Life is good in Willamette wine country — Photo courtesy of The Vintages Trailer Resort
Going retro has never looked so glam. Deep in Oregon wine country, Vintages Trailer Resort reshapes travelers' concept of trailer park living.
Imagine a tranquil oasis, not far from a bounty of chic tasting rooms, boutiques and restaurants, where your comfortable yet intimate home-away-from-home sits among well-manicured lawns and twinkly light-wrapped trees. This unique destination proves a fabulous base for exploring Oregon’s Willamette Valley, known for its bounty of Pinot Noir-producing wineries. (More than 20 can be found within five miles of the property.)
Vibrant colors and quirky touches enliven the campgrounds — Photo courtesy of Corinne Whiting
We recently caught up with the owners, SIMA Management, to learn about the inspiration behind this cutting-edge concept, and to get travel tips for hot spots near and far.
The owners explain, "The initial idea for The Vintages was born when the team realized the Yamhill region of the Willamette Valley was lacking lodging options, especially those that are unique and memorable. Since our team already managed the adjacent RV park property–and we recognized Portlanders love everything vintage–we thought, why not marry the two and offer some sweet vintage trailers as rentals, but with some key modern luxuries."
Each trailer boasts a distinctive personality — Photo courtesy of The Vintages Trailer Resort
"After some extensive research on trailer restoration, it was clear that we needed to team up with trailer experts, specifically Flyte Camp out of Bend, Oregon. Our idea immediately clicked with them and–18 trailers later–we couldn’t be more pleased to have them on our team. Their hit show "Flippin’ RVs" has featured many of our trailers and helped to spread the word about what we’re doing."
Q: What do you most hope visitors take away from this experience?
A: We love hosting guests at our property, and each receives a truly unique experience, complete with full–and functional–kitchens, propane grills, gourmet pour-over Caravan Coffee, luxurious terry cloth robes, comfortable mattresses and fine, hotel-quality linens.
Visitors join us from across the country, with a great number from up and down the I-5 corridor. Because our concept is unique, many are excited to see how accommodating and comfortable the trailers are throughout their stay. Surprisingly the most often asked question we get is, 'Do the trailers have A/C?' And the answer is: 'Yes!'
Sleep on the road has never felt luxurious — Photo courtesy of The Vintages Trailer Resort
Q: What accommodations do you offer, from the most simple/affordable option to the most luxurious?
A: The Vintages now features 18 restored and new construction trailers. The vintage trailers have been completely renovated and modernized and date from the 1940s through 1970s. The property's new trailers were custom fabrication, designed to maintain the vintage aesthetic. We’re fortunate to be located on a piece of property we can truly grow into. In fact, we’re adding one additional trailer this fall and contemplating further expansion before next summer. Flyte Camp is continuously scouting for trailer candidates that would stand out in our collection.
All of the current trailers have a unique personality, but a few highlights from the collection include:
The Neutron Family: This eye-catching trailer is new construction, built exclusively for The Vintages with the ultimate guest experience in mind. This trailer features all the comforts guests could ask for in a contemporary and stylish package. Expanded sleeping areas make it a perfect option for families. It sleeps two adults and two children, features one queen size bed and one fold-down banquet bed and offers a private bathroom with toilet and shower.
1947 Spartan Manor: The Spartan Manor draws its design inspiration from Pendleton's Native American and Southwestern aesthetic. Inside guests will find cowhide rugs, western-themed pillows and throws, as well as decorative accents. It sleeps two adults and features one queen size bed, and it offers a private bathroom with toilet and shower.
No detail has been overlooked — Photo courtesy of The Vintages Trailer Resort
1954 Anderson 315-TB: In our flagship trailer, guests will find all the original features that made Anderson trailers some of the finest in the world. With the exception of a few luxuries, everything is original, including countertops, flooring, tile and appliances. Sleeps three adults or two adults and two children, features one queen size bed and one click-clack sofa bed; it offers a private bathroom with toilet and shower.
Q: If planning a perfect day around the Willamette Valley, what suggestions would you give?
A: Wine tasting would be a must-do activity. Sokol Blosser, The Four Graces and Stoller are all standout options that are located near The Vintages.
The Barlow Room and Red Hills Market are both great dining options. Archie's Ice Cream and Eatery in Dayton is wonderful; you can get a treat and just enjoy downtown.
These trailers come with all the top-notch amenities — Photo courtesy of The Vintages Trailer Resort
Q: What are some of your favorite travel destinations?
A: (provided by James Piper on the Sima team) Personally, I love the Scandinavian aesthetic so my trips to Poland and Sweden have thus far been my favorites, but I’m also a huge fan of crystal blue water and white beaches, so you can’t go wrong with the Caribbean. I’m a HUGE Oregon fan though. There are no words to accurately describe just how beautiful Oregon is in the Fall. It’s by far my favorite place to be that time of year.