Sometimes the hardest part of traveling is figuring out what to do with your favorite four-legged friend. Whether you have to find a friend to watch them or a kennel to take them while you’re on vacation, it’s always hard to leave their smiling faces behind. So this time, take them with you! Asheville is extremely pet-friendly, with all kinds of outdoor activities, and even hotels that cater to families traveling with pooches.
Where to stay in Asheville with your pets:
The first thing to do when planning a vacation is deciding where to stay. Asheville has plenty of pet-friendly hotels, but here are our top three:
- Aloft Hotel – Welcoming both dogs and cats, Aloft Hotel has no pet fee, and provides every dog with their own doggie bed, water bowl, and access to a rooftop dog run. Aloft loves dogs so much that they even run their own adoption program. They foster one pup at a time, who wears an “adopt me” vest during his or her time at the hotel. If you’re looking for your next forever pooch, you might just find him at the Aloft Hotel!
- The Omni Grove Park Inn – This is a luxury experience for both you and your pet. The front desk will drop off doggie room service, including treats, food and water bowls. A historical hotel, you can walk your dog through their historic grounds, taking in the beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- 1900 Inn on Montford – If your dog likes to have the run of the house, this is the place for him! Cozy cottages feature doggie trundle beds and food bowls. Doors to your room open right up to a large garden where your pup can frolic about and explore. Griffin Cottage is located in a very quiet neighborhood perfect for pets and just a few blocks from downtown.
Where to eat in Asheville with your pets:
Asheville as a city is very welcoming to pets of all kinds. A lot of the restaurants downtown are pet-friendly (too many to list!) and have outdoor patios where you can sit and take in Asheville life. In the summer, there are all kinds of outdoor cafés and ice cream shops that even offer doggie treats, and doggie ice cream. Be sure to give the restaurant you’re thinking about taking your furry friend to a call first to check their policies.
Where to shop in Asheville with your pets:
- Asheville Outlets – Just a few miles from downtown Asheville is the Asheville outlet mall. With more than 75 shops in this beautiful outdoor mall, you and your pet will be entertained for hours!
- Three Dog Bakery – Right in downtown Asheville, this bakery offers treats made especially for canines, and also has a great selection of toys and dog accessories.
- Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique – Is your pooch having a birthday while you’re in town? Check out this cute pet boutique, and pick up their own birthday cake while you’re there. Located in nearby Black Mountain, the boutique also offers all kinds of other treats, toys, and goodies for both cats and dogs.
- Treasured Pets – No matter what kind of pet you have, this is the place to shop. They offer everything from designer collars to animal pajamas to small animals and birds. Treasured Pets also sells doggie strollers and animal umbrellas if you’ve got a pampered pet.
What to do in Asheville with your pets:
If you’ve got a very active pet, then Asheville is the perfect place for them. With endless amounts of mountain trails for hiking, beautiful dog parks, and pet-friendly tourist attractions, you’ll definitely have them tired out by the end of the day. Here’s a couple of places we recommend you take your pooch.
- Biltmore – This expansive estate offers all kinds of space for your pet to roam, as long as they stay on a leash. With acres on acres of beautiful gardens, you’ll love exploring the estate with your pup.
- French Broad River Park – This park, located right in Asheville is home to one of the area’s best dog parks. Completely fenced in so pets can roam about off-leash, your dog can play with other dogs in the park, and water and baggies are available on site.
- Chimney Rock State Park – Just outside of Asheville, this park has all kinds of trails, suitable for every level of hiker. Leashed and accompanied pets are welcome on all of the trails, and since the park borders the Rocky Broad River, your pet is free to cool off from the summer heat.