So you can bring your own RV or tent, or you can stay in one of their cute little bullet shaped Airstream trailers. We happen to have an Airstream, so that wasn't what caught my eye on their website. It was the fact they had a little drive in movie screen! There's more on that later.
Gorgeous Day in September
Last summer when we were planning our 1-month road trip, it was a puzzle piecing together 28 different accommodations. There were limited trailers at "Shooting Star" and if we wanted to see a movie, we had to book for one of the nights they showed movies... and we had to hope for decent weather. We lucked out. The weather was beautiful.
I had spoken with owner, Michelle, when I booked the "Kid's Hideout" trailer. It was the smallest, but it was decorated to look like the trailer Robert Redford stayed in, while shooting Butch Cassidy. Later Michelle offered to move us to a bigger trailer for no extra charge, since someone requested the Hideout. We ended up in a trailer called, Sugar's Shack, instead.
Troy Shows Us Around
Michelle's husband Troy lead us to our trailer and showed us the ropes. We double checked to make sure there would be a movie playing that night and he assured us we could reserve one of the vintage convertibles for our viewing pleasure!
This Airstream was a lot bigger than the one we own, but Don still could barely stand! It was nice having a couch area and more of a kitchen and a useable bathroom, but we were mostly eager about the view.
The view from the window behind the couch was pretty darn nice! In the summer, I imagine there could be some intense sun, since we were looking west. But the air was perfect.
The Sugar Shack Theme?
I do love a theme and I had looked forward to the western theme of Robert Redford's trailer, with burlap curtains, leather and pressed tin.
When we switched to Sugar's Shack, I figured that would be fine, since I love Marilyn Monroe's Sugar character in "Some Like it Hot". But there wasn't much of a vintage feel to the Airstream and I had to search a bit for some reminders of what the theme was. I do adore Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon in their dresses, so their framed image made me smile!
And there were some old magazines that took me back in time... and some framed Marilyn portraits... beside a flyswatter.
There was a nice little hat on display beside the bed. It was the same style that Tony and Jack happily wore in their photo. When Troy showed us around the trailer earlier, he pointed out Marilyn's little black dress in the closet. Now the idea that they put a black dress in the closet would just sound creepy to most. But Don and I are not your normal travelers. I laughed and said, "Oh that should be fun." (In a very G-rated way) and then we began to enjoy the evening.
Don got out the uke. Trailers are much better for uke practice than hotel rooms with thin walls. Actually this was a pretty appropriate activity for Sugar's Shack as it turns out. Marilyn's character, Sugar, plays the ukulele in the movie.
If the Dress Fits...
Ok, maybe that's a little weird putting on a dress and hat when you don't know who's worn it last. But I'm all for making the most of our overnights and enjoying everything they have to offer. So I put on the dress and hat and did my photo shoot. I'm afraid I felt more like Jack Lemon than Marilyn Monroe.
Then we made use of our deck with some drinks. Luckily we had sunglasses, because it took a long time for that sun to set in the cloudless sky!
There are only three (sometimes 4) old cars you can "rent" for movie viewing. We put dibs on the red Dogde Dart and it was quite a hoot watching Looney Tunes!
Troy was up in the wooden tower where they project the films. Michelle was inside the Airstream-Turned-Snack-Bar. I had some fun picking out some goodies from their vintage candy display. I had to laugh with Michelle when I noticed a photo of the "66" Park In Theatre. I told her that it's located in St. Louis and I'm pretty sure that's where Don and I first saw "City Slickers", which was the movie we were about ready to watch.
When cartoons ended, we hunkered down with our popcorn and drinks and Troy asked if we wanted him to put the top down. Luckily we had a quilt with us, because the temps had dropped. But what a perfect movie for the environment. The movie setting was similar to the land around us. And the chill in the air, the cozy quilt and the stars overhead and a fun enough movie! No worries about falling asleep.
It was a little crisp when I tiptoed around the other trailers early the next morning. It was an odd sight seeing all the shiny metal Airstreams lined up, surrounded by mountains, green and blue sky!
Another Sunny Day
All was quiet and we were packed and on our way, without ever chatting with any of our neighbors. Even at the movie the night before, we'd only seen the dark images of a few folks sitting in lawn chairs. It was a quick stay, but we made the most of it.
Again, the Airstream experience was not the highlight for us. The crazy idea of these trailers clustered together, with a nearby drive is what made the stay unique.
I think more than anything I'll remember the fun of watching the movie with the stars above.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!