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a photograph of layers of mountains that are darker in the foreground and then progressively, with each layer, get brighter and bluer. The sky is vibrant pink and has a long, thin cloud in it. In the very center are a few small dots that are the roofs of homes and a small green field.
Sunset along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC!

Authentic Asheville is a camper van travel blog that focuses on travel in Asheville, North Carolina, and beyond. This website is a resource for those interested in the Ram Promaster City van with a Wayfarer Conversion Kit. Articles include camper van DIY ideas, tips, and tricks, trip recommendations, gear reviews, best places to eat and drink, etc.

Caroline Whatley and Erin McGrady are the duo behind Authentic Asheville. We are digital nomads who work as photographers, writers, and content creators.

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Recent Asheville Adventures

The best things to see and do in Asheville, North Carolina and beyond.

Erin McGrady sitting in ENO's SkyLoft Hammock in the meadow area at Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC. She is wearing a straw hat and is holding a cup with beer in it and offering one to a blurred out hand in the foreground.

Best Places to Hammock in Asheville, North Carolina

There are so many fun things to do in and around western North Carolina. The region has miles of scenic trails, moreContinue reading “Best Places to Hammock in Asheville, North Carolina”

photograph of some of the best murals in Asheville, North Carolina

Best Instagram Spots in Asheville

One of our favorite things to do when we travel is to find murals. It’s fun to walk around and discover themContinue reading “Best Instagram Spots in Asheville”

Camper Van Life Adventures

How to Choose a Van for Van Life

Ready for a new adventure? One that involves travel? And possibility living out of your van? We’ve spent many, many hours discussing,Continue reading “How to Choose a Van for Van Life”

back of a ram promaster city van with a DIY van life bed

The Best Camper Van Bed is a DIY Bed

On our most recent van life adventure through Canada in our Ram Promaster City Camper we left our Exped Sim Comfort DuoContinue reading “The Best Camper Van Bed is a DIY Bed”

DIY Van Life Screens

DIY Van Window Screens

They say necessity is the mother of invention, right? Such was the case for our DIY Van Window Screens. We spent aboutContinue reading “DIY Van Window Screens”

Recent Adventures!

a photo of the Wedge building at sunset. The sky is blue with pink clouds. Brown and green grass are in the foreground and a line of cars behind that are in front of the building.

Places in Asheville With Outdoor Heaters

We went to Instagram and asked our online community to share about places in Asheville with outdoor heaters. Why? Because when we get the chance to go somewhere, we often can’t think of where to go to stay warm. Now all of the information is in one place. Keep reading to see where you canContinue reading “Places in Asheville With Outdoor Heaters”

a photo of the property at Mountain Brook Vineyards at sunset. The sun is dipping below the horizon. A circular firepit is unlit with chairs around it. Behind the firepit are rows of grapes. The foreground is a dark green bush.

A WNC Wine Tour With Van in Black

You may have long been curious about the wine scene here in Western North Carolina, and while some wine enthusiasts and aficionados may have a version of what they think it entails, the only way to know for sure is to take a guided tour and see for yourself. (There is more to the wineContinue reading “A WNC Wine Tour With Van in Black”

Best Burgers in Asheville, NC

Y’all know how we love to eat! In this post we’re sharing our favorite places to get some of the best burgers in Asheville, NC. Each of them is guaranteed to hit the spot. And no two burgers on this list are the same! We dare you to work your way through these spots untilContinue reading “Best Burgers in Asheville, NC”