Virginia City, Nevada, is a dog-friendly and dog-welcoming town, so bring your pup along when you visit. Dogs were present in Virginia City’s heyday, after all. So it’s only natural that they are now as well!
Our comprehensive list of dog-friendly options in Virginia City includes dog-friendly lodgings, attractions, and restaurants.
In Virginia City, where can you stay with your Dog?
If you’re looking for a place for vacation while visiting Virginia City, there are a few excellent options. This is great because it simplifies planning based on desired accommodations.
The Sugarloaf is the name of the dish.
On-site amenities include a market and 12 comfortable motel rooms. There were so many beautiful people there! Everybody was in love with dogs! We were welcomed with smiles and good mornings as if we belonged in the market, where they made fresh coffee every morning.
The Sugarloaf motel offers long-term stays, so we met many locals who entertained us with stories and pampered Bailey with treats and even a toy while we were there.
In past years, the building was used as a boarding house for miners, so be aware that the rooms were warm and comfortable. Moreover, back in the day, space requirements were quite different. It’s safe to assume that the miners were overjoyed to have a roof and a bed to sleep under. Modern conveniences like a television, refrigerator and private bathrooms (yay, progress!) are all included in the historic charm of the building, which includes at least a few of the original iron windows!
There is a bonus: You can park your car there and walk into town. Main Street gets crowded even in the offseason, so this is a big deal, you guys! As a reminder, this is a great place to park and bring your Dog! Open space for dog business can be found just across the street. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing better than a view while you poop! Please clean up after your Dog.
Camping at the Virginia City RV Park
In addition to RV parking, there are cabins for rent at this location. Keep in mind that “dog friendly” does not mean “tolerate poorly-behaved dogs.” Instead, they must be supervised, follow the rules, and be courteous at all times. So it’s all about making sure everyone has a great time!
Where in Virginia City can you eat with your Dog?
All restaurants in Virginia City, VA, accept service animals as a rule, but a few also welcome well-behaved dogs. Always remember that dogs must be kept on their owners’ outdoor patios in Nevada. There is no need to be alarmed! There are a lot of dog-friendly restaurants in Virginia City!
Saloon Red Dog
This pizza is excellent! Ours and the locals’ favourite! There’s something about mountain town pizza that’s always INCREDIBLY FREAKING GOOD! (Really, we ate there TWICE!) We also recommend their wings and, hey, just about anything..this is a great place to take the whole family. Oh, and I must mention that their pizza pairs exceptionally well with you? The local gin from the cemetery! A flavour all its own… a definite must-try!
Roasting House of Virginia City
Every time we travel, our family members make it a point to try some of the local coffee. We like to support small businesses in the towns we visit, so it’s always interesting to see where the best coffee is to be found. In Virginia City, we came to the Roasting House every morning to watch the sunrise, plan the day, and enjoy good coffee and good company (because, again, the locals are so awesome). It’s vast, airy, and incredibly cosy. The dog-friendly backpack is a great place to start the day.
Grill at Firehouse Saloon
The fact that we missed out on trying this one, considering how much we love BBQ, is a real shame. Regardless, the patio is Dog friendly and can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors. Come back soon!
City of Virginia City Jerky Company, Inc.
It’s also well-known for its BBQ, which is absolutely mouth-watering! This dog-friendly restaurant has ample outdoor seating, making it simple to bring your pet along. To timepass, while waiting for your meal, you can read the historical placard that has been placed nearby. Like I need to say anything else about it…
The Canvas Café
The breakfasts looked incredible when we were there, and I’m sad they weren’t open. Virginia City is full of dog-friendly attractions, and this one is no exception.
It’s easy to see why Virginia City is a great place to visit with your Dog because there are so many dog-friendly restaurants in the area.
What to do in Virginia City with your Dog
There are dog-friendly and dog-friendly activities available. To ensure a pleasant experience for you, your Dog, and other visitors, do your homework ahead of time.
Take a stroll along the old boardwalks.
Walking on raised wooden sidewalks from a time long ago is a truly unique experience. The short answer is that it’s awesome. Even better if you dress like a cowboy from the 1800s, and even better if you bring your Dog along. We pleaded with Bailey to put on his cowboy hat, but he refused. However, he was pretty fond of his bandana. The boardwalk is littered with trash cans, so bring your own poop bags if you need to clean up after your Dog.
Enjoy the scenery while hiking.
There are plenty of paths to explore. For example, Virginia City, Nevada, is not Disneyland. There are open mines all over the town, even though Frontier Town looks and acts like an authentic mining town. So please keep your Dog leashed while hiking the dog-friendly trails so he doesn’t fall down a forgotten mine. Such a scenario would be horrible. Seriously. Bring water, too. For both you and your Dog, always bring water.
Take a walk around town.
We’ve got options here! Small dogs and service animals are welcome on the trolley (which we heartily recommend). There are also walking tours available, all of which are dog-friendly to boot. The Visitor’s Center is a great place to pick up a map and find out which options are best for you.
Dogs are buried in the Dog Cemetery.
A section of the famous cemetery dedicated to beloved dogs and their stories. It’s only fair that your dog-friendly visit to Virginia City includes the stories of the loyal four-legged companions as you learn about the people who built, lived in, and died in Virginia City.
You can bring your Dog to the cemetery, but it is a graveyard, so please keep your pet on a leash at all times. On top of that, don’t forget to download the audio tour to your phone. It brings everything to life… The joke was meant to be fun.
There are a lot of dogs and businesses in Virginia.
While most businesses generally allow well-behaved dogs on their premises, it’s always a good idea to double-check first.
Nonetheless, here are some additional dog-friendly attractions and tours to help you plan your trip.
Allowable pets include small dogs on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
Comedy show: The Virginia City Outlaws will fire a pre-show courtesy round to make sure that any dogs in attendance are comfortable with the noise. Outlaws with a sense of humanity! Is there anything more wonderful than that?
The Washoe Club Tour, the Chollar Mine, and The Way It Was Museum are all included.
These establishments welcome dogs but ask that they be kept on short leashes and behave themselves. Fair enough.
Virginia City’s must-dos
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We’ll be here to remind you of all the fun things to see and do in historic Virginia City with your Dog when the time comes!
Let’s get your Dog a road trip in tow!
There don’t need to leave your best friend behind when you visit the United States. You and your pet can make lasting memories wherever you go if you bring them along for the ride. Nearly everywhere you go these days, you’ll find lodgings and activities that welcome pets, especially dogs. You can count on This Family to keep track of the best places to visit and explore with your canine companion while we’re on the road, so you don’t have to.