Established in 1761, the picturesque town of Woodstock, Virginia has been the county seat of Shenandoah County since the county's formation in 1772. Indeed, the town's charter was sponsored by none other than George Washington himself!
And the link to the Founding Fathers doesn’t end there. The courthouse – built in 1795 – was designed by Thomas Jefferson, and constructed using native limestone. Located on Main Street, it is the oldest courthouse still in use west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
As well as taking in all the history Woodstock has to offer, lovers of food and drink will be kept happy touring the local vineyards and farmer’s markets. The Muse Vineyards and the Woodstock Brewhouse both offer wine and beer tastings and tours, and the Woodstock Farmers' Market has the finest of local produce on offer.
Pet parents visiting Woodstock need not worry; Woodstock is as pet-friendly as it is historic! Woodstock has two veterinary hospitals as well as three dog grooming salons in case your pooch requires some TLC. If you’re planning on staying in Woodstock, there are also plenty of dog-friendly hotels in the area, including Comfort Inn, Woodstock, and Hampton Inn and Suites, Woodstock, where pets stay free.
W.O. Riley Park is located at 540 Park Avenue and has everything you could possibly need in a park, including basketball and tennis courts, a playground, and a soccer field. When it comes to exploring with your pooch, you’re spoiled for choice with a nature trail, the Jean Minton Fogle Nature Sanctuary, and gazebo and bench seating areas for a well-earned rest. W.O. Riley Park also hosts an outdoor concert series in the summer so you and the pooch can boogie on down! The park also hires out the park event space and stage for weddings and fashion shows, so you might catch one while you’re there.
Fairview Dog Park was created in 2017 with the objective of establishing a place in which dogs can interact with other dogs and people without the restraint of a leash. The park is located inside the larger Fairview Park and is divided into two spaces: one for large dogs and another for small dogs. The park also has many obstacles to keep the dogs active and entertained, including earthen mounds, tunnels to explore, jump hurdles, agility poles, a hill climb, and a bridge walk. There's a maximum of 3 dogs per person, and dogs must be 6 months or older.
Riverview Park is another beautiful spot to take the pooch for a walk. There are two wooded trails that you can visit, with one offering breathtaking views of the Shenandoah River. Part of the Rivanna hiking trail also runs through Riverview Park, so if you’re feeling adventurous, you can follow this trail around the entire city of Charlottesville. Riverview Park is also a very dog-friendly zone, and pooches are encouraged to take a dip in the river (which might be just what is needed after all that hiking!). The park even has off-leash days on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Probably the biggest draw for nature lovers in the area is the legendary Shenandoah National Park. This majestic park – with its waterfalls and spectacular vistas – includes an astonishing 500 miles of trails, all but 20 of which are dog-friendly. Take a drive along the Skyline Drive National Scenic Byway, and marvel at the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Then, stop along the way at one of the 75 overlooks, go for a wander with the pooch, have a picnic with the family, or grab a tasty snack at one of the many food stops along the Skyline Drive.
If you’re hungry or thirsty after all your exercise with the pooch, then Woodstock has a number of dog-friendly eateries and bars for you to refuel at. Woodstock Brew House on E Court St. serves sandwiches and pizzas, as well as ales and lagers, and has pet-friendly outdoor tables. Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes located on S Main St. serves everything from salads and sandwiches to baked goods and vegetarian-friendly dishes. They have four pet-friendly outdoor tables where you can enjoy your meal, and you can also peruse their shop, where you can pick up souvenirs, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, and more.