You may recall that for my birthday last week, my boyfriend and I visited a little cabin in the woods for the long July Fourth Weekend with Luna. It was a beautiful, relaxing stay and we were pretty much in the middle of no where. So much so that although we had some really slow WiFi, we’re completely out of range of cell phone service and had to drive at least 30 minutes down winding back roads to the nearest grocery store!

It was perfect though. I saw a lot of comments on social media about how dog parents wished they had gone away for the holiday. I can attest that it is definitely the way to go. We were able to get away from all the booms and bangs that are typically affiliated with Independence Day. In fact, we only heard one very distant firework that Luna didn’t even flinch at. So there was no stress about making sure our pup wasn’t scared or hiding from the loud noises.

On my birthday instead of watching fireworks, we walked over to Foggy Ridge Cider, which is a pretty small cidery also located in the middle of no where. It was about a 20 minute walk from our cabin and it is pet friendly, so we were able to bring Luna along! Both my boyfriend and I enjoyed the cider. It is much dryer (and in my opinion, better tasting) than the typical hard ciders you can find in grocery stores, which are often syrupy sweet.

Luna visits Foggy Ridge Cidery

Hard apple cider tasting at Foggy Ridge

It was fun to see right where they grow many of the apples that go right into the cider! Foggy Ridge Cider is really only available in parts of Virginia, but I highly encourage you to stop by or give it a try if you are ever in the area. Just remember to bring along a physical map or GPS since there is no cell signal out there.

Apple trees at Foggy Ridge Cidery

Luna celebrates Independence Day

I really enjoyed seeing all the wildflowers and wildlife on our trip. There were so many beautiful butterfies and flowers to photograph. We also spotted a few deer, a bear, and a couple other critters.

Wild daisies spotted on our walk

Back from a hike. We head back to our little cabin in the woods!

Our little cabin in the woods!

Towards the end of our trip we also visited Chateau Morrisette, which is a winery that was about a 20 minute car ride away. We had visited once before, so I knew they were welcoming of well behaved dogs. It was much less busy than the last time we visited, but it was certainly nice a relaxing. If you are a fan of sweeter wine, then you should definitely give Chateau Morrisette wines a try.

Luna visits Chateau Morrisette, a pet friendly winery.

The view at pet friendly Chateau Morrisette.

On our travels we also stopped by an area called Lover’s Leap, which proved to be a great spot for snapping photos of the view when it wasn’t foggy of course. Although many rain storms and fog passed through the area, we were able to visit on at a time when everything was clear.

The view from Lover's Leap

Wildflowers at Lover's Leap

Luna relaxes at a little cabin in the woods

This trip was certainly amazing and I am looking forward to doing more similar trips in the future.

Where is your favorite place to take your dog during the summer?

This week’s 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge theme is SUMMER and this post is my submission. If you’d like to see more photos from our 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge, you can view them all over in my Flickr 52 Snapshots of Life photo album.

Don’t forget to visit last week’s post to see how we were PATRIOTIC and come back next week to find out if Luna likes the WATER.

You can also check out other snapshots from this week’s 52 Snapshots of Life Photo Challenge theme by clicking below!

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • catchatcaren

    was that your cabin in the photo? It is adorable! All of the photos are beautiful and convey such peace…I can smell the clean air! Brilliant way to spend the 4th!

    • beaglesbargains

      Yes it is! Isn’t it the cutest?

      • catchatcaren

        yes it is! I am dying to do something like that one day!

  • Emma

    Sounds like a great vacation and looks pretty dog friendly as well.

  • I am so doing this next year – the trick is finding somewhere that I can take reactive Ruby! I’ve already been hunting for private cabins. Your getaway looks like it was perfect – I love cider!

    • beaglesbargains

      Definitely do it!

  • Dagmar

    wow this is awesome! we are always looking for a cool place to go with the dogs

  • DJohnson

    Great cabin! It looks so peaceful.

  • rockingpony

    It looks like an incredibly relaxing weekend away.

  • SGilbert

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I am going to check it out because that sounds like so much fun. Especially if you can dogs. Thanks for sharing you trip with us.

  • Taylor Hall-Tromp

    I can’t wait to get a cabin for the weekend with our boys! We are hoping to go sometime late fall. Love your pictures! Dog friendly places are always the most important thing we look for when scoping out a vacation spot. Glad you had a relaxing trip!

  • Lisa F.

    Wow, what a great idea…take the dogs away from the booms! : ) Of course, I need an RV or something with all of mine. Looks like you had a great get-away! And happy birthday belated!

  • Helga

    Gorgeous photos. I have yet to take my dogs on a vacation like this.

  • Amy Boyer

    Wow! It sounds like you were not far from where we vacationed last week! I’m trying to remember where Chateau Morissette is…Have you been to Stone Mountain Winery yet? They have an amazing deck overlooking the winery and a mountain valley. Thanks for the tip on the cider. I’m not a fan of hard cider but i’d definitely be willing to try a dry one.

    • beaglesbargains

      Chateau Morissette is in Floyd, which is about an hour south of Blacksburg or a 5 hour drive from the NOVA area. I haven’t been to Stone Mountain, but I’ll definitely try to check it out! Are they pet friendly?

      • Amy Boyer

        Yes we drove past the sign for CM on Rt. 58. Stone mountain is very pet friendly. We sat on the deck with our daughter and son-in-law and they brought a bowl of water out for Toby.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the cabin my family used to rent for two weeks every summer on Lake James in Tomahawk, WI. After a number of years, the family who owned it sold it and it was no longer being rented. We took our Beagle girl, Pixie, with us and she really loved it. We had our own small beach area and Pixie would splash in the shallow water (she wasn’t too keen on swimming, but would if we took her out further). I’d love to have time (and funds) to take my pack to a cabin for a week, but it would be far harder with four Coonhounds than it was with one Beagle.

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