Here in Shenandoah County, we know that many of our visitors enjoy traveling with their dogs, so we have just the weekend for you and your loyal companion to enjoy together. The region offers numerous hikes throughout the George Washington National Forest, public river access, 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.
We welcome you to the charming town of Woodstock, where the Comfort Inn happily welcomes both cats and dogs with their own goody bag of treats. Grab the leash, and toy of choice and celebrate the sunshine and mountain air as you drive to Fairview Park just north of the hotel. This town park features two special areas for dogs to run around and play. One is for large dogs and the other is for small dogs, and both have “agility features”. You can also take your pick of hikes throughout the George Washington National Forest. Buzzard Rock, Kepler Overlook, and Crisman Hollow Trails all offer spectacular views of the valley. The new Seven Bends State Park, with great trails and river access is just outside of Woodstock, and coincidentally, close to Muse Vineyards where dogs are welcome on leashes.
In the town of Strasburg, visit the Strasburg Town Park. You and your pet can stroll around the park, then go to the easily accessible Shenandoah River Walk 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 present you with your own private getaway. They love having your four-legged friend accompany you as you enjoy their red, white, and blush wines. The owners are friendly and so are their pups. For dinner, many of the eating establishments back in Woodstock offer outdoor seating when the weather is nice and are happy to bring out a bowl of water for furry companions.
Enjoy the day strolling the streets of downtown Woodstock. Many shops set water dishes outside for thirsty dogs. Walk the beautifully landscaped sidewalk as you pass by churches, family-owned shops, and the Historic Courthouse that is a standing piece of history, built in 1795. After making your rounds, stop by the Woodstock Café to enjoy more outside seating as you try any of their menu items. The café is a local and widely recognized favorite that features sandwiches, salads, soups, Route 11 potato chips, and home-baked goodies. Sometimes they even have home-baked items just for dogs. From there, venture on a scenic drive along Route 42 to Swover Creek Farm Brewery for a cold pint along with a wood-fired pizza oven, farm crafted sausages or homemade pretzel rolls. This farm brewery also features a dog park out back so your pup can get out some last minute energy before heading home.