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.


Here in Shenandoah County, we understand that bringing your furry friend along is sometimes preferred, so we have just the weekend for you and loyal companion to enjoy together. We welcome you to the charming town of Woodstock, where the Comfort Inn happily accommodates both two and four footed guests. 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 new town park features a special area just for dogs to run around and play.  Or take your pick of hikes throughout the George Washington National Forest for your best friend to explore.  Buzzzard RockKepler Overlook, and Crisman Hollow Trails all over spectacular views of the valley and Seven Bends State Park, opening this spring offers 10 miles of trails just outside of Woodstock.  After a day on the trails, unwind at Muse Vineyards where dogs are welcome on leashes.


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. 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.


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.


The best way to experience an area is to do as the locals do. Request a Visitor Guide to discover the best of Shenandoah County and begin planning your getaway today.

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