Do you love vintage travel trailers? Then you’ll definitely love the Sou’Wester Lodge because they have over 15 vintage travel trailers you can rent by the night, though they have many other attractions as well.
The Lodge also has rooms in its historic main house, a series of small cabins, a self-serve gift shop stocked with local foods, art, crafts and music, a sauna/steam room, and it hosts concerts and art events. All that, and a great location within walking distance of the beach in Seaview, Washington, a few hours from both Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
I’ve visited the Sou’Wester twice now, staying in three different travel trailers, and I wanted to make sure the tiny house community knew about this unique resource. For fans of small spaces, it’s a fantastic way to get design ideas and to see how a trailer feels and functions. The trailers have been lovingly and stylishly restored with special touches like locally made soap, champagne flutes or mason jars in the kitchens, and some even have record players and come stocked with records. Their biggest trailer, the African Queen, has two floors, four separate beds, and a full bathtub!
Each one is amazing in its own way. They are all truly vintage, and each trailer I’ve stayed in had its own set of quirks – but that’s a genuine, vintage trailer for you! It’s a great way to see what works and what doesn’t for your particular needs, especially if you’re considering buying or living in one.
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The Lodge acquires new trailers and redecorates existing trailers regularly – as their website notes, they’re all “works in progress.” On my most recent trip, they were so booked up for an event that they let me stay in a trailer that wasn’t quite finished, but was still adorable! Here are some photos and descriptions of the trailers that I’ve stayed in.
Classified as a “Standard Park Model”, the Picnic has a full kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and separate living room with two love seats and a record player, complete with a great selection of loaner records. The main lodge is in the background.
The Arrowhead is classified as a “rustic trailer,” with a kitchen, bed, sitting area, and bathroom with toilet, but no shower. Hidden storage was everywhere to discover – above the refrigerator, behind the headboard, and under the bed.
The Aristocrat is so new that it isn’t on their website, and isn’t even fully finished yet. But the Lodge let me stay there in a pinch, and I don’t think they’d mind me sharing photos of it in progress because it’s already so cute. This small trailer has a bed, sitting area and kitchen. There’s a closet that once held a small bathroom, but it’s been removed, so I used the common, private bathrooms and showers in the Pavilion, about a 15 second walk from the trailer.
Images © Billy Ulmer
To learn about the totally charming and unique lodging available at the Sou’Wester Lodge, visit their website. For more stories about my experiences with the tiny house community, check out my Life in a Tiny House Ebook.
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