Pet Friendly Cabins
Take your pet with you on your restful, rustic North Carolina vacation at Cloud 9 Relaxation home in Asheville. Our woodland vacation rentals feature a diverse landscape and wide runs so you and your pet can enjoy hours of playtime in a rustic escape.
On leash or off leash, your dog will be so happy you brought him/her along1 there are so many smells to investigate…It’s not just the rabbits and squirrels that you have about anywhere, but watch your dog’s nose quiver picking up the trail of the passing wild turkeys that like to preen themselves in the open driveway, or the deer the in the early morning dawn like to munch on the landscaped hydragas, or even a passing black bear that checks to see if corn got mistakenly forgotten by the chickens when the owner fed them.
“My dog made snorting sounds I’ve never hear him make before just out enjoying nature here!”
You don’t have to drive anywhere to walk your dog, just head out the back foor to a couple miles of well-kept nature trails on Cloud 9 Farm.
Does your dog play fetch? We’ve got a woods full of sticks. Or do you have an automatic dog ball launcher? There is plenty of open space here to play with your dog.
Down in the valley (a half-mile walk) we have Peterson Pond…a great swimming hole for people and dogs.
“We like to throw a tennis ball in the water and watch our dog swim to fetch it. Then he would get out and run around the pond like a maniac!”
Has your dog ever met a cow? We can provide that experience -through the non-electric part of the fence, that is. Cows are naturally curious and might even give your dog a kiss!
We do have chickens in cages a short distance away just so you know. No chasing allowed!
Our visiting pet owners are always diligent about preserving our valuable landscape and cabins to make a beautiful vacation for all. Contact us today to reserve your pet-friendly cabin.
We love visits from well-behaved dogs. They deserve a vacation, too!
FAQ About Pets
Q: Is there a fenced in yard?
A: Cloud 9 Relaxation Home and Heavenly Hideaway have gated decks where dogs can run but be contained and they have outside dog pens. Our Luxury Cabin, Silver Lining has a dedicated dog run accessible form inside the house through a doggie door. Sawyer’s Cabin is not pet friendly.
Q: Do you have a dog kennel?
A: YES, we have a 10 x 10 ft fenced kennel with a dog house, if needed, in the yard close by Cloud 9 Relaxation Home (out of the mountain view siting). It is is in the shade most of the day but we have a tarp for the top when too sunny or rain. At Heavenly Hideaway cabin we have a 6 x 10 ft fenced kennel with dog house. It is also shielded from the rain with a covering.
Q: Do you have a gated deck? A doggy door?
A: The deck of Cloud 9 Relaxation Home is magnificently huge. With horizontal cable rigging between stainless steel rails and two gates, your dog will be kept on the deck. The Heavenly Hideaway cabin deck has a built-in gate and wrap around deck. Keep the back door open and your dog can go in and out without you.
Q: Are there other dogs that you own on the property?
A: No. Your dog will be the ALMIGHTY of the Hill unless another renter has a pet, then we will tell you where the dog party is.
Q: Have you ever had a misbehaved dog?
A: Yes, one pet owner of a little dog thought it was OK to close him up in the bathroom. Well you can guess what he chewed on and scratched. A damage fee was accessed for refinishing the door. Another time, a dog got a hold of the dolly in the little person toy drawer and ripped its head off. Replacement was found on Ebay for a damage fee. Bring your own pet toys and for that reason, we don’t allow puppies.
Q: Do you allow cats? They are pets, too.
A: If you have ever seen someone start to swell up, get watery eyes and sniffles with just the dander of an absent cat, you would know why we can’t allow cats.
Q: Do you have ticks?
A: Yes, we have wood ticks and deer ticks. The tick season is predominately April-October. Another good reason to bring your dog brush and go over your pet’s fur when coming in from a hike. Our local Fairview Animal hospital vet says, “The best way to prevent ticks is with a monthly treatment applied between the shoulders of your pet. A popular and effective product is Frontline Plus.”
Q: Are there pet friendly restaurants in Asheville?
A: Oh, yes, 156 of them! The closest one is The Local Joint that is just 3 miles away and has outdoor seating. Check out this link. Eat out with Pup
Q: Where can I take my dog for recreation?
A: You know the BEST place for you and your dog? Right here on Cloud 9 Farm. Play, swim in Peterson Pond, fetch in the open fields…just be happy that you brought your beloved pet to enjoy the mountains together. You will love all the hiking trails through the woods that you can take your canine on. On leash or off leash…it’s at your own risk.
Q: Are there any additional fees for pets?
- $35 per/dog/stay/weekfor small dogs (under 25 lbs)
- $50 per/dog/stay/week for large dogs (over 25 lbs)
- $70/Maximum 2 dogs
As one renter said, “I like that my dog gets worn out hiking on Cloud 9 Farm. We ALL sleep in!”
We want common sense to guide you instead of a lot of “Do’s and Don’ts”
- If your dog sheds a lot, please bring a pet brush and cast that “second dog” ball of fur to the wind. Brush your dog before you come, too.
- Pooper Scoopers NOT needed. You’re on a farm, remember. A shovel is provided if your dog goes in the yard, scoop it with a throw to the woods but heck, if you’re in the woods, that’s even better. If you bring those baggies, please don’t use them. We believe in natural composting without the help of the 1000 year life of plastic.
- We do ask that your dog’s nails be clipped so they don’t dig into the wood floors with the polyurethane finish or scar doors with jumping up.
- Our expectations are that all responsible pet owners have solved the flea problem, right?
- Where does your dog like to sleep? We hope it’s a crate, bean-bag chair or blanket that you bring.If your dog sleeps with you, you must bring your own bedding.
- No dog that shows they miss you by chewing on furniture or doors may stay unattended in the house. You must bring your own toys, a crate, use the outside kennel or hire a dog sitting service if they are chewers or they are not used to you leaving them for a few hours.
- Be aware that besides squirrels, there are cows, chickens in a pen, wild turkeys and deer passing through, and, about twice a year, a black bear is spotted on the property. (Remember that we have 200 acres and are in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC.)
- Bears? This has never been a problem, not even an encounter, just a distant siting, but we must bring it to your attention. (See more on Black Bear Page.)
- Bring covers for all furniture that you think your dog may jump up on. Bring a towel for your dog’s feet that must be wiped after being outside in wet grass or gravel. If your dog has many whiskers you may need to wipe after drinking or eating to prevent stains on furniture.
- As clean as your dog may be, the maid is always hired for an extra “Spring Cleaning” after a canine visitor. That’s where the pet fee goes. Thank-you!
Treats, Sitters, and Pet Emergencies
- Bone-a-Fide Bakery (828) 669-0706
Located in downtown Black Mountain on Cherry Street stop and get a free dog treat sample (and water). They have crazy, unique artwork for pet lovers, too.In fact the whole town of Black Mountain is pet friendly and the quaint gift shops don’t mind if you bring Fido inside. Sitting at the outdoor cafes with your pooch is seen all the time.
- Three Dog Bakery 21 Battery Park, (828) 252-1818Yep, Asheville’s gone to the dogs. Three Dog Bakery is the nation’s leading producers of the best all-natural foods and treats for dogs. If you don’t walk away with a personalized “Dino” bone, Strawberry Cremes, or Golden Peanut Butter filled cookies (and yes, you CAN eat them yourself) you can get their Three Dog Bakery Cookbook to take home and make them yourself.
Sitting at the outdoor cafes in Asheville is allowed and encouraged.
“Want to Play?”
We are lucky to have ample care facilities within 5 miles of Cloud 9 Farm
- Happy Tails Country Club, sitting/doggie day care, Fairview (828) 628-8510
- PerPETual Care Pet Sitters, daily dog walks, bonded (828) 275-1717
- Barn & Home Pet Sitting, (828)-280-0056, ask for Jean
Need to stay out longer? Contract with us for just a few dollars and we’ll walk your pets around the house or feed them– so you can squeeze in a little more Asheville fun time and not feel guilty.
“I Don’t Feel So Good”
One of the things you must weigh when vacationing with your pet is that they MAY get sick, then your vacation suddenly gets expensive. We would encourage you to have an emergency plan. Here is ours:
- Cane Creek Animal Clinic email@example.com 828-628-9908
- Fairview Animal Hospital firstname.lastname@example.org 828-628-3557
- The Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital (R.E.A.C.H), a full-service veterinary medical facility for immediate care, is 15 miles away, 677 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 828-665-4399
Saturday and Sunday: Open 24 hours
Holidays: Open 24 hours
FAQ About Bears
Q: Do you have bears?
A: We have to say yes to black bears – but NOT brown (grizzly) bears. Once in a while a bear passes through, and that’s why Cloud 9 Farm honeybees in the valley have an electric fence around them.
Q: But have bears ever caused a problem for people?
A: No, no encounters, except from a distance where the bear and human looked at each other from about 400 feet away, then both went their separate ways.
Here are some precautions we thought ANYBODY should know who hikes in the forest:
Bear attacks are rare, very rare. You are more likely to die in a car accident on the way to your hike. You are more likely to get struck by lightning. Most bear encounters happen when the bear’s natural behavior of avoidance changes to aggression because:
- You surprised the bear and you are considered a threat – when hiking alone, you tend to be more quiet and can accidentally sneak up on a bear. By hiking in groups and carrying on conversations, you will alert animals to your presence. You don’t need to yell, whistle, or ring bells, but don’t be silent.
- You are considered a threat to young cubs or food – accidentally getting between a bear and her young is a bad situation. Whenever you see a bear, assume that there are young around or the bear is feeding. Don’t go any closer and keep your eyes open for cubs.
From the Hiking Dude
Bears usually avoid humans. But if you do encounter one, it’s important to remember that they are powerful and potentially dangerous animals.
If you encounter a bear:
- If the bear is not paying any attention to you, slowly and quietly back away while watching the bear to make sure it isn’t following you
- If the bear obviously knows you are there, raise your arms to let the bear know you are a human. Make yourself look as big as possible. Speak in a firm but non-threatening voice while looking at the bear and backing away
- Watch the bear to gauge its reaction to you. If a bear huffs, pops its jaw or stomps its paws on the ground, it wants you to back away and give it space
- If the bear continues to try to approach, stand your ground and be aggressive – use your whistle or yell, stand tall, wave your arms and throw objects
- Do not run or climb a tree. Bears can run faster and climb better than you
- If the bear makes contact, fight back with everything you have
Like we said, Black bears have never been a problem at Cloud 9 Farm which is surrounded by residential neighborhoods, lowering the risk, unless 200 acres away someone is tempting them with bird feeders or garbage.
From a good Canadian educational resource
Other nearby pet-friendly places
The NC Arboretum is 25 minutes away, off the Blue Ridge Parkway Parking and is $8 per personal vehicle (free the first Tuesday of each month.) They have more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails adjacent to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. Dogs on leashes are permitted on the grounds, but not in some garden areas.
Biltmore Estate Allows Pets. George Vanderbilt had a dog named Cedric, a St. Bernard. Take your pooch to see him (his statue) outside of Cedric’s Tavern and toast pet friendly hikes on the estate with a Cedric’s Pale Ale while you sit around the green listening to music at Antler Village. You can’t go in the Biltmore House, of course, but “yes” to the beautiful grounds with a leash and baggies.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Fresh air for you and your pet…why not show your dog the highest mountain on the east coast by following the Blue Ridge Parkway north for 45 minutes from Cloud 9? Dogs are allowed on leash on over 100 different trails. Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest allow dogs on the hiking trails.
In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park dogs are allowed in campgrounds, picnic areas, and along roads, but are only allowed on two short walking paths—the Gatlinburg Trail and the Oconaluftee River Trail. Why? The Great Smokey Mountains National Park has prohibited dogs in the back country since the park was first established in the 1930s.
Some precautions to take with your pets while vacationing
- Dogs can chase and threaten wildlife, scaring birds and other animals away from nesting, feeding, and resting sites. The scent left behind by a dog can signal the presence of a predator, disrupting or altering the behavior of park wildlife. Small animals may hide in their burrow the entire day after smelling a dog and may not venture out to feed.
- Pets may become prey for larger predators such as coyotes and bears. In addition, if your dog disturbs and enrages a bear, it may lead the angry bear directly to you.
- Dogs can also encounter insects that bite and transmit disease and plants that are poisonous or full of painful thorns and burrs.
Vacationing Pet Photos