Here are six pet-friendly places to take your dog or cat around the D.C. area for every pet personality.
Olde Towne Pet Resort has three locations in the D.C. metro area. If you’re headed out of town and not sure where your luxury-loving pet will feel best, Olde Towne Pet Resort offers a luxury stay option with four walks, two playtimes, a private webcam, in-suite TV and turn-down service. There’s plenty to do for pets here too, including agility play and swim sessions in the resort’s indoor heated lap pool. Dulles, North Bethesda and Springfield, 888-475-3580
This National Park service site is located along the Anacostia River. This area of Anacostia Park has origins in an act of Congress from 1926 to preserve recreation, forests and water. Dogs and humans alike love strolling through the aquatic gardens area on a bright and sunny day. 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE, Washington, D.C., 202-692-6080
Boarding, daycare, grooming, and a boutique as well as its sister location Wagtime Too make this a one-stop shop for your dog. For a spa day, hypoallergenic, medicated and oatmeal-based shampoos are available, as is hair coloring (in case your dog wants to leave with a whole new look). The boutique section sells gourmet treats and fashionable pet wear to keep your dog looking his or her best. 1232 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-789-0870
Like humans, sometimes your dog may need a staycation. The Fairmont in Georgetown offers the “Puppy Love Package,” which includes overnight accommodations with your dog in a luxurious guest room, dog treats handmade by the hotel’s executive chef, a pet-friendly walking map and a special pet-themed “Do Not Disturb” sign. Also, every time a guest books the package, checking in with a dog or cat in tow, the Fairmont will donate $25 to Guiding Eyes for the Blind. The donations are in honor of the hotel's new canine ambassador Georgie, a lab puppy who is hoping to one day become a guide dog for Guiding Eyes. 2401 M St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-429-2400
With locations in Los Angeles and Georgetown, Crumbs and Whiskers is D.C.’s first cat café. Guests can sip coffee and cuddle up with rescue cats who are housed there until they find a home in the area. It is recommended to book your visit in advance to guarantee your entry. Both locations of Crumbs and Whiskers have saved 1,614 cats from euthanasia and adopted out 740 of them. They’ve also raised $24,500 for homeless animals—the D.C. location’s partner is Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. 3211 O St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-621-7114
This small, community-focused brewery in Shaw has a dog-friendly patio at their Shaw Brewpub. The patio is perfect for bringing your furry loved one along while you sip one of their beers (often with historical themes) like the “No Weird America” and “No Depression.” Order a cheese plate or warm pretzel bread and don’t forget to slip a bite or two to your pet. 624 T St. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-607-BEER