The consensus that "Virginia is for...dog lovers" is completely agreed upon for those that live in the community of Chesterfield, Virginia. The neighborhoods of Chesterfield are south of Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The land is beautiful here, offering amazing places to walk with your dog, with views of the Appomattox River to the south and James River hovering above Chesterfield in the north. Living here with your pup reminds you of you a simpler era. The architecture of many of the community's buildings is Colonial Revival. Triangular arches and pillars adorn many of the buildings in the Chesterfield Courthouse Square. Doggies with a love for history love calling this place home!
The amicability is also shared with dog owners here in Chesterfield. Dog owners enjoy living close to 8 veterinarians, 5 groomers, and 29 trails within the county. This means that dogs have every luxury and amenity they need without wandering too far from home. Also in Chesterfield are 5 dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor eating areas that open their doors to the doggos. For fun, you can head east toward Pocahontas State Park to explore the land. If you’re further north, you can always take your dog to Harry G. Daniel Park to enjoy the Virginia weather. Grab the puppers and the leash and head out!
Does your dog like to hang out at the local microbrewery where he can get pets from the locals enjoying craft beer? If he lives in Gebe Point, you and your dog can enjoy the local eats and drinks at Brew Gastropub. At Brew, you can enjoy craft beer and burgers made with beer, like the Stout Burger. Although their website is under construction, you can call them to confirm their menu. Also on the menu at Brew are fried pickles & peppers, sandwiches, tacos, and bratwurst. Just make sure to bring a leash with you, as well as a collapsible water bowl and food dish if you plan on sharing your grub!
Is your dog a huge fan of hikes through the beautiful outdoors? If you live in The Highlands neighborhood, you and Fido can take a hike through the Pocahontas State Park. The park is a 12-minute drive from The Highlands along State Route 66. The park is packed full of fun dog-friendly activities, like hunting down geocaches, hiking the Pocahontas Trail System, or cooling off in one of the 7 swimming holes. Doggos are more than welcome at all Virginia State Parks as long as they remain leashed. Your dog can even camp with you at Pocahontas!
Does your dog love to sit by your side while you eat out? It's because Fido knows if he's well-behaved, you'll give him some table scraps! One of the best neighborhoods for you and Fido to eat out is the Baileys Bridge neighborhood, which plays host to two dog-friendly local joints — Maglio's Pizza & Made in Asia. Whether you're hankering for some Italian or Asian cuisine with your pup, you're all set in Baileys Bridge. At Maglio's, you can order up New York slices, Grandma slices, or build your own pizza! On the other side of the gastro-spectrum, at Made in Asia, you and Fido can enjoy sushi done right! Try the Chesterfield Roll — shrimp tempura with a strip of fresh salmon and spicy crab meat on top.
Is your dog a glorified "dog-ffluent" type of citizen? Then he'll love the manicured lawns and walking spots in the Villas at Magnolia Lake neighborhood. In the Villas, you can head up to the Henry G. Daniel Park for 367 acres of play space. There are tons of rectangular fields which make a great place for fetch. Also in the park are tons of trails that offer beautiful hiking spots for you and your pup. After playing outside, it's time to eat! You can drive down to King's Korner to eat at a buffet fit for royalty. At King's Korner, there are different specialties depending on the day. On Fridays, you and Fido can enjoy fried oysters, steamed spiced shrimp, and baked tilapia.
Is your dog an otter stuck in the body of a Great Dane? Let your dog explore his true aqua-animal side in the Woodpecker neighborhood! Here, you can head south to the Appomattox River Trail for a 10-mile hike alongside the banks of the Appomattox River. The trail is accessible year-round, and since Fido's welcome to the hike, you'll probably meet your doggie neighbors while walking. After hiking, it's time for a slice of pizza! Hop on State Route 66 for a half-hour drive down to Brother's Pizza. Here, you and Fido can take on the Big Brother Challenge — eat a 24-inch pizza with three toppings of your choice! Winners get the glory and the pie's on the house!