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Vintage Trailers: Hotels on Wheels

Staying at these faithfully restored Airstream and vintage trailer accommodations are both cushy and fun ways to explore the West.

Airstream trailer with deck and patio at Autocamp in Santa Barbara, California picture
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This polished Airstream at Santa Barbara's Autocamp has been renovated with sustainable construction methods.

Nothing evokes starry-eyed wonder among design aficionados like the shiny silver siding of an Airstream travel trailer. Created to flow like a stream of air behind a car, the vehicle took its first ride in 1929. These days, updated Airstreams enjoy a cushy second life as stationary accommodations.

Photography courtesy of Autocamp

  • Autocamp makes the perfect base for exploring Santa Barbara, Calif., with two restored Airstream Sovereigns and three Overlanders. Each is outfitted with down comforters, boutique bath products, and a two-burner cooktop. (888) 405-7553, autocamp.com/sb.
  • At the Vintages, a cluster of 13 refurbished travel trailers in Oregon's pinot noir country, a rare 1959 Globester sets a swinging mood with Rat Pack–themed decor. Trailers come with plush linens, terry cloth robes, gourmet coffee, an outdoor grill, and two bicycle cruisers. (800) 844-1492, the-vintages.com.
  • Experience a time warp in a vintage 1978 Excella at Lakedale, an 82-acre lakeside resort on Washington's San Juan Island. Guests can throw horseshoes, play bocce, roast s'mores, or grab an espresso at the general store. (360) 378-2350, lakedale.com.
  • Hicksville Trailer Palace and Artist Retreat, home to a '70s-themed Airstream and other retro trailers, sits just outside California's Joshua Tree National Park, but most visitors never leave the property. Take up archery, play mini golf, or mingle with bands recording at the on-site studio. (310) 584-1086, hicksville.com.

This article was first published in Summer 2016. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.