Visitor Guide

Paws Permitted

Paws Permitted at Rome Riverwalk Courtyard

Paws Permitted at Rome Riverwalk Courtyard

Georgia’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.
  • Berry Outdoor information

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)
  • View FAQ on dog-friendly restaurants (pdf)

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 a Georgia’s Rome Welcome Center to identify 35 species of trees, many not native to Northwest Georgia.

Pet Emergencies

Northwest Georgia Veterinary Emergency Center
111 John Maddox Drive, Rome, Georgia 30165

  • Open during overnight hours and early morning
    • Monday to Friday Hours:
      – 5 pm to Midnight
      – Midnight to 8 am
    • Saturday & Sunday: Open 24 Hours
  • Culbreth Carr Watson Animal Clinic will also handle after-hours emergency calls Monday and Tuesday nights, 706-234-9243

Participating Dog-friendly

Businesses in Georgia’s Rome

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

(Outside Only)

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
Red Roof Inn 217 Hwy U.S. 411. 706.234.3161
Bojangles* 1507 Turner McCall Blvd SE, Rome 30161 706.235.2442
Blue Sky Outfitter 109 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.204.7063
The Car Store 1321 Martha Berry Hwy, Rome, 30165 706.291.1002
Canoe House 608 Broad Street, Rome, 30161, 706.237.7720
Chick-fil-A Dwarf House* 264 Shorter Ave. 706.232.9233
Chicken Salad Chick* 800 Martha Berry Blvd NE 706.675.2875
City Creamery* 225 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.314.9843
Coastal Gas Station 608 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.8481
Coosa River Basin Initiative 5 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.2724
Courtesy Ford Lincoln 101 Hwy 411 E, Rome, 30161 706.235.4453
Courtyard Marriott Rome Riverwalk 320 W 3rd St, Rome, 30161 706.295.7006
Do Good Boutique 206 E. 2nd St., Rome, 30161 706.237.7771
Dogwood Books 231 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.235.2660
Danna Pet Sits 706.767.3045
Dr. Vincent J. Mendes* 201 E 3rd Ave, Rome, 30161 706.314.9957
Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Rome 90 Match Point Way NE, Rome, 30161 706-235-9100
Fast Printing 1409 N. Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.234.5809
Full Circle Wellness 326 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.784.5232
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
Georgia’s Rome Welcome Centers & Gift Shop – Jackson Hill 402 Civic Center Dr, Rome, 30161 706.295.5576
Georgia’s Rome Welcome Centers & Gift Shop – Downtown Rome 303 Broad St., Rome, 30161 706.295.5576
Gordon Behavioral Sciences PC 1013 N 5th Ave Building, 4, Rome, 30165 678.231.7789
Greene’s Jewelers 328 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.7236
Hampton Inn & Suites 875 West 1st St. NW, Rome, GA 30161 706-622-5631
Hardy Realty Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.4321
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham 100-110 N 2nd Ave NW, Rome, GA 30161 706.378.4837
The Herb Shoppe 103 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.4447
Harvest Moon* 606 Broad St. Rome, 30161 706.235.1662
Kingston Downs 502 Bass Ferry Rd 706.310.5150
Heritage Honda 965 Vets. Mem. Hwy, Rome, 30161 800.942.3602
Honeymoon Bakery* 228 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.0611
J & J Candles 204 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.232.8386
Jeffersons* 340 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.378.0222
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
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
Lynn’s Uniforms 244 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.7266
Maximum Nutrition* 122 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.936.284
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
Pawsome Place 503 W 12th St, Rome, GA 30165 706.584.7535
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
Quality Inn 40 Grace Drive 706.291.7797
Red Roof Inn & Suites (Pets stay for free) 217 Hwy US 411 706.234.3161
Ratliff Service Center 610 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.8481
Cosmic Dog* 1 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
Riverside Gourmet* 250 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.291.1023
Roma Mia* 3401 Martha Berry Hwy 706.291.1881
Rome Area History Center 305 Broad Street, Rome, 30161 706.235.8051
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 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
Stone Haven 516 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.528.4196
Sudsy Puppy Pet Salon 1201 Dean Ave, Rome, 30161 678.986.4083
Summit Mist 522 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.622.2433
SweetFrog Frozen Yogurt* 477 Turner McCall Blvd, Rome, 30165 706.413.2477
Swerve 108 Broad St, Rome, 30165 706.346.5429
Whistle Britches 206 Broad St, Rome, 30161 706.936.3534
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

*Allowed outside, only.

Businesses in bold are Paws Permitted hotel/lodging partners.
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.

Pet-friendly restaurants. For pet-friendly restaurants, the Georgia Department of Public Health requires that pets are only permitted in designated outdoor dining areas and may not be brought inside. (Only service animals are allowed inside restaurants in Georgia). Pets must remain on a leash and are not permitted on tables or chairs. Dogs are not allowed to eat on a dog-friendly patio. Learn more

My business welcomes furry friends! How do I participate?

To participate, contact 706.295.5576 or 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!

Golden retriever at Clocktower aruthanne

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

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 The original article can be found by clicking here.

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