Asheville, North Carolina with dogs
First time visit to Asheville: beer, food & hiking with our dogs
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”
To say that we love Asheville is an extreme understatement. Each visit, feels like home. I nearly cry each departure and dream of it often once I leave. Our past 2 trips to Asheville, North Carolina with dogs, included our oldest fur baby, Maui. Asheville is very dog friendly, making us fall in love with this city even more! Here’s a guide for your first time visit to Asheville!
Everyone we have come across are friendly and welcoming-gotta love Southern Hospitality! The downtown area is full of artistic-eclectic charm and breweries galore. It is also dog friendly which is uber important so the pups can tag along. There are many pet-friendly lodging, here as well. Another great advantage is that a few minutes drive leads you to the Blue Ridge Parkway where you can pull off and jump on a trail head pretty much anywhere. We usually hike all morning, take a nap, then brewery hop into the night.
So, let’s talk hikes for your first time visit to Asheville! The Blue Ridge mountain range is breathtaking. There are hikes of all levels and distances. We love Asheville, North Carolina with dogs! Most trails are dog friendly. We let ours off leash but make sure to bring it (leash) with us. We always pack a picnic so we can withstand longer hikes and partake in the wonderful vantage points. One of my most memorable hikes was Graveyard Fields–flat and open. We were there in August and came across families picking wild blueberries by the bucket loads! Maui, the fur baby, loved swimming in the freezing creek bed. Halfway through the hike we got drenched by a summer shower. All we could do was laugh and continue trekking in our soggy socks-the worst. Thankfully I had my kick ass boots on.
We also enjoy Mount Mitchell State park with one restaurant and numerous trails. This last January we found Sliding Rock–a natural slip-n-slide. Of course we will have to wait until summer to check it out so stay tuned!
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Breweries of Asheville: The Ale Trail
What Portland is for beer on the West coast- Asheville is IT for the East Coast. Within the Asheville and surrounding areas there is magic called the ALE TRAIL! The ale trail boasts 20+ breweries on it and 13+ are in Asheville.
Here are a list of the ones we have frequented:
- Wicked Weed-They specialize in Sour and bitter beers which are really picking up in NC.
- Asheville Brewery-great porters and an outdoor-covered area for watching sports
- Highland Brewing Co.-widely recognized as the godfather of craft beer and brewing culture in Western North Carolina. Founded in 1994, it is the first legal brewery in town since Prohibition, and is still family-owned.
- Catawba Brewing-Great games + food trucks
- Hi-Wire brewing-yummy stouts
- Lexington Ave Brewery (LAB)-great food spot in the heart of downtown
- Lazy hiker brewing-for the name alone of course+ great outdoor deck
- Burial brewing–traditional German lagers & Belgian ales styles
- Wedge brewing company-food trucks+ outdoor cinemas
- Altamont Brewing-a pre-prohibition style neighborhood brew pub, which means their beer never sees the light of day before it is poured into your glass. Back to a simpler time where beer was made not only for the love of the craft, but for the sake of drinking good beer.
- Twin leaf brewery– supporters of hikers and most of their staff are very active outdoors
- Oyster house brewing– moonstone stout-YUM!
- Green man brewery-The legendary Green Man has existed for centuries but it’s no myth that he’s been brewing great beer in Asheville since 1997–one of Asheville’s oldest breweries
- French Broad Brewing Co-European style ales
- One world brewing-Our personal favorite for the porters and old world-style games; it also has a cool back alley entrance that makes it feel like a speakeasy
- Thirsty Monk brewery- was not as impressed with the beer and it was cramped; I would try again though
Breweries Outside of Asheville:
- Blue mountain pizza and brew pub-located in Weaverville (like 15 min from Asheville)
- Pisgah brewing– actually located in Black mountain, NC with a great live music scene (worth it)
Asheville for Foodies
If beer or drinking is not for you, no worries because this city is foodie heaven. There are food trucks, European-style coffee shops, glorious brunch spots, and specialty chocolatier shops.We always make a point to get coffee from Old Europe-for that Italian style espresso we long for and Brunch at Over Easy Cafe! (both downtown Asheville) You can also enjoy danishes inside a double decker bus. Yep, a double decker bus has been transformed into a cafe on a corner in downtown. Other Brunch favorites are the Corner Kitchen in historic Asheville or City bakery with its lavender honey lattes. There are many more options we want to try…SO MANY! A great pizza place downtown is Barley’s Pizzeria and Taproom with pool and darts upstairs (must be 21 yrs or older to go upstairs). This city has Charm Charm Charm! You MUST try ALL of these places during your first time visit to Asheville! (So good!)
Asheville is also only 2 hours from Charlotte, North Carolina. You could easily visit Asheville and Charlotte on a joint trip. Check out See Her Travel’s post about How to spend a weekend in Charlotte. Happy trip planning!
The best part of Asheville, NC is it’s our family’s’ getaway for relaxation, inspiration, and activity! Our next trip to Asheville, North Carolina with dogs, will include our newest fur baby, Dexter! We hope this guide has helped you in planning your first time visit to Asheville! Cheers!
Be well and Travel often!
**This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own!
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