Retro Travel 

The Historic Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba MO

If you find yourself in the middle of Missouri – you’re going to want to make sure that Cuba Missouri is a stop on your trip! With it’s retro murals and almost Disneylike feel, Cuba is Americana at it’s finest. And it’s here that you find one of the best kept motels along Route 66. The Wagon Wheel Motel, Cafe and Station in Cuba with it’s iconic sign  still offers travelers a comfortable and picturesque place to stay after nearly three quarters of a century. The Wagon Wheel Motel started…

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Retro Travel 

The Historic Boots Motel, Carthage, MO

If you’ve been a regular reader, you probably remember our articles in 2011 about saving The Boots Motel in Carthage Missouri. Save the Boots Motel In 2011 the bank put the property on the market, and it was snapped up by the current owners, sisters, Debye Harvey and Priscilla Bledsaw. Fans of old Route 66, they had been talking about purchasing a motel and running it as part of their retirement plan. Update on the Boots Motel – Saved On the exterior, in 2012-2013, they raised money to removed the…

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Retro Travel 

Phoenicia Lodge is retro fun in the Catskills

Phoenicia Lodge has been on our  Mid-Century Motel directory for a long time – so when we planned a trip through upstate New York, we knew we had to stop and meet up with Brian and Sara who have lovingly restored and cultivated a fabulous Lodge in the gorgeous Catskills! The town of Phoenicia is small and quaint and a lot of fun. We had dinner at Tavern 214, an excellent restaurant there,  and enjoyed walking around the cute stores in the small downtown. As far as the Lodge goes,…

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Retro Travel 

The fabulous retro resorts of Wildwood New Jersey!

Our summer trip began with a place so fun and unique that my 12 year old son now counts it as his favorite place ever. Beaches, amusement parks, restaurants, activities and some of the most fantastic Mid-Century Resort Architecture and Googie signs anywhere! Where do you find all of this? New Jersey! The Wildwoods began developing as a resort in the last decade of the 19th century. Of interest to Mid-Century fans is the building boom began in the 1950s, due partially to the construction and completion of the Garden…

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Preservation Retro Travel 

Usonian Inn, Wisconsin, for Sale

We love to spot great preservation efforts, and in this case, The Usonian Inn LLC, originally named the Rest Haven Motel, is already on the National Register of Historic places, however, what a deal: Location: E5116 Hwy 14, Spring Green, WI 53588 $655,900 Turn key operation, excellent investment. Spring Green’s first original Taliesin inspired Inn. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice, J.C. Caraway. Green cert., 11 unit motel with prime Hwy 14 frontage. All units tastefully remodeled with the Frank Lloyd Wright dcor. Integrated 3 bedroom living quarters with private deck…

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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: The Blue Swallow, Tucumcari, NM

We have had the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, NM in our Motel Directory for a long time.It’s as much of an icon along Route 66 as the WigWam Motels. Owner Lillian Redman, a legend along Route 66 ran the motel from 1958 to 1997.  By a stroke of luck, owners over the years after she sold the motel managed to restore instead of modifying (and thus destroying the charm) the old motel.  The rooms have been “modernized” but only to accommodate the comfort of guests and going to great…

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Lifestyle Retro Travel 

Steel Rails and the Double Six

Legendary Route 66 is more than America’s most famous highway and its longest attraction. It is also more than a living, breathing time capsule with a soft neon glow. The old double six is also a railroad buffs paradise. From Chicago to Santa Monica vestiges from the golden age of rail travel abound. As the origins of Route 66 are firmly rooted in the railroad, it is rather fitting that the first landmark of note is located near the eastern terminus of Route 66 in Chicago. Now signed as the…

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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: The Historic Route 66 Motel, Tucumcari, NM

The Historic Route 66 motel was built in the International Style that was enormously popular in the mid 20th Century.  In typical Palm Springs fashion, each room except the suites feature curtain wall, floor to ceiling windows. You can just see Don and Megan Draper pull up out front for a 60’s weekend away! The lobby is probably one of the most distinctive mid-century modern (MCM) public spaces in any small economy motel built during the 1950’s and 60’s.  Minimalist in design, the motel is a fabulous example of early…

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Retro Travel 

Introducing our new “Motels for Sale” feature

If you haven’t checked out our Mid-Century Motels site, please do! We’re adding new motels every day and this week we’re proud to announce our “Motels for Sale” page. In order to promote preservation of these American Icons, we’re encouraging people to purchase and preserve motels from the Mid-Century era.  We hope to connect preservation-minded quality buyers with properties that should be saved for future use by enthusiastic travelers. We’ll be hunting for Googie signs, great locations, small cozy motels that other listing agents might overlook. If you’re interested in…

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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: The Sunset Motel

This motel came as a recommendation from two different readers, Jim Ross and Jerry McClanahan with the EZ66 guide.  We added it to our stays along Route 66 in New Mexico. This little motel is a bargain, clean, updated (good or bad depending on whether preservation is a priority or modern comforts) and family owned and operated. Most rooms have have a flat screen TV and free wireless access. They serve a small continental breakfast in the office and there are microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers in each room. The…

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