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On Assignment in a Vintage 1973 Airstream Sovereign for

My lab, Scarlet, chilling out at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp

I’ve spent the last few days in Santa Barbara staying in a renovated vintage 1973 31′ Airstream Sovereign at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp on assignment for the blog. Since my Airstream suite is pet friendly, my dog, Scarlet joined me for this Southern California road trip.

All of the five Airstreams at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp have been renovated with sustainable materials. Each suite also has satellite tv and a DVD player as well as a kitchenette with a microwave and all the basics. There are BBQs outside and deck chairs.

You can check out the posts about my experience the first afternoon here and the first night here.

Stay tuned to the blog for more detailed trip report posts.

Each Airstream Suite comes with two beach cruisers for exploring the area

Each Airstream suite comes with two beach cruisers so you can explore the surrounding area by bike. The beach is about 3 miles away and the Old Santa Barbara Mission about a mile away.

The Dining Area and interior of Airstream Suite 1

All the Airstreams in the park have been renovated and are super cute and user friendly.

The claw foot tub and renovated bathroom of my Airstream suite at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp

My suite featured a claw foot bathtub and a 30 gallon hot water heater so there was no problem filling it.

Scarlet approves of the 1,000 thread count sheets on the bed in my Airstream at the Auto Camp

The Santa Barbara Auto Camp is located in an actual trailer park that has been around since 1922. The residents I encountered were friendly.

Why not stay in a pimped out Airstream in Santa Barbara?

Rates for the Airstream suites start at $139 dollars a night, it’s no shocker that the camp fills up well in advance on weekends.

A pair of rabbits hopping about the property add additional charm

Enjoying a glass of  local Hitching Post Pinot Noir with my dog outside the Airstream


Much thanks to and The Santa Barbara Auto Camp for hosting my pet friendly trip.

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Airstream in Africa: Rooftop Trailer Park in Cape Town

Grand Daddy sign

The Grand Daddy Hotel Sign on Long Street

Ever since the iconic  Airstream trailer when from white trash to tres chic, I’ve wanted to check one out for myself. It’s probably because I’ve seen a lot of John Waters films, not to mention I read in Rolling Stone that Lenny Kravitz lived in a carpeted Airstream on the island of Eleuthera while recording his last album. I have a credo: if it’s cool enough for Lenny, than it’s cool enough for me.

The hipster in me has wanted to bunk in a one of those R.V.s ever since I first heard about the trailer park hotel El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas. Image my delight when I stumbled upon a chic pay-per-night trailer hotel on the roof of The Grand Daddy Hotel in the middle of Long Street in Cape Town. Even better, there is a rooftop bar next to the park so you can have drinks delivered directly to your Airstream or astroturf lawn.

Yes, I’m into luxury and I’m way over the hostel thing but I love lodging with a sense of humor. And spending every night at the best hotels in Africa can get a bit boring (and expensive). So if you’re on looking for something a bit alternative (and that will make a really cool backdrop for your photos), then why not a hotel trailer for a change of pace? You might want to download Lost in America and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to set the mood for your non-road trip.

Grand Daddy Airstream park

Grand Daddy Roof Top Airstream Park: Complete With Lawn Ornaments

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