About

Holiday Barn has a rich history which began with a Emerson Hughes’ love for dogs and cats. Emerson, a Henrico County music teacher, and his family opened Holiday Barn Pet Resorts in Glen Allen in 1972. A few years later, they opened a second location south of the James River at 900 Southlake Boulevard. In the 1990’s, Holiday Barn began expanding its facilities and the scope if its services to meet the increasing demand for luxury pet services. Pet owners did not want to board their pets at a kennel, they wanted a pet resort! Highlights of the expansion include an in-ground swimming pool, doggie day care pavilion and play yard, luxury suites and beautiful cat condominiums. In 2004, Emerson turned the day-to-day operations over to his son, Michael.

Emerson Hughes is Holiday Barn's Founder.

During the early years at Holiday Barn, the Hughes’ goal was simply to provide a safe, healthy and fun vacation for Richmond area pets so that clients could go on their well-deserved vacation without worrying about their pets. Through the years, many amenities have been added, making Holiday Barn the premier resort for pets. Guests can enjoy activity packed schedules filled with play times, walks, swimming (Glen Allen), gourmet treats, delicious room service, doggie day care, personal dog training, grooming and spa treatments (blueberry facial anyone?!). In fact, customers frequently comment that their pet will have a fancier vacation than they will! As a result of this innovative approach to pet care, Holiday Barn received national recognition when we were declared one of the “Top 10 Places to Pamper a Pooch” by the Travel Channel, featured on NBC’s Today Show and highlighted in The New York Times. Locally the Hughes and the entire Holiday Barn “pack”support local humane organizations and their educational and advocacy initiatives. As Holiday Barn’s menu of services and involvement in the pet care community increased, so did our mission. Today, the Hughes’ family and the Holiday Barn Pack work together, Creating joy in the lives of pets and their families!SM


The original dog boarding kennel for Holiday Barn. Dog grooming client checks in at Holiday Barn. Holiday Barn's original location in 1972. Emerson Hughes with a dog grooming client.