Asheville is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains for you and your dog. The city is an art colony, a resort and home to luminaries, politicians and bohemians alike. It balances its Appalachian past with an edgy art scene and culinary reputation and delivers a vacation you will not soon forget. And that includes your canine companion, since there are myriad opportunities to explore the city together. Book a stay at one of the dog-friendly hotels in Asheville listed below to explore the area’s many pet-friendly attractions, which include:
Dogs are not allowed inside the actual house, but there is so much more of the Biltmore Estate to see that you will not even miss it! More than 250 acres of landscaped grounds designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, beckon you and your canine companion to stroll and explore. Check out the formal Italian Garden as well as America’s first managed forest, the rose garden with its 250 varieties and more. There is an extensive network of trails around the estate for you to follow, with plenty of opportunities for you both to see how the other half once lived.
What is a dog-friendly holiday without a visit to a dog park? Probably Fido’s favorite stop on the tour, the 155-acre Azalea Dog Park includes trails, picnic areas, disc golf, lakes, a retreat center, the historic Thomas Wolfe cabin and more. The dog park features two separate fenced areas as well, one for small dogs and one for larger ones, with a separate parking area for you, the dog-companion. There is even a gazebo in the large-dog area, so you can sit and catch your breath after running around together.
If you would like even more exercise, there are 10 miles of terrific hiking trails for you to explore at the North Carolina Arboretum, rated easy, easy-to-moderate, moderate, and moderate-to-difficult. Dogs are allowed on all of the trails as long as they are on a leash, though not in any of the buildings (including the education center where the café is located) and a few of the gardens. Check for signage to be sure. Come on a Tuesday if you can as parking is free.
For an indoor venue with people who are just crazy about dogs, plan a visit to Lark Books, especially if you are interested in photography or crafts. This publisher is located in downtown Asheville and is always ready to meet and greet visiting dogs with water and doggie treats. The staff will probably even enjoy chatting with the dog owners as well!
One of the best ways to get an overview of any new place you visit is via trolley, and the Historic Gray Line Asheville Trolley Tours give you a comprehensive narrated introduction to the city; your dog is welcome onboard. Trolleys leave every half-hour in season and your pass is good for two days, so feel free to hop on and off at will when you see something that interests you. Or take the scary seven o’clock ghost tour: your dog is sure to stay calmer than you!
Asheville is the ultimate dog-and-owner playground, offering a wide choice of outdoor adventures: it is one of the best places that you and your canine companion can choose for an active and healthy getaway together. Stay at one of the pet-friendly hotels in Asheville, North Carolina listed below and get the rest that you need as you explore everything the city has to offer.
Mars Hill, NC, US, 28754
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