Salty dogs love living in the quaint little beach town of Cape Charles, Virginia. Considered a municipal corporation of Northhampton County, the town's prospered since the completion of the railroad in the late 1800s. Cape Charles's quick access to the water made what was once marsh and farmlands a booming 'muttropolis.' As the years have gone by, more and more dog owners have settled in this seafaring town. The town offers one of the best collections of historic buildings. Just walking through the historic district is a bridge to the past. Visitors flock to Cape Charles during the warm summer months, enjoying the beach that overlooks the Chesapeake Bay to the west and Old Plantation Creek to the southwest.
With everything they need within a quick drive, dog owners love living in Cape Charles! There's a veterinarian and two pet groomers right in town. Pet shops are a quick drive into Cape Charles's neighbors, Cheriton & Seaview. Toward the south, you'll find the Cape Charles Nature Area Preserve. This state park has a beautiful trail system you can explore with Fido! There are also 3 dog-friendly restaurants here with open-door policies for 'doggos!' Whether you walk down to the beach to watch the sunset or grab a cone at Brown Dog Ice Cream, a great time in Cape Charles only means grabbing the leash!
Does your dog love nature preserves and exploring all the local, native plant and wildlife? Good thing for Fido, all Virginia state parks welcome the furry, four-legged! If you live close to the southeast pocket of Cape Charles, you're a paw print away from the Cape Charles Nature Area Preserve. Established in the 1800s, the nature preserve hosts native plant species like the Eastern Shooting Star, Serviceberry, and Mountain Laurel. There are also a bunch of rare species that call this place home! Animals like the Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, and the Spotted Sandpiper can all be spotted at in the nature preserve. Fido and you will have a 'pawesome' time weaving through the trail system and checking out many of these endangered species!
Does your dog love grabbing a bite to eat with you at the local pub? He loves it for two reasons: Fido's getting plenty of belly rubs, and if he's on his best behavior, he'll get some table scraps for treats! If you live around Randolph Avenue, you can walk down to Kelly's Gingernut Pub, a dog-friendly local pub with great drinks and eats! At Kelly's, you can try the seafood like the Local Steamed Clams, Drunken Mussels, or the Guinness Cod Sandwich. If you're looking for something from the land, the burgers, salads, and wings are great too! Kelly's has a weekly beer list featuring local and imported craft beers. The staff loves it when you bring your 'doggo!'
Does your dog know the best spot to catch the sunset in all of Cape Charles? If you live on Bay Avenue, you can walk over to the shores, which overlook the Chesapeake Bay, to enjoy the smell of salt in the air as you watch the sun disappear beneath the horizon. It'll definitely get Fido's tail wagging! During the busy tourist season, from April 1st to Labor Day, Fido's not allowed on the beach between nine o'clock in the morning and nine at night. Four-legged, year-round residents are allowed on the beach in the dog-friendly interim between this time. Even walking down Bay Avenue with your dog offers great views apposing a relaxing boardwalk to take a stroll!
Does your dog know in his heart that only fresh seafood is worth eating? Your dog might be a Chesapeake Bay Retriever or at least think he's one! If you live off Sunset Boulevard, you're right within walking distance to Fido's favorite dog-friendly seafood restaurant, The Oyster Farm. The restaurant sits atop a marina with a pier that crests out into the water. So, after dinner, you can take a nice walk down the pier to enjoy the breeze. The Oyster Farm serves local oysters, clams, and other seafood eats. Try the Thai Shrimp, Peruvian Pan Seared Bass, or Three Cheese Lobster Macaroni. From the land, you can eat a Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon or a Cape Charles Wedge Salad. Fido's already hungry for this 'Bone Appetit' experience!
Does your dog's bark mean turn the channel from Animal Planet to the History Channel? If you live in the Cape Charles Historic District, your pup is well-suited for his history 'wuff' interests! The district is listed on the Natural Register of historic places. The colloquial beach-style architecture is a visage of the past, which makes it a fun neighborhood to walk through. Also fun in this neighborhood is visiting Brown Dog Ice Cream! The namesake comes from a Chocolate Lab named Foster who is paraded around the town on a beach golf cart. Your dog's more than welcome at the ice cream shop too! Try creamy sweets like cups, cones, sundaes, and Belgian waffle ice cream sandwiches! Fido's excited!