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.

Jessica Shipman
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