Asheville, North Carolina does not lack dog-friendly activities, restaurants, and lodging. If you’re looking for a place to travel with your pup where you can enjoy the great outdoors with beautiful scenery and delicious restaurants, look no further than Asheville.
Two hours away from Charlotte, Asheville is one of our favorite places to escape to with Bella and Penny on the weekends. Especially during the spring and falls months because the weather is perfect.
Keep reading for a few of our favorite dog-friendly things to do for when you bring Fido to Asheville!
Ashevil le and the surrounding areas are chock-full of dog-friendly hiking trails leading to cascading waterfalls, and peaks with beautiful views. Here are a few of our favorites:
Ashevil le is known for its breweries! If you enjoy a cold beer or hard cider, you should stop by one when you’re in town with your pup. A few of our favorites are:
Running throughout Asheville is the French Broad River. While parts of the river are fast-moving with rapids for whitewater rafting, there are also slower parts of the river as well.
Whether you’re looking for a spot for Fido to splash around and cool off, or you want to get on the river, you should add a visit to the French Broad to your trip itinerary.
If you are looking to get on the water, check out French Broad Outfitters! With SUP boarding, kayaking, and tubing, French Broad Outfitters can hook you up with a couple of hours or a day on the water. And since they’re pet-friendly, your pup can join you!
French Broad Outfitters even has excursions that go through the Biltmore Estate grounds. Just imagine - floating on the French Broad with your pup looking at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in the distance. What could be better?
And when you’re visiting Asheville, don’t forget to take in the sights by foot! Asheville offers a very walkable downtown, and with its happening art and music scene, there’s a lot to see. Plus, you can also wander through Montford Historic District.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Montford Historic District has more than 600 buildings that were built between 1890 and 1920. With architectural influences including Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Neoclassical, Colonial Revival, and Queen Anne, the homes are beautiful to see.
And if you’re looking to get off your feet, hop on the Gray Line, Asheville’s most popular sightseeing trolley tour. The trolley will take you throughout Asheville and share the town’s unique history and culture. And as long as your pup is under 25 pounds, he’s welcome to accompany you.
Asheville has so many dog-friendly dining options. The city is known for its cuisine, so I highly recommend steering clear of chain restaurants while in town. There are just too many family-owned delicious restaurants to try out!
The list below includes our favorite restaurants to take Isabella and Penelope to, but keep in mind that almost any restaurant in Asheville with an outside patio permits dogs on a leash.
Whether you’re looking to stay at a hotel in downtown Asheville or you’re looking for a mountain cabin or chalet, there are a plethora of pet-friendly lodging options. Here are a few of our favorites:
We hope our pet-friendly travel guide to Asheville will be helpful when planning your trip with your pup! If you have any questions about the places we’ve mentioned above, we’d be glad to answer them!
We love exploring Asheville with Isabella and Penelope, and we know you’ll have a great time on your trip!
And if you're looking for other great things to do in the area, check out our travel guide, Bring Fido to Rutherford County.