The Vibe: Welcome to the throwback neighborhood! Parked between Dundee and McMinnville, The Vintages offers 34 retro-charming trailers that make a swanky pitstop in the Willamette Valley. The oldest trailer (Spartan Manor) dates to 1947, and all have been restored and customized with air conditioning and heat. A propane grill and lounge chairs are arranged outside each trailer. The pet-friendly resort offers a pool, fireside areas, outdoor lawn games, complimentary cruiser bikes and dog park next door.
The Vineyards: The Willamette Valley is especially known for Pinot Noir, but you’ll also find Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and many other wines. More than 20 wineries are located within six miles of The Vintages, like Stoller Family Estate, Remy Wines, Domaine Serene, Sokol Blosser, Durant Vineyards, Winderlea Vineyard & Wineryand Archery Summit Winery.
Extra: The Vintages offers special tasting experiences, like the V.I.P. (Very Important Pinot), developed with Gran Moraine Winery, and the hop-on/hop-off Shuttle, Sip, & Savor package.
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Set in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Vintages is made up of 34 trailers on a 14-acre property smack in the middle of wine country. Your trailer comes with bathrobes, coffee fixings, and an outdoor grill, and you’ll have access to the property’s pool, lawn games, wine tastings, and outdoor movies in summer. By day, explore the nearby space museum or take a hike in Willamette Mission State Park. From $120.
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The Willamette Valley has lots of B&B options, including Abbey Road Farm, which features three converted grain silos that house five bedrooms. For something unique, reserve one of 19 classic trailers—including Airstream, Shasta, Neutron, and Avion beauties—offered at The Vintages Trailer Resort. Each trailer comes with a pair of cruiser bikes to explore the 14-acre resort, which features a swimming pool, outdoor lawn games, and dog park. Make your way into the bustling wine town of McMinnville, where the Granary District is home to 10 wineries, breweries, tasting rooms, restaurants, and coffee roasters. Book a table for dinner at Thistle and partake in the “Chef’s Whim” menu, a multicourse dining experience for the adventurous.
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No need to head to Burgundy to bond over bottles of Pinot Noir – northwest Oregon is also known for producing the juicy reds. Of the more than 550 wineries in the region, many – including Stoller, Penner Ash, Et Fille, and Remy – are run by women. And since most are small, family-owned operations, you might just find the winemakers themselves leading your tour.
Bunk down at the extremely Instagrammable The Vintages Trailer Resort (starting at $115/night), where you and you crew get your own retrofitted retro camper.
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One of the largest Airstream hotels on this list, The Vintages Trailer Resort is home to 31 vintage trailers from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Found in Dayton, Oregon, The Vintages Trailer Resort does keep the integrity of the mid-century charm of each trailer, however, has included modern updates too like plush mattresses and soaking tubs. This trailer resort is found in Willamette Valley wine country where you can actually ride a cruiser back to explore the local sites, especially the vineyard that lies right next to the resort.
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The Vintages Trailer Resort, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, offers guests the complimentary use of cruiser bikes with each retro trailer rental. But on weekends from May through October the offbeat resort is offering guests the opportunity to go wine tasting by helicopter. The Tour DeVine by Heli package ($1,200 for two, in addition to trailer rental) includes a sparkling wine send-off on The Vintages’ patio, lunch and visits to three wineries, via helicopter.
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Located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, The Vintages Trailer Resort is made up of a collection of retro camping trailers that sits within the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park. Many of the 33 trailers are well-suited for small families: Check out the 1957 Airstream Sovereign, done up in midcentury-modern style and offering a queen bed and sleeper sofa, or the 1969 Airstream Overlander with a beachy white interior, full-size bed, and bench that converts into a sleeping spot for one child.
Each trailer has a private bathroom with toilet (some also have showers, and there are additional bathroom facilities onsite with showers), refrigerator, microwave, and an outdoor area with Adirondack chairs, an umbrella, and grill. Families can add on the Little Campfire Kit package, which includes a S’mores kit from local company Nineteen27 S’mores and a bottle of the Vintages Pinot Noir for mom and dad. There’s also a pool at the resort (open during summer only), and each trailer comes with two cruiser bikes for riding around the property and into the neighboring town of Dayton.
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Meet Susan and Tim, the Newberg couple who won our Share Your Love Story contest! They’ll get to spend Valentine’s Day a the Vintages Trailer Resort, and go wine tasting at Adelsheim Vineyard.
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Vintage travel trailers are all the rage these days. If you’ve ever thought about trying one, without actually buying one, check this out. In this week’s Destination Oregon, Dave Jones takes us to Dayton, in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country, where you can stay in a vintage travel trailer at The Vintages Trailer Resort, instead of a motel room. It’s glamping, retro-style!
A special thanks to our Destination Oregon sponsor, Bi-Mart, for giving us the time and resources to take you to some of our state’s most beautiful and interesting locations every Thursday night on Central Oregon Daily.
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Dayton — In this agricultural heartland, unique options abound: Visitors can stay at a vineyard at Wine Country Farm or Stoller Family Estate, or in a retro airstream trailer at The Vintages Trailer Resort. Known for an exceptional wine-focused menu, The Joel Palmer House Restaurant incorporates wild-foraged ingredients by James Beard Award-winning chef Jack Czarnecki and his team. The restaurant loves to spotlight the valley’s famous black truffles in the winter in and around the Oregon Truffle Festival (Feb. 15-17, 2019), with ticketed events open to the public in Newberg, McMinnville and Eugene.
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Located on a secluded road in Oregon’s wine country, The Vintages Trailer Resort features 33 refurbished and uniquely decorated Shasta and Airstream trailers. An off-the-grid getaway designed to allow guests to recharge and rejuvenate, stays here are tailored to allow for wine tasting, dining, and exploration. Amenities include gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee, luxe terry cloth robes and fine hotel-quality linens. Beautiful views of neighboring vineyards are an added bonus. The property also offers a pool, fire pit, and cruiser bikes for guest use. Prices vary, but a trailer for two adults in February starts at about $208 per night.
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Set right off one of the main highways through the Oregon wine country, The Vintages has rows of shiny, refurbished ’50s and ’60s travel trailers that appear as if from nowhere, much like a movie set or some sort of a bizarre portal into the past. It’s also adjacent to a more modern RV park, which makes the lineup of old-school Airstreams and Shastas seem all the more surprising. It looks like a pop-up party you want to be part of, especially when you see the property’s festive glow of string lights. Anyone who has ever fantasized about owning a retro Airstream or an adorably outfitted travel trailer will get their fix at The Vintages; it’s all the charm with none of the hassles of maintenance. The very definition of cozy and quaint, they improve your mood just by looking at them—it’s truly impossible to be in a bad mood when you’re staying in one of these snug little throwbacks.
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The Vintages Trailer Resort in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has 33 trailers in 21 different styles: During the holiday the location offers two $50 holiday add-on packages. One includes candy cane lawn decorations and a champagne cocktail kit; the other is a campfire-themed package that includes a S’mores kit, Moonstruck gourmet hot cocoa, a bottle of the signature The Vintages Pinot Noir, and a “Little Red Campfire” fire pit.
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With a name that makes reference both to the region’s wineries as well as the midcentury caravans, The Vintages gives guests a chance to experience retro travel without having to negotiate life on the road. Located in the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park, The Vintages groups its immaculately restored accommodations in a small village that makes you feel like you are stepping back in time. And although the retro vibe is strong, it is more Instagram bait than kitsch nightmare. The mattresses are plush. The linens are fine hotel quality. Even the coffee is of the gourmet pour-over variety. And all of the trailers have a small patio area outside with a grill, a table, chairs, and an umbrella — so you have room to cook and chill outside if you want. To continue in an out of doors vein, borrow a few of the property’s cruisers and go for a ride or take a swim in the pool.
The interior designs really are appealing here, and each is unique. They aren’t themed as much as they are well styled. So be sure to bring a camera if you choose to stay here and maybe a vintage prop or costume.
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Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley is the quintessential Pacific Northwest glamping experience known as The Vintages Trailer Resort. From pink lawn flamingos to s’mores with gooey, roasted marshmallows, they’ve taken vintage nostalgia to a whole new, wine-infused level.
Featuring 33 fully restored and new custom fabricated trailers, the resort is sure to have something for everyone. Their flagship, 1954 Anderson trailer has a beautiful teal exterior and warm wood interior, contrasted by all-white original appliances, like a Crosley fridge and AB Aristocrat oven. Complete with a living room, kitchen, full bath, and separate bedroom, it’s spacious with lots of charm.
Just a short walk down Pinot Lane you can find one of their Neutron Couple’s trailers, the perfect blend of vintage inspiration and modern flair. From the outside, it has an inconspicuous silver design, but guests can be pleasantly surprised to find a large soaking tub inside this cozier layout, making it ideal for romantic and relaxing getaways alike.
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If you are seeking a truly unique getaway, these quirky, cool and just plain weird hotels in every state guarantee a memorable stay.
Vintages Trailer Resort in Oregon’s Willamette Valley features 31 vintage and retro-inspired trailers (think Airstreams and Shastas). Not only is The Vintages less than five miles from more than 20 fabulous wineries, but the park also offers endless amounts to do including outdoor lawn games, a newly renovated pool and breathtaking views of the neighboring vineyards. Cruiser bikes are parked outside of each trailer, offering easy transportation to the neighboring town of Dayton.
To read the full article, click here: https://www.orbitz.com/blog/2018/07/the-most-unique-hotel-in-all-50-states/
To tour some of the region’s top wineries, try riding the NW Wine Shuttle, the area’s first hop-on, hop-off wine bus. A group of shuttles makes stops at 13 wineries in the Dundee Hills area every 30 minutes. The shuttles pick up riders in McMinnville, in Dundee, at The Vintages Trailer Resort, and even in Portland.
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At this Willamette Valley park, each wheeled abode is different — a 1963 Airstream Overlander and a 1948 Westwood are two of the 31 options. Amenities include pour-over coffee, terrycloth robes, hotel-quality linens, and cruiser bikes to take you over the bridge to downtown Dayton. At night, trade ghost stories over The Little Campfire Kit, a grown-up summer camp perk with artisanal s’mores ingredients and a bottle of Pinot Noir.
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The vintage trailer trend is becoming more accurately defined as a movement. Its contagious ability to evoke nostalgia seems to satisfy a yearning for simpler times in an accelerated world.
Spawned predominantly by women, retro campers have been the ladies’ answer to their husband’s hot rods at car shows, a fancy bed in the great outdoors on weekend getaways, an approachable fixer-upper project and even a mobile shop to peddle their wares.
Curious about what life is a vintage trailer is like? Spend a few nights in one at The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton, Oregon, in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. Book at the-vintages.com.
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A vintage trailer park hotel? Yes please!
At The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton, Oregon, guests stay in one of 31 refurbished trailers (think vintage Airstream) and while you’re there, settle in for lawn games, dips in the pool or hot tubs, or just go for a cruiser bike ride around the vineyards nearby. Here are some of the best value hotels in America.
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In 1996, Outside contributor Christian DeBenedetti scored a prestigious fellowship to study beer, traveling through Europe and Africa as part of his research. He channeled everything he learned into his brewery, Wolves and People, which opened in May 2016 in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. DeBenedetti’s creations take advantage of the surrounding agricultural bounty, incorporating hazelnuts and wild yeast from his family’s farm in addition to locally grown white truffles and golden raspberries. Best of all, the brewery is only about 65 miles from the coast, making it a worthy stop between clam chowder missions.
Stay in a refurbished 1957 Airstream at the Vintages Trailer Resort, in Dayton, where cruiser bikes come standard ($95; the-vintages.com). Cap your ride at the brewery and enjoy a crisp saison in the beer garden, which is festooned with patio lights.
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Even pups need getaways (chasing stuff all day is tough work), and if they could talk, they’d probably say they want to go to The Vintages, where they get their very own pawesome package and plenty of outdoor space to run around to their heart’s content. This add-on features a fun plush toy and signature Vintages tennis ball to keep them occupied while you sip trailer-side on some wine. We’ve also remembered the necessities: dog bowls? – check, waste bags? – check, yummy treats? – yup, check! All you and your furry friend have to do is stay & play, we’ll take care of the rest.
This package comes complete with:
- A vintage-inspired plush dog toy
- Signature Vintages tennis ball
- Water and food bowls for use during stay
- Yummy treats
- Waste bags
This package is included when you choose the Pet Cleaning Fee ($75) add-on when you book online.
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If you have time, continue farther south on Interstate 5 and peel off at Exit 263. Meander on sleepy two-lane roads through a land of hop farms and hazelnut orchards to catch the hardworking little nine-car Wheatland Ferry, which battles sometimes-fierce currents to make a 2-minute, 580-foot crossing of the Willamette River.
From there, drive north 15 minutes to The Vintages Trailer Resort, centrally located in wine country, for a fun lodging experience in one of more than 30 classic travel trailers from the 1940s to 1960s.
That’s what my wife and I did on a recent visit, and it added novelty and old-school charm to the basic idyllic long-weekend getaway: exploring the hills and dales of wine districts from Yamhill-Carlton to Dundee Hills while sampling some of the planet’s best pinot noir.
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Tiny houses are so last decade. Glamping is so last year. But retro charm? That’s always in style. And deep in Oregon wine country, all three collide at The Vintages. The trailer resort in Dayton offers 31 refurbished vintage trailers from the 1940s to the 1960s.
“This is going to give you some nostalgia feel,” said Anthony Straight, the resort’s office manager. “Especially if you traveled with your parents back in the late ’50s or early ’60s, when they had their own Airstream or Shasta trailer.”
But the nostalgia goes only so far: All the trailers have WiFi and modern amenities, “so you’re not going to be roughing it, really,” said Straight.
Popular for couples and “BFF getaways,” each trailer sleeps one to three people and includes a pair of cruiser bikes. On-site amenities include a general store, clubhouse and seasonal pool. Several of the trailers are designated pet-friendly if you want to bring along Fido. Along with an extra fee, you’ll get pet treats, toys, disposal bags and doggy chardonnay (chicken broth with beets added for color).
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Rocio and I got the chance to go glamping at The Vintages in Dayton, OR. You guys, this vintage trailer resort is the CUTEST glamping spot. We had so much fun getting dressed up in vintage inspired outfits (of course), hanging out in our trailer, and riding cruiser bikes. The Vintages are about an hour from our home in Portland so it was the perfect weekend getaway! Rocio and I both love photography and videography so we took advantage of the cute surroundings. I’m so excited to share these photos with you!
We stayed in “the Duchess”, which was the perfect size for the two of us! Some of the trailers were left with original interiors while others like the Duchess, have been remodeled to look mid century modern. I love mid century modern so I was literally swooning over our little trailer the whole time! I loved the greige, orange, and white color palette. The interiors were simple, classic, and easy on the eyes. Our trailer had a dining area, kitchen, a separate bathroom with a shower, and plenty of storage. Everything you could possibly want! The bed was also super cozy with soft sheets, blankets, and a good mattress. Super important of course, because your girl loves her sleep ????
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Oregon’s Willamette Valley was long on varietals, but it was short on variety in its lodgings. So the oenophile creators of The Vintages played up another type of vintage—the retro kind. Each of the 18 trailers has its own theme, like the 1947 Spartan Manor that draws inspiration from Native American Pendelton and Southwestern aesthetic; and the 1954 Anderson with near original features, including countertops, flooring, and appliances.
These are hardly Spartan accommodations (yes, that was a trailer pun); they have all the amenities that would appeal to wine travelers like gourmet pour-over coffee, luxurious terrycloth robes, and wine openers for tasting sessions. This trailer park hotel keeps wine country close; it overlooks vineyards and provides cruiser bikes to head into Dayton, the nearest town and gateway to local vineyards.
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These chic vintage trailer parks are everything and you’ll want to book a stay at every one of them.
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.
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With any luck, you scored a beautifully restored vintage trailer at The Vintages in Dayton.
Start the day with a bucolic drive down Highway 221 towards Salem, where you can enjoy locally roasted joe at The Governor’s Cup and stroll the nearby state capitol grounds with a fresh pastry. backtrack a few miles to a bend in the Willametter River and scenic tastings at neighboring Evensham Wood and Redhawk Vineyard. From there, the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA beckons, with celebrated vintages of pinot noir at the likes of Criston Vineyards and St. Innocent Winery. For a unique side trip, seek out the Wheatland Ferry, a throwback cable ferry that crosses the Willamette to Willamette Mission State Park, a historic spot for a lazy river stroll.
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Tired of hotel rooms and tents but want to take a trip to the Willamette Valley? A special resort in Dayton provides a way to get away and travel back in time. The Vintages Trailer Resort features 31 pristinely preserved trailers from the late 1940s to mid 1960s.
Like no trailer park you’ve probably seen before, The Vintages make camping glam – also known as glamping. The dozens of trailers include original pieces like design elements and working appliances as well as modern amenities, like TVs and heat. One trailer includes an extra-large soaker tub. If you’d like to learn more about the charming camping option, visit The-Vintages.com.
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Go glamping back in time at The Vintages Trailer Resort. These 1950’s trailers will give you a serious dose nostalgia, and they’re so inexpensive you can use all that extra cash on cases of wine. The resort is centrally located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, halfway between Dundee and Historic Downtown McMinville. The trailers are grouped together in their own neighborhood within the fourteen-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park.
You’ll get all the amenities you’d get in a hotel: housekeeping, high thread count linens, luscious terry-cloth robes, and a pool. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a hotel that provides you with a propane grill, hip cruiser bikes, and the ultimate Instagram-worthy stay. Rates start around $115 per night.
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You probably don’t want to invest in a vintage Airstream, just for the sake of winter camping. So why not rent one? The growing popularity of tiny living and minimalism has spurred lots of rental opportunities for trailers, RV’s, and vans.
The Vintages in Dayton, Oregon are a fun option for “glamping” in Oregon’s wine country. The vintage Airstreams each rock their own unique style with decade-appropriate and undeniably adorable interiors. The trailers are heated, and a few of them are even dog-friendly! Of course, you’re not limited to Oregon. A quick Google search will show you plenty of opportunities to rent all kinds of mobile homes in destinations across the country.
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Wineries and Vintage Trailers
Willamette Valley wineries were up next on the trip. Home to more than 500 wineries, the Willamette Valley is known for its world-class Pinot noirs. We decided to try something different and stayed in a refurbished vintage trailer at The Vintages Trailer Resort, located in the middle of Oregon’s wine country. I couldn’t wait to relive some of my childhood memories of times spent in my parent’s blue and white Bee Line camper. Check-in was a breeze and the folks at the front desk were super friendly, but the real fun came when we stepped into our immaculate camper. At the day’s end, we kicked back in our camper’s lawn chairs and mapped out the wineries we wanted to tour.
Up early the next day, we tooled around back roads, visited tasting rooms ranging from contemporary to rustic, and enjoyed many superb wines. Luckily, my husband volunteered to be the designated driver!
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Standing among the fir trees in Dayton’s Courthouse Square Park, you wouldn’t guess you’re in the center of the North Willamette Valley’s wine universe. This tiny farm town (pop. 2,636) a mile off 99-W is just minutes from the plush tasting rooms of Carlton, McMinnville, and Dundee. Here, all that feels ages away.
Food/Lodging in Dayton
Fuel up with cinnamon roll pancakes at The Block House Café, housed in a 130-year-old former church.
Post-ride, splurge on a five-course dinner at the 21-year-old Joel Palmer House, run by a few generations of truffle-foraging chefs, or dig into a wagyu beef burger a few blocks away at The Barlow Room, a chic bar from the same owners.
For a quirky overnight stay, The Vintages Trailer Resort offers 31 immaculately restored 1940s–60s trailers. $95–130/night
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The Vintages Trailer Resort is the perfect place for a fun and unique Oregon getaway. Open year round, The Vintages is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley wine country, so it’s also the perfect place to stay when you’re wine tasting. It’s about an hour away from Portland between Dundee and McMinnville, so it’s an easy and accessible getaway. More than just a few airstreams, the Vintages include other quintessential mid-century names such as the Shasta, Kit Chateau, and Ideal. Their website offers specific historical information for each type of trailer. Most trailers are original, but a few are reissues (aka new trailers that look vintage). More than that, the trailers all come equipped with locally roasted pour over coffee, two bikes to ride around wine country, and an outdoor grill to BBQ. There is a pool and hot tub onsite, as well as a nicely stocked general store where you can grab locally sourced treats and, of course, a bottle of Oregon wine to sip.
The Vintages offers such a unique experience for lodging in wine country. Even if you don’t drink wine, this is still a great place to getaway for a few nights. It’s family friendly, and even dog friendly (just be sure to check their dog policy before booking). I’m a huge fan of vintage, but I also love modern conveniences. Here you can have the best of both, and do it in style.
To read the full article, visit http://www.lavieencolor.com/the-vintages-trailer-resort/.
I love the idea of camping. I love being out in nature and have become an avid hiker whenever my destination permits. But at the end of the day, I crave the comforts of home. For those wanting to just dip their toe into the camping end of the pool, might I suggest a trailer park? Hear me out. These accommodations have come a looooong way in recent years, with a few visionary hoteliers creating trailer park experiences that are as practical as they are delightful. It’s cleaner than camping, with access to electricity and a bathroom.
Here are the best glamping experiences in America.
The Vintages – Willamette, OR
There are lots of reasons to visit the Willamette Valley. It’s the heart of Oregon’s wine country, close to Portland, and offers lots of incredible hiking, biking, kayaking and more. If you’re looking for something extra special, book a few nights at the Vintages Trailer Resort.
Centrally located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the Vintages offers retro trailer accommodations on a 14-acre park. These trailers (some dating back to the 1940s) have been meticulously restored and outfitted with luxurious modern amenities, like pour-over Caravan Coffee, luxurious terrycloth robes, comfortable mattresses and fine hotel-quality linens. Most trailers include a private toilet, and many include showers, too (if not, there’s a lovely clubhouse and fitness center, complete with showers and restrooms).
Other offerings include propane grills, a pool & hot tub, outdoor lawn games, and a nearby dog park. The Vintages also provide cruiser bikes you can pedal over the bridge to the neighboring town of Dayton, a gateway to many of the local vineyards.
To read the full article, visit https://samantha-brown.com/uncategorized/best-glamping-experiences-in-america/.
We’re calling it now: 2017 will be the Year of the RV (though really, isn’t every year?). So it should come as no surprise that ever-hip Oregon has a one-of-a-kind resort setup that consists of — you guessed it — refurbished and funkily-decorated vintage trailers, 31 to be exact. In the heart of Willamette Valley’s wine country make this vacation all about living simply. Laze in your truck’s swanky terrycloth robe, de-stress in a hot tub (parked right outside your temporary home), or hop on your cruiser bike (again, conveniently parked right outside your home). Sure, things may get a little quiet without the kids or besties around, but you’ll have a hard time finding a more magical spot along the vineyards to indulge in some internal TLC than these (parked) homes on wheels.
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Yes, you can travel back in time… in a very hip way at The Vintages Trailer Resort. Thirty-one vintage campers make up a spotless trailer village in Dayton, Oregon. I recently toured the resort and peeked into 20 of these cozy beauties.
Dayton is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, known for amazing Pinot Noir and rolling agricultural lands. The historic town of 2,200 is just off Hwy 18 between McMinnville and Newberg, 24 miles from Salem, the state Capitol, and 34 miles southwest of Portland. Getting there, a lovely drive by fields of hops and vineyards, will put you in the mood for your retro Oregon stay.
The trailers are grouped in their own ‘neighborhood’ within the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park just off SE Kreder Road. When you arrive, you’ll notice that the colorful 40’s and 50’s trailers are all different. Each has two vintage bikes parked in front and a concrete pad for your car. At night, people sit outside on retro patio chairs where they can enjoy a glass of wine (the Vintages has their own label) and watch the sunset. The evening we visited, we were treated to a sky full of pink and orange clouds. After sunset, little lights strung in the trees came on, creating a magical atmosphere.
And when you’re ready to go inside on of these little campers, you’ll find conveniences like a refrigerator, microwave, Wi-Fi, plush towels, kitchenware and upscale toiletries. And you’ll smile at the creative touches… a lava lamp in one trailer, retro camping books in another.
Each trailer is a work of art. The most common descriptor you’ll hear is, “Cute!”
Most of the trailers have been restored by Bend, Oregon, trailer renovator FlyteCamp. The artisans retained as much of the original interiors as possible (mostly wood) while adding modern conveniences such as A/C and small flat-screen TVs.
Here’s an example of a camper trailer that any outdoorsy person would fall in love with. Enter the 1951 M-System Special Deluxe, a shiny red and white camper with a wooden screen door. The red plaid curtains and refinished pine interior are complimented by birch tree designs and rustic woven pillows. In the back is a comfy queen-sized bed where you can snuggle up surrounded by curved pine paneling.
Not an outdoorsy type? The 1958 Ideal has aqua detailing and light and bright pastel curtains. The cabinetry is white and the “cute” appliances are pink!
You can hang out in the trailer village expecting Beaver and the Cleaver Family to drive up at any minute or go shopping for charcuterie at the Willamette Wine Country General Store. Check out the pool and hot tub or relive your childhood playing lawn games.
To view the full article, visit http://www.realfoodtraveler.com/2016/11/vintage-camper-stay-in-oregon-wine-country/.
Dayton, a 30-minute drive north into Yamhill County, lies in the center of Oregon wine country. Visitors can bike to award-winning vineyards and sip flights at casual tasting rooms. Still, Dayton’s charm has much more to do with its 1950s slow-moving attitude.
“Dayton is the little town that time didn’t touch,” says Therese Straight, general manager of The Vintages boutique trailer resort. The local ice cream shop displays vintage knickknacks, and out-of-towners stay in 1950s-style Airstream trailers. Quaint comes naturally to this town of 2,000, but its gems are worth a weekend getaway.
Where to Stay: The Vintages
One mile from the center of Dayton, The Vintages Trailer Resort blends the charm of the small town with modern amenities. Visitors looking for a cozy place to lay their head with a dose of retro feel should look no further.
Each of the property’s 31 trailers are uniquely decorated, from the birch veneer interior of the 1953 Vagabond M31 to the Pendelton-inspired aesthetic of the 1947 Spartan Manor. Guests will also find microwaves and refrigerators, air conditioning and portable heaters, flat screen televisions and high speed internet. For those looking for a caffeine fix, there’s a pour over coffee system and beans from Newberg-based Caravan Coffee in each unit.
While a number of the trailers are newly built in a vintage style, a majority of the units are originals that have been restored to their former glory. The 1958 Ideal still contains the original countertops and stove, both of which come in a pale pink color that was used as inspiration for the cheery pink and teal décor throughout the small space.
“We have people in their 70s that used to camp with their families when they were young, and it’s fun for them to revisit that childhood memory,” said Straight. “But then we also have the younger crowd that just thinks this is a really fun thing to do.”
Two’s company at The Vintages, where most trailers comfortably sleep two adults. Larger units like the 1954 Anderson could fit three adults or a family of four, with two younger children sharing a convertible sofa bed, but the space could feel cramped. Thankfully, each unit has its own patio area to add to the small square footage of the trailer. Two chairs and a small barbecue are also provided. After dark, twinkling canopy lights illuminate the trees that line the property and reflect off the shiny aluminum that coats the exterior of many of the resort’s trailers.
While there are plenty of nearby wineries to drive to, guests will also find two cruiser bicycles outside their door. At the end of the property, there is a quiet footpath from the resort to the heart of Dayton. It’s about a 15- minute ride through the trees and over a bridge across the Yamhill River to Dayton’s Courthouse Square Park.
To read the full article, visit http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/life/2016/11/04/dayton-tank-away-vacation-wine-country/93129376/.
The Willamette Valley is replete with the stuff that wine and foodie dreams are made of. When the stars come out and a soft pillow calls your name, what could be more welcoming than a neighborhood of vintage trailers authentic enough to make you pinch yourself?
The Vintages opened in the heart of the valley in July 2014 and, in just three seasons, has grown from five to 31 retro campers.
Bend-based trailer renovator FlyteCamp has meticulously restored the majority of the trailers, keeping as much of the original interior as possible while adding modern conveniences such as air conditioning, flat-screen TVs and individual high speed internet.
From mini propane barbecues to vintage-style patio furniture and the use of two vintage bikes per trailer, The Vintages prove that plush can be a good bedfellow to a bygone era, with robes, high-end linens, towels and toiletries awaiting every guest. The Willamette Wine Country General Store is conveniently located onsite for anything else you might need. Chock-full of award-winning Willamette Valley wines, salty snacks, sweets, charcuterie and a fabulous selection of books on glamping, teardrop trailers and the like, there may be no reason to leave.
But, if you do feel like exploring, you don’t have to travel far and you can leave your motorized horse and buggy tied up at the trailer. Less than a half mile walk — via a foot bridge over the Yamhill River — takes you to downtown Dayton which general manager Therese Straight affectionately describes as a “Mayberry town.”
To read the rest of the article, visit http://www.sipnorthwest.com/step-back-time-vintages/
Ever dream about hitching up the Airstream and hitting the road? Well then, have we got a meeting destination for you. Located in the heart of Oregon wine country, The Vintages Trailer Resort is an unusual and quirky retreat venue that offers RV camping with a twist. Set on 14 acres, the park features 31 trailers, each equipped with full kitchenettes, propane grills, gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee, luxurious robes, comfy mattresses, private baths (two with a soaker tub) and hotel-quality linens.
The resort recently celebrated the opening of its new gathering space, The Club House. Designed by Nicole Assil of TwoZeroOne Studio, the space features vibrant colors, retro accents and wood details for a Northwest feel. The 1,000-square-foot space accommodates groups of up to 35 and features large tables for conferences and dinners, a full kitchen with high-speed wireless Internet, a 65-inch 4K-resolution TV and power-docking station. There is also a patio with tables and extra seating to enjoy the views of the surrounding vineyards. For post-meeting fun, the resort offers cruiser bikes for touring the area.
Become a Wine Snob at a Retro Trailer Resort
The Vintages Trailer Resort (Dayton, OR)
If you’re looking for a unique, low-key way to drink barrels of wine in Oregon’s famed wine country, book one of the Vintages Trailer Resort’s awesome vintage airstreams and explore more than 110 wineries within 35 miles of the resort. The trailers have all been updated and outfitted with ultra-chic, mid-century furniture—and a few of them even have soaking tubs big enough for you and your honey. Show up and enjoy your complimentary truffles, local sparkling wine, and roses.
First in the running:
Dayton is a pretty small town, but does have a few nearby races to its credit. The Dayton Fiesta Run in September and the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon just north of town (starting at Stoller Estates) in August. While the resort is a little bit segregated from the actual town, my wife and I took a morning run and found easy access into town for a quick and easy little run. Starting from the resort, head west on the unpaved Kreder Road and down to Alderman Park. There is a small and cute little bridge that spits runners out onto Ferry Street. We continued down Ferry until the sidewalk ran out and we looped back after a little jaunt through a new neighborhood development. This route was right around 3 miles round trip, though there are plenty of options to loop through the city again or continue off into the quiet country roads (though be cautious as shoulders can be small in areas).
Now to the details to the experience itself:
The Vintages would be a perfect location for either of the above races, as well as for the Fueled by Fine Wine Half or even a race in McMinnville or Newberg. It is just off of Highway 18, and has easy on and off transit in either direction. The resort itself features a nice country shop, complete with local wines, beers, as well as handcrafted and local savouries. There are about 100 slots for RV’s (the Willamette Wine Country RV Park portion). There are sizes for families, as well as for couples – like the Neutron Couples one that we stayed in.
The outside of the trailer was great. It has that unique vintage RV feel, complete with two vintage bikes for exploring, as well as a patio with chairs, tables, and a grill. Inside is cozy, yet functional and well-kept. Our RV had a queen bed, complete with a good mattress and great sheets. There was also a sink, mini-fridge, microwave, and an amazing tub (maybe for two, but it would be a tight fit – which may be the whole point).
In addition, there is a portable space heater/fireplace to keep things warm (we learned the hard way that keeping turning it off overnight is not the best decision), as well as gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee in Newberg, and comfy robes. Wile there is a bathroom in the trailer, and you can utilize the extended handle in the bath to take a sit down shower, the robes came in handy when going over to the separate main bathrooms and shower area. There is also a hot tub and pool (though they are currently closed for the winter months).
Dogs are allowed (though perhaps not in all trailers). All-in-all, this was an amazing overnight location. My wife has her reservations going into the experience, but those were quickly gone and we were even thinking about bringing the kids next time! I don’t think you will be disappointed!
Check out their “Vintage Valentine” package, which is available throughout the month of February.
There are also other promotions throughout the year as well that you can purchase. Like I said earlier, if you are planning on running any of the races nearby, please get to making a reservation right now!
Cost: Each trailer differs in cost, but hover around $120 – $135 a night.
For President’s weekend and I am heading south to Oregon. I have been dying to stay at the retro Vintages Trailer Resort. You have to check it out! They have 19 vintage trailers that have been restored and each are a little different. Some have a private bathroom and others share common bathroom/shower facilities on the property. The Vintages is located in the middle of the Oregon Wine Country.
I booked the 1951 M-System Special Deluxe and loved reading about the history of my trailer.
Not a lot is known regarding the origins of M-System Manufacturing Company other than the early “coach-style” models are extremely rare. They started operations in 1935 and built trailers through the 60’s. Early models, such as our 1951 Special Deluxe, reflect many of the same characteristics as cars from this era.
The Vintages Trailer Resort recently bought a 1953, 31-foot Vagabond park model from Canned Ham Heroes to use in its growing business on the north edge of McMinnville.
“The woodwork in it is phenomenal,” says Therese Straight, manager of the park, which has 18 vintage and retro trailers it rents just like hotel rooms. The purchase is part of an expansion to 31 trailers this winter.
The blue art deco Vagabond features a separate bedroom and bath with tub, Straight said, but is being updated for their use to include air conditioning and a TV.
“The whole idea has been extremely popular and led to the expansion much sooner than we anticipated,” said James Piper, director of operations for Sima Management Group.
Canned Ham Heroes also offers this bit of advice to buyers: “You better be ready and willing to talk about your trailer because everywhere you stop people are going to want to ask you about it,” says Koch.
Koch, Lane and their four employees are still learning a lot about refurbishing trailers. But they see enough demand that the two eventually hope to turn their cabinet company over to their children and concentrate full time on trailer restoration. They have stopped buying trailers for a bit because they have a backlog of 25 trailers waiting for work.
“We could sell 10 trailers a month if we could build 10 a month,” Koch says. “It’s a good small business and we’re having fun with it.”
We hate to break it to you, but you’ve likely been traveling like a square, booking basic hotel rooms when you could be resting your head in a refurbished Airstream. We know what you’re thinking. Those giant aluminum Twinkies? Trust us. The iconic tow-behinds are stationed all over the world as chic, bookable rooms and they make for some incredible stays.
Don’t expect shag carpets and kitschy kitchenettes alongside double-wides. The new class of trailers are kitted out with luxuries that make them seem like modern suites (full tubs, private chefs). Yet, it’s often the exteriors that count most, as the very nature of the air stream makes them able to park in extreme, incredible landscapes, some of which would otherwise be inaccessible.
I caught a glimpse of this new-fashioned accommodation myself, dozing off in an Airstream where the view from my window framed Bolivia’s salt flats. Forget requesting a corner room — my Airstream, in its metallic splendor, had windows on all four sides, a 360-degree view that overlooked thousands of miles of immaculately white desert. No room service, but does it really matter?.
In case you’re inspired to lay your head in an unconventional Airstream, here are the best trailer-hotels around the world. Complimentary parking is always included.
The Vintages lands a spot at number 3:
Prefer your Airstream served with a steaming heaping of nostalgia? The 19 trailers at The Vintages in Dayton, Oregon were all restored by Flyte Camp, which specializes in pre-1965 trailer restorations. The revamped trailers, which range in style from mid-century modern to rustic chic, include contemporary indulgences like freshly ground pour-over coffee and a nearby hot tub.
For the full list, visit http://vanwinkles.com/airstream-trailer-hotels-around-the-world
Camping season doesn’t have to end with the rain, when you have a comfy trailer to go home to after a day touring Yamhill County wine country.
With not much public land, Yamhill County doesn’t have traditional campgrounds operated by Oregon State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service or some other public agency.
But it does have the Willamette Wine Country RV Park and, within the park, the Vintages Trailer Resort. And who wouldn’t want to camp in a campground where the names of the loops between sites include Chardonnay Lane, Zinfandel Avenue, Carbernet Boulevard and Syrah Way?
The campground is just east of the Oregon 99W/18 split off Oregon 18 between Dundee and McMinnville. That puts campers within range of a couple hundred wineries, the pleasures of Third Street in downtown McMinnville, the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum complex and a short bike ride to Dayton.
The Vintagers Trailer Resort features 17 classic camping trailers, each modeled to have modern amenities and two cruiser bicycles parked outside for renters’ use. The rest of the campground has conventional pull-through or back-in RV spaces, plus amenities that include a pool, hot tub, outdoor lawn games, laundry facility and a gathering room.
The vintage trailers are renovated by Flyte Camp of Bend, a full-service shop that specializes in pre-1965 camping trailer renovations. Some of the trailers at the resort are new, vintage-inspired models.
The trailers has been available since last year and have become quite popular.
Manager Therese Straight said the goal is to fill all 32 spots on Pinot Loop with a vintage model. The would still leave more than 150 spaces for people who arrive with their own trailer or RV.
“We were super busy all last winter,” she said. “We want to be known as a fun place that’s open all year, a bit quirky but worth the visit.
Each vintage trailer is unique, but they have similar amenities, including an outdoor grill, propane stove inside, hotel quality linen on comfortable mattresses and terry cloth robes.
Various floor plans can accommodate kids and even the family dog, which might just enjoy the nearby dog park.
We love staying in unique places when we’re travelling, and our dream has always been to roadtrip with our very own Airsteam. But that requires a lot of gas (hello, gas prices), so instead we looked for a cool Airstream to stay in that we didn’t have to lug around. Except instead of one, we found 14.
The Vintages Trailer Resort is located in Oregon’s wine country of Willamette Valley, and it’s home to all those tasty pinot noirs. When you think wine country, you probably don’t think “trailer park,” but this is a really cool take on the trailer park concept. The “resort” is filled with 14 Airstreams that are gorgeously renovated, and it comes with an outdoor pool too!
Each trailer also has a propane grill, which we fired up for a tasty lunch (thank you Trader Joe’s!). Your trailer comes with all the essentials, like dishes, utensils, and a wine opener. How cute is this outdoor set up?!
It gets even cuter on the inside. We stayed in the Restored 1957 Airstream Sovereign and loved it! Nothing like waking up in an Airstream, putting on a comfy robe, and making yourself a gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee. We wouldn’t expect any less from Oregon.
The kitchen was surprisingly spacious, and it was so fun to create a family-style meal together. It kind of reminded us of our family road trips back in the day, except this time it was with our friends (and we could enjoy the wine).
This really is glamping at it’s finest, with air conditioning, fuzzy robes, and really nice linens all provided. Not to mention the hot tub onsite!
They also provide you with cute cruiser bikes, which you can bike into town to explore some wineries. Just no drinking and driving, please! If you’ve never used Airbnb before, you can take $20 off your stay using our code here. Hurray!
The best way to time travel in the Willamette Valley is at The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton, Oregon. Stocked with more than a dozen mid-century trailers, the park is a well-choreographed nod to the travel-hungry baby boomers that took summers by the scruff of the neck several generations ago.
While the glistening metallic units are cool in their own right, the details are just as eye-catching. Retro coffee mugs, campy silverware, vintage fold-out chairs and themed rooms set you down in time and place. Trailers come with cruiser bikes and spacious patio driveways, many of which are outfitted with gas grills.
WiFi access, built-in USB ports and flat-screen televisions are about the only modern amenities that really stand out. Most trailers are set up with air conditioning, microwaves and surprisingly roomy bathroom and shower combos. There is a community pool and general store, fit with local beers and wines, snacks, toiletries and complimentary coffee in the morning. On my visit, there was homemade coffee cake up for grabs as well.
I stayed in the Portland room, set in an Airstream Bambi trailer, a contemporary take on the company first release, “The Torpedo,” which debuted in 1931. It was spacious and well laid out, with Rose City accents like bike posters, a wooden patio mat, stump-themed pillows and a pour-over coffee station for greeting the day. A pair of robes hung in the in the closet and L-Occitane bath supplies rounded out the shower.
The hideaway features of trailer life are impressive, from buried sinks to sneaky pantries and sophisticated kitchen booths. These trailers aren’t going anywhere and are probably tricked out a bit more because of that, but it only benefits the tenants. These were anything but dark and stuffy units. In fact, the many windows, skylights and fluid shape of the trailer made the stay feel more like glamorous camping.
Per the location—the epicenter of Oregon wine country—there were corkscrews, wine glasses and a fridge for summertime cellaring. Countless wineries and restaurants are within a short drive, including—per the retro theme—The Eyrie Vineyards (established in 1965) and Nick’s Italian Cafe, which opened its doors to hungry wine tasters in 1977. The coast is less than an hour away, with countless fruit stands and berry farms en route. Those who don’t want to stray far can take the short trip to downtown Dayton, for drinks at The Barlow Room or an earthy dinner at the Joel Palmer House.
While back at the resort, step outside and enjoy the orderly vineyard rows stacked up on the nearby Dundee Hills or rolling Evergreen contour of the Coastal Range to the west. The crickets come out at night, as do the stars, so turn off the TV, crack an IPA and pretend you’re in the great outdoors, even if a relatively lavish trailer is only a few paces away.
Some of the country’s best pinot noir comes from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and right in the middle of it sits one of the most beautiful trailer parks we’ve ever seen.
The fleet of 15 trailers at The Vintages Trailer Resort spans nearly 70 years, with its oldest trailer being a beautiful, shimmering 1947 Spartan Manor. Each trailer comes with pour over coffee from Oregon’s Caravan Coffee, a propane grill and — because, obviously — a wine opener.
Enjoy all the connection to nature a trailer can provide without the hassle of hauling one yourself at The Vintages Trailer Resort. Surrounded by the picturesque wineries of Willamette Valley, this group of 15 trailers includes everything from a 1947 Spartan Manor to a 2015 Flyte Camp Neutron, providing plenty of options for both couples and families. No matter which you choose, you’ll have access to pour-over coffee from Caravan, hotel-quality linens, a propane grill with utensils, a pool, hot tub, a dog park for any furry companions, and outdoor lawn games.
The Vintages Trailer Resort, Willamette Valley, Oregon
The Vintages Trailer Resort in Oregon’s wine country has 12 retro trailers, all with vineyard views. Each includes its own driveway, lawn chairs, and propane grill. Inside, you’ll find hotel-worthy perks such as terry-cloth robes, comfy beds, and pour-over coffee from local roaster Caravan Coffee.
Airstream to Book
The 1947 Spartan Manor has cowhide rugs, western-themed furniture, and faux taxidermy hanging on the wall. (From $120 per night.)
Out and About
You’re ten miles to the put-in spots along the Willamette River Water Trail. Also, you’re within five miles of some of the Willamette Valley’s top wineries, including Stoller, Archery Summit, Domaine Drouhin, and Sokol Blosser. Ride complimentary cruiser bikes from winery to winery.
You can enjoy a vintage Oregon wine inside a vintage, cozy, trailer.
The Willamette Valley’s most unusual accommodations just may be the Vintages Trailer Resort, which has recently added three new but retro trailers.
The collection, which you’ll find in Dayton, about 35 miles southwest of Portland, now contains 17 trailers — the types that people pulled behind their cars in the mid-20th century. The oldest first hit the road in 1947.
Modern-day guests won’t find the accommodations nearly as spartan as they were 50 or 60 years ago. Each trailer has been renovated to include queen beds, modern kitchenettes and, with one exception, bathrooms with combination tub-showers.
The resort’s website, however, points out that for folks who want to enjoy a long shower with plenty of hot water “it’s likely worth taking a short stroll to our shower facilities.” Terrycloth bathrobes are provided.
The 1956 Santa Fe is the lone exception on the bathroom front; it does not have one. But it’s conveniently parked next to the brick-and-mortar restroom and shower building.
Among the classic trailers: a 1947 Spartan Manor, a 1951 M-System Special Deluxe and a 1954 Anderson 315-TB. Depending on style, they sleep two to four people.
The latest additions to the modern-day trailer park are three custom-built Neutron trailers. They feature classically shaped, shiny silver exteriors but with contemporary furnishings such as soaking tubs. The park also has a 2014 Airstream.
You can find 17 vintage trailers at the Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton, a good jumping-off point for touring wineries in the Willamette Valley. (Bryan Rupp)
Dayton makes a good hub from which to explore the region’s 300 wineries. They range from boutique wineries in downtown Dayton to sprawling estate vineyards in the rolling hills nearby.
Nightly stays start at $95, depending on the unit.
Simply put, this place is rad. The Vintages Trailer Resort is such a terrific idea; a community of restored vintage trailers set up like a friendly neighborhood. From the lawn chairs, to the grills and the group of bikes that comes with each Vintage Trailer rental, you immediately get a sense of community when you arrive on the property. Speaking of the property….there are approximately 20 wine-tasting vineyards within 15 miles from the resort. Top that with a nearby dog park, walking/biking trails and my favorite….the plush robes, you got yourself a pretty nifty getaway.
The Vintages is a trailer resort located in Dayton, among the rolling hills of Oregon’s wine country. Opened this July, the “hotel” is a collection of 8 retro trailers grouped into a compact neighborhood on the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park.
“We tried to bring in some aspects of a hotel: top quality amenities such as robes, nice beds, and sheets,” says park manager James Piper. “You get an idea of what it would have been like to stay in a trailer of the 1950s and 1960s—with the comfort and coziness of a hotel.”
How did the idea come about?
“We love Oregon. But lodging was always hard to find,” says Piper, a California-native who manages another property in Newport with his long-time associate, Janice Lesin. During one of their visits, Piper recalled a hotel-style trailer park in his hometown of Santa Barbara, a memory sparked the outlines of the idea in their minds.
“We started brainstorming on how we could offer alternative lodging that would appeal to the Portland crowd,” Piper explained in a later email. “It morphed from several ideas for cabins, to only Airstreams, and then after partnering with FlyteCamp in Bend, to a variety of trailers from the 50s and 60s.”
Curious, I booked a night’s stay at the Vintages this fall.
It was evening as I approached, but the character and quaint personality of the resort were still apparant in the gathering darkness. Each space had its own little driveway, lawn chairs, and BBQ, giving the trailers a homier, more welcoming aspect than a standard RV park.
I quickly found my room—The Oasis. Inside, I found a writer’s paradise. A small lamp hung from the ceiling over a rustic table with a bench on either side. It was easy to imagine a family sitting down to dinner there in the 1950s. I looked around to find coffee, a full bathroom, and kitchen, too. Resting on top of counter, near the sink, there was a glass tray with a hot pot, two red Vintages coffee mugs, and a white teapot (with a strainer built in as the lid). Rain began pattering down outside as my fingers glided effortlessly atop the smooth black keys of my MacBook. The Oasis’s space heater proved more than effective in defending the trailer from the subtly stinging cold of fall.
The Vintages is a can’t miss—the perfect getaway—that all writers, Oregonians, and couples should enjoy. As Piper had told me days before, “The Vintages is a really fun and different kind of experience all together. It’s an experience—one you’ll always remember.”
When visiting the heart of Willamette Valley Wine Country, you have your choice of lodging, from luxurious inns to RV parks. Now you have yet another option by bedding down in mid-century travel trailers. The Vintages (a clever nod to the region’s wines and the resort’s signature trailers) offers travelers a true retro experience that, if you’re of a certain age, just might be a throwback to childhood road trips. (Can you say, “Are we there yet?”).
When visiting the heart of Willamette Valley Wine Country, you have your choice of lodging, from luxurious inns to RV parks. Now you have yet another option by bedding down in midcentury travel trailers. The Vintages (a clever nod to the region’s wines and the resort’s signature trailers) offers travelers a true retro experience that, if you’re of a certain age, just might be a throwback to childhood road trips. (Can you say, “Are we there yet?”).
At The Vintages you can stay in one of eight trailers, from a 1947 Spartan Manor to the most recent model, a 1965 Avion. Although these trailers are stationary, when you check in, visions of The Long, Long Trailer, starring Lucy and Ricky, might race through your head.
Each vintage trailer is set up to maximize your wine country experience, and luxury amenities, such as terrycloth robes and fine linens, are thrown in for a little pampering. Cooks will have a great time firing up the propane stove and negotiating the compact kitchen space (stocked with all the cooking utensils and tableware you’ll need) just like the pioneering road-trip cooks of yesteryear.
The Vintages is located within the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park, midway between McMinnville and Dundee, Oregon. For reservations, go to the-vintages.com. For information about visiting Willamette Valley, go to oregonwinecountry.org.
Last weekend I was in vintage trailer heaven in Willamette Valley, Oregon. The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton, Oregon is one of the most genius ideas I have come across in awhile! They have restored these amazing vintage finds and added multiple options for trailers to stay in. From one of every…