Northern Virginia abounds with activities that welcome people and their dogs. Some of the venues below may be available only during certain seasons.
• O’Malley’s Pub hosts Paws on the Patio, 3–7 p.m., with a grassy area for dogs.
• You'll be welcomed by the resident dogs at The Barrel Oak Winery. The owners call it “BOW—as in BOW WOW! Hang with your friends and dogs (on leashes, please). Great wine and lite fare served or bring your own picnic lunch or dinner.” (Delaplane)
• "On a Wing and a Prayer" colorfully describes the Flying Circus. (Bealeton)
• Leashed pets are allowed on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. The cemetery is next to the Iwo Jima Memorial and the Netherlands Carillon. (Arlington)
• Dogs are welcome at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Estate and Gardens; however, they are not permitted in the Mansion, the theaters of the Ford Orientation Center, or the galleries of the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. (Alexandria)
• Although they're allowed, I'm sure you won’t want to take dogs to the military demonstrations at the Manassas National Battlefield Park
This post was originally written for participants of the BlogPaws 2011 conference. Information is accurate as of August 2011.