Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

City Dog Goes to Macon: A Pet-Friendly Getaway to Georgia

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Ella here, reporting for duty. It’s been a few months since I last checked in, but that’s because Mom and Dad have left me behind a ridiculous amount while they’ve traipsed about far-off lands like Virginia and Kentucky.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

It’s downright rude if you asked me (and you did, since this is my blog and all). So when they told me they were going to Georgia, I put my paw down. I would not stay behind any longer.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

City Dog revolts, y’all!

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

If my memory serves me correct, I’ve been to a couple dozen states in my impressive six years on this Earth, but only to Georgia once when I ruled over Barnsley Resort last fall. And I definitely hadn’t ever been to Macon, where it turns out they love my kind.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

I’ve hardly visited a city more dog-friendly myself.

And it all started with our charming and spacious bed and breakfast: the Burke Mansion.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Now, I’m a pup of exquisite taste, and this luxury B&B impressed even me, which is a pretty tough thing to do. You know how many places say they’re “pet-friendly” then follow you around like you’re a mere puppy who doesn’t have the decency of good manners and to know any better than to pee on the floor? (Yeah, I hate that, too.) This place was the exact opposite.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

The owners Don and Pino are clearly friends of the nation within, and they spoiled me and made me feel like the queen that I am, allowing me to explore the turf and sleep on antiques more expensive than the whole of my house! Sure beats my dog bed (not that I have one of those…).

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

They also let me chill at the inn while Mom and Dad went to dinner at night, and I got to hear their backstory. The pair, who met in Southern California nearly 30 years back, moved to Macon a decade ago from Las Vegas after Googling “historic homes for sale” and finding that southern Georgia was a diamond in the rough when it came to real estate.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

They struck gold with this old Victorian, built in 1887 by T.C. Burke, and lived here for eight years before deciding to open it as a bed and breakfast. It debuted earlier this year as the fanciest place to stay in Macon. Only the best for this Maltese, of course.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

The three suites were, as Lonely Planet might say, “well-appointed” with Dad’s favorite amenities—L’Occitane; he’s a diva (where do you think I get it from?)—and gorgeous old fixtures Mom couldn’t stop obsessing over.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

And there was no need for Mom and Dad to leave me each morning when they inevitably went to brunch, as Pino makes the best brunch spread in town, including a gluten-free menu for Paleo types like myself. (What? I have skin allergies.)

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

It couldn’t have been a more perfect spot for the three of us world travelers.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

But, though I might have liked to have been, I wasn’t confined to Burke Mansion because many places in town were welcoming of my kind, thankfully.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

We drank coffee at Jittery Joe’s.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

We walked around downtown, stopping at Just Tap’d for a couple of beers.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

We went hiking up on the mounds at Ocmulgee National Monument, where I got to let down my hair and run like the champion sprinter that I am.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

We had the place to ourselves, too, and there’s nothing better than the stillness of an empty national park in my humble opinion.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

On our final morning in Macon, we met up with a tiny human and his keepers at the sprawling Rose Hill Cemetery where allegedly some famous musician named Duane Allman was buried.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

This might have been my favorite stop the entire trip—and it’s not because they honor those of the superior race either.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

After the tiny human left for his nap, it was just us again, so made one last stop before hitting the road: the five-acre Macon Dog Park right on the fringe of the Mercer campus.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

I don’t want to fluff my own fur, but I was pretty popular if I do say so myself.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

On the way back north to Tennessee, Mom had a surprise planned. After we dropped Dad off at the Atlanta airport so he could go someplace called Arizona for a week, we dropped in to see our pals Mayhem and her parents.

Adventures with Mayhem

Our moms are the best of buds, and while I’m normally not to keen on kids myself, Mayhem? She’s pretty cool and just a few months older than me and almost as wise, too.

Adventures with Mayhem

We only got to spend a brief 24 hours with her and her sidekick Moxie, but she took us to her fort and the park near her house, and we had ourselves a good ol’ time.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Adventures with Mayhem

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia
Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia

Now that we’re essentially neighbors, I’m hoping to get down there to visit her more, because Georgia was pretty pawsome if I do say so myself, and Macon knows what’s going on, what with its treatment of pups like me.

Pet-Friendly Travel to Macon, Georgia: The Burke Mansion

Until next time,

Ella


 

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Pet-Friendly Travel in Georgia: Where to Take Your Dog in Macon
Pet-Friendly Travel in Georgia: Where to Take Your Dog in Macon
Pet-Friendly Travel in Georgia: Where to Take Your Dog in Macon
This post is in partnership with Visit Macon, though all opinions (and snark) are strictly Ella’s.
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  • November 29, 2016

    Hi Ella! I enjoyed reading your report from Macon, Georgia, and I must say that the B&B you stayed at sounds truly pawsome! However, we would perhaps not be welcome there since my bonus sister Lola actually does go indoors sometimes! But she’s perhaps forgiven, since she’s a rescue dog from Ireland and had 5 different homes in her first year (now she’s two years).

    Anyway, I totally dig your harness, because I have one exactly the same!! Mine is pink though. Lola has almost the same, but it’s Y-shaped cause she escaped from hers. (Sometimes I wonder why my Mom and Dad put up with her, but then again, she’s very sweet, at least when she’s not too playful around me.)

    I hope you will write again when you have a new adventure!

    Lots of smooches, Nelly (I’m a 7-year old Yorkie btw)

    • December 12, 2016
      Ella

      Hi Nelly!

      Don and Pino were cool with all members of the nation within, so I think they would welcome you and Lola with welcome paws. Little sisters are the worst, though, aren’t they? I got a bonus sister without even asking for one when my Aunt Kari adopted a golden doodle. Have you ever met one of those before? They’re GINORMOUS! At least, in comparison to us small fries of the superior breeds.

      xo,

      Ella

  • November 29, 2016

    Aww precious Ella! You must really be the most photogenic dog I’ve ever seen! 🙂 I always enjoy your stories! You get to travel so much more than my little Shiva!

    • December 12, 2016
      Ella

      Why thank you, Dominique. Mom tells me you’re from Holland, and I think it’s considered child abuse that she’s never taken me to your corner of the world, wouldn’t you agree?!

  • November 29, 2016

    LOL! This is my first time reading Ella’s posts, but I’ll definitely be coming back for more! I love the photos of her fur being blown back by the breeze.
    And that B&B–stunning!

    • December 12, 2016
      Ella

      I’ve long been telling Mom to pitch me as a future Pantene girl, but she’s yet to get on that. Parents! They’re so lazy, aren’t they?

  • November 30, 2016

    Awww! Ella is such a gorgeous dog! I’ve seen a couple of posts from her and she’s awfully clever.

    And pretty too!
    p.s. ‘Love the photos of her runnning in the wind and taking a tiny sip of beer from dad!

    • December 12, 2016
      Ella

      Can you see me blushing from all the way across the pond, Victoria? I think I’d like your country where they let pups take more than a tiny sip from their steins!

  • December 3, 2016

    Ella, your top dog in my book. Of COURSE they let you have free reign in Georgia. You are a southern belle, afterall. Woof!
    Love,
    Karla – Mom to five fur kids who will plans a trip to Macon!

    • December 12, 2016
      Ella

      But will your fur children pay me a visit in Tennessee on their way to Georgia? is the real question of the hour, Karla.

  • December 3, 2016

    Grrr, YOU’RE top dog. I do know my grammar, but didn’t proof. Obvs.

  • December 4, 2016

    Thanks a lot for a great information sharing and tips !!!I wish to be there in 2017

  • December 8, 2016

    Such a cute dog. Thank you for sharing such an awesome pics.

  • December 12, 2016
    Liz Pinkerton

    Dear Miss Ella,
    I’m thrilled to hear that you & your two-leggers were so well received in Macon, & enjoyed yourselves here. I sure enjoyed following your journeys through our Middle Georgia town! I’d’ve loved to made your acquaintance during your stay. Maybe next time? Meanwhile, I won’t tell Mr. Gregg Allman that he’s joined the dearly departed. I’ll even bet that if happened to be in town the next time that you’re visiting, he would welcome you with open arms & the genuine-spirited hospitality of the living legend that he is. He would surely be the best tour guide to tell you the story of his older brother, Mr. Duane Allman, who is resting down by the river in Rosehill Cemetery. Until next time, happy, safe trails out there on the road!

    • December 12, 2016

      Ella appreciates your kind comment, Liz, and blames her people who mis-transcribed her post for her and profusely thanks you for calling them out on such an egregious error. She also thanks you for her offer to meet up on a future visit and will surely take you up on that.

      Signed,

      Her Sheepish Handler

  • December 13, 2016
    Liz Pinkerton

    Miss Ella’s Sheepish Handler,
    All’s well that ends well. To err is human…to forgive…canine.

  • December 22, 2016

    When are Tucker and Ella going to team up on a big pup-trip?! I can only imagine the beautiful blog posts that would results…

    • January 7, 2017

      Soon! I envision a lot of emo eye-rolling, navel-gazing, audible sighs and the like would ensue.

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