Find all the information and resources you need to plan a weekend getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge with your pet.
The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a pet-friendly destination that welcomes visitors of all types, including your four-legged family members!
With a local culture that makes the most of our outdoor amenities and natural resources, it's a fantastic place to enjoy with a pet.
Between a variety of pet-friendly accommodations, pet-focused events, local parks to meet new furry friends, and the countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, your pet will love Virginia's Blue Ridge as much as you will - maybe even more!
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Having a comfortable place where you and your pet can rest at the end of the day is an important part of any travel experience. The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge features a great selection of pet-friendly lodging options, including hotels, cabins, and campgrounds.
Bringing your pet with you for the adventure is part of the fun of having a Blue Ridge Day! The easy access to public parks and walkable downtown districts, as well as wineries and breweries with outdoor patios, means you and your pet are never far from something new to explore. This article by Ginger Warder also features many pet-friendly experiences in the region.
The following are places to check out with your pet in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Farmers Markets: Farmers markets are a great spot to meet local farmers and vendors from Virginia's Blue Ridge, including a few who specialize in pet products.
Unleashed Dog Bakery & Boutique: A dog-centric shop (pictured above) in Downtown Roanoke that features an assortment of treats, toys and other specialty items. Humans are allowed to visit, too. :)
Black Dog Salvage: The iconic salvage and restoration company features a 40,000 square foot warehouse that is full of unique treasures. If you're lucky, you'll get a chance to meet May and Stella, the resident black dogs and team members that are carrying on the Black Dog legacy of having the cutest greeters in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Breweries: Along with producing fantastic craft beer, the local breweries in Virginia's Blue Ridge provide great communal atmospheres for visitors, including dogs. The following breweries, as well as local distilleries, offer outdoor patio space that is pet-friendly:
Wineries: Many wineries and vineyards in Virginia's Blue Ridge are accommodating to pets, and many host events and concerts throughout the year where pets are allowed.
Walkable Neighborhoods: The walkable downtowns of Virginia's Blue Ridge serve as great opportunities to enjoy the area with your pet. Our downtowns also provide a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of the region, along with opportunities for shopping and dining. Here some of the walkable downtown districts to explore with your pet:
You can have a delicious meal while having your pet by your side when dining in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Many of the great local restaurants in the region feature pet-friendly patio space*, providing the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests.
*Note - Some restaurants only offer seasonal patio space. We recommend checking to make sure the patio is open, especially during winter months.
Exploring the outdoors with your pet is one of the best ways to spend a vacation in Virginia's Blue Ridge! The region boasts over 1,000 miles of trails and incredible parks, making it a beautiful mountain playground.
When You Go: Please recreate responsibly with your pet when exploring in Virginia's Blue Ridge. Stay on designated trail areas, keep your pets on leash unless in designated areas where they're allowed to be off-leash, be courteous to people you encounter along the trails and mindful that they may be uncomfortable around animals, and remember to pack out all trash, which includes picking up after your pet and properly disposing of the waste.
Here are some of the best ways you and your pet can enjoy the outdoors.
The animals are part of the fun in Virginia's Blue Ridge! Whether it's a fun run where you can bring your dog or a festival where the animals are the stars, your pet will feel like a celebrity.
The following are some of the most popular pet-friendly events in the region: