Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Catnapper Couch, 1 Bath, Sleeps 2
About Gary Whidden
I own a retirement mobile home park in Florida and my wife is a Biology teacher.
Gary Whidden purchased this Cabin in 2004
Why Gary Whidden chose Johnson City
The river property came into my mother’s family in the 1890’s. My great grandfather built the family homestead. In 1901 (pre-dam) a flood came and damaged the home. With mules and logs they moved the 3,000 square foot, 2 story home across the creek and placed it on higher ground. Before the dam was built in the mid 1940’s, the river would sometimes look like a creek, at other times it would rise and come out its 50 foot banks. In the winter, the river would freeze and my great grandparents would cut squares of ice from the river and bury it in their home for later use. Before the bridge, there was a natural shelf that allowed the horse and buggies to cross the river in front of the cabins. The ground was farmed until I received it in 2003. My mother was raised on the property, until she married my father in 1947 and moved to Florida. We vacationed here every year, so I have always loved this place. I wanted a place of my own but hated the idea of having it sit empty most of the time. I am in the rental business in Florida so I decided to build something that could be rented when we are not able to be here. At that time, there were no buildings on the property so I was able to start from scratch. I really like the character of horse barns and thought, why not build one that could house people. So, in 2004, we built the cabins and it has been a great adventure! This past winter, we completed our retirement cabin. The cabin has three bedrooms, three baths, and an apartment on the lower level. We hope you choose us for your lodging in East Tennessee. We know you will enjoy it. - Gary and Patty Whidden
What makes this Cabin unique
The cabins are located on the trophy trout section of the beautiful Watauga River.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Pets allowed - Well behaved, non aggressive dogs are welcome. Well behaved, non aggressive dogs are welcome.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
- All dogs must be on flea control. Limit 2 dogs per cabin. Sorry, no cats.
Relaxing Riverfront Getaway
We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve stayed at Laurels cabin. We never consider staying anywhere else when we visit the area. Comfortable and clean. Gorgeous and peaceful surroundings.
Great weekend stay!
We stayed here for the ETSU open house and our son’s 16 birthday weekend.
What a great spot with a lovely river view and so quiet and peaceful.
The cabin was the upper floor of the barn and was the perfect size for the 3 of us and our 2 small dogs.
This would be a neat property to rent all the u it’s with friends or family for a getaway.
Winter get awsy
Very nice place friendly environment!
Perfect little getaway cabin! We will definitely be back.
Excellent place for a quiet getaway! Will be back again and again I am certain! Everything we needed was there and only needed to bring personal items and food.
So glad you enjoyed your stay!
Very dog and people friendly
I stayed here when i came to TN to adopt a 5 year old Blood Hound from a local rescue. Unit was very cozy, clean, and homey to get to know my new family member before the drive back to FL. I would stay again in a heartbeat
So glad you and your new baby enjoyed your stay. Thank you for adopting!
Directions from I-26. Take I-26 to SR91 North for 2.9 miles. Turn left on Smalling Rd. Watauga River Cabins will be 1.9 miles on the left just before the Smalling Bridge.