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Dog Friendly Savannah

The Catherine Ward House Inn is a dog-friendly inn. We permit well behaved dogs to stay in two of our guestrooms, “Jessica’s Room” and the “Hibernian Room”, as long as they bring their human along with them. The human has free run of the Inn but dogs must stay in their guestroom. Our other guests must not be disturbed by barking or anxious behavior. We are trusting you will not bring a dog that can’t be happy and behave. There is a one-time $25 Pet Fee. Any additional cost of damage to the inn or inconvenience to another guest caused by the dog (or human) will be charged to the human.

In order to help those traveling with dogs have the best vacation possible with their four-legged companions, we have created the following resource of businesses (tours, restaurants, shops, and activities) in and around Savannah that are dog-friendly. This resource is ever expanding, so check back often for the most up-to-date information.


Architectural Tours of Savannah – A 90 minute walking tour led by Jonathan Stalcup, author and graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Architecture degree. Jonathan weaves the richness of Savannah’s architectural heritage into its cultural and economic history. Reservations are required for Jonathan’s tours as times and starting locations may vary.

Old Savannah Tours – A trolley tour company offering a number of tours of Savannah. The most popular tours include their 90-minute overview tour and On/Off tour. Well-behaved, leashed, dogs are permitted on these tours.


Forsyth Park Cafe – A casual cafe catered by the Kessler Collection (owner of 700 Drayton @ The Mansion on Forsyth Park), located in the recently rehabilitated historic Forsyth Park Fort. Outdoor, pet-friendly, seating is available. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter and from 7 a.m. to dusk in the spring, summer and fall. The cafe stays open late during festivals in Forsyth Park, including the Savannah Jazz Festival and Picnic in the Park.

Brighter Day – The local health food store, located at the south end of Forsyth Park (just minutes from the Catherine Ward House). Store features a wide variety of foods, snacks, and drinks – in addition to the deli. Deli features a range of foods, including great sandwiches (prepared and made to order). Dog-friendly tables are available on the sidewalk along East Park Ave. Seating is shared with the Sentient Bean. Open Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sun 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. Located at the corner of East Park Ave and Bull Street.

Sentient Bean – Local community coffee shop with great light sandwiches and salads. Specializing in organic, fair trade, and home made food, drinks, art, and entertainment. Located at 13 East Park Ave (immediately next to Brighter Day). Open daily from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm.

Leoci’s Trattoria – A cosmopolitan Italian restaurant, popular with locals and tourists alike. Reservations are always encouraged, as the main dining area and adjoining patio space is limited. Leoci’s is open daily. Weekdays, hours are 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM (or later). Weekends, hours are 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM (or later). Located at 606 Abercorn Street.

Cha Bella – A restaurant with an emphasis on consistently delicious, organic, and seasonal fare served in a fun and innovative space. Known for great vegetarian options. A great patio space with a large fire-pit make it a great pet-friendly dining option. Open Sun-Thurs 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm and Fri-Sat 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Located at 102 East Broad Street (on the corner of East Broad Street and East Broughton Street)

Six Pence Pub – English styled pub with outdoor seating along Bull Street (right in the middle of all the action!). Open Mon-Thurs 11:30 am – Midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30 am – 2 am, and Sunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm. Located at 245 Bull Street (near the intersection of Bull Street and Liberty Street)

Wright Square Cafe – A casual european style cafe and chocolate shop. Limited outside seating is available. Open Mon-Thurs 7:30 am – 5:30 pm and Sat 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. Located at 21 West York Street (between Whitaker and Bull Streets) off of Wright Square.

Zunzi’s – Takeout with a South African flair. Extremely popular with locals (we recommend calling ahead for lunch to avoid the line – sometimes down the block!). No real dining room – all food is “to go” or on the outdoor patio. Open Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Located at 108 East York Street (just east of Drayton Street)

Express Cafe and Bakery – A family friendly cafe just off of Ellis Square near City Market. Limited outdoor seating is available along Barnard Street. Food can also be ordered “to-go” and taken into City Market (which is very dog-friendly). Open Mon-Fri 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sat-Sun 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Located at 39 Barnard Street (between Congress and Broughton Streets)


Getting Around

Yellow Cab – If, after a long day of walking, you and your pooch are both too tired to walk back to the inn, Yellow Cab, the taxi company we recommend, will pick you (and your four-legged companion) up and bring you home. Their phone is: 912.236.1133


Forsyth Park – Located a 1/2 block from the Inn, Forsyth Park features large open grassy fields ideal for guests with and without dogs who want a sunny spot to just “hang out.” The park also features a number of wide sidewalks ideal for strolling. A walk around the perimeter of the park is one mile in length. Dogs are required to be leashed at all times while in Forsyth Park.

The Savannah Squares – Smaller than Forsyth Park, the 22 Savannah squares are scattered throughout the city between the Inn and the riverfront. Each square is unique and features any number of historic markers, monuments, fountains, or other items of interest. Dogs are required to be leashed at all times while in the Savannah squares.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2011 3:02 pm

    What a wonderful attitude the inn has towards pets — and what a wonderful resource for people traveling with them. If I’m ever in Savannah with my dog, we’ll definitely come by.


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