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Where to Go with Your Dog this Weekend: 8 Chains North Winery

Enjoy the spring weather, or hang out inside the tasting room with your pup.

Local wineries are quickly catching on to the fact that people hate leaving their dogs behind on the weekend. 8 Chains North Winery in Waterford, Virginia is another of a growing number of Virginia wineries that welcomes dogs inside tasting rooms as well as on the grounds.

Adding to the high canine-comfort score, 8 Chains even has a fenced-in area for dogs to romp off-leash. There are a few picnic tables in the enclosure, so owners can chill with a glass of wine while keeping an eye on their dogs.

The winery also features a large covered patio and open yard which overlook the vineyard and offer spectacular sunset views.

In the tasting room there are a couple of cozy seating areas with deep leather chairs, a gallery wall featuring the work of local artists, and lots of high tables and benches for groups. Tastings are $8 for five wines. Surprisingly, my favorite was the least expensive— an $18 Vidal Blanc, Traminette, and Sauvignon Blanc blend called LoCo (for Loudoun County) Vino. For $5 more, you can get each wine paired with a truffle from Leesburg chocolatier Abby Rose Confections. Among the tasty options: salted caramel, lemon honey, orange spice, and raspberry.

8 Chains is open Thursday through Monday, and located at 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford, VA, 20197.

Gwyn Donohue is the author of the blog Two Dog Tales. Head there to read about more events, activities, and news for Washington dog owners.