Looking for somewhere different to take your pup to stay out in the world, but out of the heat? Try out these (cool) spots for a day out with the pooch.
4450 South Blvd, 28209
Sleepy Poet makes for a great day of antiquing and gazing. Bring the pup along for company and browsing. Check out Bird Dog Vintage’s booth, where a portion of proceeds go to Springer Rescue.
Treat yo’self: Grab a bag of popcorn and spend your day wandering the aisles.
2120 South Blvd, 28203
Atherton is incredible because of the openness and friendliness of business owners. Peruse Free People and Anthropologie, which are both dog friendly. In fact, it’s encouraged through their parent company, Urban Outfitters, and they even have dog bones and water in the summer. Grab a cup of coffee at Not Just Coffee (where dogs can wander inside), or take a seat for lunch on the shady patio of Living Kitchen.
Treat yo’self: I highly recommend the (hemp) milk and cookies from Living Kitchen.
Summer projects are all the rage. Grab your pup and head to your home superstore of choice. This is perfect because the aisles are spacious, it’s air conditioned, and you can hit your to-do list with the pup in tow.
Treat yo’self: Grab a handful of DIY magazines and get your wheels turning for your next project.
2500 Dunavant St.
Located in South End, this colorful space is perfect for a human/doggie date. Your dog will love a King of Pups—a dog-friendly “ice cream” made from honey, bananas, peanut butter, and other yummy dog treats.
Treat yo’self: Try the new peach pop—it’s what summer should taste like.
2921 N. Tryon St.
NoDa Brewing has, from its inception, been dog-friendly, with brew dogs Marley and Dakota spending their days in the offices of owners Suzie and Todd Ford. And now, with this dog-love in mind, NoDa has taken this a step further with “BYOD: Dog Walking Program”. Bring your own dog on Sundays to walk a mile at noon, grab a beer, and sit in the shade on the patio.
Treat yo’self: NoDajito- NoDa Brewing’s award-winning mojito wit beer
2320 N. Davidson St.
Located beside Amelie’s, Free Range is just a short dog-walk from NoDa proper. With a great, nicely-shaded outdoor patio and water bowls, Free Range is an easy-going spot to sit outside and enjoy the sun. As with all breweries, remember dogs are only allowed outside and brew staff are just following the rules when asking you to keep Fido outside.
Treat yo’self: You’re Everything I Kneed—a Carolina wild ale collaboration with Duke’s Bread, and a cup of wasabi peas
1500 W. Morehead St., E, 28208
The covered outdoor patio at the West End Rhino Market is waiting on you and your dog. You (likely) will be met with lots of other dog-lovers with their fur-babies lying in the shade, staying cool while enjoying great food and beverage. Water bowls abound and there is plenty of space for the pups to lie down.
Treat yo’self: Grab a can of Rosè All Day or a pint of Golden Cow Ice Cream to enjoy some summertime treats.
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
The Whitewater Center is a mecca of all things outdoors. From weekly concerts and yoga, to well-maintained river-side trails, USNWC is a great fit. And, if your pup is up for a swim, grab a paddleboard and float along the Catawba River, through shaded tributaries and open water. It’s a cooling, relaxing, and peaceful way to enjoy the outdoors with your best friend roaming the shady trails or enjoying a show.
Treat yo’self: If you don’t already have one, grab an ENO hammock at the Outfitters store and set up at one of the stations along the whitewater river.
Since 2005, North Carolina has been working diligently to connect significant trails from city to city to address environmental concerns and make North Carolina truly walkable. Many of these trails are shaded and wooded, including the Little Sugar Creek Greenway portions of the trail. Walk along the water and through the woods, right in the heart of the city.
Treat yo’self: If walking through midtown, stop by Cherry Berry for some self-serve froyo.
Image Courtesy of NoDa Brewing