The Motels of the 1950 and 60s were more than a place to sleep, they were places where may Americans saw their first color TV, used a first coffee maker and walked on their first shag carpet.
Today, the Mom and Pop motels are still out there, struggling to attract tourists and a steadier clientele as well as keep the motel dream alive. Well known strips like the Doo wop Motel district of Wildwood Crest, New Jersey are recreating the fabulous feeling of the 50s as well as preserving the architecture.
There are new facilities like the Shady Dell of in Bisbee, Arizona that recreates the 50s feel with retro airstream trailers and there are small renovations of 8 room motels that deserve attention and support.
We hope that this website becomes a resource for singles, for families, and for business people, not only to support but to help to restore the feeling of old motels.
"The search for a great motel is more than a quest for a comfortable bed and a quiet night followed by an anonymous departure the next morning. When you find a motel with that certain neon sign or an aging tourist court where strangers rest on metal chairs and share advice, you've found a treasure"
-Andrew F. Wood, Jenny L. Wood "Motel America"