Barkwells is located in the heart of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, a vacation mecca of outdoor activities and breathtaking natural beauty. Tell your folks that as long as you are on a leash, you are welcome to hike and see waterfalls in the Pisgah National Forest or Dupont State Forest, NC Arboretum or Blue Ridge Parkway, all within a half hour of Barkwells.

Let them know that with a two-day ticket purchased at Barkwells, there’s a day for you to stroll the gardens and hike the trails with them at the spectacular Biltmore Estate. Then they can enjoy the magnificent house and winery tours on their own!

Imagine the fabulous sights and smells as you stroll through Historic Hendersonville and downtown Asheville and pick out one of the many dog-friendly restaurants to stop for a cool drink and a nosh.

After you are all tuckered out from a romp and a swim at Barkwells, you’ll want to hang out on your covered porch and drink in the mountain air while your people take in a play at the state theatre of North Carolina in Flat Rock (or any of the many theatre venues nearby), indulge themselves at one of the many craft breweries in Beer City, USA, (four-times running) and eat themselves silly at dozens of fabulous independent restaurants in the area.

The Asheville area is the best place for a vacation because – if you stay at Barkwells, you can bring your people!! Whether they like to brave the whitewater or take a lazy tube down the river, hike the trails, bike the Parkway, stroll through the shops or ski the slopes, it’s all here.

For more information, all the help you need is at your fingertips- click on the links below:

Explore Asheville

Romantic Asheville

Historic Hendersonville

Great Smokies Golf

Brevard Waterfalls


Pisgah Fun Center



You will find fabulous dining options in the Asheville area. Independent restaurants abound with diverse and exciting dining experiences. We are glad to recommend, but here’s a place to explore on your own:

Barkwells Recommended Restaurants

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association

Asheville Food Tours

Here are some of our favorite special places.

Starred places welcome leashed and well-behaved furry customers:

The Biltmore Estate gardens *

Flat Rock Playhouse

Appalachian Trail

Lake Lure

NC Arboretum *

Blue Ridge Parkway BRP hotline 828-298-9398

WNC Agricultural Center

French Broad Rafting

La Zoom Bus Tours

Urban trail tours

Chimney Rock Park

Sierra Nevada – Reservations for tours typically need to be made 2 to 3 months in advance.


For more info on things to do and places to go:

Mountain Express

Bold Life 

Outdoor gear outfitters, fishing licenses and discount camping supplies – Diamond Brand Outdoors, Arden, North Carolina NC.