Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains are a prime pet-friendly destination with so much to do outdoors, it's easy for your four-legged friend to join in on the adventure. There's plenty of pet-friendly lodging in the Asheville area that welcomes your canine companions and offers access to hiking trails, outdoors, dog parks, and other pet-friendly expriences. Knowing all your options will help you and your furbaby have a seamless experience in the mountains. Feature photo courtesy of Kat Dellinger
Photo Courtesy of Kat Dellinger and her pup Truman
Your first stop should be to Asheville’s Dog Welcome Center (the first official in the United States!). It's located at The Dog Door on Battle Square in downtown Asheville. They have potty areas, water fountains, free goody bags and info on dog-friendly attractions in Asheville, restaurants and things to do in the area. They also offer Dog Tours of the city, featuring dog-friendly local shops, breweries, and even canine dining options. Downtown tours are offered Fridays at 12 PM. Read more on Asheville Dog City USA.
Pet-friendly hotels in Asheville like Aloft offer fun doggy add-ons like a doggy bed, goody bags and rooftop walking area for your furry visitor. Other places like cabins and B&Bs provide a home-like environment for you and your pet, some even have large fenced-in areas for your dog to run.
Tips for Pet-Friendly Lodging: Call and ask plenty of questions about pet policies/fees, facilities and places to walk your pet. Ask about pet sitters (avoid leaving your dog alone in a strange room). Keep your pet leashed outdoors and in all public areas.
See our Pet-Friendly Guide for everything you need to know about bringing your dog to national forests, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, campgrounds, Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore and more. Also, read more about Downtown Asheville.