Archive for the ‘Unique and Magical Places to Stay’ Category

The Gate Keeper’s Castle, Washington

The Gate Keepers Castle Vacation Rental Front

The Gate Keeper’s Castle

From the website:


“Designed and built from a dream. This medieval castle is the most enchanted castle in the area. Looking upon the structure, flights of pure fantasy and imagination dazzle the mind.  Feasting, sieges, bards, mystery and wonder grow when stepping into this magical world. An age of bygone kings, magicians, giants, dwarfs, sorceresses, elves and trolls. Through the doors, chivalry is born and romance has its origins in this magical world. The castle is extremely spacious and must be seen to fully appreciate. This is a dream getaway for anybody seeking a refuge from the mundane. The Gate Keepers Castle has a total of 5 full size bedrooms all prepared in the finest linens, rest easy in luxury. There are 3 bedrooms in the King Suite, as well as a full size Jacuzzi, steam shower and a decor unique in its own right. The main floor has a full restaurant style equipped kitchen, fireplace, and bathroom all with an elegant Victorian charm, with modern appliances. Meandering up the spiral staircase to the upper floor, one is drawn to the stained glass and antique decor. Here you will find two more spacious bedrooms and a bathroom.”

It’s about 15 minutes from the small towns of Sequim and Port Townsend.

Shooting Star RV Park near Escalante, Utah


From the website:

The Shooting Star RV Resort, formerly the Shooting Star Drive-In, is under new ownership and is now open to all RVs and campers in addition to the Airstreams.

Your hosts, Troy and Michelle invite you to vacation like a Hollywood star in one of our eight star-studded Airstreams with décor that will make you feel like you are on the movie set of films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Some Like It Hot, Viva Las Vegas, or Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

If you prefer, you can park your own RV in one of the large pull-through sites with full hook-ups or choose from the many secluded sites surrounded by oak and sage brush if you would like more privacy. RV sites can also be used for those that simply want to pitch a tent.”

Driving along one of my favorite highways in the entire US, Highway 12 in Utah, I came across another vintage RV park! Talk about the perfect setting! I wish I had been able to stop, but am definitely adding this to my list for my next visit.

Out’n’About Treesort – Southern Oregon


From the website:

“Out’n’About is a truly unique place. Part of it’s uniqueness has to do with that it is a home grown and based business. There are no locks on the treehouse doors. It is not a Ramada or Hilton in the trees, but is a genuine four star Treesort catering to both the timid and adventurous, locals and travelers. The Treehouses are only part of the 36 private acres of pasture and woods, right next to Siskiyou National Forest land & old growth wilderness close by. We have a Morgan Horse breeding ranch along with our riding horse stable, two rocking horses, 4 dogs, & 1 cat usually running around the property. Very family oriented and friendly you can find everything from a calm peacefull solitude, to a sceaming ride on the ziplines or giant Tarzan Swing.”

Out’n’About  Treesort – Southern Oregon

Caravan – The Tiny House Hotel in Portland, Oregon


I cannot wait to visit this Tiny House Hotel located in Portland, Oregon. With 6 different houses to choose from, what a cool experience indeed. For someone considering joining the tiny house movement, this would be a great place to get the feel for it.

Caravan – Tiny House Hotel

From their website:

“Caravan- The Tiny House Hotel is the first tiny house hotel in the United States and is located in NE Portland in the popular and funky Alberta Arts District. Our tiny houses are built on trailers with wheels and range in size from 100-200 square feet.

The tiny houses are located in an urban lot and form a circle around a central gathering space. There is a BBQ, fire pit, Adirondack chairs, a hammock, and lots of funky, locally made metal, stained glass and recycled art. Caravan is located just steps from some of Portland’s favorite establishments for foodies, such as Radio Room, Bye and Bye, the Alberta St. Public House and the famous Grilled Cheese Grill.”

The Shady Dell Vintage RV Park – Arizona


From their website:

“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 78rpm records, 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, finding the Rat Pack on the radio and navigating the open road in search of your own slice of the American Dream.”

Palm Canyon Hotel and RV – Vintage RV’s


Why not try “glamping” in a refurbished vintage RV?

“Guests can fully combine the camping experience of yesteryear with the comfort of today by staying in one of our newly refurbished vintage trailers. Choose between a sleek Airstream or a cozy Canned Ham, each redesigned to provide first-class amenities while retaining a retro charm. A unique place to rest in between enjoying the many activities and resort amenities that Palm Canyon has to offer.”

Hotel and RV Resort In Borrego Springs, California

Palm Canyon Vintage RV’s

Starlite Classic Campground – Vintage RV’s


I’m not sure if it’s becoming a personal obsession, but I think this new trend of Vintage RV parks is pretty cool. Here is one I came across in Colorado.

From their website:

“Experience life in the “past” lane when you stay in one of the classic campers at The Starlite Classic Campground, located near the gorgeous Royal Gorge in Colorado. Camp owners Sylvia Davids and Larry Hill (of Retro Restoration) are experts in restoring and collecting classic campers, and have chosen some of the best to share at their park. Who could forget the hilarious antics of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as they traveled in “The Long, Long Trailer”? Now you can make your own memories in that style of trailer or choose one of the other vintage models offered for rent. Schedule your vacation today using the easy online reservation system.”

Starlite Classic Campground

Hobbit House – Orcas Island

It’s so much fun to find unique places to stay. Here’s one on Orcas Island up in the San Juans.

Willamette Wine Country Vintage Trailer RV Park

Vintage trailers are really making a comeback. Deep in Oregon wine country is a really cool new attraction – The Vintage Trailer RV Park. You can rent a vintage trailer for the night and step back in time. Reserve 2 cruisers and enjoy barbequing under the stars. What a cool idea! I’ll definitely be heading that direction to try out a totally new experience.

The Vintages Trailer Resort

Willamette Wine Country RV Park


Gnome House Chalet, Orcas Island

I get really excited when I find another magically themed vacation rental. While looking up information on Orcas Island in the San Juans up in Washington, I stumbled across a new find to add to my list!

The Gnome House


Gnome House Chalet


Welcome to the Gnome House in sunny Deer Harbor, Orcas Island Washington State.

Welcome to the Gnome House in sunny Deer Harbor, Orcas Island Washington State. Romance of family fun. This area at the Gnome House is perfect. The Gnome House foyer. Come in relax and enjoy this famous chalet. The south sunny half of the main living area. Notice the shipbuilding carpentry. The north half of the main living area. Baseboard electric or wood heated. Dining, game playing, reading, and popular 'wedding' nook. Romantic Gnome House has been the venue for many a beautiful wedding. Happiness! The gnomes' kitchen, convenient, efficient, and complete. Beautiful washroom with sunken tub. Past the Gnomes' cupboard bed and up the spiral stairs to the master loft. This photo highlights some of the famous woodwork and design of the Gnome House. Looking west over the 'Sleigh of Dreams' in the master loft. Looking east from the Loft Sleigh Bed. See the squirrel and acorn newel posts? View of the Gnome House east side as you drive up upon your arrival. Gorgeous views from our vacation rental houses' play set Your private Gnome House campfire, picnic, table, and hot tub area. A rare big beautiful snow day in 1966. Over 3 feet of snow to the delight of all The Gnome House nestled in Nature, just the way gnomes prefer. Everyone loves Cedar, our Golden Fetcher.  He will greet you with a tennis ball. 'Tater and one of his many admirers.  This darling little girl loved our pets. Fishing in the islands is super fun for the entire family.  Salmon for all. Springtime takes bloom near the play set. Our three gnome sons in 1986 in what is now the very popular gnome cubby bed. Well, why are you still waiting? Sign up now for your great vacation.
  • Minimum stay:Contact owner
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Deer Harbor chalet description

The Gnome House is a truly memorable romantic getaway or family fun vacation rental. This premier Orcas Island vacation chalet is located on a 140 acre magnificent private setting…..a renowned wildlife and bird watching paradise.
The Gnome House is a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, timber-framed Orcas Island cottage constructed with massive timbers, cedar arches, and hand carved tree trunk posts.
Come discover this delightful site of many a honeymoon, many romantic evenings, magical family vacations, one of the truly romantic Orcas Island getaways or quintessential Orcas Island experiences. A perfect family vacation rental cottage – children and grandparents love it!