There is no reason to leave Fido at home when visiting Charlotte. A growing number of Charlotte hotels have recognized that some travelers like to bring their pets along and have started welcoming four-legged guests. Most of the larger hotel chains have policies that allow pets of certain sizes (call ahead for restrictions).
Some hotels go a step further, rolling out the red carpet with treats and special amenities for Fido and Fifi. At the Westin Charlotte a Heavenly dog bed is waiting in the room for guests traveling with pets, and aloft Charlotte Uptown has an Arf Pet Package, a gift basket filled with a dog bed, water bowl, treats, and toys to help make your pooch feel at home.
It’s a good idea to call ahead to find out if a hotel allows pets. Some have size restrictions and others charge extra fees. In most cases, dogs won’t be permitted to be alone in the room.
Or, if you’re planning to visit Charlotte in April, time your trip to coincide with Bark in the Park to see if you and yours can win the prize for best pet/owner look-a-like. And if you absolutely must go somewhere Fido or Fifi can’t follow, look into Meow & Fetch, a popular local pet-sitting service.
© Jodi Helmer from Moon Charlotte, 1st Edition