Florida's Historic Coast Travel Planner 2018 - Page 27

Pet Friendly Pet-friendly restaurant See Spot Run, Play, Dine and Stay Pet owners are feeling the love on Florida’s Historic Coast. From sidewalk water bowls to pet-friendly hotels, the Ancient City’s attitude toward furry friends is as warm as a wagging tail. In St. Augustine you can ride with Rover in a horse and carriage or fl oat with Fido on a scenic boat tour. You might stroll 16th century lanes with your best friend by your side, then lunch at a lively sidewalk café. Here’s a sampling of places on Florida’s Historic Coast that welcome pets. Salty Dogs Well-behaved, leashed dogs may visit most St. Johns County Beaches, as long as their owners clean up after them. Anastasia State Park allows leashed dogs in the campground, but not on the beach. And the GTM Research Reserve allows leashed dogs on the trails, but not on the beach. Pets and People at Play Take your dog along and sip the Fountain of Youth’s famed waters, then delve deeper into history at the Colonial Quarter Museum. Next, visit the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse for a lesson in 18th century education and a doggie treat. And despite the Castillo’s formidable reputation, the grounds outside the fort are decidedly dog-friendly. After exploring the pedestrian and pet- friendly downtown, cool your heels and paws on a Victory III Scenic Cruise along the waterfront. With so much to see, the whole family should hop a Red Train Tour to take it all in. Stay in Style Let sleeping dogs lie at one of nearly 50 pet- friendly accommodations, including upscale hotels, B&Bs and beach resorts. At Beacher’s Lodge Oceanfront Suites, pets receive a dog tag with hotel information to keep their dog safe in case he wanders off , and owners get clean-up bags and a list of pet-friendly attractions. Plaza de la Constitución Chow Time Tantalizing aromas emanating from restaurants with outdoor seating will have pets and their humans licking their chops. Savor brats and brew at Meehan’s Irish Pub or elegant cuisine in the Raintree Restaurant courtyard. At Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, pets are invited to join their families at meal time at the American Gator Club and Cabana Beach Club’s Sea Porch. FloridasHistoricCoast.com 25