Going Outside Inn with Greybeard Rentals in Black Mountain

Disclosure: My Black Mountain home rental stay with Greybeard Rentals was sponsored. But, as always all opinions are my own and I would stay here again on my own dime!

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There are cool things everywhere including these fun bikes!

One of the things I was most looking forward to when I knew we would be moving to North Carolina was fall in the mountains and the opportunity to be there for leaf-peeping when the autumn trees turn from vibrant green to beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow. Thankfully while The Queen (reference here) screwed up a lot of things this year, Mother Nature seems to be thriving, and getting outside to enjoy it is one of the few safe things we can do! And there is no better spot than Black Mountain, about 25 minutes outside of Asheville.

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Photo credit: Greybeard Rentals

In fact, if it hadn’t been for The Queen we would have been enjoying the coast of Brittany (France) rather than heading to the mountains! But I still believe everything happens for a reason so stumbling upon Greybeard Rentals and finding Outside Inn was meant to be. In another stroke of “luck”, the original cabin I had my eye on was unavailable so the smart folks suggested this adorable cottage. It was like they were our mountain cabin fairies because the property had the Misadventures name written all over it!

Mid-Century Modern meets kitsch with fun French highlights! Who would have thought!

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I loved this corner for reading!

I didn’t take pictures of every room because Greybeard Rentals does a fantastic job of showing off the mountain homes on their website. So check out photos of Outside Inn there. Oh and look at this one. And this one. These are not affiliate links, but rather “hey you’re really going to want to see these links!” Basically my rental wishlist!

As someone who loves to do macro photography, this place is candy, everywhere I turned there was something I wanted to take a picture of! There were cool features everywhere you turned from garden gnomes, vintage signs, cool bikes outside and books, knick-knacks, posters, and other decorative items throughout the cottage!

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Vichy print dishes, bien sûr!

The quality of the furnishings in Outside Inn was top notch. Excellent rugs, good furniture (some of it appears to be original MCM), good floors, and wonderful tile work in the kitchen and bathrooms. Although usually something I don’t care much about, we have news junkies with everything happening in the world and I appreciated the large TVs!

If I had to pick one thing to complain about because otherwise, you wouldn’t believe me when I said this place is perfect, it’s that there are light switches everywhere, but you can’t be mad for long because when you find the right one, there is no way to get it wrong with adorable labels like this, some with a twist of humor.

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Outside Inn has 3 bedrooms: a master bedroom, a second guest bedroom (aka Mr. Misadventures’ photo equipment room); and a kid’s room (aka our clothes room!) which has a super cute window feature in the bunk bed.

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Cool window feature in the kid’s room.

We arrived on Thursday late afternoon (they have a 4:00 check-in) and although we anticipated it to be extraordinarily clean, and it was, we entered wearing masks and opened all the windows to ventilate the air while also turning off the A/C. Given that a third of this house is outdoors, hence Outside Inn, a lot of the space was already aired out.

We brought our own sheets which we placed directly over the sheets on the bed in the master. We brought our own towels as well. We also brought all our own food and drinks for our 3-night stay.

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Relaxing in the master bedroom after work on Thursday

Black Mountain’s little downtown is cute, but we still aren’t comfortable with restaurants at the moment so we will have to partake in the future. We chose our rental here because the town is a little more manageable than Asheville, at least at the moment. Asheville is great for breweries and restaurants, but for now, that is not a scene we are interested in. The point of travel for the Misadventures family right now is to stay local and be safe. We drive, bring our own things, and stay in a stand-alone accommodation. We were able to get all that with our Greybeard Rentals.

I worked on Friday while Mr. Misadventures scouted leaf-peeping photo locations. Throughout the day I moved around the cabin with my laptop and every conference/video call I had people remarked on how cool the decor was in my background! There was just as much bandwidth as we have it home (which is a lot plus Mr. Misadventures is an ex-network engineer so he checks this stuff!).

Working in the Kitchen of Outside Inn Working in the outdoor room in Outside Inn

Saturday morning we headed to the Blue Ridge Parkway for more scouting, passing the Linville Caverns and the trail for Linville Falls as we headed to our target, the Linn Cove Viaduct. Door-to-viaduct was 1 hour and 10 minutes. We were scouting for the upcoming leaf-peeping opportunities which are plenty in the greater Asheville area. 

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Linn Cove Viaduct in the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The leaves are already starting to change, but they are not quite there yet!

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We were also 25 minutes from Asheville.  Our Black Mountain home rental was a great home base which is why Greybeard Rentals has so many properties there along with Black Mountain, Montreat, and of course, Asheville. 

After a day of scouting, we enjoyed the last warmth of the sun with a glass of wine on the little deck (outside of the huge outdoor room) and started plotting our next trip. I was regretting not booking an entire week.

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The thing I like about Greybeard Rentals is their collection of mountain homes, cottages, and cabins is highly curated. The team that runs this company are locals who have lived in this region for years, they know the good stuff and they know what guests want. Including a loaf of freshly made bread which they leave as a welcome gift. In our case pumpkin. And for 2 low-carb-lifestylers who don’t eat a lot of sweets, we devoured it like crack! Of course, pumpkin bread may be par for the course for most carb-eating folks, but for us that touch alone made it feel like a vacation!

The house is SPARKLING clean. Greybeard Rentals take its housekeeping operations seriously. I felt comfortable and confident inside the cottage. One less thing to worry about.

Sure you can find mountain properties on the major vacation home platforms, and yes the owners may be local, but you aren’t supporting a local business by using it. Of course, the owner benefits and the local businesses when you stay, but I like the feeling of piling on and staying local. Although some of Greybeard Rentals properties can be rented through Airbnb, it is only a portion and you will get the best rate through their website and in slower seasons, they run exclusive web specials and discounts on their website. They have a newsletter too, so make sure you subscribe!

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We had a leisurely Sunday morning and headed for home at around 8 (we’re early risers). Check out is at 10:00 so we didn’t have to rush.

Tips for planning a trip to the North Carolina mountains:

  • Plan ahead, especially if you are wanting to visit during peak leaf-changing season.
  • Think off-season. In my opinion, a mountain or lake retreat is wonderful at any time of the year. And while I get that fall is amazing, Mr. Misadventures and I enjoy being in places when it’s less crowded. And Greybeard Rentals has great off-season pricing for their Black Mountain home rental properties. Well, not only Black Mountain but also all through the area and into Asheville!
  • Head to the parkway and parks early. As usual Mr. Misadventures and I had these areas all to ourselves until about 10. And everyone wants that sunset shot so the overlooks get crowded. Try sunrise instead!

Tips for staying in a cabin in the North Carolina mountains (during the Age of the Queen):

  • If you have the space in your car, pack your own sheets and towels.
  • Bring disinfecting wipes to wipe down counters and surfaces.
  • When you arrive open all the windows to air out the property.
  • Most cabins will provide you a limited amount of paper products, so remember to bring extra paper towels, toilet paper, etc. It will be cheaper than buying locally.
  • If you are going to use the dishwater, drinkware, and silverware wash them before using them.
  • Bring your own food and drinks. Don’t forget the seasoning spices! If you are staying in Black Mountain, there is a rather large grocery store (Ingles) which we stopped into to restock our wine (vacation mode you know). I’d rather go to a larger store where it is easier to social distance than a small space.

I want to thank Greybeard Rentals and the owners of Outside Inn for so generously sponsoring our stay, it’s not the most obvious thing to do given the crisis and the state of travel and tourism at the moment, so their generosity was appreciated more than usual. If you are thinking of coming to the western North Carolina mountains, please do consider renting a mountain cabin, cottage or home from Greybeard Rentals.

How about you? Have you been to the North Carolina mountains? Do you enjoy leaf-peeping and mountain cabins? Do tell! Where do you like to travel in the autumn? Do share!

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35 Comments

  1. Tammy
    October 8, 2020

    I love staying in the mountains and this looks like a perfect place to visit. We haven’t stayed in NC yet, but I think we will now. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  2. Amber Myers
    October 8, 2020

    Pretty! This would be a wonderful place to stay. I haven’t been in the mountains in forever. It would be so relaxing.

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  3. Destiny
    October 8, 2020

    Wow this place looks so beautiful! We were just in Asheville a couple of months ago I wish I would’ve known about this place! We have talked about going again next fall though so I will definitely be looking into this place! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Jennifer
    October 8, 2020

    North Carolina is beautiful especially during the change in the leaves. It looks so relaxing and peaceful there. Thanks for the great tips for planning a trip to the mountains and staying in the cabin!

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    1. Brianna
      October 19, 2020

      This is exactly the kind of mountain getaway I’m looking for! I absolutely love the mid century modern decor!

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  5. MacKenzie
    October 8, 2020

    I’m in Raleigh and love the NC mountains! I’m from Southern CA and looove Big Bear, so having such beautiful mountains close-ish is wonderful. My mom and I have been discussing a trip to the mountains for camping, but it’s getting a bit cold – we will have to look into Greybeard instead.

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  6. Kez
    October 8, 2020

    Looks like a really lovely place to stay and it’s obvious that you really enjoyed your time there!

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  7. Taylor
    October 8, 2020

    Such nice pictures! I appreciate the COVID-19 tips at the end of the article as well. The fall colors are so nice. I haven’t seen a proper fall in at least 10 years haha.

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  8. amy
    October 8, 2020

    This looks like a marvellous place to stay, lucky you!

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  9. Brandy Ellen WRites
    October 8, 2020

    This looks like a really relaxing place to lay down and recoup from the busy work week. I love finding little spots like this that give you some outdoor time that’s soothing for the soul and relaxing inside time too.

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  10. Monica Simpson
    October 8, 2020

    Looks so beautiful! I would also like to go there when it’s less busy. Maybe my husband and I will look into renting for our anniversary next year.

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  11. Catalina
    October 9, 2020

    What a magical place that I would like to visit it one day! So peaceful and relaxing!

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  12. Nikki Wayne
    October 9, 2020

    One of my friends lives near in NC, I don’t know if she knew about this already but I’ll share this with her anyways. Hehe

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  13. Nathalie Vorche
    October 9, 2020

    This is a really good Inn to stay for a vacation. I love the ambiance and it looks so peaceful where you can relax. Will try to visit it soon

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  14. Jennifer Van Haitsma
    October 9, 2020

    North Carolina is so lovely, but I’ve never been! It’s definitely on my list though. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  15. Gervin Khan
    October 9, 2020

    Wow, this looks like a great destination most especially to those people who loves enjoying a beautiful nature like this, it is so refreshing and relaxing!

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  16. Terri A Steffes
    October 9, 2020

    This sounds like my kind of place. I love the special touches, the sparkling clean description, the bowls and the light switch marked “useless.” Ha.

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  17. Mayuri
    October 10, 2020

    I love your photos Andi! Makes me wanna go there, and relax. The photo with the autumn magazine is goals (I have been running around with household work), this seems to be the perfect place to rejuvenate <3

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  18. Adéle
    October 10, 2020

    This looks amazing! Definitely on my list for when I can eventually travel to the US again!

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  19. Mindy on the Move
    October 10, 2020

    Looks like a beautiful place to stay! Right up my alley! Thanks for sharing 💕✨🤙🏻

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  20. Teri Lynn
    October 10, 2020

    Oh wow! This looks like such a cool home base to explore from. I am a sucker for those mountain cabin vibes … especially in the fall. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  21. Charlena
    October 10, 2020

    Such a beautiful home! Definitely got me craving some time outdoors. Thanks for the post!!

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  22. Demi
    October 10, 2020

    The place is incredibly awesome. I love mountain cabins. Here in Europe, Its’s so nice to go to the mountains and stay in cabins like this. Wonderful blog. Though I’ve never been to that part of the globe but will recommend friends and families who live there. Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Taylor
    October 10, 2020

    This rental looks amazing! Asheville is very high on my USA bucket list and I’m hoping to go sometime soon. I will definitely keep this house in mind. 🙂

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  24. Emmy
    October 10, 2020

    This looks absolutely amazing thanks for sharing this special place with us near Ashville. Its such a lovely city isn’t it!? I love the blue ridge mountians!

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    1. Ruth I
      October 12, 2020

      Wow that’s a really cozy and amazing cabin style rental. The nature around it and the silent place away from the city is very refreshing. That looks cool i wanted to go there someday. I’m excited it’s so beautiful.

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  25. Swathi
    October 10, 2020

    That rental home looks beautiful also surroundings are also beautiful, hope you had wonderful days there.

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  26. Kelly
    October 11, 2020

    This looks like such a perfect staycation destination! Love the cabin feel and looks like it is very well maintained 🙂 Would be a perfect weekend getaway!

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  27. Maggie
    October 12, 2020

    Welcome to the East Coast! Asheville is such a beautiful area, isn’t it?! I have a conference for work down there every fall. This cabin looks adorable, and perfect for a getaway! I’ll have to check them out next time I’m in the area!

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  28. Kailey
    October 12, 2020

    This cabin is so cute! I have a trip planned in NC next year, and this makes me so excited.

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  29. Anna Merabishvili
    October 14, 2020

    Wow! Looks amazing- so cosy!

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  30. Emma
    October 14, 2020

    I love a good cabin/ cottage getaway. There’s no better way to relax than in a quiet environment so close to nature. The cabin looks adorable, the decor is amazing and it’s so bright. I’ve never been to the area but it sounds good. Hopefully you’ll be able to go back soon when all this is over and check out some of those restaurants

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  31. Diane
    October 14, 2020

    I used to live in Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall is stunning! I am also a live-in-France wannabe! This looks like a decent substitute…for now 😊

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  32. Hannah
    October 15, 2020

    What a magical escape! The surrounding area looks beautiful but I think I’d struggle to pull myself away from this incredible cabin! I love the decor and the fantastic little finishing touches! (We too have a ‘useless’ lightswitch!) I could easily lose myself here for a week or so…it looks like a great place to unwind! Thanks for the wonderful guide!

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  33. Sarah Arnstein
    October 15, 2020

    This place looks so cool! I was never a mountain girl, but I recently moved to Montana right by the Rocky Mountains, and now I can’t get enough of them! I hope to find a cabin or cottage like this we can stay in for a getaway.

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