“Want to go for a ride?” To us pups, this is our favorite phrase to hear, other than, of course, “Do you want a treat?” and “Good dog!”
The drive from our home in Northern Virginia to Williamsburg took about three hours. Don't worry, we left the driving to our humans and slept the whole way.
For our weekend getaway, we stayed at the Williamsburg Sampler Bed & Breakfast Inn. It’s a traditional bed & breakfast that loves its canine guests. After we checked in, the innkeeper gave us a tour, some belly rubs, and lots of scratches behind our ears. He said the only rule for us was to relax and have fun. Consider that done!
From the Williamsburg Sampler Bed & Breakfast Inn, we were all able to walk across the street to William & Mary’s campus to hike the trails surrounding Lake Matoaka. It was great to stretch our little legs and sniff out the scenery. We even saw a deer run by!
We were a little hungry after our hike, so that meant snack time! The next stop on our itinerary was the Corner BARkery. It offers a full bar and great menu for the humans and a separate menu for pups. We sat on the dog-friendly patio and shared a bark-cuterie board, filled with all our favorite snacks: carrots, cheese, cucumbers, turkey, strawberries, and peanut butter. Is your mouth watering? I know ours were.
We couldn’t visit Williamsburg, Virginia without visiting the Virginia Beer Company. This brewery and beer garden is dog-friendly and hosts a variety of food trucks. Luckily dogs are allowed inside the tap room because during our visit it started to rain.
We decided to order our dinner from DoG Street Pub to-go and enjoy it back in our room. Our humans ordered beer cheese and naan to start and split the fish & chips and roasted chicken. Dogs are welcome to dine with their owners in the outdoor patio section.
We started day two of our dog-friendly adventure in Williamsburg with breakfast at illy Caffé. The patio allows dogs and they even brought us a fresh bowl of ice water. After breakfast, we walked around Merchants Square, the Williamsburg Farmers Market, and strolled back in time through Colonial Williamsburg before leaving for a corgi meetup at Toby’s Dog House.
Everything at Toby’s Dog House hot dog and barbecue lunch spot was a dog’s dream. Us dogs were allowed inside and the humans could take their food and drinks to the patio out back or into the back room. Corgis were well-represented in the decor at this restaurant. We were delighted to see some of our online corgi friends enjoying lunch at Toby’s. Some of them joined us for hot doga (yoga with dogs) outside. This was a first for us, but we had a blast!
After doga, we grabbed lunch. Our humans said Toby’s had the best hot dogs they’ve ever tried! We can’t wait to come back.
At this point, you think we’d be tired, but we were ready to explore Historic Jamestowne. Dogs are allowed in most areas in the park. We learned that Jamestown Island was America’s first permanent English colony. We explored the site and learned about what 17th-century Virginia was like through outdoor exhibits. Hmm...Wonder if any dogs lived here?
We spent almost two hours sniffing around before stopping by Billsburg Brewery.
To end day two of our trip, we grabbed dinner at Blue Talon Bistro. Dogs are welcome outside on their new alley patio seating area. We cooled off under the shade and listened to music while we waited for our dinner. The best part? They have a dedicated dog menu! We could choose from hamburger, steak, chicken, or a mix of rice and veggies. We chose steak, of course.
The humans grabbed their coffees to-go and we snacked on fresh-baked dog biscuits as we walked around Historic Yorktown. There was so much to see and explore in the area. We easily could have spent our entire day visiting the shops along the Riverwalk and admiring the 18th-century architecture.
The next stop on our agenda was to drive through the Yorktown Battlefield - Colonial National Historical Park. It was warm out, so we liked being able to stay cool in our air-conditioned car and hop out to explore each site.
Before our humans’ lunch reservation, we stopped by Gangsta Dog for a few treats. Look at all those treats! The humans let us pick out a few to take home.
Before we started our drive back home, we enjoyed lunch and views of the water at the Riverwalk Restaurant. It was the perfect end to our amazing trip to Williamsburg! We slept the entire ride home, exhausted from exploring, and our bellies full from good food.