As cities work to transform and accommodate those of us who want more walkable, bike-able and less vehicle-reliant ways of life, another appeal is gaining popularity-pet-friendly venues.
The New York Times recently published an article of most pet-friendly cities in the U.S. Top cities included Scottsdale, Az., Tampa, Fla., Phoenix, Tampa, Fla., and Orlando. OK, Arizona and Florida, we get it. You love dogs. Austin, of course, also ranked on the top ten list. Here in Lafayette, we are steadily working on that.
Each year, the Hub City is opening itself up to outdoor dining venues, which lends itself to pet-friendly locations for locals and visitors. No, there are no cat cafes just yet. As a cat-owner, I find myself away from home sometimes wanting to phone my beloved fur-mate to check in. Cat folks, our time will come.
Lafayette is steadily embracing pet-friendly places to pass a good time. Here's an ongoing list of dog-friendly places to visit around town. Don't see a spot that you visit with your pets? Click here and let us know so we can add them to the list!
Note: We are known for and proud of our festivals here in the Hub City. However, due to the high volume of revelers, I'd recommend leaving your dog behind. For some large events, it's prohibited. However, local farmers markets lend themselves to great outings for you and dog. And you are guaranteed to find homemade treats for the both of you.
Pet Friendly Place to Eat & Drink
With a seasonal menu and eclectic evenings ranging from live jazz and swinging honk-tonk, Saint Street Inn is a beloved neighborhood hangout day and night with plenty of porch seating. Find upcoming events at SaintStreetInn.com.
Now with two locations, one downtown and the other mid-city, this local restaurant offers a fresh menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner tacos and burritos and cozy outdoor seating. Visit its original joint at 407 Johnston St. and its new location at 3902 Johnston St. View hours and a full menu at TacoSisters.com.
Nestled in the heart of Lafayette's downtown district, Carpe Diem is another venue that serves as a local hangout, pop-up entertainment venue and just a place to cool off. Refreshments for dogs are provided and its great place to meet regulars who are proud to call Lafayette home. Visit CarpeDiemGelato.com for more.
Artmosphere balances itself as an indoor-outdoor venue that hosts weekly karaoke, nightly live music, Sunday brunch and more. It's fun and eclectic theme embraces newcomers, including you and your dog. For upcoming events, visit artmosphere.vpweb.com.
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Though it lacks outdoor seating, the 229 Jefferson St. opens its doors year round to patrons and their pups. Visit GreenroomDowntown.com for more.
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With two locations in the northern and southern corners of Lafayette Parish, Romacelli is a romantic dining spot that offers cozy outdoor service for you and your pets. Its Italian-Mediterranean fare isn't shabby, either. Check out specials and the menu at Romecelli.com.
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I've written about this outdoor downtown venue at least once before. As at least one local regular adds when he shares a photo of his latest Wurst visit- #imjusthereforthedogs". Learn more at WurstBiergarten.com.
Pet Friendly Hotels
Wyndham Garden Lafayette
1801 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette 70508
Ramada Lafayette Conference Center
2032 NE Evangeline Thrwy., Lafayette 70501
Discovery Inn & Suites
120 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette 70508
Bayou Wilderness R.V. Resort
600 N. Wilderness Tr., Carencro 70520
Bayou Cabins Bed and Breakfast
100 W. Mills Ave. (Hwy. 94), Breaux Bridge 70517
KOA Kampground of Lafayette, Inc.
537 Apollo Rd. Scott 70583
DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette
1521 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette 70503
Extended Stay America, Inc.
807 S. Hugh Wallis Rd., Lafayette 70508
Holiday Inn Express - Breaux Bridge
2942 H. Grand Point Hwy., Breaux Bridge 70517
103 Harold Gauthe Dr., Scott 70583
Baymont Inn & Suites Lafayette Airport
2200 NE Evangeline Thrwy., Lafayette 70501
The Chateau Hotel
1015 W. Pinhook Rd., Lafayette 70503
Drury Inn & Suites
120 Alcide Dominique, Lafayette 70506
Pear Tree Inn by Drury
126 Alcide Dominique Rd., Lafayette 70506
Best Western Lafayette Inn
2207 NW Evangeline Thrwy., Lafayette 70501
Residence Inn by Marriott
128 James Comeaux Rd., Lafayette70508
2105 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette 70508
Staybridge Suites Lafayette
129 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette 70508
Studio 6 Extended Stay
1441 SE Evangeline Thrwy., Lafayette 70501
Evangeline Downs Hotel
2235 Creswell Ln. Ext., Lot B, Opelousas 70570
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette Airport
201 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette 70508
Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast
6807 Hwy. 35, Kaplan 70548
Home2 Suites by Hilton Parc Lafayette
1909 Kaliste Saloom Rd. , Lafayette 70508
Choo Choo Lofts
107 Lee Ave., Lafayette
Louisiana Cajun Mansion Bed & Breakfast
4304 Decon Rd., Youngsville 70592
Pet Friendly Parks
2901 Johnston St, Lafayette
Brown Memorial Dog Park
1234 E. Pont des Mouton Rd., Lafayette
Lafayette Dog Park at Youth Park
1919 Johnston St. Lafayette
Raising Cane's Dog Park in New Iberia's City Park
300 Parkview Dr., New Iberia
*Look for additional listings at bringfido.com.