Dog-Friendly Vacations: Dog-Friendly Outer Banks: Duck, North Carolina

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Dog-Friendly Vacations: Dog-Friendly Outer Banks: Duck, North Carolina

Dog-Friendly Duck, NC

Dog-Friendly Vacations: Dog-Friendly Outer Banks: Duck, North Carolina Dog-Friendly Duck, NC
Dog-Friendly Duck, NC

For years, I have wanted to travel to the Outer Banks, NC with a dog. I lived in Raleigh, NC for five years and only made it to the OBX for two hours. This time, we were going to do it right. We were staying a week in Duck, North Carolina with Dexter The Dog!

We booked a week at Donald’s Duck from Twiddy. Donald’s Duck is a dog-friendly vacation home situated right in Duck, NC. A perfect location for our dog-friendly Outer Banks vacation. We had just a short stroll to the beach and were only a mile from the shopping centers. We were there at the beginning of May, just before tourist season started, so the traffic I’m sure was much lighter than usual. This also means that some stores have limited hours, so check ahead.

Outer banks, dog friendly rentals
Dog-friendly Duck, NC

The dog-friendly vacation home was perfect for our family. The house was nestled in a quiet community and we had such a great view on our decks. A huge bonus was that the rental home had an outdoor pool, which also meant a fenced in area for Dexter to romp around in.

Dog friendly beach homes
Dog-friendly vacation homes

The pet-friendly rental home in Duck, NC was very cozy, yet roomy. It was three stories high, something Dexter The Dog wasn’t used to. He sometimes would stand at the top of the stairs and look at me like I was crazy going up and down. After our week-long trip, I think Dexter’s legs were tired.

Dexter and I spent a lot of time at the beach just a few walking minutes from our rental. The beach in Duck is dog-friendly and dogs are also able to play off-leash if under verbal control from their guardians. I personally never take this risk and use a 50′ boat line leash I made for Dexter.

Outer Banks dog-friendly beaches
Dog-friendly beach

We did a lot of fun, dog-friendly activities during our week’s stay in Duck, NC. Dog-friendly shopping is always on our agenda. So we hit Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. We did our usual asking if Dexter could come into the shops and were very happy that a lot of the stores said yes. There were some pretty cool shops!

Of course, we had to visit The Outer Barks! This is a dog-friendly, dog gift store that I have heard about for many years. The shop was full of great dog gifts, fun dog treats, and lots of pet souvenirs. We went not only once, but twice.  They had a Yappy Hour and it was a total blast. Dexter The Dog did 2 paw paintings, one for us and one that we auctioned off at his yearly fundraiser.

Of course, we had to visit The Outer Barks! This is a dog-friendly, dog gift store that I have heard about for many years. The shop was full of great dog gifts, fun dog treats, and lots of pet souvenirs. We went not only once, but twice. They had a Yappy Hour and it was a total blast. Dexter The Dog did 2 paw paintings, one for us and one that we auctioned off at his yearly fundraiser.
The Outer Barks

After our fun shopping, we grabbed some ice cream from The Yellow Dog; how could we possibly pass that up? They have salty and sweet snacks and of course ice cream. We chose our usual ice cream cones (one day I should get adventurous enough to order something unusual). We headed down to the little park, outside eating area they have in the middle of Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. It was a perfect, dog-friendly outdoor eatery location. They even have these cool cut-outs you can pop your head in….yes we did! It was a wonderful dog-friendly excursion.

We headed down to the little park, outside eating area they have in the middle of Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. It was a perfect, dog-friendly outdoor eatery location. They even have these cool cut-outs you can pop your head in....yes we did! It was a wonderful dog-friendly excursion.
Dog-friendly activities

That was just one of our dog-friendly trips to Duck, NC!  Another day we headed to The Waterfront Shops. They too were pretty dog-friendly and accommodating. We just continued to ask if Dexter could come in and they pretty much always said, “Yes.” The shops were situated so that the walking was on a boardwalk facing the shores of The Currituck Sound and meets up to the Duck Town Boardwalk. So of course, after our dog-friendly shopping, we took a walk on the boardwalk. By that time Dexter was pretty tired, so he hopped in his dog stroller.

That was just one of our dog-friendly trips to Duck, NC! Another day we headed to The Waterfront Shops. They too were pretty dog-friendly and accommodating. We just continued to ask if Dexter could come in and they pretty much always said, "Yes." The shops were situated so that the walking was on a boardwalk facing the shores of The Currituck Sound and meets up to the Duck Town Boardwalk.
Duck Town Boardwalk

The Roadside Bar & Grill in Duck, NC was dog-friendly on their outside patio! So we hit that restaurant up a few times. Not only was Dexter accepted, the food was great! I particularly remember my turkey sandwich. It wasn’t your typical sandwich; it had sprouts and avocado.  Super yummy.

We also hit Salty Paws Biscuits in Duck, NC and their other location in Nags Head. It was a sweet little dog shop that specializes in homemade dog treats. Dexter The Dog never complains about eating a dog treat.

Duck, NC was truly a dog-friendly vacation.  There were plenty of pet-friendly activates to do daily. Dexter & I would love the chance to vacation in the OBX again.


Have you ever visited Duck, NC? Tell me in the comments.

Dog-Friendly Vacations: Dog-Friendly Outer Banks: Duck, North Carolina. Donald's Duck is a dog-friendly vacation home situated right in Duck, NC. A perfect location for our dog-friendly Outer Banks vacation. We had just a short stroll to the beach and were only a mile from the shopping centers. 
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36 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Vacations: Dog-Friendly Outer Banks: Duck, North Carolina

  1. Yay! Sounds like you had fun with your dog; you finally made that dream of travelling with him come true; that’s cool. I’ll consider travelling with my dog too. I’m glad I found your site; I want to teach her how to understand my language; she only understands go and whenever I call her =D. I’ll be following your blog to learn more

  2. This is helpful information! I didn’t realize how many places were off limits if you had a puppy! Since marrying into a family with a dog, we have to be more thoughtful about planning our vacations!

  3. I love it when shops are dog friendly after all it would just be cruel to not let the dog shop too lol. Its great that you have an itinerary of places you can go to with dogs x

  4. One of my biggest reasons for not getting a dog even though I kind a want it one was because I would have to figure out where it would have to be when we vacation. Right now we have a turtle and we usually have to figure out who’s going to keep our turtle while we’re gone

  5. It is difficult to find vacation spots that are pet friendly and I am thankful you listed some of those places! I get a little upset leaving my dog with a sitter when we go on road trips, but now we know where to go and take him with us. He’s family so he has to have some fun too!

  6. What a great trip this was! I love all the fun names of these places, it must be such a fun place. Thanks for sharing. I Pinned it to my Pet Travel board!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  7. I have never been to Duck before!!! Sounds like a great place though. Next time I’m in NC I will check it out

  8. OK so how cute s this travel buggy and I have to say you guys are the most travelled pet owners. i love that you are able to share and explore thuogh, these pet friendly adventures.

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