Vintage Airstream near Appalachian Trail & Lake


Camper/RV hosted by Laurel

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Experience a wonderful slice of mid-century Americana located near historic Elizabethton, Watauga Lake, and the Cherokee National Forest. Bring your boat or rent one here. Swimming, hiking, golf, NASCAR, boating, ziplines, paddle boarding, mountain biking/bike paths, fishing, kayaking, antiquing, classic cars, and country music.

The space
We deliberately kept 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. Please respect that this is an antique Airstream and replacement parts are difficult or impossible to find. 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 rivers run through Elizabethton and they are very popular with fishermen.

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 (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). And many more!

Beds: Two twins with traditional mattresses and the dinette makes into a queen bed which is 6" memory foam. There is a folding privacy screen between the twin bed area and the front where the queen bed/dinette is. TWO PERSON MAXIMUM per booking even though there are three beds, that is so you can choose where to sleep but we don't want more than 2 people due to constraints of the sewage system.

TV: A 22 inchTV 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: There are 2 showers, one inside and one outside. 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 tiny. First aid items, towels, wash cloths, shampoo, shower gel, and hand soap is provided.

Clotheslines: There is one inside (between the twin beds) and one outside, and room to hang wet things on the side of the outdoor shower.

Cooking: The original four burner stove still works. 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, charcoal grill and grilling tools, and fire pit. Firewood is provided as well as basic supplies like oil, salt, pepper, spices, and sugar.

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. 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 several playgrounds in Elizabethton. 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. Please pick up after your dog. No cats please. $50 pet fee due to all of the extra clean up needed.

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 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 one vehicle and 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.

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Mountain view
Valley view
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
20" HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Roku
Central air conditioning
Private patio or balcony
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States

Generally quiet country road. Watauga Lake is only 10 minutes away. Bristol Motor Speedway is about 30 minutes. Asheville NC is one hour away. Abingdon VA is one hour away. Johnson City is 20 minutes away.

Hosted by Laurel

  1. Joined in February 2014
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Recently retired, originally from Chicago but now living in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains. I love to read, cook, and visit other places. My husband works for the Forest Service here and can advise on recreational opportunities.


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During your stay

We are always available via text or phone. The Airstream is set up for self check in but we are right next door if needed. Please text when you arrive. Do not attempt to check in more people than what is stated on your reservation. Any visitors have to leave when quiet hours begins at 10pm. Thank you!
We are always available via text or phone. The Airstream is set up for self check in but we are right next door if needed. Please text when you arrive. Do not attempt to check in…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $500

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