4 Luxe Airstream Resorts to Fall in Love With
Somewhere between hotels and camping is a new form of glamping
El Cosmico | Photo by Nick Simonite
This small town in West Texas—population 2,121 and accessible via Dallas—is a surprising hub for art and design. Most know it for the iconic Prada storefront installation, but El Cosmico is another bragging right. The lodging concept helps visitors unplug— Wi-Fi is available only in the lobby—without sacrificing comfort.
Ten restored vintage trailers, including one Airstream, feature colorful decor, along with kitchens, minibars, and baths. Looking for something more rustic? Cosmico also has safari tents, teepees, campsite rentals, and one yurt. Accommodations feel private, but guests can come together in the communal hammock grove or reading room, or with El Cosmico’s creative workshops in cooking, crafts, and more.
From $85/night, elcosmico.com
Santa Barbara and Russian River Valley, California
Airstream resort AutoCamp is known for modern, hotel-style amenities, like Malin+Goetz bath products, locally roasted coffee, free bikes, Wi-Fi, and even a clawfoot tub in one trailer. Santa Barbara offers five trailers, while the newer Russian River Valley location, in a redwood forest just 90 minutes north of San Francisco, has 24 trailers, 10 fully equipped tents, barbecues at each unit, and a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired lounge.
The company has plans to debut more locations next year in Ojai, Los Angeles, Portland, and right here in San Diego. Hello, staycation!
From $200/night, autocamp.com
The 11 accommodations may be trailers, but founders Chet Hilgers and Brad Steward tout Caravan Outpost as more of a community experience. Hilgers’s family created the landscape design for Disneyland and Walt Disney’s own residence, so it’s no surprise that Caravan is just as much about the garden setting as it is about the fully furnished trailers, which come with a bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and an outdoor patio (most also include a kitchen).
If you want a memento from your stay, shop around their online retail store for a mix of vintage and Caravan Outpost–branded apparel.
From $200/night, caravanoutpost.com