United States: Five quirky places to stay

The Shady Dell Trailer Park in Arizona provides guests with the kitschy decor of yesteryear.
The Shady Dell Trailer Park in Arizona provides guests with the kitschy decor of yesteryear.

The Shady Dell Trailer Park, Arizona

Travel to Bisbee in Arizona and you can enjoy retro accommodation in this 1950s-style trailer park. Nine vintage trailers let guests stay and enjoy the kitschy decor of yesteryear as they escape the trappings and technology of modern day life by listening to 45s and tuning into the radio's golden oldies music or watching black and white televisions. Or campers can pull up a metal chair on the astro-turf under the trailers' gazebos and just chill.

McMenamin's Kennedy School, Oregon

It's fine to fall asleep in class at this former Portland primary school, which is now keeping people overnight and serving beer at the Detention Bar. These days it houses a brewery, comfortable rooms with queen-size beds and private bathrooms, and a movie theatre.

Aurora Express Bed and Breakfast, Alaska

The Aurora Express has found its station in life as a B&B. Retired train carriages have been restored and transformed into luxurious rooms and suites - think grand ceilings, queen-size beds and velvet curtains - with bathrooms and a diner car, all sitting on a section of railroad track overlooking Fairbanks and the Tanana Valley.

Saugerties Lighthouse, New York

This is an iconic 1869 beacon on the Hudson River in Saugerties, New York, that operates as a functioning museum and also offers B&B accommodation, charm and rustic simplicity in the middle of a river.

Treebones Resort, California

Feel close to nature with these 16 yurts at California's Treebones Resort, all overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the magnificent Big Sur coast. The yurts sit high up, allowing panoramic views. These permanent tent structures have hardwood floors, French doors, plush beds, electricity and a vanity sink. Bathrooms are separate. Bonuses are organic gardens, yoga, whale-watching and star gazing.

- NZ Herald

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