Lifestyle 

Raising Retro Kids: Pedal Cars

Pedal car history goes back to the 1890’s when toy makers took their cue from real cars on the road. At the turn of the century, the cost meant  that these cars were playthings for only wealthy families especially with many families reeling from the financial devastation of The Great Depression. No pedal cars were produced in the mid-1940’s when all metal production was directed to the World War II effort. Pedal cars experienced a comeback in the 1950’s to 1960’s with chain-driven models. With postwar prosperity in the 1950’s,…

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Retro Travel 

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 Travel 

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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Retro Travel 

Retro Roadtrip: Phoenicia Lodge in the Catskills

Eight years ago, Brian and Sara, two Brooklynites, stumbled upon an old roadside lodge where the paint had faded, the floors were cracked, and most of the toilets rocked from side to side, but they were able to see the honest simplicity in the humble cabins that appealed to their desire for a simpler life. Shortly thereafter, the Phoenicia Lodge was born. The Lodge uses period-specific furniture and fixtures to marry mid-century style with modern amenities like air conditioning, Wi-Fi, free DVD rentals and eco-conscious products.  They also offer a free…

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Retro Travel 

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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