Founded in 1892, the Sou’ Wester is a “…hodgepodge of private cabins, vintage travel trailers, suites and campsites.”
Located minutes from the ocean in Seaview, Washington, the Sou’ Wester has several ‘motel-style’ cabins on the property, but by far the most fun lodging for RV lovers is found in a park that features a collection of more than a dozen renovated vintage travel trailers.
And in that park – a double decker travel trailer called the “African Queen”!
Bold, geometric fifties paint job sets the stage for a cool interior.
There are a lot of cool things about the Sou’ Wester, like the free Friday night concerts or the fact that it’s also an artist colony of sorts, meaning a freshly stocked collection of interesting people to meet at all times.
Blonde kitchen cabinets and spacious dining room in the large living space.
This 1950s era beauty features a bold, geometric exterior paint job reminiscent of classic Santa Fe railway engine. It sleeps six and inside it’s a veritable treasure trove of Mid-century design and unique décor.
Colorful twin beds, with a view of the loft.
The trailer features blonde wood ceilings and classic 1950s square asphalt linoleum tiles throughout. The kitchen is cozy but serviceable, featuring a stove/oven and refrigerator underneath a bay of blonde, Danish-finished cabinets.
Connected to the spacious dining room, the kitchen is the largest living space in the trailer.
The master bedroom, with pickled oak paneling and built-in bureau.
Downstairs is a bedroom setup with two twin beds under lively, hand patterned quilts. The pickled oak paneling continues the Mid-century feel, with a pass-through that presents a view into the loft, accessible by stairs just inside the front door.
In another touch of Mid-century styling, the original wrought iron hand rail contrasts darkly against its light wood background for a dramatic focal piece.
The original vintage iron rail makes for a high contrast accent.
The master bedroom is done in pickled oak as well, with a large, built-in bureau that takes a big bite out of the footprint, but provides lots of storage.
A double bed still finds enough room to sleep two while allowing easy passage around the room.
Bright, colorful draperies shed color into the dining room.
Upstairs in the loft, another double bed is found in the form of a mattress on the platform floor.
This cozy nest has views out to the rest of the trailer through pass throughs that keep the small space from feeling boxed in.
The design of the trailer, overall, is much more architectural than your average 21st century RV.
Loft stares, encased in blonde “Danish style” wood work.
Throughout the space, bright textiles provide splashes of color, from the varied bed covers to the eclectic curtains with a folksy feel that let color come into the space like a stained glass window.
Furnishings are vintage too, so that a trip to the African Queen is a step back in time to a simpler era.
The trailer’s namesake.
A functional record player comes supplied with a collection of albums to add ambiance to the period atmosphere.
Everything in the restored two-story trailer, from the furnishings to the vintage appliances, is designed to take you out of your every day world and slow you down.
Functional accents, like vintage china and utensils add decorative touches throughout.
And of course, you have to mention the namesake, vintage movie poster of Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in the iconic classic, The African Queen.
For more information or to book your stay, visit their website.
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