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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Retro Travel 

Ghost Towns of Route 66 – Glenrio and Endee

While traveling the mother road (also known as Route 66) over spring break, we were fortunate enough to find out about a side road – well, it used to be Route 66 proper, but as Sally said in the movie “Cars”, “The town got bypassed just to save ten minutes of driving.” and that couldn’t ring more true with the towns of Endee and Glenrio. Both are still fantastically picturesque but in a sad haunting way – you only wish you could picture them the way they had been. Using…

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Retro Travel 

A linear time capsule of epic proportions

By Jim Hinckley It is a time capsule of epic proportions with an overlay of Disneyland and America’s longest attraction for a legion of international enthusiasts. It is iconic Route 66, America’s most famous highway. From Chicago to Santa Monica this Route 66 renaissance is serving as a catalyst for the refurbishment and restoration of historic motels, restaurants, trading posts, diners, and even gas stations. For the rare businesses that survived changing times, bypass, and an often precipitous decline in revenue this reawakening is the owners reward for patience and…

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Landscape Design 

Mid-Century Photo Friday – Frank Gifford

These gorgeous photographs came to our attention and we can’t get enough of the colors and subject matter! Please visit his site for more (and we’ll be featuring more of him here too!) – About Frank Gifford, the photographer behind these images: Frank began exploring the Mother Road and related interests after the year 2000. In a video-dominated world where images jump, twitch and jiggle (but almost never linger) he prefers a still photograph that provides a License to Stare. 19 of the Mother Road images are also at the…

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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: The Sunset Motel

We love personal recommendations for motels – one of the great reasons to stay a place is that you’ve heard positive feedback. This past week, we put a request out on the Route 66 Yahoo group and got some amazing feedback about The Sunset Motel in Moriarty, New Mexico. We “have gotten to know Mike and Debbie Pogue. The Sunset is one of those best kept secrets on Route 66. The Pogues are great people who love to visit with their guests and have many interesting stories to tell about…

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Retro Travel 

Mid-Century Photo Friday: We have a hankering to travel!!

Did you know there are still motels around like this (don’t you love the graphic on the wall?)? Be sure to check out our directory at www.midcenturymotels.com – we’ve added a bunch of new motels and are always looking for more. We love personal reviews! 🙂 Mid-Century Motels also have their own Facebook group here!

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