Vintage vacation
Rent an Airstream trailer in Santa Barbara
If you've ever wondered what it was like to  1stay in a vintage Airstream trailer, you now have a chance to find out without spending the small fortune to actually buy an Airstream.

Prospect Hotels has set up five vintage Airstream trailers in Santa Barbara. Calling their unique lodgings "Autocamp," the hotel group came up with the idea as a way to target travelers who are looking for an unusual travel experience.

The five Airstreams are 1950s through 1970s vintage and have been nicely refurbished to meet the demands of today's young, hip travelers. They are set up in campsites where each has its own barbecue and bicycles and landscaping that makes it look at lot like one of the nicer campgrounds you find in various national and provincial parks.

AutoCamp does indeed operate as a traditional RV park, but it's the extra touches on the Airstreams that make them an attractive alternative to staying in a local hotel. Each has a small bathroom with a sink and shower as well as sleeping accommodations that would comfortably sleep two adults and two children.

The rentals start at $150 a night with a two-night minimum most times of the year. For more information, phone 888-405-7553 or visit

Travel trailers from the 1930s through the 1960s are so interesting to so many people that the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento has created a new display: "Camping in Style: Little Homes on Wheels." It runs through April 10.

The whole idea of hauling a trailer behind a car started in the 1920s and, as automobiles grew in popularity so did trailers. There were signficant design changes in the 1950s and Airstream was one of the most popular.
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