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Old 04-01-2015, 08:22 AM
 
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We are looking for something fun to do with the kids during their spring break this week. We had thoughts of taking a last-minute overnight trip to Wilmington, but we also have two dogs (one is nearly 85 pounds herself, the other is about 30 pounds). We initially thought we could stay at the Residence Inn, but sounds like they impose weight restrictions.

We haven't been to this area before, so we are mostly trying to figure out what to do with our dogs, as we will be driving and don't want to board them near our home, because that would mean an Easter pick up.

ANy thoughts or ideas on places for an overnight that would accommodate our family and dogs this week?

Also, does the area not allow dogs on the beach at all? Because we can also look into daycare or boarding while we are there, too.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Most Wilmington area beaches prohibit dogs starting April 1. Here's a recent article from the Wilmington newspaper:

Dogs not allowed on some beaches starting April 1 | StarNewsOnline.com

The only suggestion I have for finding accommodations is VRBO.com and see if you can search for pet friendly places.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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ANy thoughts or ideas on places for an overnight that would accommodate our family and dogs this week?

Also, does the area not allow dogs on the beach at all? Because we can also look into daycare or boarding while we are there, too.
Dogs on leash are allowed at Topsail Beach. Try this past thread: dogs allowed in topsail beach?

This site mentions the Breezeway Motel: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/hotel...ina-54376.html The Sea Vista takes 2 dogs up to 70 pounds: http://www.seavistamotel.com/reservations.php

If you don't find a hotel to accept the big dog, you might try this place: Surf City Pet Lodge
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:59 AM
 
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There is a motel in Carolina beach that might take both dogs and
you but I can't think of the name , maybe Lighthouse motel ?
Carolina beach is about 25 minutes from Wilmington and
one can indeed take dogs out on the south end and north end of
Pleasure Island. You must have a four wheel drive car and purchase
a day pass. Look up Freeman Park, south end of island is a state
park same thing with four wheel drive car etc. One way of getting
around the car issue is to pay to park and just walk your dogs and family out
onto the beach .
I do have friends that rented at an inn downtown Wilmington with
their Dalmation which is not a small dog , two dogs is probably going
to be harder.
good luck.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Southport
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Carolina beach is about 25 minutes from Wilmington and
one can indeed take dogs out on the south end and north end of Pleasure Island.
With the restriction being that the dogs must be on a leash from April 1 through September 30.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:55 AM
 
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Hey thanks for the info everyone! We had a great stay in Wilmington at the Residence Inn (they were great about our dogs), and we went to Wrightsville Beach with the kids one day, and Carolina Beach with the kids and dogs the next day. What a beautiful, friendly area! We loved it!
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