The Airstream Advantage … Without Buying One
Aesthetics, adventure and aluminum rolled into one.
There are tiny houses, and there are tiny houses on wheels. Airstreams and other contemporary campers have become so popular you can now stay in one without ever taking it out on the road. Several campgrounds offer Airstream accommodations for creative travelers who want the experience but not the upkeep. 7×7 featured a few of these camper campgrounds across the state for you to check out and check in. Here are our favorites:
Temecula Wine Country Airstream 74, Temecula
“Tucked into Southern California’s Temecula wine region, this completely renovated 1974 Airstream is like staying in your own private jet, according to its listing on Airbnb. While that may be a stretch, this cutie gets points for the fully stocked kitchen (there’s a Nespresso machine, hello!), queen bed, and WiFi. The location, on a 2.5 acre hilltop, is sweet; take it in from the fire pit on the 800-square-foot deck, then take a dip in the shared above-ground pool. Best of all? It’s in walking distances to several wineries.”
From $145/night, www.airbnb.com/rooms/12485309
The Land Yacht, Joshua Tree
“When you head to Joshua Tree, it’s usually to get away from it all and connect with nature. There’s no better place to do that than from this classic 31 foot airstream located in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Situated just on the edge of the national park, it’s a perfect home base for exploring all the area has to offer. Inside, you’ll feel vintage vibes as well as a blast from the AC; and though you have your bathroom and queen bed, you’ll probably want to spend most of your time out on the private deck, grilling up some barbecue, hanging out at the picnic table, or taking a refreshing dip in the stock tank pool (available April through November).
From $129/night, www.airbnb.com/rooms/5948106
Autocamp, Russian River and Santa Barbara
“These stylish camps, with locations in Santa Barbara and on the Russian River, consist of sparkly new, custom Airstreams tricked out by a modern architect. You know what that means? Hotel-worthy amenities—think flat screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses with down comforters, bathrobes, soaking tubs, and upscale bath products. Crack open a beer on your redwood deck and throw some burgers on the electric grill, or hop on a beach cruiser and head into town.”
From $179/night, autocamp.com
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It’s much more than just Victorian heaven.
When Andrew Szabo, a 46-year-old Manhattan Beach entrepreneur, told his wife that his midlife crisis involved the purchase of an ocean kayak and the desire to paddle from MB to Tijuana, her reaction was simple: “Have a good trip, and make sure your life insurance premiums are paid.” What followed were three months of intense preparations, a life-changing journey and becoming part of the global battle to raise awareness for tuna overfishing.