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Make a Day of It: Keeping it classy at The Vintages Trailer Resort (Dayton, OR)

Run Oregon loves running - that's no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new "Make a Day of It" feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience! The next installment of this series is The Vintages Trailer Resort! First the running: Dayton is a pretty small town, but does have a few nearby races to its credit. The Dayton Fiesta Run in September and the Oregon Wine County Half Marathon just north of town (starting at Stoller Estates) in August. While the resort is a little bit segregated from the actual town, my wife and I took a morning run and found easy access into town for a quick and easy little run. Starting from the resort, head west on the unpaved Kreder Road and down to Alderman Park. There is a small and cute little bridge that spits runners out onto Ferry Street. We continued down Ferry until the sidewalk ran out and we looped back after a little jaunt through a new neighborhood development. This route was right around 3 miles round trip, though there are plenty of options to loop through the city again or continue off into the quiet country roads (though be cautious as shoulders can be small in areas. Now to the details to the experience itself:

The Vintages would be a perfect location for either of the above races, as well as for the Fueled by Fine Wine Half or even a race in McMinnville or Newberg. It is just off of Highway 18, and has easy on and off transit in either direction. The resort itself features has a nice country shop, complete with local wines, beers, as well as handcrafted and local savouries as well. There are about 100 slots for RV’s (the Willamette Wine Country RV Park portion), as well as a row of 19 vintage trailers for overnight stays (The Vintages portion). There are sizes for families, as well as for couples – like the Neutron Couples one that we stayed in.

The outside of the trailer was great. It has that unique vintage RV feel, complete with two vintage bikes for exploring, as well as a patio with chairs, tables and a grill. Inside is cozy, yet functional and well-kept. Our RV had a queen bed, complete with a good mattress and great sheets. There was also a sink, mini-fridge, microwave, and an amazing tub (maybe for two, but it would be a tight fit – which may be the whole point).

In addition, there is a portable space heater/fireplace to keep things warm (we learned the hard way that keeping turning it off overnight is not the best decision), as well as gourmet pour-over coffee from Caravan Coffee in Newberg, and comfy robes. While there is a bathroom in the trailer, and you can utilize an extended handle in the bath to take a sit down shower, the robes came in handy when going over to the separate main bathrooms and shower area. There is also a hot tub and pool (though they are currently closed for the winter months).

Dogs are allowed (though perhaps not in all trailers). All-in-all, this was an amazing overnight location. My wife had her reservations going into the experience, but those were quickly gone and we are even thinking about bringing the kids next time! I don’t think you will be disappointed!

Upcoming Events:

Check out their “Vintage Valentine” package, which is available throughout the month of February. This package comes with:
  • Overnight accommodations in a Neutron Couple’s Trailer, which features our extra-large soaker tub (where I stayed)
  • Bottle of local sparkling wine
  • Sumptuous chocolate truffles from a local chocolatier
  • A beautiful bouquet of roses

There are also other promotions throughout the year as well that you can purchase. Like I said earlier, if you are planning on running any of the races nearby, please get to making a reservation right now!

Cost: Each trailer differs in cost, but hover around $120 – $135/night.

Follow the Vintages on Facebook for future announcements.

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About Matt Rasmussen (935 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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