Sometimes life can be “ruff” and you need a getaway to “paws and reflect.” Take your best buddy with you, because as owners know, everything is better when you bring your pet along. They can be our best travel companions, but the “ulti-mutt” pet-friendly getaway does take some planning. We’ve included Columbus, Indiana destinations that provide a “purr-fect” experience, while avoiding “pet-tential faux paws.” This will save you some time and keep you from barking up the wrong tree.
Raise the Woof for these Pet-Friendly Hotels
We are “paw-sitively” enchanted with Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center which has a canine Hotel Ambassador named Tripp. This adorable Bichon Frise will welcome you as you arrive. If you catch him in between naps, you might even get a snuggle. Bring your own pet for a nose-to-nose pose with Tripp.
Other hotels that welcome your pets:
- Best Western Edinburgh/Columbus
- Charwood Suites, Columbus
- Comfort Inn, Edinburgh
- Days Inn by Wyndham, Columbus
- Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Columbus
- Hampton Inn, Columbus/Taylorsville/Edinburgh
- Hilton Garden Inn, Columbus/Edinburgh
- Holiday Inn, Columbus
- Home2Suites by Hilton, Columbus
- LaQuinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Columbus/Edinburgh
- Red Roof, Columbus/Taylorsville
- Residence Inn by Marriott, Columbus
Doggie Dining – Best Places to Say “Bone Appetit”
If you bring your dog, you won’t need to take home a doggie bag. These eateries offer outdoor dining where your pup is welcome.
- Bucceto’s, Columbus
- Columbus Bar, Columbus
- Hickory Hillz BBQ, Edinburgh
- Hog Molly Brewing Co, Columbus
- Lucabe Coffee Co., Columbus
- Papa’s Grill, Columbus
- Sno Biz, Columbus (seasonal)
- Upland Columbus Pump House, Columbus
- ZwanzigZ Pizza, Columbus
Plus, check out Hotel Indigo’s Canine and Cocktail events during the summer months! After all, it’s not drinking alone if your dog is with you.
Paw-some Dog Destinations
The Columbus People Trail is for dogs too. This 27-mile trail takes you through several parks, over a river, through woods and past significant modern architecture, which Columbus is known for. A map can be downloaded or picked up at the Columbus Visitors Center.
Mill Race Park is recognized as one of the top 100 parks ranked by Landscape Management. Right downtown, along the Flatrock River, this park offers stunning scenery, extraordinary design, recreation, public art and architecture.
Irwin Gardens is a manicured maze based on the Casa degli Innamorati in Pompeii. Walk your dog around several fountains, a narrow pool and through the herb garden. Spy an English sundial and a Japanese bronze elephant sculpture, as you explore this immaculate garden.
Pups love stopping by the Farmer’s Market, too – open Saturday mornings, May 6 – September 16.
Several local retailers welcome pets. Check here for a list of other pet-friendly destinations in the Columbus area.
Pave your road trip with paw prints! Bring your best buddy when you visit Columbus, Indiana, and your pet will surely say, “Thanks fur the meow-mories!”