by Beth Luberecki
Stay in true retro style in Oregon’s Willamette Valley at the Vintages Trailer Resort. A collection of 33 vintage camping trailers sits clustered into its own little neighborhood with the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park. Best suited for small families, the trailers offer blast-from-the-past appeal combined with the modern necessities today’s travelers expect (think fridges, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, and air-conditioning).
Accommodations will be cozy, but each trailer also comes with its own outdoor space with Adirondack chairs, umbrella, and grill. There’s a pool at the property that’s open during the summer, plus outdoor lawn games for plenty of family fun. And the resort is just a short drive away from the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (home of the legendary Spruce Goose) and the Wings & Waves Waterpark.
Dogs under 50 pounds are welcome in the Vintages’ nine Shasta trailers.
Our Editor Loves
- Funky retro style
- Basic kitchen amenities for mealtime
- Dog-friendly Airstream trailers
- Water Parks
We had so much fun staying at the trailer resort last night! On a whim, we decided to scoot down to the Willamette Valley to catch some leaf peeping and sip some wine. Planning only a day in advance left us with very few hotel options...and none of them very good. But lucky for us, a couple of the trailers were still available at The Vintages, so we quickly grabbed the Neutron3 before it got away.
This was our first time staying in a glamper and let me tell you, it was a blast! First of all, the check in desk/boutique was perfectly adorable and wonderfully campy. Need a wine opener, a scented candle, some beer? They got you covered. Craving an ice cream treat? Got that, too.
Then, when we got to our trailer, it was even more awesome than it appeared online. It was so well restored and maintained that it was hard to believe that they actually let people touch it, much less stay in it. It was like a mini museum documenting a certain space in time, yet expertly updated for today's exacting standards. The beautiful original wood paneling on the walls and ceiling glistened and everything was in perfect working order. The closet provided bathrobes and slippers, the bed was super comfy, and the bathroom even had a tiny shower! I couldn't have been more surprised...and pleased! I also loved the sense of humor of whomever designed our alien-themed trailer. All of the books on the bookshelf were about extra-terrestrials; the bathroom door indicated it was for women/men/aliens; and there was even a stuffed alien on the bed. Very quirky and clever all the way around. In fact, we had so much fun hanging in the trailer drinking wine and playing cards/Scrabble that we decided to cancel our dinner reservation and order in pizza instead, so we wouldn't have to leave.
One minor detail I feel I should mention is that it was fairly beneficial that we are small people (5'2" and 5'8" respectively) because the bathroom in Neutron3 is compact (to put it mildly) and the bed, while a queen-size and very comfortable, is on the short side. So take that into consideration when booking.
For us, it was perfect. And we can't wait to go back again soon to check out some of the others trailers. No need to stay anywhere else.
This is more an RV park with only two rows (of perhaps four or five) of the resort trailers.....all of the amenities are available to the residents of the adjoining RV Park. The charm ends when you bike away from the vintage trailers and if ours was any indication they are in need of some simple landscaping, a good floor scrubbing , and some serious maintenance. The toiletries were not as advertised and we were given a weighty queen size comforter with ill fitted duvet for use on narrow sofa we used in addition to a very short bed which was otherwise comfortable and had nice soft linens. There were no extra linens in the trailer to make the sofa top which they knew we had to use. If you don't use your hot water all day a shower will last longer than the three minutes they tell you which along with the cool night air was a positive. The communal showers are new and clean but if one goes after dark there are no exterior lights to see your way out to the road back to your trailer.....a basket on the bikes would be nice to put toiletries in. Sadly, our trailer, a larger Airstream was on the very back of the property with a fence behind it and a view from the outdoor chairs directly in to the back and underneath area of another trailer. The windows were an aerobic effort to open as the lift mechanisms were in need of some repair and something perhaps as simple as WD40. The pool was so crowded because many people in the RV park are using it with their children and the resort guests as far as I knew had no special times. The idea to stay there sounded 'cool' which I was sure would make my 25 year old son happy to know his mom could glamp. Trust me, glamping was not the problem....being told we would have a view of the hills and vineyards was not true at our trailer and riding a bike to see a bunch of big tacky RV's was not in the least bit a charm factor. I should have known about a lack of attention when I first called to inquire about the place that I had to call back numerous days later because no one had returned my call. It wasn't until I called the desk our last morning to get extra towels brought that we received any attention from anyone. We left a message one with the desk saying that we needed towels by about 8:30am but no show. We saw a housekeeper cleaning a nearby trailer and gave her our dirty towels and garbage after our second night of four. There were no hooks to hang towels and with the windows open they would not dry. We had to hang them on closet knobs or over bathroom doors which was inconvenient. The idea of the Vintages is a good one but they are misleading about what they really are, and they really need to pay attention to detail. On weekdays the terribly busy highway is very noisy with trucks all night and commuters beginning early am....being in the back and hearing it made me think how it must be for others closer to the road. The air conditioning was on the ceiling and very loud so as the weather cooled off the second night I opened the windows and ceiling vents which was loud and it took 20 minutes or longer to force them all open...that is when the smell of sewage drifted in that lasted the four days. I called the desk to be sure it wasn't a malfunction of our trailer pipes and was told quite that it was the sewer treatment plant 4 miles away that was just unfortunate and something everyone had to deal with. Being with my son was wonderful and we have traveled a lot. We made the best of it as it was our last leg of a Canadian Rockies trip, and our wine tours and local meals were all wonderful.