Meet “Darla” the Glamping Trailer
“Darla” is an all-original retro 1955 “Westerner” camping trailer in a park-like setting in Ashford, Washington. The glamping trailer features vintage/boho decor, string lights, a hammock, picnic table, lounge chairs, kitchenette, cozy flannel sheets, and an outhouse. Located at the edge of the tiny town of Ashford only 6 miles from the Nisqually Entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, it makes a great basecamp for adventures at the mountain.
About the space
Situated near the Ashford Lodge Darla is in a secluded campsite surrounded by tall trees on three sides. Guests staying at Darla have a whole section of the property to themselves. The glamping site has a large south-facing lawn that lets the sunshine in. A gorgeous old-growth maple tree nearby provides afternoon shade.
Built in 1955 Darla looks almost like she did when she rolled off the assembly line! The decor transports you back in time, with wood-paneled walls, an icebox, a gas stove, and a vintage dinette. The full-size bed features warm flannel sheets and a down comforter with a vintagey-plaid duvet cover and 4 soft pillows. An electric ceramic heater keeps the trailer cozy on chilly nights.
Equipped to prepare simple meals, the kitchenette sink has running potable water (cold only!), with pots and pans to use on the 3-burner propane stove. The kitchenette also has silverware, plates, bowls, glasses, and mugs. There’s a retro-style coffee percolator (with instructions!), with sugar, creamer, and tea as well. The kitchenette has an icebox for keeping food cool (it’s not a fridge!) You can buy a block of ice from Ashford Grocery right across the street to keep your food cool; as the ice melts it will simply drain out the back! Just a heads up that the icebox is quite small, so if you want to keep a lot of food cool you may want to bring a separate cooler.
There is no bathroom in the trailer. Guests have access to a “honey bucket” outhouse in the campground next door. There is no shower. As this is a “glamping” spot, think of it as rustic camping with extra charm and comfort! Outside the trailer, there is a sturdy picnic table for enjoying meals or card games surrounded by fresh air. You can also relax in the hammock hung between two spruce trees, and enjoy your morning coffee in the lounge chairs overlooking the lawn and maple tree.
The property is adjacent to Ashford County Park with hiking trails. You might see the occasional person walking along the trail that goes behind the camper, but a row of cedar trees provides ample privacy. Find the gap in the trees and take a morning stroll along the trails yourself!
Note that the WiFi doesn’t currently reach all the way out to the trailer. Cell service is limited. T-Mobile works well, but others are a bit weak. If you need WiFi, feel free to come and sit in the guest gazebo behind the Ashford Lodge guesthouse. A WiFi login info is available upon check-in.
Single-night reservations are accepted, there is no minimum night stay required.