Vintage mobile homes are the hip new hotels
The once déclassé mobile home has become the coolest way to vacation lately, with vintage Airstreams being rounded up, renovated and turned into hipster trailer parks from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs.
At the Santa Barbara Auto Camp (from $150 a night), four Airstreams have been meticulously restored with glass-tiled showers, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs and 1,000-thread-count sheets. Staying in them feels like an adventure, since you?ve got the feel of your own little house with a mini kitchen, and you?ve got a small outdoor space to commune with nature--or your neighbors 50 feet away.
More kitschy but equally fun is B-52s singer Kate Pierson?s Lazy Desert trailer park near Palm Springs. Here, for $175 a night, you can stay in one model decorated to look like a lava lamp or another painted with a wig cartoon.
Mobile homes are even fashionable to live in: In 2011, Vanity Fair called the surf-view trailer park Paradise Cove one of the grooviest places to live in Malibu. So we?ve got our eye on two refurbished vintage ?canned ham? trailers at Culver City?s prestigious H.D. Buttercup home emporium. At $15,000 each, they?re cheaper than building a guest room--and when our family gets to be too much, we can just hit the open road.