>Wigwam Motel, Route 66



This weekend my husband and I went to do a few old-timey western things for my birthday.  Although not everything went as we had planned or would have liked, we did get to stay at the Wigwam Motel and see Wanda Jackson play sunday night, which was awesome.  Wanda Jackson is amazing and her voice is still absolutely incredible.  I could not believe it when this 70+ woman belted out the longest stream of amazing western yodels I’ve ever heard live in my entire life.

The Wigwam Motel is a funny conglomeration of hokey roadside attraction and hotel on the historic Route 66.  The family that owns it are really nice and lovely, very friendly, and helpful giving directions to places we wanted to go.  The area around it is pretty sketchy.  I was glad my husband was with me.  I think if we went back again we’d get there before dark.  But I’d always wanted to see some of old Route 66, so it was a fun, if interesting experience.  The rooms inside were somewhat modernized and funnily shaped (well, they ARE in fake teepees) so I felt somewhat Alice in Wonderland and out of proportion with a very tall bed in a somewhat rounded room.  It was clean but definitely shows its age, but the fun tile in the bathroom, even if a bit distressed, was all original as far as I can tell.  And for vintage lovers it’s the little glimpses at the past that are fun!
The next morning was really bright, warm, and sunny, so we took a few pictures.  I’m actually wearing all vintage for once! Every stitch of clothing, that is.  But my shoes are new and my hair flower was made by a friend. My husband’s wearing a vintage western shirt and jeans I made him (which were a pain to make!)

Unfortuately now I’ve caught a headcold after our weekend out, but hopefully will be on the mend soon. And I can’t find the fabric for the overcoat I most wanted to make that I posted about yesterday, but it will turn up eventually.  In the meantime it’s tea and movies and rest for me.  Oh darn ;)

13 Comments on >Wigwam Motel, Route 66

  1. FairyFiligree
    October 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm (14 years ago)

    >It looks like it was fun. I just love that skirt – full skirt wheeeee! REally lovely & it suits you so much.

  2. stitchywitch
    October 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm (14 years ago)

    >Love your photos! We stayed at the other remaining wigwag hotel in Cave City, Kentucky a few years ago, and it was super fun (well, I thought it was fun, but my sister-in-law has still not forgiven me for the experience… I say, who needs hot water when you can sleep in a wigwam?)

  3. Little Black Car
    October 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm (14 years ago)

    >There's a tee-pee motel in Wharton, Texas, too. Wharton is west-southwest of Houston, though, so you're unlikely to pass that way unless you're on the road to, um, Victoria or Corpus Christi or somewhere further down the coast.And if you're ever in St. Francisville, Louisiana, try to get a cabin at the 3V Tourist Court. Not wigwams, but still very cute, and the oldest remaining motor-court motel in the state.

  4. Miss Tami Lee
    October 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm (14 years ago)

    >That looks like so much fun! A little Western Getaway would be right up my alley, too :)

  5. Shrinky Inky
    October 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm (14 years ago)

    >i'd always wanted to stay there when i lived out in the inland empire! what fun!!

  6. Andrea
    October 6, 2010 at 10:02 pm (14 years ago)

    >What a cute hotel! If I ever get a chance to get back to Ca, I have to stay there!

  7. Trudy Callan
    October 6, 2010 at 11:49 pm (14 years ago)

    >What a wonderful trip. I would love to hear yodeling like that. Lovely skirt to spin in.Hope you feel better soon and happy birthday.

  8. BaronessVonVintage
    October 7, 2010 at 1:06 am (14 years ago)

    >You two look fantastic. That's AMAZING that you made your hubby's jeans…but then all your creations are spectacular!

  9. LandGirl1980
    October 7, 2010 at 9:13 am (14 years ago)

    >You literally look like your fell through a time portal. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.

  10. Little Black Car
    October 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm (14 years ago)

    >I should have added: Wanda Jackson rocks. Literally. She's amazing.

  11. Lauren
    October 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm (14 years ago)

    >How fun!!! You look so adorable.

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