This week marks a couple of fun times for Anchors + Proteas. We celebrated the blog’s first birthday this week by making a giant chocolate cake that lasted all week long. As the weather starts warming up, my mind turns to summer trip planning. Enter: my adult fixation with Airstream trailers. For some reason Airstreams remind me of my youth and camping with my grandparents. Though they didn’t own an Airstream (they owned a Citation 5th Wheel) they were always in the campgrounds we visited.
To mark Anchors + Proteas first 366 days of publishing, I thought I’d walk you through some of my fantasy RV resorts, where the style is abundant and the actual parking of your accommodation a non-issue.
I grew up exploring British Columbia in RVs with my mom and grandparents during the summer. We would inevitably pull up to a clear, cool lake or river, set up camp and dive into a weekend of hot dogs, wrinkly toes from too much lake time and close quartered board games. In my teens, my RVing experience upgraded when my grandparents bought a fairly deluxe 5th wheel trailer which they treated like their fourth child: each winter they would tuck it gingerly in bed and each spring, just as carefully, wake the Citation up for numerous baths, meals and many-wheeled trips around southern B.C.
The RV adventures I swoon over these days are more sedentary in nature, the types of journeys that require beginner-level backing up skills and a fraction of the gas price. The kind of Airstream, Boler or converted bus experience I’m fantasizing about focuses on ease, location and style. In other words: we arrive, unpack our groceries, throw on our flip flops and R-E-L-A-X. Herewith, my fantasy Airstream-esque trips from around the globe.
Located just up the road from us in Masset is the Bluebird Guest Bus. It’s an old school bus converted in a modest, but cute-as-heck, abode complete with outdoor (covered) kitchen area and a giant hammock. This is the definition of far-westcoast glamping.
Cape Town is one of my favourite cities. And this hotel is yet another reason to start planning another trip STAT. Plunked atop of one of the city’s sweetest boutique hotels, The Grand Daddy, sits seven imported Airstreams decorated in different themes: the Winelands, the Karoo and, of course, a Safari lodge. As they say in South Africa, it’s lank lekker.
I imagine a stay at The Woods on Pender would be like adult summer camp. There are hot tubs, board games, a campy resto called Coffee + Kitchen and a variety of wheeled sleeping units to choose from drenched in style and surrounded by evergreens. This little glamping getaway looks like a great candidate for a small wedding or a besties’ reunion.
If I ever wanted to write that secret collection of gonzo short stories stuck in my head, I think the Hicksville Trailer Palace and Artist Retreat would be where I’d park off for a month. Nestled in Joshua Tree Village, gateway to same-named park and a kooky string of small, dusty SoCal towns, the Hicksville has eight trailers to choose from from the pink paisley Fifi to the vibrant vintage The Sweet (pictured above).
Old vinyl, quaint retro styling and a fresh ocean breeze all look abundant at the Sou’Wester, a cute collection of old travel trailers in Washington state. Super grassroots and unabashedly low key, this motley collection of both cabins and campers make for a quick weekend trip from Vancouver or Seattle.
With a name like El Cosmico, this RV resort, like Hicksville, attracts creatives, nomads and hippies. Part of the small, indie hotel chain called Bunkhouse Group of Hotels, the Marfa, Texas-based El Cosmico hosts workshops, concerts and an annual cook out with highly respected local chef.
Have you visited any sweet RV resorts? Where would you take your airstream if cost, time and back up skills were no object?
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