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
Sarah Long is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee. She has spent the last 24 years of her life in North Carolina. In 1997 she moved to Boone to attend Appalachian State University where she received her degree in Theatre Education and Communications. She met her husband, Matt Long, a Boone native and general contractor in a “communications class”. Sarah moved to Charlotte to teach soon after graduation. After 5 years of teaching, they were finally given the opportunity to move back to the place they love, the High Country of NC. In 2007 Sarah received her NC Real Estate License and began her new career. After 3 years in the business, she was presented with an opportunity to help open a Franchise Real Estate Company in the area. Lots of growing, education and relationships were formed over the years with this large brokerage. In 2018 Sarah made the decision to step away from a larger company and start to build a smaller, locally focused brokerage. 828 Real Estate is located in vibrant downtown Boone. It is a boutique brokerage firm that focuses on Quality, not Quantity. Sarah is a member of The High Country Association of Realtors, the North Carolina Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. She is also a member of the Boone Chamber of Commerce and on the board for Downtown Boone Development Association. She successfully completed the REALTOR e-PRO course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the prestigious certification offered through the National Association of REALTORS.® The REALTOR e-PRO certification course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and interactive. It is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale property. On a personal note, Sarah and Matt have 2 beautiful children, Sadie Rose (11) and Levi (9). The Longs attend Alliance Bible Fellowship and stay connected by serving the community by supporting local non-profits like Western Youth Network, The Appalachian Theatre and Valle Crucis Community Park. The Longs love to spend time outside on hikes, on the river, playing with their pup, shredding the slopes and making the most of their time in this amazing place they get to call home!