Posted by: twodogtales | November 7, 2013

Dog-friendly day trip: Notaviva Vineyards

I recently visited a dog-friendly winery out near the Appalachian Trail, Notaviva Vineyards in Purcellville, Va.

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This dog-friendly winery welcomes pups at their many picnic tables overlooking the scenic rolling Virginia hills, as well as at the tables on their comfortable front porch.

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The vineyard was voted Best Live Music in DC’s Wine Country, and features rock, folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and classical performers. Their tasting room has comfortable couches and a loft, with a very relaxed vibe–unlike some of the wineries filled with bachelorette parties and wine tour busloads.

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The weekend I was there, the Roaming Rotisserie gourmet mobile kitchen (aka food truck) had its grand opening. The truck serves delicious dry-rubbed rotisserie chicken, pulled chicken sandwiches and sides including garlic fries and cilantro-lime rice. The owner said he planned to be out at Notaviva on weekends.

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The décor at Notaviva has some unique touches, such as the sink base made out of a wine barrel in one of the restrooms.

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So whether you make it a day of visiting some of the many Loudon County wineries, or do some hiking before you sample the fruit of the vines, bring the two- and four-legged kids and enjoy a great day in the country!

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