4 Winter Getaways for You and Your Pup Near DC

With winter can come a harsh case of cabin fever. Dogs feel this too! It can help to escape and can do activities for both you and your pet’s mental health. Luckily, there are some great pet-friendly excursions in our backyard! Here is a list of our top 4 winter getaways for you and your pup in the Washington, D.C. area.

Cobbler Mountain

Just an hour outside of D.C. you can enjoy a beautiful tasting room overlooking the mountains (with your best friend right by your side). At the Cobbler Mountain tasting room, you can enjoy award-winning wines and ciders in a picturesque setting, and it’s pet friendly 🙂


The small town of Luray is about two hours from D.C. and is home to Shenandoah National Park. The park offers over 500 miles of scenic trails for you and your dog to explore. Your adventurous pack can also take a tour of the Luray Caverns or take a cruise through the Blue Ridge Mountains on Skyline Drive. There are plenty of pet-friendly accommodations in the area and camping for those who really want to take in all the nature. (Cold camping? Check out our “how to be outside with your dog in the cold” guide for walkers — lots of useful tips.)

Chrysalis Winery

An hour drive down Route 66 you will reach the beautiful Chrysalis Vineyards. An amazing pet-friendly retreat where you relax and taste a wide variety of wines. Chrysalis Winery is known for experimenting with an array of grapes, including the Norton, Virginia’s native grape. Your pup will enjoy the warmth of the tasting room or zoomies on the charming hillside.

Savage River Lodge

Plan a weekend getaway at this charming oasis. A little over two and a half hours outside the city in Frostburg, Maryland you’ll find the perfect escape. Savage River Lodge is not just pet-friendly, but pet-centric. Enjoy the serenity in a cabin. There are plenty of activities year-round, a huge frisbee field and a fine dining restaurant to keep you occupied. Pets are greeted with treats and there is even a pet menu to have your pet dining like a king.

Winter can be a rough time for you and your pet. Living in Washington D.C. there are plenty of trips nearby that can break the monotony of winter for you and your pup. Here’s to wonderful adventures!

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