Memory Motel Department

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.

Aulid Holland Inn—Oak Harbor, Washington

Craig & Liz Larcom Volume 8 #4 (Winter 2010)

Oak Harbor itself has a strong Dutch influence to this day, when one of the annual highlights is Holland Happenings. The town may have been founded by mostly Irish families[…]

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Cinderella Motel—Hollister, California

Tony Craig. Volume 7 #3 (Autumn 2009)

Tucked away in the northwest corner of California’s San Joaquin Valley is a fairy godmother’s gift of a mom-and-pop motel. The Cinderella Motel–with its massive neon sign shining like a[…]

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