Best Of 2019

Best Retro Rental for Groovy Campers: Route Fifty Campers

The lure and lore of hitting the open road, of Route 66 and road trips, highways and cross-country adventures is ingrained in the American ethos like Manifest Destiny and Jack Kerouac novels. And part of that idealization is conjured up in wholesome those-were-the-days nostalgia — all-night diners, neon signs and rolled-down windows. Local company Route Fifty Campers captures that feeling with their line of one-of-a-kind refurbished vintage rental trailers. We’re talking a full-blown 1950s Airstream, wood-paneled Winnebago and an adorable teal 1985 Scamp, among others. Rental starts at $80-$185 per night and Route Fifty can deliver a trailer to a campground or RV park (for a fee) or you can tow and go yourself, if you have the right equipment. Different campers have different capacities — all have sinks and stoves, some have toilets — but they’ve all been outfitted with a retro vibe and Midcentury-meets-contemporary décor: lots of teal, yellow and avocado green. Route Fifty also curates experience packages, like the Olive Branch Camping and Zip Line Adventure, which includes camper delivery to Olive Branch Campground in Oregonia for three nights, plus passes to Ozone Zipline Adventure. Route Fifty Campers, routefiftycampers.com.