Reesie’s Memorial Masterpiece

After Kristen Watson’s dog Reesie passed away, Kristen discovered that she had a drawer-full of colors and memories from over ninety bandanas collected throughout Reesie’s life. Reesie wore one every day – pinks and purples from races for cancer cures; oranges for jaunts in the woods; tie-dye for when she was feeling groovy. Kristen couldn’t […]

Barkwells Memorial Garden and In Memoriam Page

We know Asheville is a fantastic place to visit year after year (sure we’re biased, that’s why we moved here ten years ago). But the bigger reason our pet friendly cabins are sought after is not the traditional tourist draws of local beer and outstanding food, the beautiful hikes, or even that moment when you can sink into […]

Making New Friends

Julie Yoder and her friend Amy Wurst have driven the 900 miles to Barkwells with their collection of Collies in the backseat (and sometimes in the front) four times now. Julie asserts that it wouldn’t be worth the 14-hour trip if Barkwells weren’t such a wonderful place. One of the things that makes Barkwells so […]

Getaways are Good for You

As many of you may know, Barkwells was inspired by our annual family trips to the lake in the northwoods of Minnesota. We wanted to replicate the cabin coziness, the communal splashing and lounging around the lake, and that yearly sigh that we all breathed at the first sight of our magical home away from […]