Sydney Explores the Charms of Asheville, NC

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Sydney Explores the Charms of Asheville, NC

February 19, 2014

Mates, you’d think they built this place just for us.  We’re welcome at all the finest establishment and the lovely citizens of this city really roll out the red carpet.

But first, let’s get settled.

Charming bed & breakfast establishments are plentiful in Asheville.  While pets are welcome, policies vary, so check before booking.
1847 Blake House Inn Bed & Breakfast - Italianate-Gothic style mansion, built of native stone, once used as a Field Hospital during the Civil War. They allow both cats and dogs at the inn.

1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage - On the National Register of Historic Places and Select Registry, this inn is surrounded by prize-winning gardens, a greenhouse/conservatory, cascading waterfalls and koi ponds, and is furnished with period antiques. They allow small dogs in the cottage only.

1900 Inn on Montford - Intimate and romantic - an elegant inn located in the Montford Historic District. A large Southern porch and a massive stone fireplace grace the inn. The inn's carriage house features heated floors and ground-floor rooms have doggy trundle beds.  Privately fenced patio gardens are available and every pooch is welcomed with a biscuit at check-in.

Abbingdon Green Bed & Breakfast Inn - Historic, gracious, romantic, and a bit of Britain. Award-winning inn in the Montford Historic District with English theme, prize-winning gardens, fireplaces and whirlpools. Smaller dogs only.

Biltmore Village Inn - A luxury B&B in a Queen Anne Victorian four blocks from Biltmore Estate, built in 1892 by George Vanderbilt's lawyer. Moderate-sized dogs are allowed in the pet friendly Forrest Suite.

Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn - Beautiful home built by Richard Sharp-Smith, supervising architect of Biltmore Estate. In Montford Historic District near downtown Asheville. The inn feature's a special pet friendly cottage.

Cedar Crest Inn - This Queen Anne mansion features lavish interior woodwork created by Vanderbilt's artisans, complimented by period antiques and Victorian decor.

Monte Vista Hotel - An old-fashioned, country style inn offering guests true Southern hospitality since 1919. The property offers a variety of packages and is within walking distance to many antique shops and galleries in Black Mountain.

The Madison Inn - Mountain lodging with full service restaurant in Black Mountain. The inn welcomes well-behaved and well-traveled pets.

Oakland Cottage Bed & Breakfast - Circa 1905 charming bed-and-breakfast with spacious family friendly suites.


Standard Hotel Chains
Check before booking for pet friendly availability and policies.

Autograph Grand Bohemian Hotel

Residences at Biltmore

The Hilton at Biltmore

Crowne Plaza Resort

Ramada Inn

Holiday Inn

Best Western

La Quinta      

Residence inn

Comfort Inn

Extended Stay America

Days Inn

Red Roof Inn


Rodeway Inn

Sleep Inn











The Great Outdoors
Okay, now that you’ve got a home base, let’s get going.  For those in the know (like you fellow pet-zetters) Asheville is a popular destination for terrific outdoor activity.  Hiking, biking, rafting, paddling, camping and anything the great outdoors can offer is yours for the asking.  This is a place where you can lose yourself and find yourself all on the same trail.  The Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, Mountains-to–the-Sea Trail, the North Carolina Arboretum and, of course, the glorious Biltmore Estate are all activities you and your pet can enjoy. 

You can even stretch those legs without a stretch…the Urban Trail is a 1.7 mile trek around downtown that features locally crafted sculptures and plaques to tell the story of Asheville’s history and culture.  And from what we hear, the local businesses put out water bowls on the sidewalks—how’s that for a welcome?


Leash Free Parks
While some parks offer water it’s always a good idea to pack in your own.

Azalea Park Dog Park has separate areas for large and small dogs and a shade gazebo in the large dog area.

French Broad River Park is adjacent to a 2.8-mile greenway that’s perfect for walking or biking with your pet.

For all of the pooch friendly parks and paths in the mountain area check out the POOCH PATHS on Carolina Mountain Dog.


Doggies on the Diamond held in May & August at the Asheville Tourists baseball game...all dogs, free of charge.


For over a century, Asheville has been a spa and wellness destination for two legged customers.  Now it’s our turn.

Appalachian Spa Ventures is a mobile spa that provides a variety of pet services from hydrobaths to dog yoga and pet massage.

Something to Bark About, pet grooming salon, boutique & bakery.

Waggers Dog Depot offers grooming or a self serve dog wash & nail trim.

The Soapy Dog, a do it yourself dog washing center.

Daycare & Board
Happy Tails Country Club

Bed & Biscuit


Boutiques/Organic Baked Goods/Grooming/Training/Pet Photography

The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar-part rare bookshop, part wine bar (order the cheese plate…trust me).  The well-read canine is totally welcome to explore this classy labyrinth.

Funky Mutt-a small shop with a big heart and great stuff.

Asheville Pet Supply-voted year after year as one of the best pet supply stores in Western North Carolina, it’s the ideal stopover for the health and environmentally conscious pet owner seeking pet gifts. Featuring organic pet foods and holistic pet treatments.


Bone-a-Fide Bakery in nearby Black Mountain -invites dogs in to sample their made-from-scratch treats. They make special birthday cakes for dogs, as well as dog and cat treats. They also sell art for pet lovers.

Three Dog Bakery  in downtown Asheville -features a wide selection of fresh-baked dog treats, dog gift baskets and even dog treat cookbooks to buy as pet gifts.

Animal Haven Thrift and Gift Shop -supports Animal Haven's efforts to protect homeless and abused animals. They also supply pet food to the Meals on Wheels program

Woof Gang Bakery's -gourmet dog treats sure to please the palate of your canine companions.


Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company – large menu, not just pizza, brew their own beer,  movie and video arcade.  Servers will provide water bowl for your pooch

Sunny Point Cafe and Bakery – Breakfast through dinner with a patio for hot sunny days

Dog Day Cafe – sandwiches and lighter fare

Bistro 1896 – located in main square in downtown Ashville, dog friendly

Carmel's Restaurant and Bar – Seafood menu, dog friendly

Mayfel's – American Fare, dog friendly

Westville Pub – lot of outdoor space for dogs and cold beer

West End Bakery & Cafe – fresh baked goods, family and dog friendly

Urban Burrito - features California Style Mexican favorites like burritos,quesadillas, tacos, and salads and much more.


Asheville’s original celebrity was George Vanderbilt who came to the area in the 1890’s and built his 250-room home on 120,000 acres.  He used to wander the woods with Cedric, his loyal St. Bernard.  Today Cedric’s Tavern pays homage to George’s best friend, serving meals and libations in a pub atmosphere filled with Cedric memorabilia. There are even local brews named after the giant canine.


Maggie the Wonder Dog, an accomplished Jack Russell Terrier who just happens to be able to solve math problems and has been featured on Oprah, The Animal Planet, and many other national shows.  She comes out for local events so check the listings before your visit.  Check out her videos at


Andie MacDowell is a famous resident and outspoken advocate of rescue pet adoption


Asheville pet boutiques often coordinate efforts with adoption services like the Asheville Humane Society.


If you know of other pet-friendly places or events in Asheville that pet-zet might have missed please add them in the comments.  We want to hear from you!


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