A Dog-Friendly Weekend in Alexandria & Mount Vernon

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A block of historic brick buildings on Cameron Street in Alexandria.

Alexandria, Virginia, at less than a half-hour’s drive from Washington, DC, is a breath of fresh air. The city boasts a historic old town that charms with buildings dating as far back as the colonial era. Add to that its setting along the Potomac River waterfront, its easy walkability, and the fact that this small town is dog-friendly. Alexandria makes for the perfect spot for families or couples looking to relax, recharge, and set their own pace. I recently headed to Alexandria with my husband and George, our miniature schnauzer, for a weekend visit to take in the sights and the sounds of this popular Southern small town.

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Avoid the Crowds: Washington, DC Cherry Blossoms

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Looking across the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial during Washington, DC cherry blossoms season.

There’s no surer sign that spring is here than the cherry blossoms! In Japan, the practice of hanami, or the viewing of flowering trees (usually cherry), is a long-standing tradition with hundreds of years of history. And while the arrival of blossoms on flowering trees is always special, in recent years the Japanese enthusiasm for this natural phenomenon has been adopted in the West. The cherry trees that encircle the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC are famous for their fluffy pink blooms. The trees are so famous, in fact, that each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the blossoms’ arrival. Everyone should see these beautiful cherry blossoms at least once. It’s too spectacular to miss!

With the short window of opportunity for cherry blossom viewing, you can expect huge crowds. But I’ve got a few tips for seeing the Washington, DC cherry blossoms while still avoiding the crowds!

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Post by . Originally published April 2, 2019. Last updated May 31, 2019.

Enjoy a Cape May Dog-Friendly Getaway

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White mini schnauzer walking on the beach in Cape May. The beaches are the best part of a Cape May dog-friendly vacation.

New Jersey’s southernmost point, Cape May, is a beach town that many know for its charming Victorian architecture, cozy B&Bs, and miles of beaches. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your pets at home. Bring your furry friend along for a Cape May dog-friendly vacation. There’s so much fun for you both to enjoy without sacrificing.

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Get Tails Wagging at Coney Island Dog-Friendly Getaway

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Take a walk on the Coney Island Boardwalk with your dog during the winter.

Brooklyn’s Coney Island is famous for its amusement parks and hot dogs. But that doesn’t mean that your dog can’t get in on the action! Enjoy a Coney Island dog-friendly getaway with miles of sandy beaches to walk and so much for you and your furry friend to explore. During the offseason, dogs are even welcome on the Coney Island beach, proving just how dog-friendly NYC really is!

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Ride Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway in Historic Jim Thorpe

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The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway train pulls up to the Jim Thorpe Train Station.

This year for my birthday the plan was to take a day trip to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, for a relaxing ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. The mountain town was once dubbed the “Switzerland of America” and it is an easy drive from Philadelphia or New York. It attracts visitors for the historic train, outdoor adventures or simply exploring the small downtown area. But it’s also extremely family friendly — and that includes your furry four-legged family members!

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Post by . Originally published May 2, 2018. Last updated October 18, 2019.

Valley Forge Park Travel Guide & Dog Friendly Tips

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A log cabin in a meadow at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

The City of Brotherly Love gets much of the attention when it comes to the history of the United States’ founding. True, Philly did serve as the capital and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And today, you can get up close to the Liberty Bell or visit the Museum of the American Revolution. But the surrounding suburbs of Philadelphia played an important role, too. Crucial battles were fought in some of these areas. But it was the battle of a different kind that makes Valley Forge Park worth visiting.

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Post by . Originally published October 18, 2017. Last updated July 22, 2018.

Washington, DC Dog-Friendly Day Trip

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Dog-friendly day trip to Washington DC at the National Mall with the Washington Monument and the African American Museum of History and Culture.

In many respects, Washington, DC is a traveler’s paradise. The city is full of world-class museums, many of which are free to visit. There’s a large park full of notable monuments to explore. And the architecture and history in the city are difficult to fathom. But traveling to Washington, DC with a dog offers lots of possibilities! Traveling can be difficult but it shouldn’t be because your best friend can’t come along. My husband and I recently took a day trip to DC with George, our mini schnauzer. And all members of the pack had a lot of fun. Here are some ideas for a Washington, DC dog-friendly day trip!

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Post by . Originally published October 11, 2017. Last updated May 31, 2019.