Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pinecrest Club-house Improvements Underway!

Construction at the Pinecrest Clubhouse is Under Way! The fencing around the clubhouse has removed temporarily to make room for the new construction. In addition to the shade structures that have been discussed in the past, an additional bathroom is being added which will allow for greater handicap-access. Other improvements are slated for the interior of the building to make it more open and inviting with a more modern feel.
Stay tuned for further updates!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Eternal Appeal of Retro Lodings

Why is old-fashioned roadside architecture so appealing to us? I suspect it may have something to do with the color and vibrancy that these lodgings have - very different from the bland, boxy chain motel aesthetic that we generally find nowadays. The electric beauty of a neon sign, the faded glamour of a trailer park, the retro-chic feel of a vintage Airstream or recycled camper van are the kinds of things that chic nomads of today are looking for in their travels. Retro lodgings are unusual and unique and even a teeny bit trashy. They're little moments in time that you can curl up and sleep in. This hub will take you on a short tour of some of the hipper retro lodings in the United States. We've even included road maps so you know how to get there! Keep in mind though that these are general maps and not absolute guides - you should always check with the property before setting out.

The first place on our agenda is a very special small hotel made up vintage 50's trailers.

El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas

El Cosmico is quite possibly the chicest small hotel this side of the Mississippi. Located in Marfa, Texas (a historically artistic town), El Cosmico doesn't offer guests traditional room. Instead, the small hotel consists of vintage fifties trailers (Kozy Coach from 1951 pictured above). Yes, it's a "trailer park" but who says that trailer parks must be run down, trashy places? But if you're really opposed to staying in a vintage trailer, El Cosmico also offers teepees and yurts onsite.

How to get to El Cosmico

Marfa, Texas -
Marfa, TX 79843, USA
[get directions]

Mojave Sands, Joshua Tree, California

Mojave Sands takes the classic roadside motel and puts a uniquely Californian spin on it. The neon sign is pure Googie while the interior is a great reflection of the rugged beauty of Joshua Tree. The 5 rooms at Mojave Sands has handmade furnishings and old-school details like record players. Nods to modern luxury include a steam shower. The motel is located really close to the entrance to J-Tree and just down the road is the Joshua Tree Bar & Grill. Enjoy some authentic road food while staying at this authentic retro-cool motel.

How to Get to Mojave Sands

62121 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 -
62121 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
[get directions]

Vintage Trailer, Big Sur, California

A lone Avion trailer from the 1970's has been placed right off the Cabrillo Highway in the gorgeous central coast of California. Only 28 feet in length, this particular trailer is recommended for couples. Because it was actually designed to be a home for nomads on the road, the trailer has a full kitchen and folding dinette table that turns into an extra bed. In a nod to its now stationary life, the trailer has been kitted out with a full bathroom (yes, that means it has a bathtub). I love that the owners haven't totally forsaken the trailer's seventies roots. Instead they've embraced it by furnishing the trailer with colorful, retro fabric patterns and design touches.

How to Get To Vintage Big Sur Trailer

big sur, california -
Clear Ridge Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
[get directions]

Silverstreak Vintage Trailer

Interior of Silverstreak
Here's something neat: a vintage Silverstreak trailer that can be rented for additional sleeping room for guests in nearby California Cabins. The log cabin is just as much an icon of Americana as the vintage trailer. Here's a pretty informative article about log cabins. This particular trailer can be placed anywhere you want, which means it truly is a mobile home. Currently nestled in the High Sierras, but tomorrow who knows?

How to Get to Vintage Silverstreak

oakhurst, california -
Oakhurst, CA, USA
[get directions]