Alexandria, VA has been routinely ranked as one of the top pet-friendly cities and it is no wonder why. Located just outside D.C., visitors won’t get far without noticing the water bowls and free dog treats set outside the dozens of independently-owned boutiques lining the streets.
Whether a furry friend likes to hit the water or get pampered, a number of activities are available for guests with two and four legs, including:
- Seasonal Canine Cruises tour the Alexandria Seaport on a 60-minute waterfront excursion.
- An influx of al fresco dining means pets are welcome onto most patios. Jackson 20 is located on the waterfront and hosts a weekly “Yappy Hour” – a happy hour for dogs. This includes special prices on cocktails, beers and snacks on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on their puppy-friendly outdoor patio.
- Travel takes a toll on everyone – including pets. The VIP Pet Salon is a high quality pet grooming and pet spa boutique. Here, dogs can get hot oil treatments, mud treatments, hydrotherapy, massages, facials and more. They even offer a blueberry facial that will help tear stains and reduce bad odor.
- When it’s time to turn in, guests and pets are welcome at one of the three pet-friendly Kimpton properties located in Alexandria. As the only four-diamond hotel in the area The Kimpton Morrison House Hotel goes above and beyond to cater to all its guests, no additional charge or deposit regardless of size, weight, or number of pets checking in. The property offers various hotel pet amenities like plush dog beds, food and water bowls and mats available in the guestrooms, a concierge list of places around Alexandria where visitors can bring their dogs and courtesy bags for their walks. They even have a Director of Pet Relations on hand that welcomes each furry visitor by name to the hotel. Each night The Kimpton hosts a wine reception for guests where, of course, pets are welcome to join the party.
This dynamic city packs a punch year-round, but is especially enjoyable for pets during the fall season when the temperatures are mild and the leaves are changing.