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Dog-Friendly Accommodations Abound in SC

Marie McAden Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.
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Bringing Rover on your South Carolina vacation? Whether you’re looking for a rustic cabin in the woods or upscale accommodations at a luxury hotel, you’ll find plenty of places that welcome tail-wagging guests. Some restrictions apply and expect to pay a daily pet fee.

Here are 10 dog-friendly vacation spots you and your canine companion will enjoy:

South Carolina State Parks
Starting in 2020, six state parks – Barnwell, Devils Fork, Dreher IslandHickory Knob ResortOconee, and Santee – will be allowing pets in select cabins and villas. Accommodations are limited so book early to snag your dog-friendly lodging.

The Willcox Hotel, Aiken
Everyone gets spoiled at this iconic hotel, renowned for its luxuriously appointed rooms and award-winning restaurant. Doggie amenities include hand-baked treats, plush pet bed, water bowl, turkey jerky turndown and made-to-order meals. To help you make the most of your Aiken visit, you’ll also receive a map of the Hitchcock Woods walking trails, clean-up bags and a reference sheet with details on local pet shops, pet-friendly restaurants, veterinarians and pet wellness facilities. Pet sitting and pet walking services also are available.

The Barksdale House Inn, Charleston
All 14 rooms in this appropriately named historic inn are pet-friendly. Built in 1778 and located in the heart of Charleston’s downtown district, the inn is walking distance to shopping, dining and the famed Market Street. Iced tea and refreshing delicate bites are served each afternoon.

The Inn at Middleton Place, Charleston
This secluded riverside retreat is set on 110 acres of Middleton Place, a national historic landmark featuring America’s oldest landscaped gardens. While pets are not allowed in the historic plantation, the inn has its own beautiful walking trails shaded by magnificent oaks and pines. Accommodations are pet-friendly up to 75 pounds.

Hyatt Place, Columbia
Stay in the heart of the Capital City’s premier arts and entertainment district. The Vista is home to more than 70 restaurants and attractions. Rooms feature a separate living area, giving your pooch a comfortable spot to snuggle in.

The Westin Poinsett, Greenville
Greenville’s only AAA Four-Diamond hotel is just blocks away from the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy, where you can walk your dog on inviting trails that take you past stunning waterfalls, seasonal gardens and public artwork. Neither one of you will ever want to leave!

Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island
This oceanfront resort is the perfect destination if you enjoy strolling with your dog along the shore. In the summer, dogs are allowed on the beach before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. During the prohibited hours, you can walk your dog on the property’s shaded pathways winding through lush tropical gardens.

The Patricia Grand, Myrtle Beach
This is one of the few oceanfront hotels in Myrtle Beach featuring dog-friendly rooms – but only for pups weighing 20 pounds or less. For the humans in your group, the hotel offers indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river, hot tubs, a seasonal poolside bar and on-site dining.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Myrtle Beach
If you’re visiting Myrtle Beach with a heftier four-legged family member, you can stay at this oceanfront resort, where any size dog is acceptable. The resort has 13 rooms on the first floor of the Cypress Building along with a fenced doggie run.

Anchorage 1770, Beaufort
One of Beaufort’s most acclaimed historic inns, the Anchorage offers two rooms for guests with pets weighing less than 80 pounds. A maximum of two dogs are allowed in the rooms. During your stay, be sure to make the 20-minute drive to Hunting Island State Park, where dogs are allowed on the beach and walking trails any time of the year.

Marie McAden
A former staffer with The Miami Herald, Marie moved to SC in 1992. She is passionate about the outdoors, and enjoys exploring the state’s many natural treasures from the Lowcountry to the Upstate.