This holiday weekend will find your hostess on a Retro Roadmap Roadtrip (my fave!) as she heads down to “The Shore” for a weekend in that wonderful place Wildwood, New Jersey.
Wildwood has probably more Mid Century Modern motels and signs than any place on the Eastern seaboard, and a visit is well overdue. My last stay there was close to 15 years ago (this was before the internet, kiddies– I had heard about Wildwood as a member of the Society for Commercial Archeology and made the 6.5 hour drive down on their recommendation alone!)
It wouldn’t be a Retro Roadmap Roadtrip if I didn’t plan on making a ton of stops both to and fro, as Hillis will attest.
If all works out as planned I should be able to post about New Jersey’s last surviving Drive In Movie Theatre, Roadside Root Beer Stands, Diners, Frozen Custard and “treasures yet to find”. Can’t Wait!
Have you got some fun holiday weekend plans? Share them in the comments section!
valJuly 9, 2009 at 10:47 pm
While in Wildwood, you have to stay at the Caribbean Motel. It looks like it’s right out of the Jetsons, with a curved ramp and gorgeous neon sign. Recently renovated in retro style with leopard print fabrics, it’s simply the only real place to stay at the Jersey shore.
We go every year and lounge in the warm saline pool under the plastic palm trees. They have a gas grill you can use and a mini fridge in every room.
modbettyJuly 10, 2009 at 7:31 am
Stayed there, LOVED IT! Planning a return trip!
evelynyvonnetheriaultJuly 11, 2009 at 6:08 pm
May I link to this specific post for the next issue of A Festival of Postcards which is dedicated to “Signs”.
Even though our focus is on postcards, I think lots of Festival readers would love to pore through your photographs of vintage signs.
Evelyn in Montreal
SheilaJuly 30, 2009 at 10:56 am
It looks really very like Blackpool in the UK. I’m sure I have some cards from a similar date though there wouldn’t be any motel signs.
modbettyJuly 30, 2009 at 11:35 am
From what I’ve read about and seen of Blackpool in the movies, I think it is similar. Or was similar, as everything seems to get updated whether we want it to or not!
Motels in Wildwood Crest NJMarch 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm
We invite you to visit the truly unique vacation spot, the Wildwoods. It is a great family vacation spot and a must visit on the east coast. You will love it here!!!!!!
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