, but a lot of it and it’s moving really fast and loud. And there’s a pool where it ends for me to play! Mom says we’ve reached Granny Burrell Falls. I wade around in the water, and she tells me I’m a great swimmer. We eventually have to leave the falls, but we keep walking through the woods for a while. It feels great to be outside with my mom. We make it back to the car, and I curl up on a towel to get dry.

Mom says there is one more stop before we head home. We pull into a parking lot and we go into the building. Whoa! There are paintings of dogs all over the walls. A nice lady comes from behind a desk and hands me a treat. Okay, I like it here. Everyone is asking to pet me and asking my mom what kind of dog I am. She proudly tells them I’m a Wheaten Terrier. I jump up on one of their cozy couches while she speaks to them. She thanks them for the pet-friendly accommodations and asks them about booking another pet-friendly cabin with them next spring.

I get super excited because this means I get to come with her again! Anywhere my mom goes is my favorite place, but I really do love the mountains. They hand my mom some information and it says Landmark Vacation Rentals. Now I know who to call if my mom forgets to book her next trip to the mountains. Dog-friendly vacations in North Carolina are the only vacations I want her to go on from now on!

Pet-Friendly Cabins in North Carolina

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If you have a dog that loves being outside and loves meeting new people and pooches, there is nothing you could do to make your dog happier than to bring them on your next vacation to the Western North Carolina mountains. At Landmark Vacation Rentals, we have plenty of dog-friendly vacation rentals to choose from and we are happy to help you pick the perfect one for you. Contact us when you and your pup are ready and let us help you put together a dog-friendly vacation in North Carolina that you and the family pup are sure to love. You can book with confidence knowing that if something comes up and you need to change your plans, we’ll be here with Flexcation™ Options, for the ultimate peace of mind vacation planning.

There are a variety of reasons to take a dog-friendly vacation in North Carolina. It’s a beautiful place full of mountain vistas, small town charm, unique shops and boutiques, dreamy waterfalls, enticing forests and so much more, all with a focus on being as pet-friendly as possible. If this sounds like you (and your furry family member), contact us today to start planning your next dog-friendly vacation!