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SAVANNAH

Old  Southern Charm and Modern Amenities. 

Savannah, Georgia is a charming Southern escape where art, period architecture, trendy boutiques and haunted stories are all set under a veil of Spanish moss. In this enchanting setting you and your dog can discover everything from Savannah’s historic past to magnificent parks, trendy eateries, fun entertainment centers and even a ghost or two.

A unique way to begin your Savannah getaway is to explore historic Fort Pulaski. A Union garrison held the Fort for much of the Civil War. Your dog can become an official Bark Ranger by  promising to be a good boy or girl and obeying simple rules handed to you. Your dog will receive an official Bark Ranger tag to keep and you can begin your exploration. 

You and your dog can take a self -guided walking tour, not only of the exterior and interior grounds and ramparts of the Fort, but your dog can actually accompany you inside the historic rooms. You and your furry companion can view and learn about the officer’s quarters, enlisted men’s quarters, officers’ mess, chapel and more. There are also many hiking and bird watching trails around the fort.

To learn about Savannah’s historic homes, parks and streets, Oliver Bentley’s Historic Dog Walking Tour meets at scheduled times almost every day. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you and a pack of pets and their people will sniff out historic landmarks, scenic parks and establishments that welcome pets as your guide gives you the low-down on  the highlights of Savannah. Oliver Bentley was actually a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel whose person named a pet bakery after him and gives out samples of goodies to pets on the tours.

After so much sightseeing, it’s time to take a break at Leopold’s Ice Cream, an historic ice cream and sandwich shop serving people and pets since 1919. This iconic eatery has several tables  outside where dogs can enjoy delights made just for them, while their people can enjoy their pick of two dozen homemade flavors.

Refreshed, it’s an easy walk to two famous Savannah landmarks, Forsyth Park and River Street. Forsyth Park is a 30-acre park that features the city’s most famous fountain, built in 1858. The park is filled with trails that are favorite walking places for locals and their dogs. Another iconic destination is River Street on Savannah’s waterfront, where you’ll find over 70 shops, restaurants, galleries, pubs and hotels surrounded by Savannah’s historic past. River Street is very pet friendly.  Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the area with their people and join them for outdoor dining.

Three other adventures not to be missed are Starland Yard, Thunderbird Inn and Moon River Brewing Company. Starland Yard is a dog friendly entertainment center. The sides of old freight train cars welded together form the sides of the “yard”. Inside, Starland Yard is an outdoor food court with a bar and  pizzeria, plus a changing selection of international food trucks and special events featuring local music, art and culture weekly. You and your leashed dog are welcome to join dozens of other pet parents as you mix, mingle and make new friends. The most unique hotel by far in Savannah is the Thunderbird Inn. Their motto is “Where the Hip Pets Stay.” The Thunderbird is a throwback to the 1950’s complete with 50’s style check-in and room décor combined with modern amenities. The Thunderbird boasts the only “Pet Patio” in Savannah for running around and taking care of business. Finally, if you love a good ghost story, Savannah is one of the most haunted cities in America. The Moon River Brewing Company is housed in one of the oldest, most historic and genuinely haunted buildings in Savannah. Many diners and staff members claim to have had ghostly encounters. Ask your server about the hauntings, especially on the second floor that is off limits to guests. 

To find put more about pet friendly Savannah, check out visitsavannah.com