12 Retro-Chic Trailer Park Resorts to Book Now
These chic vintage trailer parks are everything and you’ll want to book a stay at every one of them.
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For those keen to get back to nature, only without the tents and sleeping bags, look to AutoCamp in California, which boasts "modern Airstream camping." As in, iconic Airstream trailers outfitted with pillowtop mattresses, Malin+Goetz bath amenities, luxurious spa bathrobes and flat-screen TVs. Whether you want to be close to the beach or set up in a grove of redwoods, AutoCamp has you covered with locations in Santa Barbara and along the Russian River in NorCal.
The Vintages Trailer Resort
Set in the heart of Oregon’s delightful Willamette Valley wine region, The Vintages Trailer Resort boasts more than 30 thoughtfully restored vintage trailers, ranging from the 1947 Spartan Manor to the 1965 Boles Aero. Inside each one, you’ll find gourmet coffee, L’Occitane bath products, comfy beds and super-soft towels. Relax on your private patio with a glass of pinot (wine glasses and corkscrews are in every trailer) or take out a cruiser bike to explore wine country.
Paradise Shores Camp
Set in the Eastern Sierra region of California, Paradise Shores Camp is for nature lovers eager to explore nearby mountains, lakes and meadows by day, then settle in for a comfortable night’s sleep tucked under a cozy down comforter. Book one of seven rental trailers, each of which has a queen-size bed, pull-out sofa and a kitchen. Enjoy nightly campfires, a sky full of stars and cell phone-free living (if you can) at this campsite that’s just right for getting away from it all.
Shooting Star RV Resort
It’s hard not to go back in time at the Shooting Star RV Resort in Utah, which was formerly a drive-in movie theater from the 1960s. Less than one hour from multiple parks, including Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park, Shooting Star RV Resort makes a great home base, particularly for lovers of nostalgic travel. Stay in one of eight refurbished Airstream trailers, each decorated to resemble the dressing room of a movie star shooting on-location.
Kate’s Lazy Desert Airstream Motel
Fan of the B-52s? Yes, of course. If you’re eager for more than a stay in a simple "Love Shack" for your next vacay, look to Kate’s Lazy Desert Airstream Motel, which yes, is co-owned by Kate Pierson of the B-52s. A stone’s throw from Joshua Tree National Park in California, Kate’s Lazy Desert Airstream Motel boasts six vintage Airstream trailers that have been carefully (and colorfully) restored by artists around the country to bring out the magic of the Mojave Desert.
Hicksville Trailer Palace
At Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, California, you’re in for a treat. Nine themed rental trailers, like the alien-themed Integratrailor, and a small cabin called Project Z, which is designed for those eager to ride out the Zombie Apocalypse, are available for rent year-round. You can’t check out the place (er, palace) or get the address unless you book a trailer, but they do allow dogs and there is a vending machine that stocks beer. Eclectic? Yes. Bucket list? Definitely.
Set on 21 acres in artsy Marfa, Texas, El Cosmico offers multiple pastel-colored vintage trailers that are just right for relaxing and soaking in the day. Unless, of course, you’d rather do so from a colorful, striped hammock in the Hammock Grove. Rent a bike and cruise around the expansive property, which also boasts safari-style tents, teepees and yurts, or mix and mingle with the neighbors in the communal outdoor kitchen. Wi-Fi is in the lobby, but prepare to be off the grid.
JuneBug Retro Resort
A short drive from downtown Asheville, North Carolina, JuneBug Retro Resort is a fun lodging choice for those eager to stay in a vintage camper (with a kitchen), but equally keen to sample Asheville’s world-class food scene. Refurbed trailers sleep up to five. There's even a vintage playground for the kids. They don't allow pets, but you can rent out the entire resort for a weekend wedding and sleep up to 32 guests in the restored campers.
Hotel Luna Mystica
Located on 12+ acres in Taos, New Mexico, Hotel Luna Mystica is a vintage trailer resort with 10 refurbed campers, each with thoughtfully designed interiors, comfy bedding, luxury bath amenities and outdoor patios just right for reveling in the perfect New Mexico sunset. Each trailer has a name and personality all its own, ranging in from "Dennis," a studio-style 1969 Aristocrat to "Soy Capitan," a two-bedroom 1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion.
Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground
Situated in the heart of the Santa Ynez Wine Valley in Buellton, California, Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground is the retro-chic trailer resort of your dreams. A row of tastefully decorated iconic Airstream trailers awaits, each with flat-screen TVs, microwaves and coffee makers. On the property, you’ll find a playground, fitness center, pool cabana, off-leash dog park and a splash pad for little ones, as well as complimentary DVD rentals and Wi-Fi. There’s even a wine bar and a full-service restaurant, Campfire Café.
At Camp LeConte in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, book a glamping experience in one of two retro campers with dinettes that convert to beds, charcoal grills and microwaves, as well as circa 1960s interiors in seafoam green or barn red. Splash around in the pool at the campground or take the trolley into town to spend the afternoon at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Not into retro campers? At Camp LeConte, you can also book a stay in a safari tent or a luxury treehouse.
Settle in to one of 11 silver Airstream trailers in a lush verdant setting at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California. Relax in a colorful hammock under a towering palm or walk amongst the tropical flowers that beautify the grounds. Check out a bicycle and explore nearby wineries or spend the day at the beach, which is less than 30 minutes from Ojai. In the evening, kick back in your Airstream, which may be named Earl, Frida or even Ruby, or get to know other guests around the communal fire pit.