September 1, 2008

Pet friendly Asheville vacation

Yesterday I went down to the beach - just a day trip - and was surprised by the number of dogs I saw. I can only figure their owners must also have been day tripping, as I've heard so many accounts of difficulties finding pet friendly rentals at the NC shore.

Asheville and the surrounding mountains are a much more pet friendly destination, as noted in various travel magazines, online articles, and on Web sites and forums. This is just one example, and here is one more.

Here are 8 reasons Asheville is a great place to bring Fido:

1. Downtown Asheville. It's a great place to just walk, people watch, and window shop - so bring Fido on a long urban walk!

2. Hiking. The mountains around Asheville are full of hiking trails, and so long as you keep Fido leashed (s)he is welcome on all trails.

3. Rivers. There are also large two rivers in Western North Carolina, the French Broad and the Swannanoa. Enjoy romping in the rivers at access points. Several Carolina Mornings properties also have water access.

4. Parks. All over town you can find a park where your dog will have fun. There is a dog park on the French Broad (West Asheville), plus Beaver Lake (North Asheville) and Bent Creek (East Asheville) are great for walking.

5. Restaurants. Many restaurants in Asheville have outdoor dining in the warmer months, and Fido is usually welcome to sit by your chair.

6. Biltmore Estate grounds. While you can't bring dogs into the House, winery or restaurants, you can explore the entire grounds together (so long as you keep Fido on a leash).

7. Pet-centered businesses. There are pet resorts and day cares, stores with cute pet accessories, and even a dog treat bakery (there is a second one in Black Mountain too).

And, finally,
8. Pet-friendly rentals. Carolina Mornings' owners take dogs, sometimes cats, and have even been known to accept birds!

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Please share you and your pet's favorite things to do in Asheville!

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