8 Adorable Vintage Airstreams and Campers You Can Rent for Your Next Glamping Getaway
Back in the days of the Summer of Love, sleeping in a friend’s camper was about as cool a stay as you could hope for (so much so that the VW variety became symbolic of the entire movement). Fast forward to 2020, where the Summer of Social Distancing has more or less put a wrench in your normal travel plans, and suddenly crashing in someone else’s secluded camper surrounded by nature is once again sounding like the best idea there is.
That’s especially true for these vintage Airstreams and campers which, despite their age and compact size, are masterfully renovated with comfort (and even little luxuries) in mind. Each available on Airbnb and sprinkled all over the South, the rentals include tricked-out details such as alfresco clawfoot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, and spacious decks. Take a peek inside eight cozy finds we’ve added to our glamping wish list.
Bonanza Jellybean, Cosby, Tennessee
Yup, that’s really the name of this darling little 1959 Shasta camper tucked away in the woods near the Smokies. The cherry red wagon accommodates two in its full-sized bed dressed with soft vintage linens. Amenities, meanwhile, are “simple yet lovely,” with a propane heated shower and a “hillbilly hot tub”—AKA a clawfoot tub warmed by a fire underneath.
Rent it: $62 per night; airbnb.com
Dixie Daisy, Wimberley, Texas
Expect a vintage Airstream with a cute name to come with equally cute design. This one, located on 10 creekside acres in the Texas Hill Country, features retro teal checkered floors and a deck outfitted with a pair of old-school lawn chairs. Steps away, guests have access to a hot tub, outdoor shower, hammock, treehouse, and fire pit.
Rent it: $147 per night; airbnb.com
Airstream on a Farm, Ellijay, Georgia
Want to just get away from it all? Park yourself in this 1977 Airstream, which comes with everything you need—including a full kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping space for four—for a week of blissful disconnecting. Perched on a seven-acre farm, the Airstream offers easy access to the surrounding forests, lakes, and streams for hiking, biking, fishing, or paddling. At the end of the day, guests can kick back in the outdoor living room adjacent to the camper.
Rent it: $126 per night; airbnb.com
Handcrafted Hideaway, Dallas, Texas
On the inside, this 32-foot camper doesn’t look like your average Airstream. Completely rebuilt with handcrafted cedar walls and floors—which gives it a “warm vibe and wonderful smell,” per the listing—the rental feels rustic yet contemporary, with stone countertops and Western-inspired upholstery. For those not willing to give up their city connection, it’s also located just 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, though you wouldn’t know it: “This trailer feels like it’s parked in a national forest,” says the listing.
Rent it: $55 per night; airbnb.com
The Dawn Treader, Stanardsville, Virginia
Parked beside a 600-square-foot deck with sweeping views of the surrounding forest and ridgeline, this 1986 Airstream is perfect for those looking for a remote country escape. Inside, the 32-foot camper accommodates four with a full bed and foldaway couch, and comes with AC, heating, a full bath, and kitchen. (Upon request, the owners will even stock it with fresh baked bread, fresh eggs, and farm-raised meats.) Outside, you’ll find a dreamy, covered clawfoot tub on the deck and a fire pit nearby.
Rent it: $125 per night; airbnb.com
Romantic Retro Escape, Savannah, Georgia
Enjoy the unmatched charm of glamping among the trees in this 1968 Tag-A-Long camper with a private outdoor bath. Tucked away in the corner of a spacious backyard, the rental offers a peaceful retreat for guests to come home to after a day of exploring Savannah and the Tybee Island beaches (both 15 minutes away). Relaxing perks, including a hammock and an open-air clawfoot tub with “endless hot water,” await.
Rent it: $110 per night; airbnb.com
Desert Diva, Terlingua, Texas
If there’s one thing this 1967 Airstream has, it’s character. Located just five miles from Big Bend National Park on a 90-acre patch of desert, this remote rental sports an artfully painted exterior and over-the-top retro-chic interiors (including shag rugs and a metallic tin roof). Curtains pull back to reveal a compact bath with a gold-painted clawfoot tub. (Not a bath person? There’s a separate shower house nearby.)
Rent it: $90 per night; airbnb.com
The RhodoDen, Swannanoa, North Carolina
If you didn’t know you were in this 1974 Airstream Argosy, you might think you were resting your head in a sweet little country cottage. The interiors here feature charming details like beadboard walls and wood floors, plus a sleeping space affording wraparound forest views. Nestled among the rhododendron in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the camper is surrounded by nature yet just 15 minutes to Asheville.
Rent it: $64 per night; airbnb.com