Missy & I left for a little winter getaway weekend on Hilton Head Island in SC, 280 miles from our Fort Bragg, NC home. Compared to our last 760 mile road trip to Memphis, TN, this one seemed just like a hop, skip and a jump away!
Mapping Out Our Roadtrip
We stayed at another wonderful Red Roof Inn location conveniently located in the heart of the island and only 3 miles from the beach at 5 Regency Parkway | Hilton Head Island | SC | 29928 | 843-686-6808.
What I love most about this budget-friendly hotel chain is their You Stay Happy, Pets Stay Free! policy. Every property allows one well-behaved dog per room without charging a fee, and many even allow two – just call ahead and ask. It’s what I’ve done before when I stayed at a different property in Knoxville, TN – they allowed two dogs per room.
This particular property on Hilton Head Island only allows one dog per room.
Disclaimer: Our weekend stay was sponsored by Red Roof Inn. Here on K9sOverCoffee, I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers & always provide 100% honest reviews. Red Roof Inn is not responsible for the content of this blog post.
This particular Red Roof Inn property is a two-story building that was just renovated in 2016 and very clean. Coffee and tea are available 24/7 in the lobby that also features an ATM, maps of the area, a microwave, a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and a few arm chairs.
24/7 Coffee & Tea In The Lobby
The hotel offers free wifi, free local calls, free long-distance calls within the continental US, and free fax service (up to 10 pages). Check-in is at 3 pm, and check-out is at 12 pm.
Their outdoor pool looked super inviting, but of course it wasn’t exactly warm enough to hop in yet, and besides, I didn’t have anyone to watch Missy since dogs aren’t allowed in the pool area and can’t be left alone in your room.
Red Roof Inn's Outdoor Pool On Hilton Head Island
No Pets In Pool Area
There were plenty of trees and palm trees to pee next to (Missy’s brother Buzz would have peed on them, of course!) and lots of new smells to investigate. Missy particularly enjoyed the greenery around the pool area and watching squirrels race up and down palm trees.
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It was conveniently located next to a BP gas station, which I took advantage of right after check out on Sunday to fill up 🙂
Conveniently Located Next To A BP Gas Station
The staff was super friendly and gave Missy & I many pointers of what to do on the island.
I especially liked the map of the island and the restaurant guide Fork & Fun! that featured many dog-friendly options and maintenance manager David’s secret beach tip – less crowded and free parking.
I didn’t end up checking it out because I was still battling with a cold and didn’t have enough energy to head back out to the beach, but I made a big not-so-mental note in my island diary because I’ll be back sooner or later!
Dog-Friendly Restaurant Guide Fork & Fun!
Missy Waiting Patiently For Mommy To Be Done Studying The Map Of The Island And The Restaurant Guide
David also gave Missy lots of lovings and received enthusiastic doggie kisses in return! Front desk clerk Kathie got Missy kisses as well, and hotel manager Chris exchanged lovings with her too.
Front Desk Clerk Kathie Gets Kisses From Missy
Our Family-FriendlyTwo-Room Suite
Did you guys know that Red Roof Inns have two-room suite options? I have to admit that I wasn’t aware of that until Missy & I enjoyed the comfortable stay in one this past weekend. So far we’ve only stayed in single rooms.
Our suite consisted of a living room/dining room area and a bedroom/bathroom area separated by a partial wall and glass doors featuring blinds.
Both areas were equipped with a flat screen TV, a phone, a comfortable faux leather arm chair and a 3-drawer dresser.
The living room/dining room also featured a faux leather sofa bed, coffee table, two side tables, fridge, microwave, safe, in-room coffee maker, and a dining table with 2 chairs.
Dining Room/Living Room Area
The Fridge Held Missy's Raw Food & Her Air-Dried Treats
The bedroom was designed around a comfy King size bed (we cuddled up in it Friday night and watched Rush Hour) and also featured a workspace (perfect for bloggers…just saying!), an alarm clock as well as an iron/ironing board.
The bathroom was equipped with a hair dryer, bathtub/shower combo (perfect water pressure and instant hot water!), vent, and cruelty-free hygiene products. How’s that for pet-friendly?! I personally loved that detail.
Missy Photobombed My Bathroom Features...
One of the best parts in my opinion was the hardwood-like flooring throughout. Perfect to clean up potential doggie accidents and so much healthier than wall to wall carpeting with god knows how many dust mites, sand and other allergy causing particles.
Dog-Friendly Hilton Head Island
Just like our Red Roof Inn hotel, the island is a dog-friendly one. Many stores allow well-behaved, leashed pets inside. Missy & I checked out two stores in the Shelter Cove shopping area:
Missy Shopping At Dog-Friendly "Players World Of Sports" at 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 130
Missy Shopping At Dog-Friendly Gift Shop "Art Ware" at 38 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite 112 C
I loved the Kroger Grocery Store located just around the corner from the dog-friendly stores just mentioned. Obviously Missy wasn’t allowed in there because it’s a grocery store and she’s not a service dog.
Since Saturday morning was cool with temps in the low 50s, she was fine hanging out in the car while I grabbed some breakfast, consisting of a chai latte from the in-store Starbucks, and several french croissants from the bakery section at Kroger’s.
Which brings me to the one aspect I didn’t love about the hotel – they only serve free continental breakfast during peak season (from Memorial Day through Labor Day). Since we were there in early February, there was no breakfast to be had at the hotel.
I didn’t let it bum me out too much though and enjoyed the visual overload of yummy goodies at Kroger’s instead. Honestly, you don’t have to dine out anywhere if budget is a concern (and when is it not, especially when hungry doggies are part of our families, right…).
Kroger’s is a well-stocked grocery store featuring a salad bar, freshly-made Sushi bar, decadent cakes in the bakery section, wines, beers, sodas…you name it, they carry it. Had I not been dealing with my cold, I would have bought a nice bottle of red wine and enjoyed it in the hotel. #Cheers
Kroger Shelter Cove Town Center located at 42 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Shelter Cove Community Park
I ended up having my breakfast on a park bench at Shelter Cove Community Park just around the corner from Kroger’s while Missy had a few treats and some water on the bench right next to me (she was in a down-stay). There’s an impressive view of a swamp, but we didn’t see any gators. Too bad, I kind of would have liked to see some in their natural habitat.
Shelter Cove Community Park
Folly Field Beach Park
There are several beaches on this island, and we checked out the one at Folly Field Beach Park. There’s parking right in front of it, but it’s not free. It’s not outrageously expensive either at $1 per hour. You need to have cash though. Good thing I always have quarters in my car.
We paid for an hour and spent those 60 mins walking up and down Folly Field Beach, practicing a little obedience, taking a few refreshing sips of water, and just enjoying the breeze. There are restrooms and a hose right by the parking lot, and we used the hose to wash off Missy’s paws.
I wasn’t too concerned about the sand, that was obviously in the parking lot as well and was going to end up in the car either way (thank you, car hammock, for protecting our seats), but I did want to wash the salt water off her paws.
Folly Field Beach Park
It’s a good thing that we always carry plenty of poop bags on our outings because the poop bag station right by the beach entrance was completely empty, and of course Missy had to poop on the beach (the two poop bag stations at Shelter Cove Community Park were fully filled).
Empty Poop Bag Station
The beach rules for dogs were pretty straight forward – they are allowed on the beach at all times during off season (October through March) and either need to be under voice control or leashed. The rules vary for peak season (see picture below).
As always, they need to be picked up after, but that’s really a no brainer. I tied Missy’s filled poop bag to her Ruffwear harness until we came by a trash can (there are several on the beach).
Missy stayed leashed because her recall isn’t 100%. There were quite a few dogs on the beach, either leashed or, indeed, under voice control! I was impressed. Every time someone called their dog back, they obeyed right away.
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Woofgang Bakery & Grooming
Of course we wanted to check out a pet retail store while on the island and found one within just 0.2 miles to our hotel! Woofgang Bakery & Grooming is a fun, independently owned dog store that features accessories likes collars, leashes, and toys, treats and chews, and a grooming/spa area.
Missy & I were greeted by Shih-Tzu Pepper, the clerk’s pup, who was tiny enough to be walking around on the counter 😉 We browsed their goodie selection and purchased a bully stick, venison treats, and a few cookies from their cookie bar.
Woofgang Bakery & Grooming Located At 807 William Hilton Pkwy #100, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Watusi – Breakfast, Lunch, & Coffee
Sunday morning we decided to give Watusi’s a try. They serve breakfast all day long and have a fairly large, dog-friendly patio with two water bowls.
I had a huge chai latte and french toast with crispy bacon while Missy enjoyed the bully stick we had purchased at Woofgang’s the day before. My portion was humongous, so I only ate half and took the leftovers to go.
I really enjoyed their dog-friendly patio, but I wasn’t too impressed with their french toast. It wasn’t bad, but nothing out of the ordinary…in all honesty, I compared it to the phenomenal french toast & crispy bacon I had had the previous weekend during my trip to San Diego, CA at a place named Kono’s. That one is hard to beat!!
We got to Watusi’s at 9:30 am which was the perfect time to get an awesome spot on their patio, by the way. There was only one couple sitting outside who said hi to Missy (fellow dog owners who missed their two Weimaraners). When we left, just about 45 minutes later, the patio was filling up rather quickly and people started to stand in line to get a spot inside.
Watusi's Located At 71 Pope Ave, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
We give this Red Roof Inn location 4 enthusiastic paws up! It’s budget-friendly with room rates starting at $64.99 (our two-room suite was $104.99), pet-friendly, and located in the heart of the island.
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Red Roof Search Bar
Have you stayed at a Red Roof Inn Hotel or explored the island? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!