Pet-friendly destinations in the Fredericksburg region
There’s really no need to leave your favorite four-legged companion at home when you come to the Fredericksburg region. From doggie daycares to pet-focused gift shops to dog-friendly patios and wineries, Fredericksburg has plenty for pets and people alike to love.
(Note: Outdoor patios are weather-dependent; check with individual restaurants before your visit to ensure their pet-friendly facilities are open.)
In Falmouth, the patio of Amy’s Café provides a welcome place for you to relax with a great meal, beverage and your dog. It’s also conveniently close to the Belmont-Ferry Farm trail, a great place to take your dog for a long walk.
Don’t cut your pet out of your meal plans in Downtown Fredericksburg. The backyard patio at J. Brian’s Tap Room is wonderful for dogs, because it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, and provides a calmer environment.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at sidewalk dining areas at numerous downtown restaurants, including La Petite Auberge, Castiglia’s, Bistro Bethem and Vivify on William Street. Deutschland Downtown even has a backyard biergarten that welcomes dogs. Along Caroline Street, Eileen’s Bakery and Café, Sammy T’s, Mason-Dixon Cafe, Katora Coffee, Agora Downtown, Italian Station and Billiken’s all have dog-friendly sidewalk seating and terraces.
In Thornburg, enjoy the fresh flavors of Poco Loco Mexican Restaurant, where dogs on leash are welcome on the outdoor patio, as long as it’s not too crowded and the manager or owner gives the OK.
Photo credit: Potomac Point Winery
Fredericksburg-area wineries welcome dogs. At Stafford’s Potomac Point Winery, you can bring your dog to the Tasting Bar and New Orleans-style courtyard, and Stafford’s Hartwood Winery is also pet-friendly.
Off State Route 3 in Spotsylvania County, you’ll find two unique pet suppliers likely to stock foods and products you can’t find elsewhere. Fredericksburg Natural Pet is dedicated to providing high-quality, all-natural pet products. Just across the road, 360 Farm & Pet is known for great customer service and high-quality foods.
In Downtown Fredericksburg, take your pup to Dog Krazy on William Street to shop for premium foods and treats, as well as toys and other supplies in a bright and fun environment. Also check out Dog Krazy’s new Lee’s Hill location in Spotsylvania County. Cat lovers will want to check out Back Door Gallery and PonShop on Caroline Street to the shop’s furry friends.
Even stores that don’t cater strictly to pets can contain some good finds for your furry friends. River Rock Outfitter on Sophia Street welcomes pets in its store and carries the Ruffwear line of performance dog gear.
Downtown is home to a few pet spas that can keep your pet healthy and happy with a bath, trim and more. A Handsome Hound on lower Caroline Street is a local favorite for grooming.
Dog Krazy offers grooming at both its Fredericksburg,Spotsylvania, and Stafford locations.
If you’re on the road and need a place to clean up your furry friend, head to the Dirty Paws Dog Wash, in Southpoint in Spotsylvania County. You can use one of their stalls to wash your dog yourself, or allow one of the experienced groomers to do the work.
Many of the hotels in the Fredericksburg region have pet-friendly rooms. Call to inquire at a hotel convenient to your itinerary. In addition, several smaller bed and breakfasts in the region, including Stevenson Ridge, The Richard Johnston Inn and Braehead Manor will make accommodations for pets. Sometimes this is on a case-by-case basis, so be sure to call ahead.
A black poodle plays next to the native grass field at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
The Fredericksburg area is home to a diverse array of trails that can provide the perfect activity to enjoy with your dog. Click here for a list of area trails and parks, and start planning your pet-friendly adventure today.