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How You Can Have the Best Dog-Friendly Getaway in Gainesville, FL

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Are you craving a vacation, but the thought of having to leave your dog behind is stressing you out? We understand! As animal lovers, we know that it’s hard to say goodbye to pets when we go away. We also know how expensive pet sitters and kennels can be. Luckily for you, Sweetwater Branch Inn offers pet-friendly accommodations in the heart of Gainesville (which happens to be a town that’s very pro-dog). Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about having a dog-friendly getaway in Gainesville, FL 

Come stay with us at the best pet-friendly hotel in Gainesville and have a blast with your furry family member! Download our complimentary Vacation Guide to learn about the best things to see and do in our area. 

Gainesville, Florida, Vacation Guide  

All About the Best Dog-Friendly Getaway Gainesville, FL 

If you want to bring your pet with you during your vacation, we’ve got you covered with all the best local tips. It’s easy to have a dog-friendly getaway in Gainesville, FL 

Shop at Local Stores 

One of the fun parts of a vacation is shopping in unique stores and boutiques and picking out one-of-a-kind souvenirs to bring home with you. Your pup deserves to get treated as well! Stroll the streets of downtown Gainesville with your dog and stop in these Gainesville pet-friendly shops: 

Sweet Paws Bakery 

Sweet Paws is a pet-friendly bakery in Gainesville that features a boutique, doggy daycare, and self-service dog wash. They specialize in fun and festive pet treats, including cakes, cookies, and more! 

Earth Pets Natural Pet Market 

Earth Pets is a natural pet market and supply store in Gainesville. As you stroll the aisles, you’ll find all sorts of top-notch pet food, treats, toys, leashes, collars, and more.  

Dine Outside at Restaurantsdog friendly dining 

One of our favorite things to do in Gainesville is indulging in the local cuisine. Many of the delicious restaurants here offer outdoor dining and are happy to welcome friendly dogs that remain leashed. Some local pet-friendly eateries include: 

Amelia’s Italian Restaurant 

Wahoo Seafood Grill 

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 

Satchel’s Pizza 

SweetBerries Eatery and Frozen Custard 

Explore Parks and Trails 

Gainesville is known for its gorgeous scenery and plethora of outdoor activities. When you’re vacationing with your dog, let them burn off some energy and breath in the fresh air at some of these local parks: 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is a 68-acre botanical garden filled with spectacular and rare plants and flowers. It’s home to the state’s largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast. Through the facility, there are many trails and walkways, and leashed dogs are welcome.  

Depot Park 

Depot Park is a fantastic outdoor area that features airfields, trails, a play area, and a splash pad. Bring your well-behaved canine along, walk around the pond, have a picnic in the pavilion, attend events, or watch for wildlife.   

Stay at Our Pet-Friendly Bed and BreakfastMae's Cottage Living Area 

Here at Sweetwater Branch Inn, we’re happy to offer pet-friendly cottages. Our cottages will give you plenty of room for you and your favorite four-legged friend, our gardens are great for morning walks, and we always have a special treat waiting for new furry friends when they arrive. Plus, we’re located within walking distance of downtown Gainesville, the University of Florida, and other walking trails.  

We require a $75 non-refundable pet fee for your pet(s); we allow no more than two pets per room and ask that you bring dog crates and use them if you leave your pet behind for a bit. We’re also happy to offer doggy daycares in the area.   

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