The Best Guide to Discovering New Bern with Your Dog in 2018

Is this the look you get when packing for a vacation that doesn’t include your furry friend?

Then consider New Bern, North Carolina for your next family vacation when leaving your best friend at home is not an option.

Southern Hospitality at its Furriest

New Bern has a long history of not only welcoming visitors looking for the perfect “old-south” hideaway but also their canine companions! New Bern is happy to offer dog-friendly solutions for travelers for whom vacationing without Fido is not an acceptable course of action. Historical downtown offers everything from dog-friendly patios at restaurants and shop owners who are always happy to scratch a pair of ears to fresh water bowls left outside storefronts. Regardless of what you’re looking for, we have overnight accommodations, restaurants, and sight-seeing opportunities to experience with your four-legged friend (sunglasses optional). Pet-loving New Bern is the perfect place for your next pooch-inclusive-escapade.

Where to Stay in Historic Downtown New Bern

Bridge Pointe Hotel & Marina

The Bridge Pointe Hotel & Marina is located conveniently across the Trent River from Downtown New Bern. It’s not uncommon to see guests strolling across the scenic drawbridge to enjoy an evening exploring the idyllically preserved historic district with their canine companions wagging their tails along the way. This newly renovated hotel also has the option of renting a boat slip so you don’t have to decide between land and water!

DoubleTree by Hilton New Bern – Riverfront

The Doubletree by Hilton is located on the waterfront in historically preserved Downtown New Bern. Their world-class accommodations include a variety of room-styles to chose from, meeting spaces, a restaurant, and even a waterfront deck! Regardless of your reason for travel, the DoubleTree is a great solution for business or pleasure, and always welcomes furry guests for the stay.

Captain’s Stay B&B

The Captain’s Stay Bed & Breakfast is a charming establishment in the heart of Downtown. From your room, you can easily explore the restaurants, shops, and sights with your favorite furry friend. Feel free to stop at any of the water bowls left out by local merchants on your way (dehydration sneaks up on everyone)! As it is also located just around the corner from nearly anything in Downtown, you also have the option of having a safe, cool place to

leave your pooch for a quick tour at an attraction that can’t accommodate four-legged guests.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Havelock NW-New Bern

If your visit includes hitting the beach or stopping by beautiful towns East of New Bern, Havelock, NC sits perfectly between, providing easy accessibility to nearby attractions. Located in front of the Havelock Tourist and Event Center is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Havelock, NC. This pet-friendly hotel invites travelers of either business or pleasure to unwind and enjoy their indoor pool, business center, and world-class service!

Quality Inn-Havelock

Just 20 minutes away from Historic Downtown New Bern (16.2 miles to be exact) is the fur-friendly Quality Inn – Havelock. The Quality Inn hotel in Havelock lets guests lay their heads and focus on the experiences they came for! Enjoy the hotel’s free breakfast to start your adventure or drop into the restaurant onsite to end the perfect evening after exploring.


Dog-Friendly Eateries & Outdoor Patios



The Grill at Prohibition

The Grill at Prohibition is a great option for groups (or solo sojourners) looking for a bite to eat with their dog. Not only does the Grill at Prohibition have a varied menu (including separate Gluten Free and Vegetarian menus) but they also have the option of a covered patio, as well as an uncovered space with more access to the sun. No matter what you’re feeling, you’ll find a great fit at the Grill!

Morgan’s Tavern

Morgan’s Tavern is a hit with locals and visitors, alike. Their historic building and incredible menu (and wine selection) offer a slightly upscale feel to the evening, while the knowledge that you’re dining at New Bern’s first auto garage and the unique decor make your meal a comfortable and casual dining experience. If your pup will be joining you ask for a seat on their beautiful back patio; it’s the perfect place to catch a breeze while you shoot the breeze with friends.

Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Add breathtaking views of the Neuse River to your dining experience. Their spacious water-front deck is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring Downtown New Bern’s cultural and historical gems. Locally sourced farm-to-table style food will give a taste of the area, while their skilled staff will provide you with service and meal you won’t forget anytime soon.

Lawson’s Landing CafĂ©

Lawson’s Landing offers a hint of sophistication with your breakfast and brunch menu. Their Banana Fosters French Toast as well as their Quiche, has been lauded by local foodies as well as professional food bloggers. Anyone who is looking for a pet-friendly patio to hit while they start their day with some beautifully unique food is sure to be pleased with a trip to this exquisitely Southern eatery.

Cow Café

Cow Café is a popular site for those looking for a quick lunch or just to relax and soak up the atmosphere of Downtown New Bern while enjoying a bowl or cone of homemade ice cream. The café offers a full line of hearty sandwiches, plates, wraps, salads, and soups, along with almost forty flavors of ice cream. Your pup is welcome to join at any of their four pet-friendly outdoor tables while you savor your meal.

Beer Army Burger Company

Located along Pollock St, you can indulge in a mellow craft brewery taproom with sixteen rotating drafts, cocktails, and specialty fresh ground burgers at the Beer Army Burger Company. They also offer various beer tastings throughout the month for you to try. For those wanting a burger and a beer with their dog alongside, Beer Army provides outside seating along the sidewalk of the restaurant for all to enjoy!

247 Craven

If you’re looking for a more unique, one-of-a-kind dish, 247 Craven is a perfect fit! Named after its address, 247 Craven is a warm, upscale bistro that focuses on using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients, so the menu is ever changing. Appreciate an evening of fine-dining with your canine at one the outdoor tables right out front.

MJ’s Raw Bar and Grille

MJ’s Raw Bar and Grille is another local favorite! Located in the heart of Downtown New Bern, MJ’s offers a t-shirt and jeans type of vibe making any and everyone feel welcome. The staff prides themselves on local seafood, fresh food, and superior customer service. If you have a craving for shellfish of any style, this is your place. MJ’s conveniently provides outdoor seating for guests who’d like to bring their dogs along.

Circa 1810

Circa 1810 at the historic Harvey Mansion has a full outdoor patio with comfortable seating where you and your pooch can enjoy live music, chef-prepared Italian cuisine, and drinks from their underground bar during your experience in Downtown New Bern. The beer garden setting creates the ideal atmosphere to unwind over drinks and good conversation with human and furry friends alike.

Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant

Blackbeard’s Triple Play is the most recent to join the Downtown New Bern restaurant and entertainment venue scene. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a live band, awesome food, or simply a place to kickback and watch a game with your furry fellow, Blackbeard’s is for you. Feel free to take a seat on their pet-friendly patio deck on your next visit.

Bear Town Market (BTM)

Directly across the street from Blackbeard’s Triple Play, you’ll find Bear Town Market, where they actually encourage you to bring your dog right inside! BTM offers the largest selection of draft beers in New Bern with 52 taps and counting. Line that up with a great wine and cocktail selection, a pool table, and Caution Food Truck Ahead parked right out front most nights, you and your pup are sure to feel like locals in no time. Grab a pool stick or a table outside on the patio any night of the week.

Shops & Activities for Furry Friends 

 The Black Cat Shoppe

The Black Cat Shoppe, located right on Middle St, is a randomly inspired novelty store full of unique, quirky, and interesting gifts for the whole family. Not only is the staff incredibly helpful and friendly, but they love to see a tail waging by your side when you walk in. If you’re looking for creative and old-school gifts, this is the place to be!

Nauti Paws Pet Boutique & Bakery

Everyone in the family deserves a few homemade goodies, even the furry members. Just a few storefronts down from The Black Cat Shoppe, you’ll find Nauti Paws Pet Boutique & Bakery. Filled with natural and healthy bakery treats for furry friends, array of high quality food, toys and gifts, Nauti Paws is sure to be a hit for pets and pet-lovers alike!

Cruise the Neuse Boat Tours

If you and your four-legged companion would like to explore the rivers of New Bern during your visit, New Bern offers two awe-inspiring boats tours at your leisure. Cruise the Neuse Boat Tours takes on a 90 minute scenic tour of both the Neuse and Trent Rivers, offering three daily cruises and one sunset cruise most days of the week. You will hear stories of the history and important facts about the area while you pass beautiful river homes including that of Nicholas Sparks.

Dragonfly Boat Tours

Dragonfly Boat Tours provides a 90 minute ecological cruise for up to 6 passengers, including canines. Meander up and back down the Trent River with commentary on ecology and history of the area by two retired environmental lawyers while you take in the breathtaking wildlife and pieces of history along the river.

Doggy Daycare for Your Day Trip

Jill’s Pet Resort

For when the day’s activities do not include pup-friendly accommodations, feel at ease to drop your pup off at one of the doggy day cares the area has to offer. Jill’s Pet Resort is a short ten minute drive from Downtown New Bern and provides Day Play Monday-Saturday, boarding, and grooming services Fido is certain to enjoy! Jill’s Day Play services include indoor and outdoor supervised playtime, webcams to view your pets play, and a dip in their bone shaped pool for an extra fee.

Lynaire Kennels

Just a few more miles down Highway 70-E , you’ll come across Lynaire Kennels. Lynaire offers boarding, grooming & spa, and daycare services for your canine while you’re out and about during your visit! Unlike other kennels that strictly offer playtime in large groups, Lynaire only provides one-on-one playtime with a tending Kennel Technician, keeping dogs active, sociable, and happy.