5 Dog-Friendly Weekend Trips

Need to get away but don't want to leave your pooch behind? You don't have to.

Sometimes you just need a change of scenery—and dogs love car rides.  So pack a bag and grab that leash!  These Virginia destinations are a short drive and cater to all kinds of guests, including four-legged ones.


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Virginia Beach

For the dog who loves the water, Virginia Beach is the place. This popular beach town offers numerous dog-friendly hotels close to the ocean. The Founders Inn and Spa, a luxury hotel with 26 landscaped acres for long walks, is especially pet-friendly and welcomes dogs up to 50 pounds for a one-time $35 fee. Alternately, the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Ambassadors Inn & Suites, and Alamar Resort Inn are also dog-approved options by the water. Virginia Beach has two city-owned dog parks, Red Wing Metro Park and Woodstock Community Park, for playtime. Dogs are permitted on the public boardwalks (leashed) and beaches (unleashed). The town is home to a variety of pet-friendly restaurants, including the Beatles-themed Abbey Road Pub and Restaurant, Barbeque by Froggie’s and Back Bay Brewing Co.  If your dog is well-behaved, he or she may even earn a spa pampering at Preppie Pooch, which features treatments such as sugar scrubs, mud wraps or a soothing paw soak.

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