From the sight of tails wagging, you know your dog's leash is the most important thing in the pet-friendly town of Christiansburg, Virginia. The town has a history dating all the way back to the 1600s when the first European colonists arrived in Virginia. George Washington himself was known to visit Christiansburg in these early pioneer years. The country's first president more than likely brought his French Hounds with him! Christiansburg has developed into a modern prairie-town with a collection of taverns, locally-owned eateries and boutiques, and historic districts. Tucked along the New River in a valley that shares the same name, Christiansburg is a great place to live with your furry best friend!
Dog owners here won't have a 'ruff' time keeping their dog happy and healthy. Pet owners have their choice between seven veterinarians, four pet groomers, and three pet shops. If you like to get outdoors for Fido's exercise, you can head to Huckleberry Trail. Named after the huckleberries that grow along the pathway, this eight-mile trail sweeps through the North River Valley. After some hiking, you and Fido can hang out at one of the 12 pet-friendly restaurants that have outside seating area for the 'doggos!' Just grab the leash and head out!
Does your studious pup love to live around the scholarly energy near a college campus? Living off College Street puts you in close range of Christianburg Community College and the good eateries close to campus! There are two great pet-friendly coffee shops like The Mocking Bird Cafe, which serves breakfast all day long as well as some 'pawesome' baked goods. Try the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich or a pimento cheese sandwich with your morning cup of coffee. Another great coffee spot is for the purists at Idego Coffee, where you can choose between 3 different artisan roasters. After a hearty breakfast, you can walk over to Downtown Park for a relaxing walk with Fido!
Does your dog have a true affinity for eateries that specialize in foods south of the border? If your dog's lucky enough to live off West Main Street, then you're neighbors with El Bronco Mexican Bar & Grill. This pet-friendly Mexican restaurant has all the classic entrees you and your pup are craving! For an appetizer, try the queso fundido or nachos supreme. Next, you and your 'pupper' can chow down on a burrito Mexicano or a Steak El Amigo! For dessert, there's nothing better than fried ice cream! El Bronco also has an elaborate drink menu to match the flavors on your plate. If Fido's good, a few bites of table scraps can't hurt!
Does your dog love when you get 'Bark-B-Q' because he knows he'll get a bone to gnaw on? Living off of Chestnut Drive is as close as you can get to the grill pit! Here, you'll find Due South BBQ, a pet-friendly joint that specializes in brisket. Head over and grab your favorite cut with choices between ribs, brisket, smoked chicken, and pulled pork. The owners take pride and joy in their recipes that are slow-smoked for hours - the kind of BBQ that makes Fido drool! After a plate of ribs, you and Fido can walk off the meat-coma at the Walnut Branch Creek. This peaceful creek runs through neighborhoods off of Chestnut. Between the BBQ and the walk, your dog's going to love it!
Does your dog love to hop in the car to ride along with you? You can get dinner and a movie without ever leaving the car if you live off Ruth Lane. At Dude's Drive-In, you can grab classic american diner-food like burgers, fries, and shakes. After you grab some food, keep driving into the Starlite Drive-In Theater to see a movie with Fido. If you're just looking for a snack, Starlite has a snack bar, too! Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Starlite to watch movies the old school way: from the comfort of your car. No matter where your dog's at in the car, he'll have the best seat in the house!
Does your dog never leave your side? If you've got errands to run and you know you'll get hungry in between them, living off of Scott Street is a great place to get things done, especially if Fido's an extension of your leg! You can start your day off at Lucie Monroe's for a cup of espresso and a macaroon! Even if you arrive late, you can still grab lunch here too! The pet-friendly restaurant specializes in Mediterranean eats! After your errands, you can head for dinner at the Blackstone Grille. Completely dog-friendly and delicious, Blackstone serves up entrees like rack of lamb, double-bone pork chops, and butternut squash ravioli. Fido makes the errands less onerous and more fun!