CAMPING IN STYLE
You’ve seen it on the cover of Garden & Gun and featured in the pages of Southern Living. For over a century, campers, road warriors, and adventurers have hit the road in an Airstream. An airstream isn’t a just travel trailer or recreational vehicle—it’s a lifestyle, and there are Airstream clubs around the world to prove it, along with celebrities such as Matthew McConaughey, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Patrick Dempsey —especially now that COVID restrictions are lifting. People are desperate to “get out of Dodge” and hit the road.
Founded in 1929 by Wally Byam, he was the first to identify the demand for a towable, functional, home-on-wheels as jobless Americans scoured the Wally Byam with his righthand men, Art Costello and Andrew Charles country for work. Hundreds of thousands of Airstream “caravans” have been manufactured since then. Built to last, more than 70 percent of the Airstream travel trailers ever built are still on the road. According to The Washington Post, retail sales jumped 22-percent in 2020 as a result of the pandemic and sales of the “Silver Bullet,” as the all-aluminum Airstream is called, are expected to more than double that by the end of 2021.
Just last week, Airstream introduced a new model to its fleet. The Jackson Center, Ohio-based company has teamed up with the upscale home furnishings company, Pottery Barn, to produce a luxurious home on wheels. Entirely decorated from stem-to-stern in Pottery Barn’s Big Sur Collection and Benchwright Dining Collection, and Aubrey Furniture Collection, the 28-foot land yacht features soothing colors, ultra-soft seating, Roman shades, Belgian flax linen bedding, and bleached oak trim and tables. The Airstream Pottery Barn Special Edition is offered in two-floor plans, sleeps up to five, and costs $145,000, and is available at Airstream dealers nationwide.