Don’t go barking up the wrong tree: four dog-friendly places to visit
February 26, 2019
Being a dog-owner just got a whole lot easier. Whether you prefer eating, hiking, taking photos or enjoying historic scenery, we’ve got you covered. Here are some nearby, but still exciting places to go with your dog in the Bethesda area.
7150 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20815
Silver is a contemporary New American restaurant located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, only a 10-minute drive from school. The restaurant hosts “Pups on the Patio” on its outdoor terrace, an event where 10 percent of the profit goes to a local animal charity if you bring your pet. The event offers special menus, dog treats and pet-friendly giveaways.
Silver is an upscale version of the Silver Diner, a popular and lively retro-themed diner chain in Rockville and other locations. Although Silver kept the diner’s iconic neon sign, Silver’s menu features more sophisticated dishes with a healthy twist.
The whole restaurant has an urban and modern feel, featuring clean red booths and contemporary hanging lights. “Pups on the Patio” is a perfect opportunity to grab a nice dinner with your family (dog included) while supporting local shelters and helping dogs in need.
Lost Dog Cafe
2729 Merrilee Dr, Fairfax, VA 22031
Lost Dog Cafe sells pizzas and drinks, while also supporting homeless animals. There are multiple locations in the D.C. metropolitan area, but most are around a 20-minute drive away.
The restaurant created the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in 2001 to help homeless dogs and cats find homes. The cafe donates a portion of their revenue to the foundation, hosts adoption events on its patios and holds monthly sales like donating one dollar for every drink they sell.
The Dunn Loring location, a 20-minute drive away, has a large outdoor patio with a heater in the winter time—a cozy way to enjoy a meal with your dog. Although the Alexandria location doesn’t have an outdoor patio, it features a gift shop to buy your pooch a new toy home while also supporting a great cause.
Baked & Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Baked & Wired is a small but popular cupcake shop in Georgetown, D.C. It’s right by the waterfront and only a half hour drive away.
The shop has mouth-watering cupcakes, ranging in flavor from classic vanilla to red velvet to carrot cake, and also sells coffee, biscotti, brownies, pies, quiche, cakes and more. Baked & Wired also bakes treats for your pet; the shop’s very own Zillabones, a handmade and hand-rolled treat, comes in four flavors: bacon and cheese, chicken and cheese, BBQ kitty riblets and peanut butter crunch.
Baked & Wired is the perfect place to buy a treat for you and your dog and sit by the waterfront to enjoy the view of the Potomac River.
This may seem like an obvious place to go, but it’s worth mentioning because of the variety of activities available. Walk with your dog to see the Washington Monument and the Lincoln and the Thomas Jefferson memorials. Visit dog-friendly restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating along the way, like Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats. Have lunch, get ice cream and relax on a bench with your dog and family.
With an open field in the center of the mall, you can also pack a picnic for your family and enjoy a nice afternoon outdoors. Buy some fun, corny gifts from the street vendors and enjoy walking around the city.