This was a great dog-friendly location! We stayed pretty far north in the Outer Banks, in Corolla, and we travelled in the off season, so the beaches were pretty empty, and it wasn't so hot that our dogs couldn't enjoy the beach.
First, the house we rented was perfect for us, which helps a lot. Not only did they allow pets, but there was even a bag of dog treats left by a previous guest! And, the deck of the house enabled us to open the sliding glass doors and be on the deck and let the dogs roam inside the house and onto the deck as we grilled, sat in the hot tub or just lounged and read a book.
The weather was warm, but not warm enough to swim, so we spent most of our days on the beach, usually with our dogs, reading, napping (both us and the dogs!), playing fetch, and taking nice long walks at the water's edge.
We'd head down to the beach at night with our dogs, armed with a flashlight, and let our dogs chase the ghost crabs in the surf. They loved it! This activity was actually recommended to us by the owner of a local pet store, called the Outer Barks. We all had a blast.
Some days we would just take a drive up or down the coast, and find a picnic spot, or do a little shopping, see the lighthouses or go out to lunch. Other days we spent the whole day at the beach, went home, had dinner, and just enjoyed the hot-tub and the house!
One splurge of this week was a trip to the Spa at Corolla for truly great massages! Highly recommended activity!
This was a truly relaxing vacations for all of us!