Visit Yorktown for a Doggone Good Time

Greetings, furry friends! I’m Ernie Bert, the self-proclaimed canine ambassador of Yorktown. Being man’s best friend can be challenging – especially with all of the begging, fetching, and cuddling we have to do to make our humans feel important. If you’re like me, sometimes you just need a vacation, so come along as I take you to my favorite destination: Yorktown, Virginia!

Ernie Bert at Gangsta Dog and Riverwalk Landing

There are two places where you and your human can stay in this historic town. The Hornsby House Inn is a beautiful bed and breakfast that has wonderful views of the Yorktown Monument and is right on Main Street. Although pets aren’t allowed in the main building, their Carriage House guest suite is dog friendly. If you want a room with a waterfront view, you’ll want to stay at the newly renovated Yorktown Beach Hotel. The entire hotel is dog friendly and just steps away from the beach and shopping areas. In late September, they’re even having a pooch plunge in the pool! Paw-ty!!!

Now it’s time to explore! Trust me when I tell you that the first stop you need to make is Gangsta Dog located in the Riverwalk Landing shopping area. This pawsome store has natural dog treats, pet toys, and gifts. All you have to do is step inside and meet the friendly staff to understand why it was recently named “Coolest Pet Shop in America” and national “Retailer of the Year.” 

On Thursday nights in the fall, you and your human can enjoy Rhythms on the Riverwalk, a free concert series on the lawn overlooking the York River. On Saturdays, the fun continues with Yorktown Market Days. Here’s an insider tip: Many of the vendors have dog treats, and some even sell them! 

If that isn’t enough, Paws at the River occurs in late October. This annual event celebrates the greatest thing to ever happen to mankind: Us! It’s a huge pet palooza with music, food, games, and belly rubs. There is even a canine costume parade! 

Ernie Bert hanging out at Mobjack enjoying a pup cup

Regardless of when you visit, Yorktown offers so much to sniff and see. After a day of exploring, you’ll probably need to rest, so take your human to Mobjack Bay Coffee Roasters or Ben & Jerry’s. While they enjoy an afternoon latte or ice cream, you can relax with your very own pup cup. Bone appétit!

Trust me when I tell you that Yorktown is the perfect destination for the four-legged visitor. With its dog-friendly hotels, stores, and sights, it deserves a round of a-paws