Why is Gianni Cooling headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina?
First, it was Gianni’s romance that brought her from Germany to Raleigh. After ten years of love letters sent from Germany to Raleigh, North Carolina was the easy choice for the early days of the startup. Raleigh is the tenth fastest-growing large city in the U.S. in 2020 and is located less than two hours from the ocean and three hours from the Blueridge Mountains. It is also home to North Carolina State University, which is one of the top textile and design schools in the country. Gianni Cooling loves Raleigh, and it’s where she makes and designs each and every dog collar, leash, toy, and accessory. It’s also where Henri, the Gianni Cooling studio dog, spends most of his time romping, and so it just makes sense to share her top five places in North Carolina to visit with your dog.
1. Falls Lake State Recreational Area - Raleigh, North Carolina
12,000 acres of undeveloped land and more than 300 campsites…’nough said. Henri loves running through the woods and chasing his Monkey Rainbow into the water. Luckily, it floats and Henri brings it back every time, though he won’t always let it go right away.Find out more about Falls Lake here
2. Hebron Falls - Blowing Rock, North Carolina
A super simple trail for walking and hiking that is 2.8 miles of trail near Blowing Rock, North Carolina that ends in a waterfall. It is a series of drops around some impressively large boulders and makes it a popular hangout spot for swimming and lounging. Of course, dogs are welcome and they will make plenty of four-legged friends.
3. Carolina Beach - Carolina Beach, North Carolina
4. William B. Umstead Park - Durham, North Carolina
This is one of those can’t miss spots, covering more than 5,500 acres tucked away within the cities of Raleigh and Durham. Surrounded by great food and restaurants, this wooded wonderland is great for a long walk with the pup and especially nice for runners and bikers. And did you know, the Umstead Hotel and Spa has pet-friendly accommodations? Henri loves DogWoods, the enclosed playground for canine guests.
5. The Biltmore Estate - Asheville, North Carolina