Shipping containers: They’re not just for shipping anymore. You can now comfortably sleep in one, eat and drink in one, or even shop in one. They have gone from grungy to industrial chic and they’re definitely a trend worth checking out. Here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy repurposed cargo containers on your next vacation.
Shipping Container Cottage: Oregon
This two-story industrial cottage in rural Oregon is simple and chic with beautiful forest views. The property has all the amenities you need without the fuss. Outdoor adventurers will love its close proximity to the Fantasy Trail.
Flophouze Shipping Container Hotel: Texas
The Flophouze is a unique hotel in located smack between Austin and Houston and made up entirely of renovated shipping containers. Choose to stay in one of the six container accommodations with kitchenette, full bathroom and floor-to-cieling windows to enjoy the view of the open space. It even boasts a shipping container converted into a pool!
WanderJaunt shipping container apartment rental: Phoenix
Located in the Roosevelt Row Arts District of Phoenix, this hip container complex offers apartment-style accommodations. Amenities include free WiFi, parking, air conditioning and washer/dryer. The location is walking distance to many nearby attractions, such as the Phoenix Art Museum.
Container Inn: Puerto Vallarta
You might not even realize you’re staying in stacked containers at the Container Inn. It feels more like a hotel with a front desk check in, complimentary breakfast, events room and terrace. Enjoy all that Puerto Vallarta has to offer from this conveniently located and environmentally-friendly Inn.
SteelCraft: Southern California
With three Southern California locations—Long Beach, Bellflower and Garden Grove—SteelCraft has taken the food truck concept to the next level with repurposed shipping containers turned into craft food vendors and a common central dining area. At the original Long Beach site, visitors can indulge in artisanal ice cream, waffles and chicken, cold pressed juice, gourmet pizza, craft beer and more.
Select Starbucks: various locations
The mega coffee chain has several shipping container stores, the first of which opened in Tukwila, Washington, where it was inspired by the view of a busy port stacked with cargo containers. Locations also include Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago and Virginia Beach.
Austin Container Bar
Made from seven stacked shipping containers, this is one cool bar. The Austin Container Bar maintains an industrial look and feel, and serves a variety of beer, wine and cocktails.
Federalist Public House: Sacramento
Enjoy wood-fired pizza and craft beer at communal tables in this Sacramento-based restaurant built from seven shipping containers. The Federalist Public House also lets you enjoy a game of bocce while chowing down.
The Container Restaurant: Durango, CO
Located at the Ska Brewing World Headquarters in Durango, the Container Restaurant was created from two containers stacked on top of each other. The second story container offers barstools with a great views. On the first level, community picnic tables are available for dining. Enjoy freshly brewed beer and a selection of menu items that range from burgers to salads.
Smoky Park Supper Club: Asheville, NC
This large shipping container restaurant offers great views of the French Broad River, along with a menu of local wood-fired favorites. You can even book a private party in Smoky Park‘s event space, and give your guests a night to remember.
Quartyard: San Diego
At the Quartyard, visitors can enjoy a bite to eat, let their dog socialize at the dog run, grab a killer cup of coffee, jam to live music and be inspired by rotating art installations. This community hub is open seven days a week.
Downtown Container Park Las Vegas
The Downtown Container Park Las Vegas attracts Sin City revelers with shopping, dining and entertainment in a village crafted entirely of shipping containers. Swing by for events like open-air yoga and live music, or to explore the kids play area, variety of restaurants, shops and even a 4K-visual dome theater.
Aether: San Francisco
LA-based clothing company Aether opened a shipping container store in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley built from three stacked containers. Even if you’re not in the market for high-end outerwear, this shop is worth a visit just for its architecture and design: Picture a glass-encased cantilevered lounge, reclaimed oak floors and a “dry-cleaner” style conveyor system that moves clothes around the store.
Revolutsia: Witchita, KS
This Midwest shipping container mall is constructed of 36 containers housing small businesses such as a bookstore, cafe, salon, bank, market and more. The centrally located outdoor dining tables and fire pit are perfect for enjoying a bit to eat or just relaxing.
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