Unleash the fun in Culpeper

April 30, 2024 Food & Drink Pet Friendly Places to Stay Things to Do

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One of the best ways to experience Culpeper, VA is on a pet-friendly road trip.  If you’re a pet owner, then you know the struggle of having to leave your fur babies behind when you travel. Thankfully, Culpeper, Virginia, has plenty of pet-friendly options for all the animal lovers out there. From delicious places to dine and comfy accommodations to unique attractions and experiences. Culpeper has everything to show you and our four-legged friends a good time! May is National Pet Month, the perfect time to plan a trip together.

Pet-Friendly Breweries & Wineries

If you’re looking for a place to enjoy an locally crafted glass of Virginia wine with man’s best friend by your side, check out Old House VineyardsOld House Vineyards found its home in a once-abandoned farmhouse that sits peacefully on 75 acres of land. Both the house and the land have since been transformed and filled with some of the best wine Virginia has to offer.

When the weekend rolls around, Mountain Run Winery welcomes you and your furry friends to join them for drinks, music, festivals and more. This family-owned and operated winery resides on a 125-year-old farm. Enjoy their award-winning wines, meads, and hard cider every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon until sunset.

Named one of the most dog friendly breweries in Virginia by BringFido.com, you can find your new favorite beer at Beer Hound Brewery. This micro-brewery located in downtown Culpeper brews all of their beers on-site with selections ranging from classic-style beers to special seasonal selections. The best part is that all their beers are named after famous hounds from movies, history, and even some that walk through their doors—a fitting tribute to the most loyal companions around.

On the outskirts of Culpeper, in a little town named Jeffersonton, lies Death Ridge Brewery at Higher Ground Farm. Built on land with rich historical ties to the Civil War, Death Ridge Brewery offers a large selection of craft beers and live music. With a cold brew in hand and your pup by your side, it’s the perfect place to enjoy their outdoor patios and god park.

Want to enjoy hand-crafted beer, wine, and cider with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background? Head on over to Old Trade Brewery. Old Trade Brewery offers far more than fine drinks and scenery. With live music, a playground, shuffleboard, darts, a bounce house, axe throwing stations, and a dog park, you and your pooch will have the time of your lives.

Located on a farm in the town of Rapidan, inside historic Culpeper County, you’ll find a hidden gem, WAR Craft Brewery.   At WAR Craft, they believe in the small batch brewing method, where their craft beverages are truly hand-crafted at each stage of the creation, from grain to glass. This boutique method makes the best-tasting beers, wines, and ciders where larger breweries cut high-end ingredients to cut costs, WAR Craft Brewery spares no expense! You and your furry friend can enjoy plenty of open space to enjoy a game of fetch or bond on a walk.

Pet-Friendly Eateries

The only thing that’s better than spending time with your fur babies is enjoying a fresh farm-to-table meal. At Grass Rootes, you get to do both. Located in the oldest commercial building in Culpeper, Grass Rootes serves incredible farm-to-table cuisine in a setting that allows all their guests to feel right at home. If you’re craving something sweet after dinner, they’ll even bring you and your pup some ice cream.

For those of you who like to enjoy your meals with a side of sports television, go check out Grill 309. Grill 309 is the go-to neighborhood hangout for award-winning burgers and all the ballgames your heart desires. Their philosophy is that everyone (furry friends included) should have fun and feel right at home.

If you’re a pizza lover, you must go to Far Gohn Brewery. Far Gohn Brewery is a tavern-style brewery modeled after the small taverns that marked the maps before Prohibition. This sweet little spot serves good beer and even better homemade pizza. This is a pizza place beloved by visitors and locals alike (and your furry best bud is sure to be a fan too!).  

Enjoy the taste of Parisian cuisine right in Culpeper. It’s About Thyme is a casual fine-dining restaurant with delectable European-style dishes and impeccable service. Their outdoor dining area is the perfect place for you and your pups to spend a fancy night out together.

Need a caffeine kick, 18 Grams Coffee Lab has you covered.  Using a scientific lab-like approach, precisely 18 grams of expresso, 18 Grams Coffee lab brews the perfect coffee.  They also feature a wide range of seasonal epicurean toasts, healthy starts, and house-made pastries & sweet treats. Don’t forget to grab a pup cup before you hit the road.

CC’s Soft Treats is your Culpeper hot spot to beat the heat with a cool treat! Offering shaved ice, sundaes, scoop flights, milkshakes, and more, come take a break and enjoy one of their many cool treats!  They even offer a pup cup for your four-legged companion.

If you’re searching for the best Thai food in town, look no further than Pinto Thai. Pinto Thai is a family-owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of Culpeper’s historic district. The owner/chef is originally from Thailand and prepares delicious traditional Thai dishes with love and authenticity.

Pet-Friendly Activities

Once your thirst is quenched and your belly is full, it’s time to do some shopping. Reigning Cats & Dogs is a pet-themed specialty boutique located in downtown Culpeper. This special shop provides a personalized shopping experience for both you and your pets. With items ranging from wall décor to dog collars, you can treat yourself and your four-legged friends.

For a walk to remember, check out Yowell Meadow Park in downtown Culpeper. Yowell Meadow Park is a gorgeous and easily accessible park that offers a one-mile walking trail as well as a highly adventurous nature trail your more fearless fur babies will enjoy.

If you haven’t had your fill of the great outdoors, stop by Rockwater Park. Rockwater Park provides all sorts of fun activities for you and your pets like 1.7 miles of multi-use trails, an obstacle course, a splash pad, a disc golf course, a 14-foot climbing boulder, and a playground.

Just blocks away from the heart of downtown Culpeper lies everyone’s favorite Saturday morning activity—the Culpeper Downtown Farmers Market. Open May-October, enjoy hours of shopping local produce, meeting other dogs in the area, and snagging treats from Loving Paws BIG and small pet services provider.

Pet-Friendly Places to Stay

What’s a vacation without a comfortable place to rest your head? Campo Cibola Cabin is a cozy, secluded cabin on the back side of a 300-acre working bison farm. During your stay, be sure to ask the crew about the walking trails and bison viewing locations.

Cozy Rixeyville Cottage is a private cottage tucked within the rolling hills of Virginia’s wine country. This lovely estate is just minutes away from Culpeper’s finest restaurants, wineries, breweries, and museums.

An immaculately restored pre-Civil War era home, The Hill House, is centrally located in Culpeper’s Historic District with easy access to the best shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

If the hotel life is more your style, book a room at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham.  Here, they welcome two pets of any size (for an additional fee). Both dogs and cats are allowed, and crated pets may be left alone in guest rooms. You and your furry bestie can enjoy sleeping on crisp white sheets and eating a complimentary breakfast before you hit the road for some adventure.

Culpeper Awaits You and Your Furry Friends

Now that you and your four-legged friends are ready to embark on your next big adventure, book your vacation in Culpeper, Virginia. Find more information on fun things to do while you’re in town!