Authentic Asheville is a camper van travel blog that focuses on travel in Asheville, North Carolina, and beyond. It’s also meant to be used as 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, and LGBTQ+ safe spaces.
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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The best things to see and do 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”
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”
There are a ton of great places to grab a beer in Asheville but if you’re looking to take advantage of someContinue reading “Best Outdoor Breweries and Bars in Asheville”
Camper Van Life Adventures
Stories and ideas from the road!
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”
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”
Come explore with us!
We recently had the opportunity to test out Solo Stove’s new Bonfire 2.0! This is the latest version of the already very popular smokeless fire pit. Keep reading to see our thoughts on this cool piece of outdoor gear in our Solo Stove: Bonfire 2.0 review. What are the Specs of the Solo Stove’s BonfireContinue reading “Solo Stove: Bonfire 2.0 Review”
Though Asheville, NC is a destination for foodies, you may be thinking that in the mountains it would be hard to come by delicious seafood. Luckily, if you though that, you are wrong! In this post, Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC, we’re sharing our top spots for eating one of our favorite things. BabyContinue reading “Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC”
While Asheville has a ton of fun things to do, there are also a handful of really fun small towns nearby. Weaverville and Black Mountain are two of our favorites. Keep reading to see another spot, also just a short drive from Asheville, that we enjoy visiting: Hendersonville! Best Things to Do in Hendersonville, NCContinue reading “Best Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC”
Our top picks for camper van travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Hey y’all! We’re back at it again with another gear review. This time the piece of gear we’re taking a look at is the Atlas Series 65-Quart Cooler With Wheels. Keep reading to see why we think this cooler is perfect for your next vacation, tailgate party, or sideline soccer game. Specifications Width: 22 inchesHeight:Continue reading “Review of the Coleman Atlas Series 65-Quart Cooler With Wheels”
In this post we’re going to share our thoughts on the latest Sea To Summit Sleeping Bags and Mats. Specically, we’re taking a look at Sea To Summit’s Altitude AtII Sleeping Bag, Ascent AcII Sleeping Bag, and the Comfort Light S.I. Self Inflating Mat. Up until now we’ve been using Kelty’s Double Wide Sleeping BagContinue reading “Sea To Summit Sleeping Bag and Mat Review”
Through trial and error, we’ve found some gear that makes life on the road and in our van not only easier but more enjoyable. Though we’ve done other gear posts before such as the 9 essential pieces of gear you need for van life, this is the first one where every item on the listContinue reading “Best Van Life Gear Under $50”