Dog-Friendly Travel

Your furry friend deserves a getaway too and a visit to Montgomery County, Maryland is just the place for a fun trip away from home. From dog-friendly hotels to spacious hiking trails along peaceful rivers, man’s best friend (and human dog-owner!) will be kicking back and relaxing in no time.

What to Do:

Let your dog wander around in the great outdoors at some of the county’s best parks. The popular Billy Goat Trail at the C&O Canal National Historical Park has two trails that allow dogs. Section B is 1.4 miles long and is a moderately challenging hike and Section C is 1.6 miles long, perfect for beginners. The trails surround the beautiful Potomac River and while you’re there, make sure to check out the famous waterfalls at Great Falls.

Black Hill Regional Park is an oasis for many different dog breeds! The park offers more than 2,000 acres of land including a half-acre dog park, picnic shelters, and volleyball courts. Also located within the park is 20 miles of hard and natural surface trails that dog-owners and their furry friends can explore together.

Where to Sip and Savor:

Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co. in Gaithersburg welcomes dogs on their back patio so you can sip on their rotating selection of brews while enjoying the company of your pup in the nature-filled outdoor space. Keep your eyes peeled for their dog events that are held at the property!

Relax for the day at Pike & Rose’s newest outdoor pop-up, Bark Social. This space is the perfect oasis for dogs and their owners. Bark Social features various pup approved activities including dog-friendly pops, sudsy baths, and lots of outdoor space to play. And for the humans, there is a great selection of snacks, beers, teas, and caffeinated beverages to choose from while your dog roams around.

Soak up the sun and have brunch at Republic’s dog-friendly patio. This Takoma Park-based spot is known for its tasty farm-to-table dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, and Corn Cakes.

Where to Stay:

EVEN Hotel in Rockville is the perfect spot for you and your pet to rest and rewind after a long day of exploring the county. Their space is designed to help their guests maintain their healthy lifestyle even while being away from home. Keep active with in-room fitness zones or enjoy a selection of fresh food and beverage options including Grab N’ Go meals and made-to-order smoothies.

Residence Inn by Marriott in Bethesda is located right in the heart of one of the county’s most lavish neighborhoods, Bethesda. Guests can enjoy a fitness center, a complimentary full American breakfast, and comfortable rooms—ask about their rooms with kitchens, especially if you plan to stay awhile. After you’re settled, you and your furry friend can walk around Bethesda and explore the parks, outdoor dining, and various retail options that this neighborhood has to offer.

Humans and their pups will never want to leave the Sheraton Silver Spring hotel during their getaway. For those lazy days, order room service for breakfast or a late-night snack from their delicious menu. Grab an American style dish at Mica’s Restaurant when you want to dine in or enjoy a cocktail at Mica Lobby Lounge. If you’re looking for a quick coffee fix, Starbucks Coffee is located in the building ready to fulfill your caffeine needs (don’t forget to order a Puppuccino to treat your dog!). Experience endless relaxation in their hotel rooms and then hit the town for retail, dining, and outdoor activities at Downtown Silver Spring.

VM Tip: We recommend using dog-friendly rideshares or exploring the neighborhoods around your hotel on foot. Many hotels are conveniently located near the Red Line Metro, however, only service animals are allowed on the train.