Known as the "Nation's Horse and Hunt Capital," Middleburg isn't just a place for equestrians, but also ranks high in pet-friendliness! This historic town was established in the late 1700s. Middleburg was a purchase from one of George Washington's cousins to a Revolutionary War colonel named John Leven Powell. The name comes from the town being the middle intersection between two major trading posts at the time. The town saw two skirmishes in the Civil War. Since then, the town has retained a Southern hospitality and is now a peaceful cattle town. Views of the Blue Ridge and Bull Run Mountains can be seen from town, with the fertile land hosting grape farms. With the grape fields come local wineries and relaxing porches to sit on with your pooch.
Dog owners love it here in Middleburg! There are 2 veterinarians, 3 pet groomers, and a pet shop all right within Middleburg's town limits. Whether you've got a cattle dog or a lap dog, you'll have everything you need to keep your Fido happy and healthy! For fun, there are 4 city parks where you can take a nice stroll. The Wanacopin Creek, which slithers through the western part of town, is also a nice place for a walk. There's also a handful of pet-friendly restaurants where Fido can sit with you as you eat a meal!
Middleburg has everything for two and four-legged residents!
Is your dog's favorite meal breakfast? If your dog's a
morning type of doggo, then he'll love living in the Pendleton neighborhood, where you two can visit Middleburg Common Grounds. This is a great local joint
that serves up a pet-friendly breakfast. Many locals sit in the quaint outside
seating area as they enjoy their coffee with their four-legged friends' tails
wagging! Middleburg Common Grounds sells a variety of coffee roasts, tea, and
breakfast sandwiches. Try the Federal Sandwich or a delicious Sour Cream Donut!
You won't need an alarm -- Fido will wake you up in time to get breakfast at Middleground Common Grounds!
Does your dog have the body of a Corgi with the personality of a Stallion? If you live in Central Middleburg, you can take your pup with you for a meal at the Red Horse Tavern, where your little pupper can live out his horse-stature fantasies. The Red Horse has great "hos-pet-tality" with agreeable prices and quality food. You can get all the fixin's here! Try a plate of the Shepherds pie, an Alpine burger, or a grilled flank steak salad. The tavern also serves craft beers on tap and has regular live music. You and Fido will love it!
Does your dog like to munch on artisan crafted popcorn? Just a few bites can't hurt him! The Plains neighborhood has a pet-friendly spot that satisfies this pawticular craving. At Popcorn Monkey, you can get a wide variety of flavored popcorn that makes an awesome snack. Bring Fido down to the shop to try one of the 23 sweet and savory flavors that Popcorn Monkey offers. You can try confetti, which looks like the decoration — a fruity smorgasbord of orchard-filled flavors. On the savory side, you can try Monkey Korn, which is a blend of cheddar and caramel. Bone Appetit!
Does your dog firmly believe in the sentiment that "Virginia is For Lovers?" It's probably because he spends a lot of time in the Glenwood neighborhood exploring the banks of the Wancopin Creek! The creek is a great place to bring your pup for a walk. If you're into fishing, Wancopin is an underrated fishing area with tons of prime spots. There is an abundance of native fish, including the freshwater species like bass and crappie, swimming within the Wanacopin streams. One of the best places to visit along Wancopin is the Myrtle Grove Lake Dam. You and Fido can set up a fishing pole and enjoy the day!
Does your dog love to run up and down the rows of grapevines in a winery? In the Ag District, you and Fido can visit the 412-acre Chrysalis Vineyards & Lockey Farmstead Cheese Company. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can explore the fertile land with the smell of wine grapes in the crisp air. This vineyard is known for their Norton, with robust red wines with undertones of berry and pitted fruits. Dogs are more than welcome to come enjoy the day at Chrysalis Vineyards as long as they are on a leash and well-behaved. No drinks for Fido!