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 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 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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Kingman, Arizona: the past and the present collide on Route 66

Immortalized in the anthem penned by Bobby Troup, Kingman in western Arizona is a bit of an enigma. On the map, it appears to be in the middle of nowhere and yet for the adventuresome traveler it is in the middle of everything. It is a stop for travelers on the road to somewhere, and it is one of the most overlooked destinations on legendary Route 66. It is a treasure trove of history and a time capsule of a century of societal evolution with Route 66 as its portal….

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Retro Roadtrip: Little American Hotel Resort in Cheyenne Wyoming

What we love about Mid-Century travel is feeling you’ve been thrown back in time to a period where motor travel was cool, lounging by the pool was the most fun you could have as a kid and Motels took guests seriously and didn’t just provide you with an impersonal place to sleep. Little America in Cheyenne is just such a unique place. Luxurious, but a throw back to another time, with a decorating scheme in the French Provincial style, it’s timeless, but with that old classy motel air that makes…

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Mid-Century Photo Friday: Wyoming Motel, Cheyenne

The Wyoming Motel in Cheyenne Wyoming If you’re interested in adding someplace you stayed to our Mid-Century Motels listings or if you are the owner of a motel you would like to be listed please email us. We’re trying to emphasize not only Mid-Century Motels, but also independently owned motels (although we will make exceptions). We prefer family friendly motels.

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Retro Roadtrip: White Eagle Inn, Cortez Colorado

You have to give owners credit when they change the name of a motel, and yet keep the cool Googie sign. The new one is a bit bland, but we love that they have tried to keep the original feel of this cute motel. Formerly the El Capri Motel, established in 1958 – the rooms are fantastically retro. It’s really clean, very cute and run by a very nice family (with kids if you can believe the bikes and big wheels around the place). There’s a cute little playground and…

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Retro Roadtrip: Desert Hills Motel, Tulsa, OK

The neon green cactus sign welcomes guests to the Desert Hills Motel, a charming mid-century getaway along the Tulsa, Ok stretch of Route 66. Built in 1953, the building is laid out so that all of the rooms are built on angles. This unique design optimizes the amount of room space, so that there are large rooms for the relatively small location. All rooms have been recently remodeled to ensure guest comfort and enjoyment. Amenities include free HBO and local phone calls, guest laundry facilities, and access to kitchenettes. Rooms…

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The expansion of Mid-Century Style

We’ve finally gotten organized and launched Mid-Century Motels! It’s still in it’s infant stages, but look for posts over the next few weeks with more motels and more pictures! Please let me know if there are motels you’ve stayed at that should be highlighted. I’m going to be scouring the internet, but I’d love input on your favorite spots. I also am proud to be the new  National Mid Century Design Examiner! I can’t wait to explore Mid-Century style and get input from all of you over in that forum!…

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