I jump at any opportunity to include our dog, Sadie, on our weekend adventures. I absolutely love bringing her along on hikes or to our favorite brewery. Her excitement on a new trail just puts a smile on my face. Today, I'm sharing five things we love to do with our dog in DC (and highly recommend even if you don't have a dog).
National Arboretum // The National Arboretum is one of my absolute favorite outdoor areas in the city. You can walk, bike, or drive the grounds and explore specifically curated gardens and forests. There are so many hidden gems, that it feels like we stumble on something new every time we visit. Currently, the Azalea Collection is in full bloom. The pictures above were taken this weekend!
Atlas Brew Works // We often stop by Atlas after walking the trails at the Arboretum. I absolutely love that dogs are allowed inside the brewery, so you're not stuck on the hot patio.
Union Market // If we're looking to grab lunch with the pup when the weather is nice out, we tend to head to Union Market. The large outdoor seating area and bar make it a fun spot to grab food with Sadie in tow. Typically, one of us heads inside to grab food while the other secures a table with Sadie.
Dacha Beer Garden // If we're looking to stay within walking distance, we tend to take Sadie to Dacha for a drink. It can get really crowded, so we try to go early or at off-times.
Rock Creek Park // Rock Creek offers more traditional hiking trails and is located within the city. We usually drive and have no issues finding parking. There are horse stables and rink and we usually encounter horses while hiking so if your dog does not like horses, you might not want to bring your dog. But, Sadie isn't phased, so it's on regular rotation for us.
We also love taking Sadie for hikes at Great Falls on the Virginia side. If you don't have a dog, or don't mind leaving them at home, the Billy Goat Trail on the Maryland side is also a great hike (but because you have to scale some rocks, dogs aren't allowed on that trail).