Train lovers can now stay in this authentic caboose camper in Tennessee

The Lil' Red Caboose in Bryson City, NC

The Lil' Red Caboose in Bryson City, NC

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All aboard! This one’s for you train lovers!

If you’ve ever stayed in a vacation rental or cabin in the Smokies, you may have noticed several commonalities: black bear-themed decor, fireplaces and log furniture, just to name a few.

But every once in a while you’ll find a rental that’s so unique, it tends to stick out in the crowd.

If you happen to be in the market for one-of-a-kind overnight stay in the Smokies, this Lil’ Red Caboose on the Creek in Bryson City, NC might be just the ticket.

Read more: Editor’s Choice: Quirkiest cabins in the Smokies 2020 by

This dining table converts into a twin sized bed. (Homeaway)
This dining table converts into a twin size bed. (VRBO)

The Lil’ Red Caboose is located just 1.7 miles from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and is one of only a handful of known Caboose Campers in existence.

Even though this camper is technically stationary, it’s guaranteed to transport all who board back to the glamorous era of slow moving passenger trains from the early 1970s.

The Lil' Red Caboose's kitchenette. (Homeaway)
The Lil’ Red Caboose features a modern day kitchenette. (VRBO)

Many original features from this caboose’s glory days have been left intact to offer guests an authentic experience. Other amenities, like modern day plumbing, television and a small kitchenette have been upgraded and added to make the stay more comfortable.

The bedroom has a queen bed, and the dinette table converts into a large twin. The kitchenette is equipped with a toaster, microwave, mini fridge and coffee maker.

The Lil' Red Caboose offers the best of both worlds - with authentic features and modern ammenities. (HomeAway)
The Lil’ Red Caboose offers the best of both worlds – with authentic features and modern amenities. (VRBO)

This rental sleeps up to four people and goes for about $85 per night. To learn more about the Lil’ Red Caboose, check out their listing on VRBO.

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3 thoughts on “Train lovers can now stay in this authentic caboose camper in Tennessee”

  1. Do you have anything available for the week of Christmas or Valentine’s day?

  2. I tried to book a reservation. I read everything, but could not proceed past the calendar. Do you have any availability 6/13-6/15. I am trying to surprise my husband for his 70th birthday.

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