Memory Motel

Memory Motel made its debut as a regular American Road department in the Volume I, Number 2, issue of the magazine. The first featured classic overnight stop was the Lazy S Arrow Motel of Whitewater, Colorado—a US Highway 50 gem built in the shape of an old western fort that stands along the Centennial State’s stretch of “America’s Loneliest Road.”

Memory Motel has since visited fifty-five motels—from the Bear Paw Court of Chinook, Montana, to the Indianhead Motel of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; the Auld Holland Inn of Oak Harbor, Washington; and the Jolly Roger Motel of Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. Most of the classic sleepers that have been featured over the years remain in business, filling the nights with bright lights—and vacations with the best in mom-and-pop hospitality.

Crystal Beach Motor Inn—Wildwood Crest, New Jersey

Sue Sykes casts her memory back to the 1980s—a time when amusement piers at Wildwood, New Jersey, rocked her childhood with rides, and every step along the boardwalk was instilled[…]

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Alpine Trail Ridge Inn—Estes Park, Colorado

There wasn’t much in the way of pit stops in 1948, but one notable exception was Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoerner’s place, the Sundeck Restaurant, a log-cabin eatery perched on[…]

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Lake Powell Motel—Page, Arizona

Lake Powell is named after the man who may have been the Southwest’s greatest nature writer. He was Major John Wesley Powell, famed geologist, explorer, and one-armed Civil War veteran,[…]

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Li’l Abner’s Motel—Slade, Kentucky

Li’l Abner’s Motel was constructed as a traditional motor court, modeled after its predecessor and year-round parent, the Abner Motel, in nearby Stanton.  at older roadside rest for the weary[…]

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Twin Rock Motel—Ontario, New York

In New York state—on the outskirts of the decidedly all-American town of Ontario—travelers  find a pair of twin rocks, too. But these stony sentinels remain open and welcoming day and[…]

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