The holiday season in the Revolutionary City is one of my favorites times of the year. But it’s also a time when many people avoid traveling because they don’t want to leave their pets behind. With Christmas right around the corner, I’m going to show you why Williamsburg is an excellent vacation choice for both you and your fur-legged friends!
COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG IS PET FRIENDLY!
Not only are dogs welcome in some of our hotels, the stores in Merchants Square and stops along DoG Street also provide a pet-friendly environment. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind leading up to your trip along with some useful tips for when you arrive.
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Whether you’re flying or driving, traveling with your pet can be easy and enjoyable if you prepare. Be sure to choose a crate/carrier that’s the right size for your pup. A good rule of thumb? He/she should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably. Also, don’t forget a travel kit! Be sure that it includes extra food, a leash, bowls, medication, a favorite toy (or two), and a blanket or pillow. We also recommend you include a copy of your animal’s rabies certificate. Some states require proof the vaccination is up to date, even if you are only passing through. You may want to consider microchipping your pooch before you leave. And most importantly, be sure your current address and cell phone number appear on your dog’s tags.
FLYING: Flying with a pet is easier than it sounds. Many airlines have very pet-friendly policies. Small dogs and cats are typically permitted in the cabin. The average fee for airlines is $125 per pet/per route. You do have to alert your airline in advance that you’re traveling with pets. You can do so by calling a reservation agent from your airline. The rep will also be able to guide you further for restrictions/requirements for that specific carrier.
DRIVING: For those long road trips, make sure your pet is always secured in the car when traveling. This can be inside of a crate or carrier or strapped into a pet car seat. Never leave your pet inside that car alone; both heat and cold are very dangerous.
Your pets can stay in the heart of all the holiday action too! Three of our Colonial Williamsburg Hotels are pet friendly. The Williamsburg Inn, Providence Hall Guesthouses, and Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites. Please note, however, that we do have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available so plan to book your room in advance (as these rooms go fast!) and specifically mention your needs.
The main rule is only two dogs per room and both have to weigh 50 pounds or less. You’ll be asked to sign a pet policy when you check in and you must crate them when you leave. For a look at the complete list of rules (including fees), click on the links below.
If your dogs exceed the weight limit or you simply don’t want to crate them during the day while you’re out exploring, we have the perfect solution. St. Francis Pet Resort. From doggie daycare to grooming, it’s the perfect way for your pets to pass the time while you enjoy learning about our historic trades, dining in our taverns, or touring our 18th-century gardens. A reminder you do need to make a reservation ahead of time and you will also have to complete the Canine Boarding Packet.
THINGS TO DO
The Revolutionary City is the perfect “playground” with a number of grassy areas perfect for a game of fetch! And there’s nothing more relaxing than an evening walk down DoG Street without having to worry about traffic. You’ll also find water buckets set out just for our canine visitors. But please remember, pets are not allowed in any of our historic buildings!
WHAT ABOUT CATS?
And while cats aren’t allowed in any of our hotels, that doesn’t mean you won’t spot them out and about. Some (like Spencer here) are locals. There’s also a good chance you may run into one of our Colonial Kitties.
We would like to extend a special “thank you” to all of our pet models: Pixel, Vector, Domino, Lizzie, Mazy, Tyson & Spencer!