The summer solstice has come and gone. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to plan your summer vacation. Whether you’re a tramper, a glamper, a road-tripper, or a rockstar on tour, here’s a retro modern way to scratch your travel itch in style.
Vintage Airstreams are popping up in the most stylish places. The iconic sausage-shaped aluminum-skinned trailers were first introduced in the 1930’s, when leisure travel was still considered a luxury. The company was the only one of 400 trailer builders operating in 1936 to survive the depression. If you’ve ever stayed in one, you understand their timeless appeal.
Popsugar.com recently featured three travel services that offer a unique Airstream experience. For $185/night, glampers can have the ultimate glamorous camping experience at a beautifully landscaped private campground in Big Sur, CA. Big Sur Getaway (www.bigsurgetaway.com) borders Andrew Molera State Park; you can hike scenic mountain trails, or walk along the shores of Pfeiffer Beach. There’s a pub, a yoga studio, and an outdoor pool just down the hill.
Santa Barbara Auto Camp (www.autocamp.com), located a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean in downtown Santa Barbara, has been operating continuously since 1922. This posh park marries classic Americana style and modern design to create an exceptional urban Airstream lodging experience. The spacious San Clemente model features all the amenities of home, including a modern kitchen with an electric induction stove top, marble-tiled walls in the bathroom, a spa tub with sprayer wand, hardwood flooring, air-conditioning, flat screen TV, wifi, and, yes there’s more…two beach cruiser bikes with lights and helmets!
Airstream 2 Go (www.airstream2go.com) let’s you takes your show on the road. You can rent a sparkling new Airstream and cruise the USA in style. Your itinerary, your timeline, your choice of two models that will be hooked up to a custom-matched Yukon Denali. Prices start at $3,850 for five days. For a little extra, their partner travel planners at Off the Beaten Path will prepare a customized, completely detailed journey.
If your travel plans include Europe and smart urban luxury is your thing, head to the Hotel Daniel (www.hoteldaniel.com) in Vienna, Austria. Their 1952 22-foot deluxe Silver Creek Clipper trailer, remodeled by luxury yacht designers, coddles you in comfort with designer linens, a flat screen TV, wifi, and a full size tub, situated with a view of their beautiful gardens.
If these options don’t inspire you to pack your bags and hit the road, maybe this quote from Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” will:
“Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ‘till we get there.
Where we going, man?
I don’t know but we gotta go.”
If you gotta go, why not go in style?