These Southern inns treat pets as welcome guests.

By Nellah McGough / Southern Living and Southern Living
August 19, 2015
Credit: Andrew Hetherington

Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas

The Hotel Van Zandt and other Kimpton properties are known for their over-the-top pet friendliness. A special doggy kit provided at check-in includes treats, maps to local dog parks, and a squeaky toy. In the room, you’ll find food bowls and a plush bed with a freshly dry-cleaned cotton cover for your pup. The setting, along Lady Bird Lake, provides 10 miles of trails for morning walks. Furry friends can stay free.

Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans

Dogs are greeted by name when checking in to this elegant hotel five minutes from the French Quarter. Dogs sleep in velour-covered beds and get treats at check-in. Two pets max allowed per room with a $150 fee.

Aloft Asheville Downtown, in Asheville, North Carolina

Staffers at this 115-room boutique hotel are dog lovers to the bone. Aloft partners with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue to foster rescue dogs at the hotel, and the dogs wear yellow vests that say “Adopt me!” Those who already have a pup in tow will get an “Arf” package at check-in, complete with a dog bed, food and water bowls, toys, and local treats from Three Dog Bakery. Pets stay free.

The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville

The Hermitage, a classic built in 1910, rolls out the red carpet: Its Very Important Pets program includes walking and grooming services, a chef-prepared menu, and even massages. The fee? $50 per day.

Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, this European-style resort has 3,300 acres, including hiking trails and gardens, to explore with your pet. Dogs must stay on a leash, but they are welcome in most public areas on-site. The hotel’s Furry Godmother surprises well-behaved pups with toys and treats. Barnsley also has a program that donates the $75 pet fee to PAWS pet adoption in Atlanta.

What to ask before you book:

1. Is there a pet deposit or fee? Is it refundable?
2. Do you have a weight or size limit for dogs?
3. Do you provide dog beds and food bowls?
4. Are there special amenities for pets?
5. What areas of the hotel are off-limits?
6. Can pets be left unattended in the hotel room?

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