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Dog Friendly Weekend Getaways in Virginia

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

With sensational colored leaves blanketing the landscapes, Virginia is an ideal destination for a quick fall getaway. Whether it’s culture you’re seeking or apple picking you want or if hiking is more your thing, you’ll find it all in Virginia. I’ve rounded up my top picks for weekend getaways that you (and your pup) will enjoy!

Woman taking her black dog for a walk in the woods
Fun fall walk with Fido

1.) Luray is number one on my list, a true hidden gem- especially for pet parents. In addition to checking out some pretty spectacular fall foliage in Shenandoah National Park, there are more than 500 miles of trails for leashed dogs to explore.For outdoorsy folks, dogs are allowed in campgrounds. Or if you’re like me and don’t quite like “roughing” it, pet-friendly lodging is available. In my opinion (and for the most relaxing experience) I would rent one of the many cabins or old farmhouses that abound in the area.

2.) Leesburg is another favorite of mine. Its walkable (and very quaint) historic downtown is brimming with pet friendly restaurants (37 to be exact). The area is also home to amazing breweries and wineries, most of them are dog friendly. Leashed dogs are also permitted to roam the grounds of Morven Park, a 1,000 acre property. When you’re ready to wrap up your day, I would highly recommend checking into the Landsdowne Resort & Spa. Spoiler alert: their Four Paws Pet Program includes a Daily Dally bed, dog treats and a water bowl. Pets and pet parents can socialize by letting their dogs run free at the Lansdowne Dog Park.

Two Schnauzers relaxing in fluffy, comfy bed in hotel

3.) If you’re local and looking for more of a “staycation”, Old Town Alexandria would be my pick. According to Leah Spellman of Visit Alexandria, “one out of every four residents in Alexandria is a dog.” With stats like that it’s no wonder that it is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country! The city’s picturesque brick-streets are teeming with everything from a VIP Pet Salon where you furry friend can indulge in a spa treatment to doggy bakeries selling homemade treats and other goodies.

Golden Retriever enjoying lunch at Virtue Feed & Grain

I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you about Virtue Feed & Grain. Not only does this revamped 18th century granary allow dogs, they even have a doggy menu that offers everything from a 5 oz. grilled rare sirloin to frozen yogurt “bones” served with sliced green apples.

The Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa (a personal favorite) welcomes everyone (furry, feathery or scaly!) There are no weight or size restrictions and no additional pet fee. In addition to providing conveniences such as poop bags for dog walks, your pup will sleep soundly on their Wash’n Zip pet bed and plush pet pillow. If you'd like more information on dog friendly weekend getaways in Virginia, please contact us at or give us a call at


About the Author

The daughter of an award-winning travel writer, Kimberly has followed in her mother’s footsteps and has had articles been published in numerous publications. Kimberly got her first puppy from Santa Claus when she was four years old and has never known a life that didn’t include four legged family members. An animal advocate, she has rescued pets, volunteered at shelters and has even been known to nurse an injured sparrow back to health. When she’s not busy running a successful petcare business and providing care to her four legged customers, you can rest assured she is pampering her 19 year old kitty, Scout.

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