Offbeat Hotels and Vintage Vacation Spots For Retromaniacs
A roadside motel with a neon sign. A trailer park in the middle of nowhere, full of old-fashioned Airstreams and colorful campers. A recycled camping ground with teepees instead of tents. Where many travelers would've once kept driving past these relics in search of more modern lodgings, chic nomads of today make a point of seeking out such retro gems. What's the appeal? Unique, unusual, and a little bit trashy, a vintage motel or rental is more than just a place to stay – it's like a little time capsule that you can sleep in.
This special vintage edition dispatch will take you through some of the chicest properties in the Boutique Homes collection – and the first one is a trailer park.
El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas
What can be said about El Cosmico that will truly capture the essential coolness of this small hotel? Made up of five vintage 1950's trailers (that's the 1951 Kozy Coach pictured above), El Cosmico embodies both the roadside culture of the 20th century America and the creative legacy of Marfa, Texas. More than just a "trailer park", El Cosmico is a creative space that also hosts cooking and art seminars for guests throughout the year. Click here to view more pictures and learn details about El Cosmico.
Mojave Sands, Joshua Tree, California
A roadside motel in the classic tradition, Mojave Sands draws in desert wanderers with its retro neon sign and puts them up in one of five impeccably styled rooms, furnished with handmade furniture and old-school touches like typewriters and record players. The motel is located within minutes to the entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, as well as the Joshua Tree Bar and Grill. Road food! Click here to see more pictures and read more details about the Mojave Sands Motel. Click here to see more pictures and read details about Mojave Sands.
Big Sur Getaway, Big Sur California
This is a stand-alone 1970's Avion trailer located just off Highway 1 in Big Sur. Though it's only an economical 28' long, the trailer has everything a couple needs to have a chic and comfortable stay. Like all retro trailers, this one was made for life on the road so it has a full kitchen and a dinette that folds out into a queen sized bed. Modern touches include a full bathroom with bathtub. The interior embraces the 70's design with colorful patterns throughout. Click here to see more pictures and read details about the Big Sur Getaway.
Main Image Credit: Marc Evans