Dog Friendly Activities Around Boone

Lauren and her dog, Bentley, at Valle Crucis Community Park.

It’s a Dog’s Life in the 828!

It’s true when they say a dog is a human’s best friend, but it’s even more true when they say a dog is a Boonie’s best friend. Whether you’re walking down King Street or hiking a trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway, there’s no avoiding a friendly smile or sniff from a pup. As a dog lover, here are three must see, dog-friendly places to take your pooch in Boone!

#1: Valle Crucis Community Park

If your dog loves to play in water, Valle Crucis Community Park is the place for you! The Watauga River runs right through the park, making it the perfect place to swim, fish or observe the wildlife. After spending some time in the park, you can walk right over to both the Mast General Store for some ice cream. There are some rules to follow: dogs must remain on a leash and owners are required to pick up after their pet!

#2: The Horton Hotel

My standard poodle, Bentley, weighs over 70 pounds! Along with him, I often travel with my family’s two other dogs, Bella and Gordon, who are much smaller. It’s difficult to find accommodations for all three dogs, but not at the Horton Hotel in Boone! Not only is the hotel located on King Street, but all dogs are welcome. Dog bowls, mats and, most importantly, treats are provided.

#3: Coyote Kitchen

Why leave your dog when you could bring them? This local restaurant specializes in Southwest Caribbean soul food with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options too. With a covered porch out front, it’s the perfect location to enjoy a nice meal with your pup by your side. You’ve gotta try the fish sandwich with sweet potato fries! It’s my favorite.

Happy High Country Adventuring!

There are plenty more places for your dog to tag along! Big or small, all dogs are welcome in the High Country. There’s always an adventure to find in the 828!

About the Author

I am a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, but I have been in North Carolina since1997 when I moved to Boone to attend Appalachian State University. I earned my degree in Theatre Education and Communications. While at ASU I met my husband, Matt Long, a Boone native and general contractor, and gained a heart for these mountains and my beloved ASU Mountaineers. After graduation, I spent 5 years teaching in Charlotte before being given the opportunity to move back to the High Country. In 2007 I earned my NC Real Estate License and began in full-time brokerage. In 2010 I helped to open a franchise brokerage in the High Country. I gained impactful knowledge and built important relationships during my 8 years there, but began to feel the calling to get back to my roots.

In June of 2018, my dream became a reality when I opened 828 Real Estate. We are a boutique brokerage that is locally focused, community-minded and client-driven. I feel so fortunate to be in a career that I love, have opportunities to serve wonderful clients, and get to work with the best team here at 828 Real Estate.

I am a member of The High Country Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors. I am a member the Boone Chamber of Commerce and I am on the board for the Downtown Boone Development Association. I have also completed the Realtor  e-Pro certification that specifically focuses on the technology tools needed in the purchase or sale of a property. Additionally, I have earned my CLHMS Designation. (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) and a qualified Affiliate. Over the years I have been awarded various Top Producer Awards. I am honored each year to be invited to the Top 50 Brokers in the High Country celebration.

My husband and I reside in downtown Boone and have 2 beautiful children, Sadie Rose and Levi. We attend Alliance Bible Fellowship and stay connected by serving the community and supporting local non-profits like Western Youth Network, The Appalachian Theatre and Valle Crucis Community Park. We love to spend time outside hiking, playing on the river, running with their dog, Emmie Lou, hitting the slopes and making the most of our time in this amazing place we get to call home!