The Biltmore with Dogs

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Is The Biltmore Dog Friendly?

The short answer is, yes. The Biltmore grounds are dog friendly, but pet dogs must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed inside any buildings or on bus transportation provided by The Biltmore.  The buses are mainly for transporting people from far away parking lots to the main house or from the main house to different areas of the property like the Antler Hill Village. You could drive your own car to all of these places, if you needed to.

 Three German Shepherd Dogs sitting outside The Biltmore mansion in Asheville, North Carolina.

What If I Want to Tour the Main House?

There is a great way to do it all for the price of one ticketed admission, if you plan ahead.  If you dig through the FAQ’s on the Biltmore website, you’ll find the question asking "if you can arrive to the estate earlier than your reservation time on your ticket".  While they encourage you to arrive early, there is a perk to arriving later.  We purchased house tour tickets for 5:30PM and arrived on the property just after 4:30PM on the day of our house tour.  This ensured that we were able to come back the next day for free.  We toured the house, and did all the things we would want to do without our dogs that evening.  The next day, we brought our dogs with us and enjoyed walking through the gardens with our dogs.


Where Do You Keep Your Dogs While Touring the Main House?

When we started taking road trips with our dogs, we knew we needed a safe place to keep them while we did tourist activities that were not dog friendly.  Our solution was to find vacation rental homes where we felt safe leaving our dogs crated while we were away. 

 German Shepherd Dog posing outside The Biltmore mansion in Asheville, North Carolina.

Are There Dog Friendly Places to Eat While at The Biltmore?

At the time of this article's publishing, dogs are allowed on the patios of Bistro and Cedric’s Tavern.  Reservations are needed, and also call to make sure they know you are requesting patio seating.  When you arrive for your reservation, it won’t hurt to remind the host that you need patio seating for you dog.  If you have time, I recommend bringing your own lunch and having a picnic in the middle of a long walk while exploring the grounds and gardens.  There were so many private fairytale type places that would have been nice for a picnic the further out we walked from the main house. 


Gear Needed for a Successful Day at The Biltmore

Our dogs wore Bexar Pack Supply Bandanas for the fancy occasion.  We also used our Tuenne Technical leashes that easily blend in with the background. We brought our Guadalupe Pack packed with poop bags, water, water bowl, treats, and our favorite ChuckIt Balls that squeak. [Code: Bexar10 for an additional discount at Honest Pets] The squeaky ball was not for a game of fetch on the property, but rather used to get the dogs attention for photos! 

Pictures of items needed to bring for your dog to have a successful time at The Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina.Cover photo for blog to give advice to people, who want to bring their dogs to The Biltmore. 


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