HISTORIC COTTON MILL STUDIOS - ASHEVILLE

HISTORIC COTTON MILL STUDIOS - ASHEVILLE

On Monday, we went out to the Historic Cotton Mill Studios in the River Arts District to shoot some photos of the space. We had literally been in town for less than 24 hours but we hit the ground running. I had a great time exploring the old building and even got up on the rooftop! I'm really excited to see what the new owners are going to do with the building and am thrilled to partner with them for the next #AshevilleInstameet!

Thanks, as always, for the read.

Authentic Asheville

Photo Shoot in New Hampshire!

Photo Shoot in New Hampshire!

Caroline and I spent a little over a month on the road doing some travel blog writing and photography for Local Adventurer. We left Asheville at the end of May and got home yesterday! Our little 1976 Chinook took us from Western North Carolina all the way up to Canada. (More on that later.) 

This here is a sneak peak at a photo shoot we did during the road trip at Orchard Hill Bakery, a place Caroline interned at many years ago. We're excited to get the gallery finished up.

Authentic Asheville

Travels with Maybelle

Travels with Maybelle

This post is sponsored by Radisson RED but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Caroline and I went to Edisto Beach, South Carolina two weeks ago and camped with our dog for the very first time. Luckily it was a four person tent and the weather for the most part cooperated. But if you’ve done this before you probably know that no one really sleeps that well with a pup in the tent. By the third night we had a pretty good routine but still … dog breath and hair in a tiny little nylon cell can make for a long night.

Next time we’re going to stay at a pet friendly hotel like the Radisson RED. They have a super-friendly pet policy so you don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort in order for the whole family to travel. Because if you’re like us, your pets are family and will go wherever you go.

Do you travel with pets? If so, what are your best tips for making it a successful trip? We would love to hear from you!

#BAXTERTRAVELS #CONTEST

Love, 

Maybelle and Authentic Asheville

Beijing and Beyond

Beijing and Beyond

On assignment for Local Adventurer in Beijing, China!

Asheville

Asheville

You guys! We're so pleased to announce that we have begun doing work for one of the top travel blogs around, Local Adventurer! So far we've had the chance to contribute two pieces for them, 9 Unique Things to Do at Urban National Parks and 101 Things to Do in Asheville and we have a few more in the works!

Lately we've been hunting down photos of food to report back on the Ultimate Food Bucket List for Asheville. Curious to see who made the list? We'll give you a hint about one of the places: it's represented here in this photo and has been visited by President Obama and the First Lady. 

Oh! And last but not least, we're headed to China on Tuesday, also for Local Adventurer, this time reporting back on Traditional Chinese Medicine as it is practiced in Beijing. It's not an understatement to say we are over the moon about this trip - it will be the first time for both of us to China!

Want to come along for the ride? Be sure to follow Local Adventurer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Thanks,

Authentic Asheville

#FindYourPark

#FindYourPark

I think that people give up on their dreams because the reality of living them out and working to see them come true involves staying the course and being brave during times of doubt. When the steady paycheck you'd come to rely on stops coming in, will you turn back or keep pushing forward? It's not enough to just hold on. You've got to dig down deep to that hard place within yourself that says I will not give up. Yet without a very strong sense of purpose or solid belief in yourself then there's a good chance you'll never even get out of the gate. Because it's scary. Sometimes it can be downright terrifying. But I think that if you surround yourself with people who believe both in what you're doing and who you are, then you can make it. No one else can carry you to the oasis, you have to do that yourself. But they sure can help you rise to your feet after a setback. Or wipe the tears off your face after a disappointment. I am so thankful for the many invisible hands that have held my own as I walk that tightrope of self - discovery while chasing down my dream. I hope to someday be able to return the favor. 

With gratitude,

Erin

#AshevilleInstameet

#AshevilleInstameet

Hey y'all! I'm really excited to announce that I've joined forces with some of the best photographers and social media influencers in Asheville. We've organized a creative walk-about downtown, so mark your calendars for Saturday, November 12. We'll be meeting in Pack Square Park at 9am and exploring some of our city's best spots. The theme is In-Motion so start thinking about ideas. (Some of our personal favorites are jumpstagrams and stride-bys. I will feature some of the best shots from the tour on my own account.) Oh, and you want to know the best part? Everyone is welcome and the event is totally free. Friendly fur babies are invited too but please be aware that animals might not be able to go into some locations. If you have any questions, please reach out to us! 
#ashevilleinstameet #ashevilleigers  #authenticasheville #communityfirst

@e.mcgrady @carolineperdue @_chelsealane_ @ameliafletcherphoto @kimwishcamper @rorris @sarajanecase

overland expo

overland expo

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 8th, we’ll be at the Overland Expo at the Biltmore Estate (1 Lodge Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28803).

Hours: Friday October 7, 9-5 // Saturday October 8, 8-5 // Sunday October 9, 8-3

There are 125+ Exhibitors, 140 classes and programs and 120 Instructors and Presenters from around the world on site.

We’re particularly excited about the evening films that will be showing and plan to be at the theater Saturday night at 8pm to watch the debut of Operation Moto Dog: The Film about Mallory Paige and her pooch Baylor.

Well wait, what IS overlanding? It’s a self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. It’s the fastest-growing vehicle/adventure travel market out there. It’s about exploring, not conquering. This event is a trade, educational and social event for the rapidly growing overloading market!

For more information go to www.overlandexpo.com

#FindYourPark

#FindYourPark

I am so honored to be a part of this year's National Park Foundation's #FindYourPark Expedition (#FYPx). In two days I fly to San Francisco! We are to spend a few days days in the bay area touring Alcatraz, Ghirardelli Square, John Muir Historic Site and even the San Francisco Maritime Museum. I'm particularly excited to shoot photos near the Golden Gate Bridge.

Later on in the week we head towards Yosemite! This photos was taken from Tunnel View and is one of my favorite places in the entire world. I visited it first with my family when I was fourteen and then went back last summer on a cross-country road trip. I am so excited to go back! 

Thank you to our sponsors Subaru, REI, Aramark and Columbia Sportswear for making this trip possible.

Hole doughnuts

Hole doughnuts

Have you ever watched someone do something they’re really, really good at? I mean not just proficient, but someone who is really skilled at their craft? It could be anything … playing the piano, painting, cutting hair … it doesn’t really matter what the action is but the elements of excellence are always the same: an efficiency of movement, a command of space, a mastery of tools, a confidence in themselves and always, always a dedication to standards that the untrained eye might miss but that they hold themselves too nonetheless. All of these are earned through countless hours of practice and they cannot be faked.

Love!

Love!

The landlord came over at noon and did a final walk through. We swept the floors one last time, scrubbed down the refrigerator and loaded the last box into my little car. Then I was handing over the keys and shutting the door to my old life. 

A few weeks ago I told my principal that I would be stepping down from my teaching position at the end of the school year.

#FindYourPark

#FindYourPark

Thank you to everyone that voted for my photo in the National Park's Centennial Photo Contest! I am a second place winner! Check out all the entries at #FindYourPark and then get on out there yourself and ramble 'round!

Erin

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

I woke up in a dark and unfamiliar room. I slept well for having spent the night on the floor. The house we were staying in was empty and on the market, but perfect as a base camp for our little Summit Saturday. You could see the mountains from the front door, the sky turning pink and gold as we threw our sleeping bags in the back of my car and started making our way to the trailhead. The air was chilly enough that we ran the heat on our feet but I kept the window cracked because the morning smelled fresh; like dew, like new, like fall. I felt really alive.

Driving West

Driving West

Somewhere along this trail I shed that ol' dog named anxiety and felt more like myself than I have in a long time. I probably didn't need to drive 3,000 miles for that to happen but ... maybe I did. I had my doubts somewhere along those middle states about what I was doing and nearly turned the car around in Coeur D'Alene but I called my mama and she helped me keep on trucking. 

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

West. Always west.

This is one of my favorite places on Earth: Glacier National Park.

Erin

Haiku

Haiku

little wooden spoon
an entire family history
in your red sauce stains

      Decisions.

Decisions.