Pet Safety in Shenandoah National Park

Pet Safety in Shenandoah National Park

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Love to vacation and travel with your pet? Good news, The Shenandoah National Park allows pets on many of their trails. You and your dog can enjoy hiking the beautiful landscape, but the park is asking visitors to prepare themselves for pet safety while in playing in the park.

We’ve compiled some tips for pet safety in Shenandoah National Park to help you and your furry family to have a safe, fun trip.

Bring plenty of water.

Both you and your pet will need to have enough water to last through your time on the trails. You’ll need to pack a water supply for both of you. Be sure to have a delivery system that works for your dog, don’t assume you can just share a bottle. Knowing how your dog handles water on a walk is important. If your dog needs more help there are some great options available for travel bowls and collapsible, silicone bowls. Some option can even clip right onto your pack. Be sure that you have more water than is necessary, if you get temporarily stopped on your journey or have a spill, you’ll need back up.

Hiking feet.

You wouldn’t dream of heading out for a day long hike wearing a flimsy pair of flip flops. If you have ever gone hiking before, you’ll likely know how important it is to plan ahead and wear a pair of sturdy trail shoes or even hiking boots. Choosing the wrong shoe can ruin your day or even lead to injury. But what about your dog? Are you certain that your dog can handle the rough terrain. Your dog’s paw pads are the only thing protecting their feet, you need to be certain that their paws can really handle it.

Endurance.

How long are planning on hiking? If your dog only ever goes on 15 minute urban jaunts, don’t expect them to suddenly have the endurance for a six hour hike. Some breeds have more natural endurance that others. Plan your total hours ahead of time and stick to it. Along with the water, you’ll need to pack enough food and snacks. Give yourself and your pet breaks to rest and refuel. Check your planned route with guidelines, some trails are not open to dogs.

Where are you staying?

There are many great places to stay near the park including beautiful Shenandoah cabin rentals. Be sure to find out ahead of time that your dog will be welcome. At the end of a long and potentially tiring day of hiking, you’ll want to know that you and your pet have a safe pet friendly place to rest.

Keep your dog on the leash.

This is an important rule to follow. The trails in Shenandoah are not off-leash trails. The recommended guide is a leash length of no more than 6 feet. You and your dog won’t be the only ones enjoying the park, you love and trust your pet but the unsuspecting hiker around the corner might not. Don’t forget that there are other animals in the park as well. IF you think your dog might not handle a snake encounter on their own, you’ll need to have control over the situation. The leash can prevent your dog from chasing a bear, or chasing after a squirrel at full speed. It’s also critical to understand how easily your pet could become lost and in turn how you could then become lost while searching for them. The only way to guarantee your pet will stay on the trail and by your side is to keep them on their leash.

Best Kept Secrets of Virginia Wine Country

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You’ve planned the perfect vacation, booked your Virginia cabin rental, and are all set for a week of fun and relaxation. How are you going to make the most of your visit to Shenandoah? If wine is your thing, Virginia is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about American wine regions, and for good reason, too.

The area in and surrounding the Blue Ridge Mountains is surprisingly great for growing grapes for wine. Thomas Jefferson started the wine industry in Virginia from his vineyards at Monticello, but now you can visit beautiful wineries with fantastic libations all over this great state. Keep reading for a rundown of the best wineries with the most majestic views in the Shenandoah Valley.

Fox Meadow Winery

For a delightful day exploring a winery that isn’t too far from your Virginia cabin rental, check out the Fox Meadow Winery. Located just 2 miles from your cabin, this winery is at the top of Blue Mountain. It boasts majestic vistas and a rotating list of wines. They provide wine tastings, some with food pairings, and are dog-friendly as long as they are leashed and kept to outdoor areas.

Barren Ridge Vineyards

This gorgeous vineyard is located on land that once held a vast apple orchard. If you are in the mood for enjoying sweeping vistas and sipping wine as the sun goes down, look no further than Barren Ridge Vineyards. Tours are free, and they are open seven days a week. This vineyard also ships its wine to 38 different states, so if you find something you like but have no room in your luggage, you can simply have it sent to your home.

Wisteria Farm and Vineyard

This beautiful estate is not only a small-production winery, but also a working farm! They have sheep, chickens, and full-bodied reds to make your trip very special. For a fantastic day, sign up for a tour or look into Wisteria Farm and Vineyard‘s calendar of special events to find one you like.

They are a working farm and have many animals, so best to leave your four-legged friend back at your Virginia cabin rental.

Bluemont Vineyard

This vineyard is a relative newcomer, established in 2007. Since then, though, they have crafted incredible wines in small batches, ensuring that quality is first and foremost in their wares. Bluemont Vineyard offers free tours and have a tasting room with an incredible view.

Old Hill Cider

This one isn’t a winery, but it is along the more well-traveled wine trails. Old Hill Cider creates artisan hard cider and is the only hard cider producer in all of Shenandoah Valley. In fact, they offer much more than hard cider. You can also enjoy a picnic, pick your own apples from the orchard, or enjoy some unfermented fresh cider. Add to that the fact that hard cider is gluten-free and you can see why this cider producer is so great!

No matter how you choose to enjoy your stay in your Virginia cabin rental, be assured that Virginia’s wine country has untold treasures and hidden gems just waiting for you to discover them!

Whether you are looking for a relaxing tour or are a serious wine connoisseur, you’re guaranteed to find a fantastic winery in a gorgeous location to make your visit to Shenandoah Valley absolutely unforgettable. For more information on booking your next great vacation, contact Hot Tub Heaven and see how you can make the most of Virginia.