Visit & Stay
"A stranger has no more to do, but to inquire upon the road where any gentleman or good housekeeper lives, and there he may depend upon being received with hospitality. This good nature is so general among their people" -Robert Beverly, Clerk of the Council of Virginia c1705
Founder's Inn and Spa
The Afghan Hound Club of America is excited to welcome fanciers from around the world to experience a National in late October in Virginia. The weather should be pleasant, in the 60s during the day, dropping lower in the evening. The Resort recently announced that it has joined the Tapestry Collection, Hilton Hotel’s boutique hotel brand. The Founder’s Inn boasts an award winning dining, a full service spa, but will be going through a multi Million Dollar renovation, most of which is scheduled to be completed for our October 2019 Event. The grounds include a serene lake and lovely Colonial gardens, a location that will make the 2019 National Specialty unforgettable.
The Resort features a wealth of excellent amenities and guest services including comfortable rooms, in-house restaurants, a spa and fitness center, a shuttle service, pet-friendly rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, a business center, to name a few.
The Founders Inn and Spa is proud to be host to many National Specialties. It is one of the few dog-friendly hotels in Virginia Beach. All pet-friendly hotel rooms are in the York River Lodge, which is the exterior building closest to the hotel's dog park. This 145ft x 225ft large fenced area is divided into two sections. All buildings are connected by a covered walk way.
Dog owners must sign a liability waiver upon check-in. Cleaning fees may apply. Dogs may not enter the hotel restaurant. Dogs may not be left unattended in guest rooms, unless they are in a pet carrier or crate. Please do not disturb other guest rooms.
Or call reservations at 1-844-382-7378 and use code AHCA
Bathing Station Sponsored by Laser Lites
A two tub bathing station featuring Laser Lites products will be avaialble for all exhibitors and attendees. The Bathing Station will be located steps away from the Grooming area and have hot and cold running water.
Reservations will be required at high demand times.
RV and Reserved Parking
RV Owners and Attendees wishing to work out of their Vans will have a Special Reserved Parking Lot steps away from the Ballroom. Spaces will be offered on a first come first served basis and held by Pre-Paid reservation only.
RV PARKING: Cost is 30.00 per day. (Approximately 40x24 feet) Guests will have access to all of the resort's amenities including the Fitness area and Pool. There are NO Hook Ups but access to Water will be available. A midweek clean out will be available for an additional Charge.
Reserved VAN Parking: Cost 75.00 for the week (Friday through Wednesday). A reservation is for a space equal to two standard size parking spaces. You will be able to move your vehicle and leave other items such as pop-up tents, crates, tables, etc. Attendees utilizing RV and RESERVED VAN Parking will have access to the Bathing Station. MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW.
Traveling to Virginia Beach
Norfolk International Airport (ORF) is 15 minutes from the National Site and is serviced by most major U.S. carriers, www.takeorf.com. If you choose to arrive at the Norfolk International Airport the Hotel provides a shuttle for $12.00 per guest, each way. Reservations are required; please call 757.366.5744 to secure your shuttle reservation.
Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport, (PHF) also services the area. Airport Express provides ground transportation from the airport to your hotel, (757) 857-5950. Three companies - American, Delta, and Elite Airways - make flights to this smaller local airport in Newport News/Williamsburg. The airport has car rentals in it, and is served by taxi, Uber and Lyft, The Founder's Inn does NOT provide a Shuttle. Dependent upon the traffic, it may take you from 45 min to an hour to drive from the airport to the Founder's Inn.
Flying With Dogs: Due to crate/Kennel size restrictions it is recommended to 500 or Larger Crates into a Washington DC area Airport. Please contact your airline to insure that the plane can carry your size crate.
Note, the DC area Airports are a 3.5 hour drive from the National Site. Renting an SUV or Van will be required.
International Visitors with Dogs: The Local USDA Office that accepts APPOINTMENTS is located in Richmond VA. This office is located on the way to the Wasington DC area airports, approximately 2 hours from the Show site. Please plan your visit accordingly.
Touring the Virginia Beach Area
The Hampton Roads area, of which Virginia Beach belongs, is steeped in American history dating back to the founding of our country. The Williamsburg area, also known as the Historic Triangle, is made up of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. Norfolk is home to the world’s largest naval base. Go whale watching, kayaking, or pier fishing. At the very least take advantage of the beaches and boardwalk which are open to leashed dogs in October. A great photo shoot may be in your future!
For more information about the Virginia Beach area, please visit the Virginia Beach CVB at www.visitvirginiabeach.com