Written by Shawndra Russell
Want to upgrade your summertime wanderings, explorations, and general activities? Western North Carolina has plenty of fun and unique rentals perfect for the adventurous soul.
Summer in Western North Carolina is magical – temperatures sway from low-to-mid-80s to campfire-worthy 60s at night, thanks to our lovely mountain breezes. But the true star of an epic summertime experience here is the great outdoors: millions of acres of national forests, umpteenth hiking and mountain biking trails, and a plethora of swimming holes are all located within an easy day trip. You can kayak between breweries along the French Broad River Paddle Trail, hike the tallest peak east of the Mississippi at Mount Mitchell, or pilot a standup paddleboard across Santeetlah Lake, named by Microsoft’s MSN as the #1 most beautiful lake in the United States.
And if you don’t want to go it alone, you can always browse through the fairly new Airbnb Experiences in Asheville, where you can essentially rent a human to enjoy all kinds of crazy cool Asheville activities. (Yes, you read that correctly: rent a human. Or at least employ their services for a period of time.)
Many of the Airbnb Experiences hosts—and Ashevillians in general—have taken up some kind of outdoor hobby since moving to The Land of the Sky (and most juggle multiple such hobbies!), but the cost of gear can certainly add up quick. So, we wanted to see what kind of gear you can rent in and around Western North Carolina to help our readers navigate what they can try before they buy—or, in many instances, what they can do without ever having to buy at all. (Who has room to store all that gear anyway?)
Maybe you just want to book a one-time, super cool experience that could lay the groundwork for the best day of your whole summer, like renting a luxury, exotic, or off-road vehicle, or perhaps jumping on a bike, since motorcycle and electric bike versions both can be rented to take on what has been described in the media as “America’s Longest Scenic Drive,” a/k/a, the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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