Dogs are like members of the family. So why should you leave a family member at home when traveling? This is the thinking of Biltmore Estate; The Largest Privately Owned Home in America. Located in the city of Asheville in the mountains of North Carolina, Biltmore is a major travel destination which understands the difficulties of traveling with your four-legged family members.
When you enter the Estate, you are greeted with a friendly smile and kind word from the security guards. Your dog is not overlooked. With a little wave and a dog treat to welcome him/her from the guard, you and your dog will begin a very special day.
Biltmore allows dogs on the Estate as long as they are leased (no more than 6 ft. in length). Dogs are not allowed on the shuttles unless it is a documented service dog. You’ll need to bring your own “Doggy Waste Bag” since you are fully expected to pick up after your dog. Only documented service animals are allowed in buildings. Dogs in strollers are not allowed in buildings.**Please be considerate of those guests who might not share your enthusiasm for your pet!
The estate wants to be sure a dog will not be left unattended in a car. They provide six free first-come-first-serve outdoor dog run kennel. Though the Biltmore website says kennels are not available, I work on the estate and happen to know there are six individual kennel runs nestled in a cool, shady part of the woods near the RV parking area. There is a spigot for fresh water as well a covered area for each run. Each run can be secured so no dog is “accidentally released”. When you enter the Estate, make sure to speak to the guard about using the kennels. I would feel perfectly fine leaving my dog there while taking a stroll through the House.
When you are ready to join your pet, you’ll have more than 30 miles of trails across the Estate to stroll upon. Some nice places to walk would be in the Azalea Gardens, the paths near/around the Bass Pond, and especially around the Antler Hill Village area. **Make sure to stop by the Outdoor Center at Antler Hill and pick up a map of all the trails. A difficulty level for each trail is listed. You could easily spend a day on the trails of the Estate with your dog, followed by dinner at the outdoor Arbor Grill or Cedric’s Taverns’ patio (weather permitting) with your pet.
Traveling to Biltmore is a memorial adventure for many family. From the amazing 250 room House to the vast gardens and trails to activities such as river rafting, horseback riding/carriage rides, biking, skeet shooting, etc. found at the Outdoor Center. Biltmore is an amazing travel destination for all of your family members …both two and four legged alike. Enjoy!