// Kitsch On Wheels: Dreaming of an Airstream Vacation

  /  02.29.2012  /  Check-In

Confession: Wayfare wants a “Land Yacht.”

Whenever we have a free moment, we inevitably find ourselves researching vintage airstream trailers. It’s our dream to rescue one from the scrapheap of history, and remodel it into a roving Wayfare HQ.

From Vintage Seekers via Design Sponge

One day — we swear it — we will trade our cubicles for an office-on-wheels and roll on down wherever the wind (or the latest issue of Wayfare) takes us. Until we do, we’ll content ourselves by obsessively collecting airstream inspiration on Pinterest — and plotting an escape to one of the boutique rehabbed-Airstream hotels, motels and resorts that have been popping up like candy-colored apparitions in dusty backwaters from Bisbee, Arizona to South Africa’s Elgin Valley. Here are a few choice spots to indulge your Airstream Dreams.

Hicksville Trailer Palace and Artist Retreat in Joshua Tree, CA

Opened in Joshua Tree in 2010, the solar-powered Hicksville Trailer Palace is a remote and rustic artist’s retreat where you can laze by a saltwater pool and shoot BB guns or bat around the ping pong ball while waiting for your next Eureka moment. Choose from one of 10 meticulously-themed trailers, from the screaming-Pink Fifi, designed by designed by Ryan and Marci Hessling of Fifi Mahony’s wig store in New Orleans to The New World, a 40 foot 1950′s beauty named for B-movie legend Roger Corman’s Hollywood studio.

The Shady Dell, Bizbee, Arizona

200 miles south of Phoenix in the heart of the Arizona desert sits the Shady Dell. This labor of love feels like stepping back in time, complete with 9 fully restored trailers tricked out with vintage interiors and a wild west setting (Bisbee) straight out of No Country for Old Men. 



  1. Tara  / 

    Me too!! It’s comforting to know I’m not the only person put there that searches for these vintage relics and dream of making them devine…..The Spartan trailers are awesome too! Have you seen this modernized 67 Overlander? http://www.vintage-airstream.com/listing/294/1967-airstream-overlander

    Side note….Love your blog and the Magazine.. FINALLY!!! Bravo!

    • Wayfare  / 

      hey Tara, thanks for sharing that beauty with us. She is pretty!

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