A Dog’s Life in Asheville

Where to stay in Asheville with your dog…

Have no fear if you don’t want to leave your dog at home while you travel to Asheville. The majority of Asheville hotels, inns, and B&Bs have stepped up their game to serve both humans and their furry counterparts. Our recommendations within Biltmore Village are the Cedar Crest Inn and the Double Tree by Hilton. Click here for Trip Advisor’s top rated accommodations for a pet friendly stay. Asheville also offers a dozen or so boarding services and day care facilities for those that need in-town care.

Max at Bridal Veil Falls

Drinking & Eating…

Asheville has no shortage of breweries, which are some of the most accommodating businesses when it comes to dogs. Inside, outside… they don’t care, as long as you’re enjoying yourself, your beer, and your dog is nice. One exception to this rule is for the few breweries that have restaurants in them, such as Sierra Nevada. However, they do have dog-friendly outdoor area similar to the plethora of Asheville restaurants with patios where you can also enjoy a nice meal with your pooch. So, rule of thumb, if an Asheville business has an outdoor seating area, there’s a 99% chance you can bring your dog. YAY! Our recommended brewery in the Village for you and your dog is High Wire’s Big Top Brewery. For a casual patio setting with excellent baked goods and coffee, we recommend Well-Bred Bakery where they offer homemade dog biscuits. If you are needing something more substantial, take your pup over to one of our favorite casual dining patios at the Village Wayside.

Cash at Catawba Brewery

Outdoor Playtime & Sight-Seeing…

The Asheville area boasts seven off-leash dog parks such as French Broad River Dog Park, Azalea Dog Park, and Mills River Dog Park. After all that play time, your dog may need a bath! The River Arts District has a DIY dog wash where you pay based on the size of your dog. Your fee at the Soapy Dog includes all the supplies you need with no appointment necessary. But let’s face it, not everyone is thrilled at having to bathe their dog, there is a plentitude of grooming services in town.

If you and Fido are wanting to see the sights, Gray Line offers a historic trolley tour where you and your dog can hop-on and hop-off at various stops around the city. If sitting on a tour bus isn’t your thing, Downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village are great areas to walk with your dog and see the sights on your own. Maybe a hike in the wilderness is more your style. Dogs are always welcome on the trails in our parks, they just ask that you keep your pet on a leash or controlled at your side. Our favorite for the whole family is the DuPont State Forest. Although a bit Southwest of Asheville, this state park is full of trails and waterfalls for any fitness level.


How can we talk about a dog’s life in Asheville if we don’t mention TOYS and TREATS! Our top spots in town to take your pet shopping are the Patton Avenue Pet Company, and Three Dog Bakery where you’ll find baked treats, unique toys, and clothing. But don’t forget, when you visit us a MTN Merch to ask about our handmade leather leashes and collars. We also carry a convenient, foldable water bowl!

Needless to say, dogs have a pretty good life here in Asheville.

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