As if Beaufort wasn’t already enticing enough, with its charming cottages, waterfront views, and the relaxed atmosphere, this little town is as welcoming to four-legged visitors as two-legged ones. Here are just a few of our tried-and-true favorite places, paws down.
City Loft Hotel
Speaking from personal experience, this is one of our favorite places to stay when we visit Beaufort. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that isn’t an antebellum cottage, this is the place for you. City Loft Hotel is Beaufort’s first upscale boutique hotel. Don’t let that word “upscale” scare you though–these people love visitors, as evidenced by their pet-friendly policy. This place is more like a retro motor lodge with lots of amenities and friendly faces. Dog biscuits on the pillows and water bowls are a given here.
Oh, Hemingway’s. The drama over the noise complaints aside, this is old Beaufort. I have yet to figure out why this place is called a bistro, because it is a bar. A dive bar. Probably the best dive bar in Beaufort to have a room named for a Beaufort County magistrate. I love it. And so does my dog. Hemingway’s has dog bowls with water and biscuits scattered all over its outdoor seating area. This place’s motto is, “A nice place to be…if you can find it.” Truer words were never spoken. But don’t give up — Beaufort isn’t that big, and the place faces the Historic Riverwalk in downtown Beaufort. If you and your canine companion can’t find the coziest and coolest neighborhood bar with those directions, then it just wasn’t meant to be.
Most ice cream shops are pretty great, and Southern Sweets is no exception, boasting the best milkshake that I’ve ever had. The classic ice cream parlor decor, savory lunch menu, and vast array of ice cream choices make this place great for me. The doggie sundae, complete with milk bones, make it great destination for our four legged friends.
The River Walk in Historic Downtown Beaufort is an ideal place to take your pooch, especially if the weather is nice. Think cobbled walkways, large expanses of fresh green grass, old wooden swings, and plenty of spots to pop in for a bite. This area is peppered with doggie stations providing waste bags and receptacles, and there is plenty of space to run or sprawl. Several popular spots in this location boast outdoor seating where dogs are welcome. These places, including, Panini’s on the Waterfront, Plums, and Q on Bay, also usually provide a doggie snack as well as water for your canine companions.
Bricks on Boundary
While Bricks on Boundary isn’t located in Historic Downtown Beaufort, don’t let that deter you. Located on Boundary Street (which is the street that will take you into Historic Downtown Beaufort), this restaurant is also dog-friendly. A covered porch provides a comfy spot for you and your dog to grab some shade and some grub. I can speak truthfully and from experience that this place has one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had — it’s definitely in the top two.
Here’s a List of More Beaufort Pet Friendly Businesses
Out Door Dog Owner Fun
- Southside Dog Park
- Burton Wells Dog Park
- Spanish Moss Trail
- Hunting Island State Park
- Sands Beach
- Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park
- Cypress Wetlands in Port Royal
- Blackstone’s Cafe
- Panini’s on the Waterfront (Has a dog menu)
- Hemingway’s Bistro
- Q on Bay
- Maggies Pub and Eatery (Habersham)
- Pluff Mudd Coffee
- Back Porch Grille
- City Loft Hotel
- Other Beaufort hotels have limited roms and unique dog policies, so call ahead and talk to the concierge.
Many shops allow pets that are well handled and behaved. A couple of our favorites:
- Modern Jewelers
- Joli Home Accents