The Dog Days of Summer in Asheville

Aug 01, 2020 | Last Updated Mar 11, 2021
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You may know that The Residences at Biltmore is a pet-friendly hotel, but did you know that Asheville is the only city in the country with a Dog Welcome Center and has been designated Dog City, USA? It’s true! In fact, our fair city is so dog-friendly, you’re likely to see water bowls left out for four-legged friends lining the sidewalks, bakeries serving pooch-approved treats, and plenty of leashed dogs walking around. 

One of the best spots for Spot is The Dog Welcome Center. It offers a potty area, doggie drinking fountains with fresh water and public bathrooms for humans, as well as treats for canines and people. There is even a dog tour of the city offered that highlights many of the dog-friendly locales around Asheville. Visit the website for more information or to schedule a tour. 

Outdoor Fun for Fido

Other places in Asheville welcome canines, too. Biltmore Estate welcomes leashed pets in designated areas and on its 22 miles of hiking trails. The estate asks that you do not bring pets into indoor dining areas or buildings and that you clean up after your dog. For more information about bringing dogs along, visit the Biltmore website

Of course, there are numerous outdoor hikes and activities in Western North Carolina where your dog can tag along. One really important note, though: Dogs are not permitted on Great Smoky Mountains National Park trails. Does puppy need some “barks” and recreation? There are a number of off-leash dog parks throughout the city, including the dog parks at both Azalea Park and French Broad River Park, which offer separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs. 

Breweries and Restaurants

The general rule around Asheville breweries and restaurants is that if there’s an outdoor patio, dogs are allowed. The Twisted Laurel downtown location even has a full dog menu, complete with “Doggie Bowls” and desserts. You’ll find leashed dogs at many indoor breweries that don’t serve food, too. It’s not at all unusual to find well-behaved furry friends at the table next to yours at nearby Hi-Wire Brewing or Hillman Beer. But even more breweries and beer gardens in the city welcome pets.

Asheville Brewing is a hit with families because of its large arcade and selection of pizzas for the kids, as well as its brews for adults and patio for pups. Wicked Weed Brewing's large outdoor patio with a fire pit and walk-up bar is also animal accommodating. East Asheville’s Highland Brewing and South Slope’s Catawba Brewing Co. are perfect for pooches, but if you’re more of a cider fan, West Asheville’s Noble Cider and the sprawling Bold Rock Cidery in Mills River are open to pets, as well. 

The Residences at Biltmore’s own on-premises restaurant, Azalea Bar & Kitchen, recently opened its outdoor patio where dogs are also allowed to hang out. The innovative Southern American cuisine offered by our chef is sure to tempt human diners. Azalea offers 10 local beers on tap, too, including favorites from Oskar Blues, Hi-Wire, Green Man, Catawba, and Highland

Chill Out in Our Pool

If your summer vacation plans are focused more on hot humans than hot dogs, book your stay at The Residences at Biltmore and cool off in our pool. The sparkling blue water is refreshing and ready to welcome you. Located at the top of the property, the balmy breezes that sweep through guarantee you won't get too hot from the sun. Like all of the spaces on our property, including the outdoor hot tub and fire pit, the pool and its surrounding fenced-in area is cleaned several times a day, ensuring that our guests stay safe. 

Call for more information: 1-888-786-3648



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