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Step Back in Time at The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court

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Photo Courtesy: Shady Dell (@theshadydell)

Nestled in the heart of Bisbee, Arizona, a mile high up the Mule Mountains, lies a hidden gem for those yearning to experience the golden era of American travel. The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court, under the stewardship of Justin Luria, has metamorphosed from its humble beginnings in 1927 into a sanctuary for vintage travel enthusiasts and an emblem of classic Americana.

In the early 20th century, Highway 80 served as a vital artery for American exploration, stretching from Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California. It was akin to the more renowned Route 66, offering families and travelers alike an avenue for adventure and discovery. Amidst this backdrop of wanderlust and exploration arose The Shady Dell, initially providing respite for weary travelers with trailer and camping spaces.

Step Back in Time at The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court
Photo Courtesy: Shady Dell

Today, The Shady Dell is not merely a place to stay; it is an immersive journey back in time. Housing 15 meticulously restored vintage travel trailers including icons like a 1949 Airstream, a 1950 Spartan Manor, and a majestic 33-foot Royal Mansion built in 1951 complete with leopard carpeting and martini glasses. Each trailer offers guests a unique slice of history combined with the comforts of modernity.

Among these treasures is the “1947 Tiki Bus Polynesian Palace,” adorned with hand-carved details and its very own tiki god—a testament to the dedication Justin Luria brings to preserving these artifacts of yesteryear. This dedication extends beyond restoration; it’s about creating experiences that transport guests to another era entirely.

Justin Luria’s typical day exemplifies his commitment to The Shady Dell’s vision. An early riser by virtue of joining the “5 a.m. club,” Justin begins his day with exercise, self-reflection, and learning—a routine that fuels both his physical well-being and entrepreneurial spirit. Post morning rituals involve engaging directly with The Shady Dell’s operations or embarking on quests for parts across borders or within local communities—a true hands-on approach.

Music plays an essential role in setting the tone for their day-to-day life; Thelonious Monk’s jazz compositions accompany mornings filled with preparation and passion towards revitalizing The Shady Dell. This blend of hard work peppered with moments shared on motorcycle rides with his dog Squid encapsulates their lifestyle—one deeply intertwined with their business yet full of personal joy and family time.

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Photo Courtesy: Shady Dell

For dining experiences reminiscent of the ’50s glamour, Dot’s Diner awaits at The Shady Dell’s entrance—a shiny beacon inviting guests to indulge in authentic diner cuisine amid retro decor. Such attention to detail ensures that every aspect of The Shady Dell encapsulates the essence of the period it celebrates.

The story behind each vintage trailer at The Shady Dell isn’t just about preservation but also about creating narratives that guests can partake in—living histories where every stay becomes part of a larger tapestry interwoven with tales from past decades.

As entrepreneurs raising their family while living their dream in Bisbee, Arizona, Justin Luria and Claire Harlin embody what it means to transform passion into livelihood. Their journey breathes life into pieces of history otherwise forgotten—ensuring that they remain vibrant chapters in America’s rich tapestry.

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Photo Courtesy: Shady Dell (@theshadydell)

In today’s fast-paced world where authenticity often takes a backseat to convenience, places like The Shady Dell remind us of our collective heritage—inviting us into stories lived by generations before us through tangible experiences that spark wonderment about lives once lived so vibrantly within these spaces.

For those enchanted by nostalgia or seeking an escape from the monotony of modern accommodations will find solace at The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court—a place where history is not only preserved but celebrated amidst Arizona’s breathtaking landscapes.

Follow along this remarkable journey through time by visiting or booking your next getaway via  experience firsthand how Justin Luria and Claire Harlin are keeping American vintage culture alive one trailer at a time.

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Published by: Martin De Juan

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