Yes, you can travel back in time… in a very hip way at The Vintages Trailer Resort. Thirty-one vintage campers make up a spotless trailer village in Dayton, Oregon. I recently toured the resort and peeked into 20 of these cozy beauties.
Dayton is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, known for amazing Pinot Noir and rolling agricultural lands. The historic town of 2,200 is just off Hwy 18 between McMinnville and Newberg, 24 miles from Salem, the state Capitol, and 34 miles southwest of Portland. Getting there, a lovely drive by fields of hops and vineyards, will put you in the mood for your retro Oregon stay.
The trailers are grouped in their own ‘neighborhood’ within the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park just off SE Kreder Road. When you arrive, you’ll notice that the colorful 40’s and 50’s trailers are all different. Each has two vintage bikes parked in front and a concrete pad for your car. At night, people sit outside on retro patio chairs where they can enjoy a glass of wine (the Vintages has their own label) and watch the sunset. The evening we visited, we were treated to a sky full of pink and orange clouds. After sunset, little lights strung in the trees came on, creating a magical atmosphere.
And when you’re ready to go inside on of these little campers, you’ll find conveniences like a refrigerator, microwave, Wi-Fi, plush towels, kitchenware and upscale toiletries. And you’ll smile at the creative touches… a lava lamp in one trailer, retro camping books in another.
Each trailer is a work of art. The most common descriptor you’ll hear is, “Cute!”
Most of the trailers have been restored by Bend, Oregon, trailer renovator FlyteCamp. The artisans retained as much of the original interiors as possible (mostly wood) while adding modern conveniences such as A/C and small flat-screen TVs.
Here’s an example of a camper trailer that any outdoorsy person would fall in love with. Enter the 1951 M-System Special Deluxe, a shiny red and white camper with a wooden screen door. The red plaid curtains and refinished pine interior are complimented by birch tree designs and rustic woven pillows. In the back is a comfy queen-sized bed where you can snuggle up surrounded by curved pine paneling.
Not an outdoorsy type? The 1958 Ideal has aqua detailing and light and bright pastel curtains. The cabinetry is white and the “cute” appliances are pink!
You can hang out in the trailer village expecting Beaver and the Cleaver Family to drive up at any minute or go shopping for charcuterie at the Willamette Wine Country General Store. Check out the pool and hot tub or relive your childhood playing lawn games.
Wineries and Restaurants Galore
Explore some of the restaurants in town. Walk up the path, cross a nearby bridge over the Yamhill River and you’ll be in quaint downtown Dayton. The Vintages is ideal for a family escape or romantic wine country weekend.
Within a short driving distance you’ll find world-class wineries in the Dundee Hills area and the McMinnville Foothills. It’s hard to know where to start in Oregon Wine Country, but I’d recommend The Four Graces Winery and Sokol Blosser just off 99W in Dundee and, outside of McMinnville, Maysara Winery. There are tons of wineries to visit and places to stop for a locavore lunch like Dundee’s Red Hills Market. You can order take-out or enjoy pizza, craft sandwiches, and soup in their historic building.
What will entice me back to The Vintages Trailer Resort is their prime location for wine tasting as well as the restored vintage trailers. Why fight traffic back to Portland or Salem when you can cozy up in your own little camper trailer? When others are still driving, you’ll be sitting on your patio grilling a steak or watching the birds in the next field. You can’t beat The Vintages for a getaway to a simpler, stress-free time. — by Elizabeth R. Rose, RFT Contributor
If You Go
Pricing starts at $100 per night (higher on weekends) before taxes.
The Vintages Trailer Resort
16205 SE Kreder Road, Dayton, OR
Fax: (503) 864-4853