PET FRIENDLY VACATIONS
Shenandoah County is the perfect destination for those traveling with pets. The region offers numerous hikes throughout the George Washington National Forest for fido to stretch his legs and plenty of pet friendly restaurants, wineries and breweries to relax afterwards. Cool down with a splash in the Shenandoah River and unwind at a pet-friendly vacation rental home or hotel.
Begin your morning by enjoying the complimentary breakfast at the hotel, and maybe sneaking back a sausage or two for your pet patiently waiting for your return. Then it’s time to venture out and visit the family and pet friendly Strasburg Town Park. After playing and walking around the park, stroll over to the easily accessible Shenandoah River where you can dip your foot, or paw, to cool down while enjoying the beautiful sounds and sights. Head back to Route 11, and to the lovely North Mountain Vineyard and Winery where the rolling hills of grapevines presents you with your own private getaway. They love allowing your four-legged friend accompany you as you enjoy their red, white, and blush wines. Meet not only the friendly owners, but meet their wandering pets as well. If you guys aren’t tuckered out yet, consider heading to Cristina’s Café to explore their menu, full of farm to table items, as some are from their own farm at that. The outdoor seating area is perfect to relish the company of your pet, not to mention the live entertainment that is often featured on the weekends.
Don’t fill up too much before checking out of the hotel, because downtown Woodstock is calling your name. Many shops offer water dishes outside for thirsty pooches. Walk the beautifully landscaped sidewalk as you pass by churches, family-owned shops, and the Historic Court House that is a standing piece of history, built in 1795. Make sure you stop in The Virginia Farmhouse, a shop full of items of all kind varying from wines from regional favorites, homemade trinkets, handmade jewelry, and home baked pet treats that are all the rage between furry friends. After making your rounds, stop by the Woodstock Café to enjoy more outside seating as you try any of their menu items, for they are all sure to please. The café is a local and widely recognized favorite that features sandwiches galore, salads, soups, Route 11 potato chips, and home baked goodies. Or venture on a scenic drive along Route 42 to Swover Creek Farm Brewery for a cold pint along with a wood-fired pizza, farm crafted sausages or homemade ptretzel rolls. This farm brewery also features a dog park out back so your furry friend can get out some last minute energy before heading home.
As badly as we know you and your furry friend don’t want to leave, it will be time to return home, but not before you grab a cup of coffee to go and a few more smiles from the locals.
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