Thank you from Route 66
We love Route 66 and keep working to improve your stay with us. Thank you for your support and for continuing to help us make Route 66 memorable for many generations to come.
Thank you from Route 66
Following either Route 66 or I-40, you reach the apex of the western Mojave Desert,Barstow (pop. 22,639,). Long a key crossing for major roads and railroads, Barstow essentially began in 1886 after a local post office named for Waterman Junction changed its name to Barstow. However, the area had been a settlement for decades prior to that, due to its location in the "Mormon Corridor", which stretches from southern California up through Utah and into Wyoming. Bottom line is, Barstow is along a lot of busy corridors — and has been for a long, long time.
Today, Barstow is supported by transportation and travel services, some mining that still exists, and the nearby Fort Irwin Military Reservation, which is the national training center for the U.S. Army, as well as the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow… so one could easily say this is a military town.
Route 66 serves as Main Street, heading through downtown Barstow. It's well-marked and businesses a'plenty line the street, although few are historical in nature. Barstow is a major stop on I-15, since this is about the halfway point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. An interesting fast-food stop popular with travelers is Barstow Station (1611 E. Main Street, 760-256-0366), with is basically a McDonald's, a Panda Express, a Popeye's and a subs and ice cream shop but with a twist: part of the seating includes booths in rail cars. And yes, there's also a gift shop. Could they resist?
Trivia: The fast-food restaurant Del Taco was founded in Nearby Yermo and the oldest franchise is on 401 N. First Street.
Being a major railroad town, Barstow became home to the Harvey House Railroad Depot (685 N. 1stStreet), known as the Casa del Desierto - its original name, is a former Fred HarveyHarvey House and still stands as a majestic structure alongside railroad tracks that are among the busiest in the nation. The building still functions as an unstaffed Amtrak passenger station and houses Barstow city offices and two museums: the Western American Railroad Museum and the Barstow Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum. To get to the Depot, follow First Street north from Route 66, past the Del Taco and over a bridge that spans the railroad tracks; the Depot is on the "other side of the tracks."
If a drive-in movie sounds about right by the time you get here, check out the Skyline Drive-In (31175 Hwy 58, 760-256-3333) along Highway 58 on Barstow's west side. It has two screens which both show two movies a night.
We are big fans of Route 66. It's been some 30 years since we have brought this wonderful property back to life on the wonderful Route 66 Mother Road. With a property like this, it requires a lot of hard work and time. But if you love what you do, you pour your heart into it. And that is what we have done.
Be sure to stop by and visit with us. We would love to have you!
It's a full moon tonight on Route 66. Of course for us, it's always a full moon. Our beautiful coyote sits atop our office howling at the moon every night by the green cactus.
She just got fixed and rehung. Glad we have experts that still do wonders with neon. Thanks for bringing the ol' dog back to life.
We love route 66!!
Route 66, the legendary American highway that originally ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, has been celebrated in movies, television shows and a 1946 song about getting "your kicks" that was covered by New Hampshire's own Aerosmith. The interstate system dried up traffic on Route 66 and roads like it. Many of the towns along it withered. But Route 66 has been rediscovered in the form of a "retro tour" designed to take travelers off the mind-numbing interstates and back on blue highways. The goal: to slow things down, celebrate history, stimulate the economies of towns bypassed a half-century ago and, with luck, save some of the iconic structures of the early years of the motel era.
To our knowledge, there has not been a song written about Route 3, the road that runs from Cambridge, Mass., up Concord's Main Street and north to Pittsburg and the Canadian border. But this less-celebrated route, especially from the point in the Lakes Region where traffic and time slow a bit, is definitely worth traveling.
With the help of Plymouth State University professor Mark Okrant, New Hampshire's Office of Travel and Tourism has created a Retro Tour for the northern leg of Route 3. It starts at the Tilt'n Diner in Tilton and ends at the Cabins at Lopstick overlooking First Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg. Sojourners who make it that far (and, these days, who have their passports with them) should cross the border and experience Magnetic Hill in Chartierville, Quebec.
The Route 3 Retro Tour website, which is listed under "cultural itineraries" on the travel and tourism website, takes a bit of work to find, so here's a shortcut: http://tinyurl.com/bulenao.
Perhaps in keeping with the whole retro nature of the enterprise, the site does not allow viewers to click on the internet addresses of the destinations listed. Viewers must instead note them and type them in themselves, but the effort is worth it. It will lead people in search of gorgeous scenery and a trip back into the past on an adventure.
Most of the motels and many of the attractions listed on the tour date back to the early ages of automobile travel. Rumney's Polar Caves, for example, opened in 1922; Clark's Trading Post in 1928; Funspot in Laconia in 1942; Storyland in Glen in 1954, and Six Gun City in Jefferson in 1957. The many stops listed on the tour complement the real attraction along Route 3, the gorgeous landscape and the opportunities for outdoor recreation that it offers.
Lodging on the tour harkens back to the golden age of the automobile, a time when gas was cheap and families packed into the car to explore America. They stayed in a different owner-occupied motel, cottage or cabin every night and ate breakfast in a different diner or roadside restaurant every morning. The tour offers travelers the chance to do that again and experience a down-home hospitality that's hard to find in chain hotels.
If promoted well, the Route 3 retro tour will help boost the economy in the struggling North Country and preserve not just the motels and attractions of yesteryear, but a leisurely and less expensive way of experiencing New Hampshire.
Leaf peepers have pretty-much booked up all available rooms along the Route 3 corridor and other parts of the state famous for the fall foliage display. But once they're gone, pack up some classics from the golden age of television to show the grandkids, some I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners perhaps, or Gunsmoke and The Fugitive to watch in the evening, gas up the car and drop back in time. We think you'll enjoy the trip.
The moon sets behind The Route 66 Motel's neon sign on Barstow's Main Street just before dawn.
Special thanks to The San Bernardino Sun for the great picture.
Visit us on booking.com to reserve a room or call us at 760-256-7866. We look forward to seeing you.
World-Famous Route 66 Classic Motel in the heart of Barstow, California.