Dog's Day Out » Washington, DC

Dog's Day Out in Washington, DC

Is Fido in the mood for shopping, a hotel getaway, or dining al fresco? Perhaps a boat cruise? Plan a Dog's Day Out at these canine-friendly establishments throughout Washington, DC.
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Barrel Oak Winery

Barrel Oak Winery (BOW) is one of the most dog friendly attractions in the area, they love to see the dogs out there and even have water bowls and treat jars scattered throughout the facility. They also frequently have events with proceeds benefitting local dog charities. The wine is good but there is not too much in the way of food so don't go on an empty stomach. Take a tour of the vineyards and production facility to see how the wine is made and then enjoy a glass while listening to the music. Only about an hour drive from D.C. but you will feel like you have flown to Napa Valley.


Cafe Ole Mediterranean Bistro

Enjoy tapas from all over the Mediterranean region. You are sure to find something that piques your interest and your dog will love eating on the patio throughout the year. Unlike most of the restaurants where you can eat on the patio with your dog, Cafe Ole offers a patio that is covered and heated so you can go rain, shine, sleet, or snow (well within moderation). Park in the underground lot to take advantage of the validated parking. Order a couple of tapas for yourself and maybe one to share with your furry friend, the staff will have you covered on the water. 

Capitol River Cruises

Enjoy a tour of Washington DC from the water, sit back, relax and enjoy this 45 minute boat ride along the Potomac River with a narrated history of the sites. This is a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city while still getting to take in all the city has to offer. The best part is your pup is welcome to join in at no additional cost. The tours leave every hour on the hour between noon and nine from Georgetown at the intersection of 31st Street and K Street. So before or after your boat ride take some time to explore Georgetown which is a very dog friendly neighborhood. Stop into some of the local eateries and even some of the shops that love to see your pooch.


National Mall

No trip to DC is complete without visiting The Mall. Take in the scenery and national monuments with your dog for a truly enjoyable afternoon. Famous in the spring for the cherry blossoms, this is a stunning location year round. You can walk past the Washington Monument and several of the Smithsonian Museums. There are places to stop and take a break under a tree and you should definitely stop at one of the street vendors and get a hot dog to share with your pooch. 


Hotel Helix

You will love staying in this unique boutique hotel in DuPont Circle and your dog will love being pampered. Not only do they allow all dogs under 200 pound,s they provide them with a mat, bed, treats, bowls, bottle of water, and poop baggies and provides you with a listing of local services and stores to make your stay with your pup a little more comfortable. While dogs are not allowed in the hotel restaurants or bars they can enjoy a manicure and pedicure as well as a plush robe. So look through the spa packages and find one for yourself and make a reservation for both of you to enjoy a day of pampering.