10th May, 2015 / From Bruce / 24 Comments

A note from Bruce to all of our Pisgah Inn guests about the pet policy.

I am a dog person. I used to have 5 dogs, though now I have less. I like animals. I enjoy taking my dogs in the woods, on hikes, to the lake, or just about anywhere in these beautiful mountains.

I get it.

We had 2 pet friendly rooms for the last few years. It was an experiment. We had many requests. We aim to please.

My only requirement was that the pets could not infringe on the “tranquility” that our guests come here for. I could deal with poop in the grass, skunked dogs being washed off in the tub, chewed up furniture and about anything else. I could not accept any infringement on the peace, quiet, and tranquility. We monitored and collected data (complaints).

Simply stated, no more pets. Sorry, I hate it, but it has to be. Quiet wins over barking.



  • LEO GAWOR Jr. June 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Well, at least you tired. That’s all you cam do but try.


    • Alison keller July 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Yea. Thanks for trying. As usual those of us that follow the rules are being stepped on by those that don’t.


  • Terri Golkowski June 4, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Our travels thru this area were unplanned so when we saw this small place tucked at the edge of the mountain side and the sun going down we pulled in to call it a day; but unfortunately was at full capacity. I’ve traveled quite a bit throughout my life and have been all over the country. “Not much” I thought but it’ll do for one night. Believe me when I say………..this place had me at “hello”! : ) Everyone from the clerk at the gift shop to the girls at the restaurant desk to the waiter from San Diego, were so full of great conversation that we just didn’t want to leave. So my son and I sat at in the restaurant, had a slice of their awesome BIG FAT Chocolate cake and some coffee and enjoyed good conversation w-these familiar strangers. We sat at the mountain’s edge and watched the gorgeous sunset and decided although the Inn was full, we didn’t want to leave so we stayed at the campground across the street. The campground was so clean, pleasant and blooming with colorful foliage and filled with song birds. by far one of the best I have ever camped at in the country! We set our alarm to watch the beautiful sunrise, watching the Blue Ridge mist lie low in the mountains valleys, hugging every curve or the landscape. A row of rocking chairs on the mountains edge beckoned us to sit a while; have a cup of coffee and soak it all in. The Pisgah Inn. Life at that moment was perfect. We had breakfast at the Inn before having to move on down the Blue Ridge Parkway. To say it was excellent is an understatement. 5 star cooking that was almost criminally inexpensive. Kudos to your cook & wait staff !! I ordered an omelet…………no ordinary omelet; it was enormous in size; deliciously moist and full of healthy fresh spinach, mushrooms and sweet diced tomatoes gently folded into the mix. In between my attempts to finish this mountain size omelet; I gazed out to the stunning blue hues of mountains and sipped the fresh morning coffee. This unplanned stop at The Pisgah Inn created a special niche in my heart; created a warm memory and a new favorite destination for myself, my son and future generations!


    • Bruce June 21, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Wow…glad you had a good experience. Bruce


      • Carol May 14, 2016 at 3:28 pm

        hey there I truly understand and I am a little dog owner – not a big brute….and I own a lake place in another state which I have had long time friends want to bring 2 or 3 dogs there and let them get all over the beds and expensive furniture (which mine does not) and I have had people get angry cause I said no to their bringing their animals and they even said “you have yours” to which I said “but I own the place and mine knows where he belongs”. So, truly thank you for considering all not just the ones who cannot obey the rules. By the way, have enjoyed the Inn and several dining experiences…thanks. Southernlady


    • Brett January 9, 2016 at 4:19 am

      Glad they no longer allow dogs (pets) as they ruin other people’s tranquility. Nobody wants to step in dog poo and I remember when Bruce had to de-skunk one of his rooms due a dog owner bringing in his dog to the tub (I’m sure the next lady who took a bath would appreciate the dog/skunk stink); he lost a lot of revenue because of that.

      It has been many years since my wife and I have stayed at PI but that will change this year; we have eaten there a few times over the past 4 years and have gotten reacquainted with the Inn.

      Bruce you have been a great service to your patrons


  • Monica Hopkins June 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    After a long day of traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway on motorcycles, we had a tasty dinner and spent a delightful evening at the Pisgah Inn this weekend. Our bikes have factory stock exhaust pipes and are therefore very quiet, so I’m very aware of noisy environments. Not knowing about your pet policy, we all noticed and commented on the freedom from the noise of barking dogs. I feel bad for animals that have owners that are unable to train and help their animals learn to share space peacefully with others. Kudos to you for keeping the Inn such a wonderful QUIET and relaxing getaway. We’ll be back soon!


  • Cathythompson June 10, 2015 at 2:34 am

    I have been coming to the Inn for forty years. I honeymooned there 34 years ago. Pet friendly off and on. I have always considered it a privledge to bring my pet. It never chewed your furniture slept in your bed barked disturbed the silence. We cleaned its business and made sure our room was cleaner than we arrived. But on our last visit dog next to us also never disturbed our quit. But what did was the young folks next to us smoking pot at 5:00am. Hope you wiil reconsider. Stayed often and only disturbance were humans. Please don’t let your new found fame claim cloud your decision. After all you are a dog lover.


    • Bruce June 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      I understand your feelings. I will be on the lookout for violators of our non smoking policy. And especially, for those “pot” users. Bruce


  • Greg DeWitt June 19, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Bruce I understand your new pet policy and am broken hearted by it. We love you guys and your lodge and will miss you. Unfortunately we don’t have family to leave our dog with and won’t board him due to a immunity deficiency. We are so very grateful for all of the friendship, memories and great food you have given us over the years.
    Greg & Vickie DeWitt
    Elizabeth, IN


  • Brad Barfield July 16, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Appreciate the experiment, Bruce. We understand, and have family that will take care of our dog. You might consider making available names of pet “motels” that the pets can stay at while your guests are at the Inn.

    We will see you in a couple of months, and are SO looking forward to the stay!

    Brad Barfield


  • April Joyce August 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I certainly understand and appreciate your efforts. The one thing we find in our travels is that so many places don’t consider that there are people who travel with their cats. We have a cat condo that our cat resides in when we travel and she definitely doesn’t roam free, poop on the lawn, ruin furniture, or bark and disturb guests. Requiring a litter pan and enclosure with perhaps a deposit is all that would be needed. Cats shouldn’t be lumped in with dogs. I realize that you are trying to be fair to all guests, but the goal is for guests to have a peaceful stay at your inn. Dogs detract from that atmosphere. Cats do not. This is just some food for thought. I have never stayed at your inn, although I would very much like to. I plan to visit for breakfast this Saturday. Don’t worry, I’ll leave my cat home.


    • Erin September 27, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      I love cats 🙂

      I just wanted to post that 😉 While here, kudos to Pisgah Inn for banning dogs. I absolutely despise dog barks – it ruins any and all activities; especially sleeping and relaxing. We are EXTREMELY grateful that this peaceful gem does not allow dogs! THANK YOU – THANK YOU – THANK YOU!!!!!


    • John Gideonse & Suzanne Longacre July 21, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Would you acceot our very nice 15 year old siamese cat, who travels the world with us?


  • Barbara September 16, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    So frustrating but at the same time I get it. When I was there with my dog I never left her alone, so no barking. In fact I put her in the car to run to the restaurant and get takeout (she won’t bark in the car), came back with the takeout and went back to the room with her.

    I could have done without the screaming family above me, though, and the kids shrieking and jumping like elephants. Also, the time before, could have done without the cigar smoke wafting into my room.

    I do get why you’re doing this but the truth is that it’s not quiet at all there – it’s just very pretty. The balconies are all attached and there’s no way to soundproof; I have never gone there for the quiet as I’ve heard every bit of every conversation my neighbors have had. At least the dogs don’t smoke cigars.


  • Nancy Hoffman September 19, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    You cannot please everyone. You tried and that counts. Haven’t been able to make it up there this year but love keeping up with your posts and the photos you so willingly share throughout the year.


  • Jackie Pounds October 21, 2015 at 6:06 am

    We LOVE Pisgah Inn and the Blue Ridge Parkway! I check the web cam often, even at night! Tonight, the lights on the towers across the mountain ridges takes me back to many wonderful evenings sitting in the rockers on the balcony or on really chilly nights laying in bed with lights in the room turned off and watching those lights! Thank you for being there and sharing this with us!


  • Dale Farmer February 2, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Bruce, I enjoy staying at your Inn, it has always been a unique experience on the parkway. I am a dog lover, breeder, but have never brought my dogs but was planning to this year, now I guess not. I think your assessment of banning dogs so that people can have a quiet experience is weak on substance. Certainly a dog that is constantly barking is an annoyance to anyone and should not be allowed, but so are children shrieking and yelling, people smoking, motorcycles with loud exhausts, etc. You should just come clean and tell us the real reason that you are banning them.


  • Mike & Diane Abbott September 5, 2016 at 1:16 am

    My wife and I have been coming to the Pisgah Inn for many years and have enjoyed it immensely for many reasons: beautiful location, cozy, clean accommodations, great food, great staff, and especially, a peaceful and quiet experience. We happen to be animal lovers (we are owned by a cat) and avid motorcyclists. Must have missed the trials with pets/dogs but are happy and content with your decision to honor your guests wishes to remain pet-free. I cannot recall hearing visiting motorcyclists making a lot of noise that would be considered disturbing and hope that continues. We don’t suspect any hidden agendas on your or the Inn’s part regarding a pet-free policy. You simply did what any good business person would do; you listened to your customers. You can’t please everyone, but are to be commended on trying a test. As for the cigar smokers, we would be very happy to see them banished to the closest overlook. It’s none too pleasant having to smell their smoke wafting onto our deck and through our open windows. See y’all this week!


  • Shelly Fuller April 19, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Any Change yet on the pet policy?


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