If you're looking for a way to kick back and relax, how about a local getaway with your dog? Fall and Winter are good times to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Carolina mountains. The days are cooler, the evenings are crisp, and the area is less crowded. While there are numerous pet-friendly hotels and inns in WNC and the Upstate, it's hard to beat these two because they truly cater to dogs -- and pamper you as well.
Bed and Breakfast at Ponder Cove
Here you and your dog can romp on 91 acres and still be just 30 minutes north of Asheville. This sumptuous bed and breakfast inn features spectacular gardens and luxury accommodations. A two-bedroom 1938 fully restored bungalow is also available on the property. Amenities include a welcome doggy basket, complimentary treats, an off-leash play area, concierge service, and a gourmet breakfast.
1067 Ponder Creek Road, Mars Hill, NC 28754
This fully fenced mountain retreat has more than 8 acres of fenced meadows and a pond and is 20 minutes from Asheville and close to Hendersonville. Barkwells has a variety of dog-friendly luxury rental cabins with dog doors, gated porches, and fenced yards. Each cabin has a fully equipped kitchen and complete amenities, including such extras as charcoal grills and hot tubs. And your dog has the run of the place.
290 Lane Road, Mills River, NC 28759