When you combine the paramount height of White Cedars and the azure glow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you get the pet-friendly community of Nellysford, Virginia. This growing community sits along Route 151, with quick access to a bunch of state parks and the Wintergreen Resort. There is a seasonal Saturday morning market that you can take your dog to, as well as the Valley Green Gallery, where local artists can showcase their work. Nellysford epitomizes a mountain town where everyone is friendly to both the two-legged and four! There are plenty of hiking spots that lead to amazing views of the Virginia landscape.
Dog owners are thrilled to live in Nellysford. There' a vet right in town, with quick driving access up 151 to a myriad of pet groomers and pet shops. You'll never have to travel more than 10 minutes to get everything your dog needs to keep his tail wagging! Having a good time with your dog is also an effortless task living here. Nellysford hugs up against 2 different state parks and the Wintergreen Resort, so there's plenty of land to explore with Fido. On top of this, there are 3 pet-friendly restaurants to choose from where you can grab a bite to eat with your furry best friend!
Does your dog hate eating in front of the television and prefers the view of the mountains over a screen? If you live in Stoney Creek, you can head over to Stoney Creek Bar & Grill, which is tucked into the heart of the Rockfish Valley. You can bask in the blanketing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains as you eat in the outdoor seating area where Fido is more than welcome to join you. For lunch, you can choose from a variety of delicatessen sandwiches like a pulled pork panini or a California club. The restaurant is part of the Wintergreen Resort, which has skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer!
Does your dog perk his ears up when he hears the coyotes and wolves howling in the night? If you live in the Cedar Meadow, you can visit Wild Wolf Brewing Company, where you and Fido both can get in touch with your inner wild side. This "farm to fork" brewery has some great tasting craft beers made in-house. Try the Blonde Hunny, Area 151 Belgian-Style Ale, or Primal Urge IPA. You can pair your craft beer with a meal at Wild Wolf, which prepares its dishes with sustainability in mind -- the entrees are cooked with locally-sourced ingredients. Try a Wild Wolf Reuben or a plate of potato gnocchi. Fido will be howling for a bite!
Is your dog an environmentalist? If you live in the Wintergreen neighborhood, you can visit Spruce Creek Park, where Fido can play and you can partake in some outdoor educational fun. There is a children's hiking trail with guides that educate the youngsters about local animal and plant life. There's also a tree house area with swings and climbing ropes as well as a Natural History Center. After all that nature exploration, you can head to Basic Necessities, a restaurant with a conscious mindset toward their culinary dishes. You can enjoy an eclectic array of dishes here, like Rockfish en Papillote, fusion stuffed porkchops, or Ghantaa Tarkari. Sit back, relax, and give Fido a few table scraps!
Does your dog try and eat the raindrops as they fall to the ground? Then he'll be astounded by the sites of Crabtree Falls, which is a half-hour drive from the White Rocks neighborhood. Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical drop waterfall east of the Mississippi River. In total, the five cascades drop water from over 1,200 feet. Even hard-to-impress dogs will be in awe! There are five cascades and a 3-mile hiking trail to an overlook of the Ty River Valley and Crabtree Falls. This is a great place to bring your dog for a day outing that gets you out of the house and into the beautiful natural world!
Is your dog a natural hunting pooch? Even if your dog's more of a cuddle rug than a hunter, visiting Lesesne State Park is a great way to give your dog some much-needed exercise. The park is the pawfect place to go for a hike but is primarily used for hunting, so if you visit during hunting season, you should be prepared. If your dog gets spooked by loud noises, you can visit during the fall season, when hunters are only allowed to hunt with bows from October to January. Whether your pup's a hunting hound or a certified lap dog, there are good times to be had at Lesene State Park!