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Best Pet-Friendly Getaways Near Washington DC

January 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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If you want to plan a getaway but can’t stand the thought of leaving your beloved pooch or kitty behind, don’t fret. Not only do these getaways near D.C. provide pet-friendly accommodations for your Fido or Fifi, they offer great features and amenities for you too. These are the area’s top spots for a pet-friendly staycation.

Helix
1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 462-9001
www.hotelhelix.com

Price: from $195 per night

Plan a getaway close to home with a stay at Helix, an uber-hip and modern pet-friendly hotel. Your pet companion will be treated as a VIP, or very important pet, without any additional costs for you. Each room features an eclectic mix of vibrant colors, retro photos and spacious accommodations. Even the mini bar features trendy amenities like PEZ dispensers and organic snacks. Relax with an in-room spa service, like an aromatherapy facial, show off your wild side with the in-room animal print bathrobe, or stay up to speed with complimentary high-speed Internet. The Helix hotel also features hosted wine hours and a lush lounge. The hotel is also located near two downtown dog parks.

Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast
23130 Briar Patch Lane
Middleburg, VA 20117
(703) 327-5911
www.briarpatchbandb.com

Price: from $95 per night Dec. 1 to March 31/$150 per night April 1 to Nov. 30

Reconnect with nature with a stay at the cozy Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast. Located in the picturesque town of Middleburg, the inn provides gorgeous views of the Shenandoah Mountains and features deluxe accommodations, free snacks and drinks and a full hot breakfast each day of your stay. Reserve a room in the main house, or book your stay at the separate cottage, which features a full kitchen, living and dining room and a bedroom. Although a $10 extra charge is applied for each night of your stay, all four-legged furry friends are welcomed and treated like members of the family. Explore Middleburg with your pooch, visit a historical Civil War site or enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant. Be sure to inform Briar Patch of the arrival of your pet when making reservations.

Related: Best Places To Take A Doggy Day Trip Near DC

Chrysalis Vineyards
23876 Champe Ford Road
Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-8222
www.chrysaliswine.com

Price: $10 tasting fee

For a simple, daytime getaway, pay a visit to Chrysalis Vineyards where you will enjoy a variety of wines and Fido may explore the rolling hillsides. Pack a picnic lunch and have it on the patio, sample wines in the tasting room, or simply de-stress as you take in the gorgeous view. Chrysalis Vineyards grows and experiments with more than 20 grapes including the Norton, Virginia’s own native grape. Enjoy a variety of wines including a 2011 Traminette, Norton – Barrel Select and the Borboleta. The vineyard hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including its annual Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival. It also features a family friendly picnic and play area. All pets must be kept on a leash while at the vineyard at all times.

Savage River Lodge
1600 Mount Aetna Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
(301) 689-3200
www.savageriverlodge.com

Price: from $190 a night

Pets are not only welcomed at Savage River Lodge but will be happily greeted by Kokopelli and Karma, the lodge dogs. Book your stay in one of 18 private cabins, which feature luxurious bed and bath accommodations, a gas-log fireplace, gourmet hot beverages and a front porch furnished with a rocking chair. Start off your day with a basket of muffins, fresh juice and a newspaper delivered to your door. Savage River Lodge also features an on-site restaurant, a wide variety of activities all year long as well as a variety of special events like beer and cheese tastings. Play with your pooch in the huge Frisbee field or pamper it with a daily gourmet treat. Pet baskets and a pampered pet package are also available for purchase. All pets are welcomed with advanced notice.

Related: Best Pet-Friendly Restaurants In DC

Pier 5 Hotel
711 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 539-2000
www.harbormagic.com/

Price: from $200 a night

If you prefer a fun-filled getaway, then check out the Pier 5 Hotel located a short distance from Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor. Each room features waterfront and city views, environmentally friendly bath amenities, complimentary bottled water, high-speed Internet access and pet-friendly accommodations. Explore the many sights of the Inner Harbor, including the Baltimore Aquarium, go on a shopping spree, enjoy a fancy dinner, or dance the night away in a hip nightclub. Pier 5 Hotel offers a variety of activities including “Crabby Hour,” in which guests enjoy crab dip, crab crepes or other crustacean treats, and the Chocolate Event, in which guests may indulge in two chocolate fountains and make their own chocolate truffles. Pets are restricted to cats and dogs that weigh less than 80 pounds.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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