Come and stay in our vintage Airstream in the beautiful East Tennessee mountains. Experience a wonderful slice of mid-century Americana located near historic Elizabethton, Watauga Lake, and literally across the street from the Cherokee National Forest. Swimming, hiking, golf, NASCAR, boating, ziplines, paddle boarding, mountain biking/bike paths, fishing, kayaking, antiqu
Come and stay in our vintage Airstream in the beautiful East Tennessee mountains. Experience a wonderful slice of mid-century Americana located near historic Elizabethton, Watauga Lake, and literally across the street from the Cherokee National Forest. Swimming, hiking, golf, NASCAR, boating, ziplines, paddle boarding, mountain biking/bike paths, fishing, kayaking, antiquing, classic cars, country music... you name it, we got it.
We deliberately kept intact the wacky/vintage features of this 1967 Airstream Trade Wind trailer. It was in remarkable shape when we found it and we wanted to keep it as original as possible. The only major change we did was to remove the "gaucho" couch/bed in the front and built a four person dinette that makes into a queen size bed. The other two original bed spaces are only twin size. There is a folding privacy screen between the twin bed area and the front where the queen bed/dinette is. The dinette table has local trail maps embedded into it so you can see where you are and plan your next hike. This is the last year that Airstream used real wood cabinetry(either cherry or mahogany) in their trailers and it is still in very good shape. Please do watch your head in the doorways if you are tall.
Historic Elizabethton: Must see the covered bridge! The cute old downtown has many shops and restaurants. On Saturday evenings you can get up close and personal with classic cars at the Cruise In (Carter County Car Club) from 5pm to 9pm. At 7pm on the same evenings catch a free concert at the covered bridge. Two gorgeous trout rivers run through Elizabethton.
Area must see/do: This area offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Here is just a sample. The Tweetsie Trail bike/walk path (5 min drive). Tannery Knobs mountain bike park (15 min drive). Sycamore Shoals state park (15 min drive). The Creeper Trail bike/walk (1 hr drive). The wolf pack at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium (1 hr drive). Zipline, tower jump and giant swing at Off The Grid Mountain Adventures (15 min drive). Boat/kayak/paddle board rentals at Lakeshore Marina (15 min drive). Country music at the Down Home in Johnson City (30 min drive), and the Carter Fold (1 hr drive). Bristol Motor Speedway (30 min drive). Mt. Mitchell State Park (highest point East of the Rockies) near Burnsville NC (2 hr drive). Roan Mountain state park (20 min drive). Appalachian Trail (10 min drive). Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee's Oldest Town with its Int'l Storytelling Center (30 min drive). Dollywood amusement park & Gatlinburg (2 hr drive). AAA Baseball games at the Elizabethton Twins (10 min drive). Vintage drive-in movie theatre Stateline Drive-In (5 min drive).
Beds: Two twins with traditional mattresses, the dinette makes into a queen bed which is 6" memory foam.
TV: A 22 inch TV is mounted on a swing arm so it is viewable from any of the beds and dining area inside. Has a Roku streaming stick on it with Netflix, Amazon Prime, Acorn, PBS, BritBox and all the free channels. There is good cell phone signal since we are up high. Fast reliable Wifi is included.
Bathroom: The original mint green and turquoise bathroom is in the back behind a sliding door. There is a small closet for hanging clothes and a short shower with crazy vintage folding shower curtain. The "tub" is also tiny but kids would probably get a kick out of it. First aid items, towels, wash cloths, shampoo, shower gel, and hand soap is provided. We added an outdoor shower for those who don't like to crouch while they get clean. :)
Clotheslines: There is one inside (between the twin beds) and one outside. Please don't hang towels on the fence because it will leave rust marks. Please don't hang bath towels on the little rack meant for dish towels because it is not meant to support so much weight. Thank you!
Cooking: The original four burner stove and oven still work. There is a microwave, small fridge, toaster, French Press coffee maker and percolator, cookware, utensils, plates, glasses, cups, bottle openers, etc... Outside is a cooler for more drinks, bottle opener mounted to an upright, charcoal bbq grill and grilling tools, fire pit where you can roast weenies and make s'mores. Firewood is provided ($10 fee) as well as basic supplies like oil, salt, pepper, spices, sugar and creamer.
Lighting: Coming up the driveway we have several motion-activated solar lights. Additionally, the patio area has electric lights on a timer, but you can control those. Inside the vintage light fixtures still work and we have updated the bulbs to LED. Each bed has its own light and charging station.
Children: Please supervise your children. Beyond the fence is a steep drop off (which is why we added the fence). The firepit and charcoal grill are obvious hazards. There are 3+ playgrounds in Elizabethton. We keep chickens and, in some seasons, we can provide you with fresh eggs. Your kids can toss food to the chickens at our log cabin next door. For rainy days check out the Hands On Discovery Center and Fossil Site in Gray (40 min drive).
Pets: You are welcome to bring one well-behaved dog. Dogs are absolutely not permitted on the beds, cannot be left unattended, or outside alone at night. We've provided a tie-out.
Wildlife: We've got lots of wildlife so please don't leave any food or fish guts outside, especially overnight. A garbage bin is provided but if you've got anything particularly stinky in there just let us know and we will remove it. You may see deer, turkeys, raccoons, rabbits, possums, skunks, snakes, eagles, vultures, herons, coyotes and even a rare bear. Our cats might come to visit you but please don't feed them since we don't want to encourage them to hang out at the Airstream. They have lots of food always available at our house next door.
Appalachian Trail Shuttle: We can pick up and drop off two backpackers only, or three if small or don't mind being squished a bit. $5 per person, per trip from the trail in Hampton or to/from Elizabethton.
Site: The Airstream is located next to a winding mountain road that is generally quiet. However, there are neighbors who might have to mow their lawns or weed whack so its not always perfectly quiet or private here. Sometimes the bull frogs and tree frogs make quite a racket. There is a pond below, behind the trees, and they hang out there. We've planted a row of fast-growing evergreens as a screen from the road but the trees are still small.
Parking: There is plenty of room for two vehicles (or your boat). The entrance to the driveway is at a sharp angle to the road so you are recommended to turn your vehicle around by the Airstream so that when you head out again you are not backing into the road. We have one security camera facing the driveway.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 3
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
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Mountain bike park nearby. Tweetsie trail bike trail 5 mins away. Creeper trail 1 hr away.
Watauga Lake 10 mins away. Boat, kayak, paddle board rentals are in the area. There are also 2 picturesque rivers that run thr...Read more
Watauga Lake 10 mins away. Boat, kayak, paddle board rentals are in the area. There are also 2 picturesque rivers that run th...Read more
Absolutely TONS of hiking opportunities here. Appalachian trail is only 10 minutes away and so many more! Trail map is embed...Read more
There are a couple of stables in the area where you can ride but we've never done it.
Kayak and paddle board rentals nearby. Lake is 10 minutes away.
Watauga Lake is nearby but not sure if you can rent a wind surfboard. You can however rent paddle boards.
Many opportunities to swim either wild or chlorinated including a hidden swimming hole for the adventurous and a water park for...Read more
You can rent kayaks and paddle on the Watauga River when the TVA is releasing water. Also, the Nolichucky River has many white...Read more
We are literally across the street from the Cherokee National Forest. Wildlife abounds in this area!
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You have a private driveway here.
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Nice place to get away.
The Airstream site was pleasant and inviting. The hosts seemed to have thought of everything- snacks and necessities (coffee creamer, mayo, ketchup) , switches were labeled and a notebook providing trailer and area information, firewood and firestarter, plenty of towels and cookware. It was not secluded but has no neighbor, so you felt safe but private. It was a very nice getaway.
Great little getaway
A beautiful view and wonderfully decorated vintage airstream in TN. A very cozy spot and the hosts are close by to help with any questions you may have. I especially loved the outdoor shower and fire pit.
This is a beautiful place to stay.
The host has provided so many things that you need, fantastic to sit and relax at night on the front area. This airstream was extremely beautiful on the inside and immaculately clean. The location is Convenient to town if you need anything but You feel like you’re the only one in that area because of how they have positioned this beautiful place. Hope to return. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️