About 15 miles from downtown Asheville, the small town of Black Mountain is an ideal place for renting a summer home and base camp for forays into the Appalachian Mountains. Thrill seekers make for the sheer cliffs of Chimney Rock State Park for rappelling and rock climbing, or head to Pisgah National Forest to charge the mountain biking trails. Go kayaking or rent a SUP to paddle the French Broad River. When city life beckons, Asheville's homespun microbrewery and cider-making scene will give you plenty of reason to party. Local service Greybeard Rentals has a long roster of available cabins hidden deep in the forest.