INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER

Are you going “glamping” this Memorial Day weekend? One of the aspects of my childhood that I enjoyed most was all the camping my family did. My mother loved to camp, my dad not so much. But she managed to drag him along as he complained that he’d had all the camping he’d ever need as a soldier in the Korean War. I don’t blame him for preferring a more comfortable form of travel, but I’m glad he was a good sport about it. So, over the course of my growing up I think I got to see every national and state park in the western United States. Unfortunately, all that ended when I married my husband. He likes to say that camping for him is “leaving the window open at the Hyatt.” So, on my recent visit to Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend I got to experience a bit of a childhood flashback as I stepped inside a super cute vintage airstream trailer.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

We actually never owned an Airstream Trailer but the one we had looked a lot like the vintage Airstream they had on display at the Sunset event. My mom always dreamed of owning an Airstream and today I share that dream. Sadly however, my husband has other life aspirations so I’m pretty sure I’ll never realize this dream. In the meantime I can lust over the ones I recently got to tour. They had everything from spaceship sleek, ultra modern interiors, to the charming vintage one I’m about to show you.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Even the outdoor setup was of the step-back-in-time variety, with vintage folding chairs and an old coleman ice chest.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I’m not alone in my love of old Airstreams. Airstream trailers have always been popular, but today, getting your hands on an old fixer upper has become all the rage. Most people seem to gut the interiors and revamp them with all new, modern materials. The folks who got ahold of this one however, chose to retain all of the old guts of the trailer and then reupholstered and furnished it in a style in keeping with the era of the trailer. I think they did a brilliant job! Below is the dinette area with woodsy curtains and a comfy couch that converts to a sleeping area.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

This is the original kitchen.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

I just love the hand-stitched design on the kitchen curtains! I might just have to steal this idea for my next log cabin renovation.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Just beyond the kitchen you arrive in the bedroom area.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Here they had 2 super cute twin beds covered in woodsey style blankets and throw pillows with a hint of Native Indian thrown in. LOVE!!

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Note the bow and arrow wall decor. And I adore the red cross pillow!

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Even the toys and books on display fit the era.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

In the way-back was the original bathroom complete with a throwback-style shower/tub combo.

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER | Sunset Celebration Weekend | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

This experience touring so many great travel trailers at Sunset Celebration Weekend got my girlfriend and I to thinking: we need to do a glamping road trip together. In fact, we each bought this FANTASTIC book called Sunset Eating Up the West which we will use to help us plan our glamping trip.

Sunset Eating Up the West | A wonderful foodie road trip book | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

Here’s what they are saying about this really inspirational book:

“Sunset Magazine and cookbook author and Road Foodie blogger Brigit Binns team up to take readers on a mouthwatering tour along scenic highways and picturesque back roads of the Pacific coast. Brigit and her trusty canine companion, Stella, make their way up the region in four bites–Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington–discovering local eateries, dives, and cafes that showcase the true flavors of each region. More than 125 delicious and authentic recipes fill the pages of this part cookbook, part delicious journey, along with tales from owners, patrons, and employees that bring each restaurant’s and region’s personality to light. Impeccable full color photography also graces the pages, taking readers both inside these landmark gems and outside to the surrounding scenery. Sunset’s Eating Up the West Coast is a discovery guide for anyone who loves to eat great local food and venture off the beaten path.”

Sunset Eating Up the West | A wonderful foodie road trip book | www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

OK, so this was a fun step-back-in-time experience and I think the trailer is beyond charming. But I’m not sure I’d be content with a trailer as historic as this one for my everyday trailer travel. What do you think? Would you opt for the vintage variety or prefer a sleek new travel trailer? What is your idea of “Glamping” at its best?

So there you have it: INSIDE A SUPER CUTE VINTAGE AIRSTREAM TRAILER

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Comments

  • Kathy B.

    I thought your comments about your dad and husband were pretty funny! “Opening the window at the Hyatt” is hilarious! My husband is very outdoorsy but still doesn’t like camping either. Ironically, he was the one who introduced me to it when we were in our early 20’s because he grew up camping with his family on every summer vacation. But eventually he became sick of all the preparation and work that goes with it. So, instead, he decided we needed a house on Lake Tulloch and we do the same thing every week: pack up, set up, chores etc. except that the space is bigger and he can stretch out. My sons aren’t much for camping either – I know more women who like it! The airstream camper is adorable – looks like our kitchen when I was a little girl.

  • I know what you mean about the work involved going camping, not to mention going “glamping” as so many do these days. And as you say, even having a second home to get away too involves work. Last weekend we stayed in our old log cabin and my husband mentioned that we worked half the time! It’s true but I believe it’s all worth it.

  • Carolyn Forte

    What a fun trip back in time! I love your photos and the great memories of camping. Remember the time your mom decided we should celebrate Thanksgiving at Joshua Tree? We had a great dinner in that Volkswagen tent! I don’t know how everyone fit in but somehow we did it. We don’t camp often now but I still don’t feel like I’ve had a real vacation unless there’s a tent involved.

  • Oh….I must have been cut out from the same mold as your husband! I will relate…there is nothing better than the comforts of home (and in some cases, better than home!) I have never been camping although I am game to try it since it would be a new experience for me. We thought of going up to June Lake during the summer to camp but I was never “sold” on the idea, although it is so very pretty there. My prerequisite was that it had to involve a cabin. After much discussion we ditched the idea and our travels will take us elsewhere…

    The Airstream has gone through a huge resurgence and it’s fun to see how people take decorating them so seriously. This one is a cutie with lots of charm and character. You took some great pictures given that you were in such tight quarters. Thanks for sharing. How wonderful for this to bring back such fond memories for you.

  • I hear you about the”Better Than Home” idea. In fact, my philosophy about hotels is why leave the comforts and beauty of my own bedroom for a hotel that is anything less than mine at home? But, there really is something to sleeping under the stars in the great outdoors, BUT, doing it in style. So, glamping in a beautiful Airstream is right up my alley. And, my husband, after reading this blog post, is actually onboard with the idea. So, glamping (next summer) here we come!!

  • Ah, thanks cousin. We really did have some great times as kids, didn’t we?! I vaguely remember Joshua Tree but the Thanksgiving part escapes me. We will have to get together soon and reminisce.

  • Sally Jack

    well done you Celia, you obviously married a keeper!