Life Style Linens

23 Mar 19
Suzy Stories

A common questions when travelling to this Moroccan city, is what to wear in Marrakech. This bustling city is a hub of life and one of Morocco’s best spots for tourism, however, there are still cultural norms to be aware of on your visit. Here are a few tips on what to pack for your […]

23 Mar 19
CL Designs

Renewing your space for spring is beneficial at whatever point in this time of year that feels right for you! I find that starting at about the first thaw allows for the most enjoyment of what the season has to offer, but I suggest going at a pace that accounts for the chilly remnants of […]

23 Mar 19
Twin Cities
“You’ll know yours by the shine,” said Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court manager Brad Hardy. He was escorting me to my home for the night, a 1955 Airstream. Even though it was built during the Eisenhower era, its polished aluminum exterior gleamed like it had rolled off the factory floor yesterday. The Airstream was the only model of its kind in a fleet of 10 travel trailers, all dating from 1947 to 1959 and nested under trees and beside tiki statues at the Bisbee, Ariz., resort. Yet even the less iconic trailers were so meticulously renovated, I half expected Frank Sinatra to pull up in a Cadillac and ask me to join him for an egg cream in the Shady Dell’s 1950s-style diner. My overnight stay was the second of two visits to vintage travel trailer resorts, a road-trip sampling of destinations that feature restored Airstreams and other trailers. They cater to people who are captivated by quirky chic or midcentury design, want to reminisce about bygone Americana or crave a nomadic lifestyle but don’t have the budget or space for their own RV. In a recent informal tally, I counted nearly 20 retro resorts in nine states from California to Tennessee, with more on the way. Some are rustic, with basic amenities, offbeat themes and kitschy art. Other higher-end retreats provide flat-panel TVs and luxury mattresses, linens and toiletries. Many offer communal spaces: wine bars, pools, bathhouses, fire pits and lawn games. At the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort in Seaview, Wash., a dining table is situated on the other side of the kitchen, as seen from an Airstream’s sleeping area and bathroom. (Photo for The Washington Post by Erin E. Williams) The first resort I visited is in coastal Seaview, Wash. The Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort boasts 25 trailers, from a compact Shasta that sleeps one to the African Queen, a tri-level colossus that sleeps eight. The resort also offers cabins, lodge suites, campsites and bring-your-own RV hookups across its 3-acre grounds. During our trip to the Sou’wester last spring, my husband, Andrew, and I stayed in a 1950s Airstream that reminded me of a metal cocoon. Our friends Margo and Tom joined us with their RV and six rescued Chihuahuas. Our trailer packed two twin beds, a kitchen, dining table and chairs, half-bathroom and personality into its 30-foot length. A vibrant orange ceiling, walls and floor enveloped the living area, and flower-flecked curtains framed its windows. An original stove promised convenient meal preparation, and wooden cabinets provided more storage than we needed. It felt spacious and supremely livable. The Sou’wester makes it spectacularly difficult to decide what to do. A tiny blue trailer named the Q-Tea holds an organic teahouse. Wellness activities include meditation, yoga and lectures. Massage and quarterly art exhibitions are available in two trailers. Guests can take art classes including writing workshops, waltz and embroidery. The Sou’wester has even hosted more than 500 artists-in-residence through a nonprofit organization that administers its arts, music and wellness programs. “We’re more than a hotel,” said Thandi Rosenbaum, who has owned the resort for seven years. “Our heart and soul is the quirkiness of the trailers and the other lodging, but our arts and wellness programs infuse life into what we’re doing.” We surveyed the shelves inside the Sou’wester’s honor-system thrift store, which was housed in a creamy white 1960s Kenskill trailer with panoramic windows, before hitting the clothing-optional Finnish sauna. We opted for swimsuits — a wise choice, as similarly clad guests sat shoulder to shoulder inside the steamy cedar building. On the lodge’s wraparound porch, we browsed another store that offers local art, handmade goods and groceries. We stocked up on treats and hosted a little dinner party for Margo, Tom and the dogs. Afterward, we headed back to the lodge, where the Sou’wester hosts live music most Saturday nights. The four of us squeezed into the room where Lenore, a band based in Portland, Ore., was playing. We stayed for a few songs before snuggling into our respective pods, dry and warm during a nighttime squall. Like other vintage trailer resorts, the Sou’wester is a prime base for outdoor exploration. With dogs in tow, we walked a couple blocks until we popped over Pacific coastal dunes onto a 28-mile stretch of sand that flanks Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. The dogs ran until they were so tired, we had to carry armfuls of zonked Chihuahuas back to our trailers and regretfully pack up. My reluctance to pry myself out of the Airstream isn’t uncommon. The Sou’wester is meeting growing demand by rolling out two new additions, a 1969 Silver Streak Continental and a 43-foot-long Bluebird bus with a cedar-clad sunken tub. About 15 additional trailers await makeovers and deployment. “At this point, we don’t have to look for trailers. They find us,” Rosenbaum said. “The restoration requires a master of all trades: mechanical, plumbing, electrical, woodwork, metalwork and design.” SHADY DELL A restored vintage travel trailer sits at the Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court in Bisbee, Ariz. (Photo for The Washington Post by Erin E. Williams) After one night in the Airstream, I was infected with enthusiasm for renovated trailers. In late December, I took a solo trip to Arizona’s Shady Dell, the country’s oldest travel trailer resort, which has been accommodating road-trippers since 1927. Here, Hardy led me to my second Airstream, a 22-foot-long model. He pointed out its kitchen and new vintage-style refrigerator, then opened the door to a tiny nook that contained a toilet and sink. “Your bathroom is so small, it’s almost comical,” he said. “But you’ll appreciate it in the middle of the night.” The Western-themed trailer was filled with character. A cactus cookie jar graced the four-burner gas stove. Mexican blankets covered the two twin beds. Cowboy tchotchkes adorned the shelves. A red velvet couch and record player underscored the vintage flair. Crunching along a gravel path past the other trailers, I admired a bus parked next to its own tiki bar and a permanently moored yacht, both built in 1947. I stepped onto the diner’s classic black-and-white tiles, and sat down on one of the 10 sparkly pink stools alongside a chrome-trimmed counter. Although the diner is only available for guests’ food preparation, the Shady Dell plans to reopen it as a pop-up restaurant that showcases local and regional chefs. Five minutes down historic Highway 80, I walked through Bisbee’s downtown, nestled in a valley in southeast Arizona’s Mule Mountains. Bisbee was once famous for mineral and copper mining; the Shady Dell sits across the highway from one of the old mines. I peered into window after window of art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops, including a vegan general store. By the time I returned to my trailer, the temperature had dropped to below freezing. I turned on a portable heater that warmed the space before I finished cooking dinner, then tucked myself into bed with a pile of blankets. Midway through the night, I awakened with Hardy’s promised appreciation for the small bathroom. A restored 1947 Airporter bus with a Polynesian palace theme sits next to its own outrigger bar at the Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court. (Photo for The Washington Post by Erin E. Williams) The next morning, I visited the Shady Dell’s two newest acquisitions: a mammoth, 45-foot-long 1955 Kropf and a curvy, red 1950 Alma. Both awaited the painstaking work necessary to transform these neglected hulks into alluring abodes. When I spoke with the Shady Dell’s owner, Justin Luria, a few weeks later the rejuvenated trailers were available for overnight stays. “The Kropf was a time capsule,” Luria said. “Everything was the original design. It sat in its first owner’s back yard for 70 years.” Both of these resorts, and others like them, rescue trailers that might otherwise decay or be discarded. “We restore castoff trailers and keep them going instead of letting them go into the dump,” Luria said. “And we preserve a piece of American highway history that might otherwise be lost.” I’m ready to do my part to help maintain it, one retro slumber party at a time. IF YOU GO Where to stay: The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court offers 12 restored travel trailers, which includes two recent acquisitions, as well as a bus and yacht. From $85 per night. 1 Douglas Road, Bisbee, Ariz. 520-432-3567 or theshadydell.com Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort offers 25 trailers, plus lodge suites, cabins, RV spaces and campsites. Also provides wellness and art programs that are open to the public. Trailers from $83 per night, campsites from $40 per night. 3728 J Place, Seaview, Wash. 360-642-2542 or souwesterlodge.com What to do: Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum is the Smithsonian’s first rural affiliate. Children $3; adults $8. Open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. 5 Copper Queen Plaza, Bisbee, Ariz. 520-432-7071 or bisbeemuseum.org Cape Disappointment State Park is located at the junction of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean. This state park features hiking trails, beaches, a lighthouse and an interpretive center. From $11.50 per vehicle. Open 6:30 a.m. until dusk. 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco, Wash. 360-642-3078 or parks.state.wa.us Information: gorving.com/discover-rving/rv-history; reserveamerica.com/outdoors/a-short-history-of-camping [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]
23 Mar 19
The McGraw Project: Happy Chaos

Whoa, that was a long break from posting. However, I am excited to be back at it! I started a new job around the time of the last round of posts and I have been running ever since. I started this as a way to share things my family and I enjoy and I need […]

23 Mar 19
Elle Gee Makes

Well, it’s official. I am now a big fan of the Wiksten Haori jacket.   I might be the last blogger to make this lovely jacket. I avoided this pattern at first, as I prefer fitted jackets to loose-fitting styles. But on a recent visit to a local fabric store (Bolt, such a great store!! […]

23 Mar 19
DecorPad

Interior decorating ideas for small bedroom ↦ Fancy small bedroom decorating ideas best images about big for my bedrooms on inspirational the collection of DIY easy room decor small for when your bed takes up the whole architectural digest tremendous furniture then rooms monfaso also bedroombedroom furniture interior designs created to enlargen space neutral transitional […]

23 Mar 19
Life On Virginia Street

Happy Saturday! We awoke to birds chirping outside, so that is always a good sign! Today I’m sharing the best weekend sales along with some of my top picks! This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. Top | Vintage Style Jeans | Scalloped Peep-Toe Flats | Blue […]

23 Mar 19
Medieval Meanderings

      The picture that inspires me. Jane the Fool from the painting of Henry VIII’s family. She features on the left hand side and this picture hangs in Hampton Court Palace. I am creating the outfit with my own interpretation as well as considering the climate that I live in. Also, obtaining the […]

23 Mar 19
News Archives Uk

With York Castle Museum, Vivienne Westwood, McQueen, Louis Vuitton, John Lewis, Browns, and Very Inky Dude. York turns into a giant catwalk Monday. Stephanie Smith gives an overview of an event program designed to compete London with the title of Britain's style capital. London, Paris, New York … and now the old York, the real […]

23 Mar 19
The Fashion Nomad

Step into the utility trend with this combination of khaki colours, linen fabrics and the delicate features of broderie detailing. Utility doesn’t just have to be tough and masculine; adding some classic whites and stitching make this trend accessible to everyone. The utility trend is so hot right now. In fact, it’s everywhere. But I […]

23 Mar 19
Turkish home decoration

Wall siding or cladding is one of the architectural procedures which is being used since long history and not a new innovation of the modern architecture. The process of siding or cladding is merely to use a certain type of material over another main one to protect it from the rigid weather conditions such as […]