Visitor Guide

Paws Permitted

GRCVB Paws Permitted StickerGeorgia’s Rome is a pooch-friendly town where we welcome the entire family to visit – including Fido! Here are fun ways to romp around Rome:

Take Fido Outdoors

Romp with Fido Through the World’s Largest Campus at Berry College    

  • Explore more than 40 miles of trails.
  • View wildlife which roams freely throughout the campus.
  • See the second largest working overshot waterwheel in the world.
  • Hike to the House of Dreams.
  • Outdoor information: http://www.berry.edu/outdoorrec/

Dining Alfresco with Fido

  • Explore The Largest Victorian Era District in the state where all outdoor dining options are pet-friendly.
  • Businesses that are pet-friendly display a “Paws Permitted” sticker on their door, and many locations place water bowls out front to ensure Fido is hydrated and refreshed.
  • Pet-friendly business list(at the bottom of this page)

Em-bark on a Historical Tour of Myrtle Hill Cemetery

  • Founded in 1857, this six-terraced cemetery has become the burial site for over 20,000 Romans.
  • Download the free Myrtle Hill Cemetery app for your own guided tour.
  • Download a tree tour map or pick on up from the Rome-Floyd Visitor center to identify 35 species of trees, many not native to Northwest Georgia.

Doggy-Paddle Board Rome’s Rivers

Please be a responsible owner and always clean up after you pet!

Participating dog-friendly businesses in Georgia’s Rome

AMR Waste Systems 4 E 3rd St, Rome, 30161 706.295.3787
Ayers Realty 807 Shorter Ave, Rome, 30165 706.232.1112
The Back Yard Pet Boutique 1201 Dean Ave, Rome, 30161 706.232.9500
Bella Roma* 770 Braves Blvd. 706-291-4050
Best Western Executive Inn 217 Hwy U.S. 411. 706-234-3161
Brewhouse* 325 Broad St. 706-204-8474
Blue Sky Outfitter 109 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.204.7063
Buttercup Boutique 245 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.234.1619
The Car Store 1321 Martha Berry Hwy, Rome, 30165 706.291.1002
Chick-fil-A Dwarf House* 264 Shorter Ave. 706-232-9233
Coastal Gas Station 608 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.8481
Coosa River Basin Initiative 408 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.2724
Courtesy Ford Lincoln 101 Hwy 411 E, Rome, 30161 706.235.4453
Do Good Boutique 206 E. 2nd St., Rome, 30161 706.237.7771
Dogwood Books 240 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.235.2660
Dr. Vincent J. Mendes* 201 E 3rd Ave, Rome, 30161 706.314.9957
Elysium 226-B Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.235.1144
Fast Printing 1409 N. Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.234.5809
The Garage 1321 Martha Berry Hwy, Rome, 30165 706.291.2818
Garrett’s Salvage 3005 Alabama Hwy, Rome, 30165 706.291.1791
Georgia Dog Gym 35 Fred Kelley Rd NE, Rome, 30161 706.378.2275
Greene’s Jewelers 328 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.7236
Hardy Realty Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.4321
The Herb Shoppe 103 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.4447
Harvest Moon* 606 Broad St. Rome, 30161 706.235.1662
Heritage Buick-GMC 965 Vets. Mem. Hwy, Rome, 30161 706.291.8820
Heritage Honda 965 Vets. Mem. Hwy, Rome, 30161 800.942.3602
Heritage Nissan 1500 Vets. Mem. Hwy, Rome, 30161 706.291.1981
Jeffersons* 340 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.378.0222
Johnny’s Pizza* 233 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.6555
KaleidoSno* 414 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.7275
La Quinta Inn & Suites 15 Chateau Dr, Rome, 30161 706.291.1034
Lakeview Animal Clinic 3299 Alabama Hwy, Rome, 30165 706.232.0168
Last Stop Gift Shop 402 Civic Center Dr, Rome, 30161 706.295.5576
Lavender Mountain Hardware 4065 Martha Berry Hwy, Rome, 30165 706.295.0299
Lieberman Family Chiropractic 421 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.9355
Living & Giving 401 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.235.5530
Mellow Mushroom 238 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.234.9000
Mount Berry Animal Hospital 2965 Martha Berry Hwy, Rome, 30165 706.232.0364
North Broad Animal Clinic 1818 N. Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.295.2344
NW GA Psychological Assoc. 2501 Callier Springs Rd, Rome, 30161 706.295.2498
Paradise Lost Books 407 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.204.9233
Petland 1600 Turner McCall Blvd, Rome, 30161 706.234.9956
PetSense 2511 Redmond Cir, Rome, 30165 706.232.4820
Pullen’s Ordinary Bicycles 105 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.234.2453
Quick Lane 101 Hwy 411 E, Rome, 30161 706.378.5077
Ratliff Service Center 610 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.8481
Riverdog Outpost 1 Broad St. Rome, GA 30161 706.512.5107
Riverdog Paddle Co. 5 Broad St. Rome, GA 30161 706.512.5107
Riverside Chevrolet-Cadillac 100 Hwy 411 E, Rome, 30161 706.295.9090
Riverside Toyota 131 Grace Dr, Rome, 30161 706.291.2886
Roma Mia* 3401 Martha Berry Hwy 706.291.1881
Rome Cleaners 116 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.4498
Rome Cleaners 1200 Dean Ave, Rome, 30161 706.232.3893
Rome-Floyd Humane Society 518 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.936.9485
Rome Little Theatre 530 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.295.7171
Rome ReSale 252 N. 5th Ave, Rome, 30165 706.290.2227
Schroeder’s 406 Broad St. Rome 30161 706.234.4613
ServiceMaster by Twins 1 Hillindale Dr, Rome, 30161 706.232.0255
Skatelife Boarding Company 307 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.236.9595
Stella Blu Cosmetic Boutique 200 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.234.7900
Studio 6 Skytop 20 Chateau Dr, Rome, 30161 706.291.2447
Sudsy Puppy Pet Salon 1201 Dean Ave, Rome, 30161 678.986.4083
SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt* 477 Turner McCall Blvd, Rome, 30165 706.413.2477
Walker Mountain Landfill 431 Walker Mountain Rd, Rome, 30161 706.291.4512
West End Florist 2555 Shorter Ave, Rome, 30165526 706.235.1139
Yummy Thai* Broad St. Rome, GA 30161 706.291.959

Businesses in bold are Paws Permitted hotel/lodging partners.*Allowed outside, only.
The above businesses welcome creatures big and small with an official Paws Permitted dog bowl and decal. Unless otherwise noted, dogs are welcome inside these businesses as well.

My business welcomes furry friends! How do I participate?
To participate, contact 706.295.5576 or media@RomeGeorgia.org. All participating partners receive a Paws Permitted decal for their store front and a blue imprinted dog bowl so that our canines can take a “paws” at your door and refresh themselves. Even if you don’t allow animals inside but have accommodating outdoor space (i.e. sidewalk patio), you can still be a part of the program! Also included is your listing below with other dog-friendly businesses. It’s free to participate!

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Via @aruthanne on Instagram #RomeGeorgia

 Additional dog-friendly resources:

Remember to be a responsible pet-owner!
Helpful tips from “The Good Dog’s Guide to Patio Etiquette” (via www.SidewalkDog.com)

1. Know thyself. Not every dog is a good candidate for parking out on a patio with lots going on — plenty of people, pups, smells, and sights to take in. Will this be an enjoyable or anxious experience for the pooch? And how about the other customers?

2. Do your research. Figure out if your patio of choice is a good option for your dog. How high-energy is the atmosphere? What’s the patio size and setup? How’s the spacing between tables? Is there any shady refuge?

3. Check the forecast. Shade can provide some respite from the heat, but if it’s a real scorcher, your pooch needs to be chillin‘ in the A/C rather than toughing it out with you.

4. Take a stroll. A worn-out pup is a great patio pup! Ensure you’ve given your dog plenty of opportunities to get out energy and take care of business before setting up camp. If your dog gets the urge to go mid-meal, attend to his needs (and be sure to clean up immediately after any accidents).

5. BYOB(bowl). Not all pet-friendly businesses are all-inclusive. Play it safe and bring your own water bowl to ensure the pup has an ample supply of fresh H2O.

6. Stake your claim. Don’t be afraid to ask for something on behalf of your pooch: a corner table, a water bowl, etc.

7. Keep ’em on a short leash. No really — no retractables. Be respectful of your fellow diners; don’t assume they are comfortable with a visit from your pup.

8. Mind your (dog’s) manners. Public spaces like patios require you and your pooch to be on your best behavior. Take the time to work on obedience before heading out to your favorite eatery (and consult a trainer if needed). Paws on the table, whiny begging, excessive barking, and the like are major no-nos.

9. Have an exit strategy. Sometimes an evening out just doesn’t go as planned. If your pup is making it clear it’s time to go, ask for a doggie bag (natch) and hit the road.

10. Give thanks. Let your server know you appreciate their dog-friendliness and that they can expect your return business (only if it’s true, of course!).

—Kate Nelson

 “The Good Dog’s Guide to Patio Etiquette” appears courtesy of www.SidewalkDog.com. The original article can be found by clicking here.

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