Retro trailer accommodations and Oregon wines? It’s a vintage vacation

You can enjoy a vintage Oregon wine inside a vintage, cozy, trailer.

The Willamette Valley’s most unusual accommodations just may be the Vintages Trailer Resort, which has recently added three new but retro trailers.

The collection, which you’ll find in Dayton, about 35 miles southwest of Portland, now contains 17 trailers -- the types that people pulled behind their cars in the mid-20th century. The oldest first hit the road in 1947.

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The 2015 Neutron Couple (left) and a 2014 Airstream (right rear) are among the four new but retro trailers available for nightly rental. (Bryan Rupp)

Modern-day guests won’t find the accommodations nearly as spartan as they were 50 or 60 years ago. Each trailer has been renovated to include queen beds, modern kitchenettes and, with one exception, bathrooms with combination tub-showers.

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The 1954 Anderson features a queen bed and a sofa bed and can sleep three adults or two adults and two children. (Bryan Rupp)

The resort’s website, however, points out that for folks who want to enjoy a long shower with plenty of hot water “it’s likely worth taking a short stroll to our shower facilities.” Terrycloth bathrobes are provided.

The 1956 Santa Fe is the lone exception on the bathroom front; it does not have one. But it’s conveniently parked next to the brick-and-mortar restroom and shower building.

Among the classic trailers: a 1947 Spartan Manor, a 1951 M-System Special Deluxe and a 1954 Anderson 315-TB. Depending on style, they sleep two to four people.

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The Anderson 315-TB first hit the road in 1954. It's now permanently parked at the Vintages Trailer Resort. (Bryan Rupp)

The latest additions to the modern-day trailer park are three custom-built Neutron trailers. They feature classically shaped, shiny silver exteriors but with contemporary furnishings such as soaking tubs. The park also has a 2014 Airstream.

You can find 17 vintage trailers at the Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton, a good jumping-off point for touring wineries in the Willamette Valley. (Bryan Rupp)

Dayton makes a good hub from which to explore the region’s 300 wineries. They range from boutique wineries in downtown Dayton to sprawling estate vineyards in the rolling hills nearby.

Nightly stays start at $95, depending on the unit.

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