Asheville itself is very dog-friendly. If you walk around downtown you will see many folks with their fur friends. Tink and I love to explore so we have made lots of trips to downtown Asheville just to walk around.
If you’re staying near downtown, it is quiet in the mornings before 10 am so a great time to check out the Urban Trail. A good place to start is in front of Pack Place on Asheville’s Pack Square where you can step up to Plaque #1, called “Walk Into History.” But any starting point is fine. It will take you about an hour or 2 and it’s all outside. Perfect little venture for you and your fur friend.
Here are some of my other favorite dog-friendly places to visit in Asheville:
RiverArts District – This is a funky part of town where artists are encouraged to paint the outside of the buildings. The art inside the buildings highlights the local art scene and is super dog friendly. Some of the studios have dog treats for your pets and all the studios we stepped into loved on Tink. She was in heaven.
Of course, the hiking trails around Asheville are super dog-friendly. Check out the All Trails app for local hiking. They all request your pup be on a leash. Tink absolutely loves trail hiking.
This week we checked out Mt Mitchell. It is 6,683 ft high and the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. You can reach the summit from the parking lot, but of course, Larry and I had to hike through the Balsam Nature Trail to Mt Mitchell. It is about 1 mile and we felt like we were walking through Grimms Fairytale forest. When we got to the top we asked the couple at the top if they hiked. They looked at us like we were crazy and said “Um, yeah, from the parking lot.” Ha! We were happy to not hike back because it was dang cold up there when we were there (Mid-November). Tink was a bit chilly too, but as I said she loves to hike!
Burntshirt Winery in Chimney Rock has a dog-friendly porch, complete with heaters for a chilly evening. They have small plates (a couple of which were gluten-free) and we got a wine flight to discover new wines. I left with a bottle of Reserve Gruner Veltliner. It has a really cool vibe and the wine was surprisingly good.
Pleb Winery in the River Arts District is also dog friendly and dogs are welcome indoors and outdoors.
Battery Park Book Exchange in downtown loves dogs!! Ya’ll this place is a bookstore AND a champagne bar. They have a ton of outdoor seating with comfy couches and serve delish charcuterie boards with a plethora of wine and sparkling wine options. It’s such a unique little place downtown.
The Omni Grove Park Inn is about 1 ½ miles outside of downtown Asheville. It is an amazing place to watch the sunset and have some drinks and dogs are welcome on the property! Check the website for where you can bring the pup. I walked the “sunset trail” that is on the property and it is a short quaint trail that gives you some cool views.
I am loving my dog-friendly time in Asheville.