Exploring Atlanta with Dogs

More local business, from breweries to luxe hotels, are not only becoming more pet friendly, but embracing your furry friends. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

Designed by noted architect Robert A.M. Stern, The Mansion on Peachtree combines an intimate 127-room ultra-luxury hotel with 45 residences, stellar dining options and the exclusive 29 Spa. The 42-story, Mobil four-star-rated boutique hotel was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler on the 2009 Hot List & 2009 50 Hot Spas.

Piedmont Park

Considered Atlanta's Central Park, the 182-acre park is popular with joggers, bicyclists and rollerbladers, and hosts festivals and events nearly every weekend during warm-weather months. The park also offers tennis courts, playgrounds, athletic fields and a dog park.

Loews Atlanta Hotel

This modern hotel in the heart of Midtown, Atlanta's arts and entertainment district, proves that opposites attract by combining sleek, futuristic design with old-school Southern hospitality.

Hampton + Hudson

This restaurant pays homage to locals-only bars of days past with towering ceilings and gorgeous wood paneling. The menu serves up delicious and eclectic comfort foods fit for a laid-back night out or boisterous gathering of friends. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). Open late.

Ponce City Market

At one time the largest redevelopment project in the nation, Ponce City Market is the most unabashed example of Atlanta’s newfound penchant for preservation. This mammoth buildi

Second Self Beer Company

Two Georgia Tech grads tapped into their alter egos and launched this Westside brewery in 2014. Flavor profiles for each brew are created with fresh ingredients like blue ginger and lemongrass, never dried ingredients or extracts. Second Self touts a kid- and dog-friendly atmosphere.

City Winery

Created by the founder of the iconic Knitting Factory, one of New York’s longest running music venues, City Winery has had success in other cities before launching in Atlanta.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

This wild getaway offers trails for all skills levels, five campsites, two fishing docks, 10 yurts, seven picnic shelters and a 215-acre lake, among other amenities. ​Kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard and aquacycle rentals are available seasonally. The most popular trail runs parallel to the creek and passes by the ruins of

Arabia Mountain

This “mountain” is actually a granite monadnock, or an isolated rock hill (much like Stone Mountain). The 2,550-acre area includes two lakes and plenty of trails that vary in distance, difficulty and topographic scenery.