The Shady Dell
Nine lovely, fully restored vintage aluminum travel trailers await you at the Shady Dell in Bisbee, Arizona.
Whether it is the 33 foot Royal Mansion built in 1951 and restored with leopard carpet, martini glasses, Diner-style breakfast booth, and phonograph with a collection of 78 rpm re
cords, or the 1947 Tiki Bus Polynesian Palace, complete with hand-carved outrigger bar and your own Tiki God, the Shady Dell’s individual trailers will surely send you back to a time when freedom was just another word for jumping in your aluminum house on wheels.
Bisbee is captivating and full of historic buildings, museums, art galleries, antique shops, hidden walkways and plenty of ghosts. Its close proximity to Chiricahua National Park, Cochise Stronghold, and the Ramsey Canyon Nature Conservancy provides numerous opportunities for bird watching, rock hunting, biking, hiking, or just leisurely explorations of the wonders of southeastern Arizona’s high desert area.
Address: 1 Douglas Road, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Phone: (520) 432-3567
El Cosmico is an 18-acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness they offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert.
From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet.
Accommodations at El Cosmico include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces for guests—a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, a reading room.
El Cosmico rents wood-fired hot tubs as the burn ban allows, and bikes for exploring Marfa.
Physical Address: 802 S. Highland Avenue, Marfa, TX 79843
Mailing Address: PO Box 1368, Marfa, TX 79843
Phone: (432) 729-1950 or (877) 822-1950 (toll free)
Kate’s Lazy Desert Airstream Motel
Kate, of B-52s fame invites visitors to “rocket through the wilderness” in a collection of six vintage Airstreams, the interiors of which riff off the kitsch of the band’s best-known material.
The Lava trailer, with its orange-blob paint job, mimics the gooey movement of the ’60s-style lamp, whereas Planet Air is cast in an otherworldly pink light to recreate the aura of Planet Claire. The windows are covered with colored gel to give the feeling of “pink air” and the interior has special “space controls and LED panels” fun!
In Hairstream, a fantasy version of a B-52′s dressing room, the walls are covered with posters and photos from each and every album, and the exterior is even stenciled with the names of places they’ve been—and some places they’ve never been—on the road.
Tiki features a groovy mid century Tiki bar motif inside and out.
Address: 58380 Botkin Road, Landers, CA 92285
Location: 17 miles north of Yucca Valley, off State Route 247 (Old Woman Springs Road)
Phone: (845) 688-7200
Please Note: This Part 2 of a 2-part series on the Airstream mystique and Airstream motels
Part 1: Airstream Mystique
If you see a faded sign at the side of the road that says
“15 miles to the Love Shack”
Love Shack, yeah, yeah
I’m headin’ down the Atlanta highway
Lookin’ for the love getaway
Headed for the love getaway
—recorded by The B-52′s