Welcome to the Route 66 Motel
Welcome to the Route 66 MotelLocated on historic Route 66, with round beds and a collection of vintage cars, the Route 66 Motel offers Priceline guests a fun blast of nostalgia along with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and satellite TV.
Although it's classic Route 66 on the outside — down to the neon sign — this two-story motel is updated on the inside, with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, movie channels and a microwave and mini-fridge in all rooms, some non-smoking. Route 66 aficionados get a thrill from the motel's collection of antique cars and other memorabilia from the glory days of America's Mother Road. Parking is free, and pets are allowed for an additional charge.
The Route 66 Motel is located about halfway between LA and Las Vegas in Barstow, where I-15 and I-40 converge. The Western America Railroad Museum and Route 66 Mother Road Museum are less than a mile away. For shopping, the upscale Tanger Outlet Center is 10 minutes away. LA/Ontario International Airport is 77 miles from the hotel.
So this week, me and my partner Lynne have been dreaming about driving the length of Route 66, which, you’ll remember, winds from Chicago to LA, which is more than 2,000 (actually 2,278) miles on the way and, I’m advised, is the highway that’s the best, especially with regard to getting your kicks.
Actually, I won’t be driving because I’ve never passed my driving test (due to bad nerves and dyspraxia) and we won’t, strictly speaking, be following Route 66, which ceased to exist in 1985 and was replaced by new inter-state highways.
But the dream lives on because Lynne enjoys driving and the idea of travelling down what are now back-roads is more attractive than doing the distance as quickly as possible. Creative tootling will be our mission.
Besides, it will give us the chance to visit some beautifully-named towns and states, American place names being one of the glories of the western world – Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Mississippi, Iowa, Indiana, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh (incidentally, the only US city named after a British prime minister)…they’re all crying out to be celebrated in song.
The lyrics of Route 66 name-check oh-so-pretty Oklahoma City, Flagstaff, Amarillo (which we hope to find the way to), Wynona and San Bernardino, but that’s only the start of it; we also want to visit Shamrock, Moriarty (New Mexico), Hackberry, Tucumcary and, particularly satisfying for a fan of The Simpsons, two Springfields.
I’ve only been driven around America once before, on a press trip through Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. The strange thing was that everything seemed familiar – more so than some redeveloped parts of Britain, which look like Shanghai. We saw houses that could have been inhabited by Rosanne, The Family Guy or The Simpsons, a bar straight out of Cheers and gasoline stations and fast-food diners from a thousand American films and TV shows.
There was even a copy of the Bates Motel from the film Psycho, which is a bit worrying because Norman Bates turned into a crazed serial killer after the motel was bypassed by a new highway, which is roughly the situation in the places we’ll be visiting on Route 66. Still, I’m sure that was an atypical over-reaction and see no reason to cancel the trip.
The other thing I discovered on my journey through the Mid-west was how pleasant and moderate most Americans are; the internet and Rupert Murdoch’s dreadful Fox News are full of violently outspoken right-wing or religious extremists but, in person, I met only intelligent, often humorous and gentle people – and can we please drop the grossly-unobservant myth that Americans have no sense of irony?
It may be that the Route 66 trip, if it comes off, will be our last major adventure before our pensions run out, so I think it important that we don’t go anywhere too exotic. The Far East or South America are fine for young Britons, who have yet to understand that, really, you can’t expect to fully understand foreigners, particularly if they don’t speak English; but I want to get the best out of my farewell tour.
Rolls Royce Wraith Cruises Route 66 with Deborah Main Luxury Pillows!
Posted on December 10, 2013
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The new 2013 Rolls Royce Wraith. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Have you ever dreamed of driving a Rolls Royce? Or hanging out in the back seat with a Deborah Main luxury pillow? Well how about the new Rolls Royce Wraith -
“Wraith is a car for the curious, the confident and the bold….a car that pushes the boundaries of design and engineering. With the power, style and drama to make the world stand still.” Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, 2013.
Now THAT’S a car for me!! But even if you haven’t dreamed of it yet, now’s your chance to sit back and enjoy the ride. Read all about how the new Rolls Royce Wraith met up with two original Deborah Main Luxury Pillows and cruised along Route 66….just for kicks! A modern-day love story, a dramatic romance of “Boy meets Girl” in the desert - in luxury of course - but with a classic touch of elegance from the Hollywood Golden Age of the1940′s with Route 66 in her heyday.
The Rolls Royce Wraith along Route 66 in Amboy, California at Roys Cafe. Photography by DCoopMedia, 2013.
Luxury and Route 66 are two things that we at Deborah Main Designs know all about! Because not only do we specialize in meticulously handcrafting one-of-a-kind luxury pillows, but we also have been collecting the “original” vintage souvenir scarves of that era for years. We absolutely love taking authentic, nostalgic mementos and handcrafting collectible luxury pillows into treasured pieces of the past for you to cherish for years to come. See for yourself on our sparkling new website!
Deborah Main luxury Las Vegas Vintage Souvenir Scarf Pillow.
This love story all started when I learned that Brandon Smith, genius behind DCoop Media, was writing a feature story about the the new Rolls Royce Wraith for the January 2014 debut of his new online magazine, D’ Lux Quarterly. (Read the full feature about Brandon’s road trip in January 2104 when the mag D’ Lux Quarterly comes out).
All I heard was Route 66 and I was smitten!
And then when I saw a photo of the spectacular new Rolls Wraith that he was going to actually drive along the historic Route 66…WOW!! I died and went straight to luxury heaven!
Automobile and luxury enthusiast, Brandon Smith, in a Rolls Royce Wraith. Photography by DCoopMedia, 2013.
So when I asked Brandon, “Hey, what’s all this talk about Route 66? Can my pillows go along for the ride?” It was love at first sight…well, sort of. I actually think Brandon had a small heart attack when my package arrived and he messaged me: “Those pillows are Ginormous! “ Well, they ARE rather large, but they turned out to be a perfect fit for the size of this this new Rolls Royce Wraith…and how fabulous they look in the back seat with all this luxurious leather!
Deborah Main luxury Las Vegas Vintage Souvenir Scarf Pillow in the back seat of the Rolls Royce Wraith. Photography by DCoopMedia, 2013.
Route 66, as many of you know, is a historical stretch of highway of a bygone era that was as hot as the engines that roared through it in the 1940′s and ’50′s. But even I was surprised to find out it stretched all the way up to Chicago!
“Glorified as the “Mother Road” by John Steinbeck in his classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” Route 66 served as the main migration route westward for poor Midwest farming families seeking jobs and a better life in California. After the war, Route 66 continued to be the main travel route connecting small town America to the major metropolis of Chicago and Los Angeles.” (from Historic66.com)
The route is a 2400-mile stretch that presented great opportunity during that time. Diners, newsstands, souvenir shops and motels were opened to serve the many tourists who ventured out west to explore the country. There are many types of souvenirs that are collectible from Route 66, from shot glasses to post cards. But one that is highly collectible today, and a favorite of Deborah Main Designs, are the vintage souvenir state scarves and handkerchiefs that tourists bought as keepsake memorabilia to bring back home to treasure their trip. Route 66 was also alluring because of the rise of the automobile at that time, when families would pack up all the kids into one car with NO air conditioning and explore the country along Route 66. (Ah, we’re so spoiled now!) Even songs have been written about it, like “Get your Kicks along Route 66” by Bobby Troup, remember that one?
Deborah Main Vintage California Souvenir Scarf Pillow.
As the interstate highways developed, Route 66 soon became a stretch of ghost towns. But today people can still travel Route 66, and Brandon, of D’Coop Media, demonstrated that rather clearly in luxury! I think it would be so cool to reinvent it, and make it a major U.S. destination vacation spot (like our national parks) and reopen shops and restaurants that would appeal to all ages so that it could be a draw to tourists once again. Like “Hey, let’s see the Grand Canyon, but let’s do Route 66 while we’re at it.” But I digress…
The Rolls Royce Wraith in Jerome, Arizona. Photography by DCoopMedia, 2013.
Back to our “Luxury car meets luxury pillow” love story. With the wheels of the new Rolls Royce Wraith and Deborah Main luxury pillows to lay your head on each night….well, now really, what more can a man ask for?
On November 8th, the starting point of Brandon’s adventure, touted as “The journey of a lifetime D’Lux Road Trip”, was Jerome, Arizona, which isn’t too far north of Phoenix. From there he connected with the original Route 66 and followed it all the way back to the Pier in Santa Monica. As a luxury car fanatic, Brandon states:
“Never before has there been a Rolls Royce that has truly been designed with the enthusiastic driver in mind. Or at least not since Rolls Royce’s racing days in the 1920′s and 30′s. The Wraith quite simply is a fastback that redefines what it means to be a Rolls. Its raked rear screen, athletic stance, and bold lines, paired with a twin-turbocharged V12 engine and satellite guided 8 speed transmission, is THE most powerful Rolls Royce in production. “ Brandon Smith, DCoop Media, 2013
Personally, I haven’t come anywhere close to driving a Rolls. Well, that’s not entirely true, because I DID sit in a Lamborghini one time, but they wouldn’t let me take it out of the parking lot for a test drive. That’s still not close….cause The Rolls….well, the Rolls Royce Wraith is all about LUXURY! Remember, it’s all in the details. Just like we care about the quality of the craftsmanship of our luxury pillows, Rolls Royce automobiles have been regarded as the creme de la creme of cars for decades.
Deborah Main luxury Vintage California Souvenir Scarf Pillow in Rolls Royce Wraith. Photography by DCoopMedia, 2013.
As Brandon Smith stated after his D’LuxRoadTrip:
“All said and done, let’s just say that Route 66 met it’s automotive (and luxury pillow) match during our D’LuxRoadTrip from Scottsdale to Los Angeles. A menacing showstopper all the way!” Brandon Smith, DCoop Media, 2013
We know you probably don’t have the Wraith parked in your drive way, but why not get in the car this holiday season, explore the west, and “get your kicks on Route 66″? It’s never too late to put a Rolls Royce Wraith, or even a Deborah Main luxury pillow, on Santa’s list. (You also might want to check out this video of the Wraith...very James Bond I’d say). Give Deborah Main Designs studio a call 512.447.9807 and we’ll ship you one of our collectible vintage souvenir scarf pillows.
Traveling Route 66 through San Bernardino County is a journey through California’s early love affair with car travel and discovery. The official route from Chicago to Santa Monica traverses eight states and three time zones, but California’s portion through San Bernardino County is an off-the-beaten path worth taking.
Last week, we traveled from Needles, the gateway to California, through the nearly forgotten towns of Amboy and Newberry Springs. Now, heading on to Barstow, the road reveals early railroad history as well as a few surprises.
William Barstow Strong was the president of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The Southern Pacific built a line from Mojave through Barstow to Needles in 1883, and, even today much of its economy depends on transportation. Before the advent of the interstate highway system, Barstow was an important stop on both Route 66 and Interstate 91.
Probably the most recognizable symbol of Barstow’s train heritage is the Harvey House, built in 1910. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the once elegant rail depot, restaurant and hotel complex was designed by renowned Fred Harvey Company with a blend of Spanish Renaissance and Classical Revival architecture styles. Today, the structure functions as an Amtrak stop, visitor center and locale of the Barstow Route 66 Mother Road Museum.
Barstow is also known for its historic murals that line the old town area along Route 66’s Main Street.
Folk art forestAs a child, Elmer Long used to travel through the desert with his dad, who would collect discarded objects they found. When his father passed away, he left behind a sizable collection of colorful bottles, and Long struggled to decide what to do with the unusual collection. One day, the artist decided to build his first bottle tree on his desert ranch. Today, Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66 west of Barstow has hundreds of imaginative scrap metal bottle trees made from recyclable discoveries, from typewriters to saxophones. There is no charge to wander the outdoor glass and iron “gallery,” and Long is often there to greet guests who stop by.
Victorville's tributeAbout 15 miles further on the Mother Road is Victorville, home to the California Route 66 Museum. Sharon Foster, a museum docent and board member, said that 60 percent of visitors are international travelers who have seen the “Grapes of Wrath,” and, most recently, Disney’s “Cars.” The museum has three rooms dedicated to the history of the Mother Road and several hands-on exhibits that make unique photo-ops, from an old VW hippie van to a classic ’40s aluminum trailer set for a picnic.
Iconic motelA journey along California’s Route 66 is not complete without a stop at the Wigwam Motel, which opened in 1949. The Patel family took over the motel about 10 years ago, restored the 19 “wigwams” and added a pool and other upgrades.
As always - visit us and book a room while touring Barstow and Route 66. www.route66motelbarstow.com
The red-eye from Seattle to Chicago, thanks to Cyber Monday's cheap flights. The Architectural Tour on the Chicago River. A ride on the El train to Oak Park to view The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes.
An evening at The Green Mill Jazz Club to hear the Alan Gesik Band recreate an old-time radio broadcast: "This portion of the evening is brought to you by Coleman's Mustard ... add a little spice to your life." This art-deco piece of history was a favourite of Al Capone. All served as the start of our Route 66 tour of nostalgia for my wife Diane and me.
Armed with our Route 66 Handbook and series of historical maps of the route, we politely refused a GPS system from the car rental outfit at O'Hare Airport.
Route 66 is a fairly straight line through Oklahoma, a state famous for the John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath in which he coined the phrase the Mother Road. My wife and me had a ritual of singing Bobby Toupe's Get Your Kicks ... every morning. Other music for the road included big bands, Hank Williams and Hank Snow, along with lots of train songs.
The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, N.M., was the highlight stay of the trip, a 1940s classic; $66 per night, of course.
A day at the Grand Canyon, and then into California. Over 2,000 miles all the way, we loved every minute. Highly recommended ... and leave your GPS behind.
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The original and legendary blue and red U.S. Route 66 signs have now faded to pink and dust, but let's not be blue about it, for the lavender Laundromats and rusting green tractors can still be spotted along the way. Running from Chicago to Santa Monica (Los Angeles), the mother-of-all roads cut through half of the country when nothing else did. The nostalgia here is intense.
Flocking from far-away lands, curious visitors have come to drive the famous road and experience some of the Americana so tousled in music, style and moods of the American pioneers. Poets, lyrics, stylist, designers have celebrated the memories and experience of driving the route. A favorite among bikers. Let's see what is left of it today. Brace yourselves to be amazed, and dazed, by giant hot dogs, dinosaurs, birds, and other wacky specimen along the way, for this is not the land of tiny.
Officially started in Springfield, Missouri, in 1926, the 2,400-mile long artery was the main access to the Gold Rush locations in California in the 1930s. Also known as the Will Rogers Highway, named after the famous actor of the Roaring Twenties. America likes to recognizes its stars by giving their names to streets, sidewalks, and other asphalt venues.
The longest bit is in New Mexico, with a 487-mile stretch, and the shortest is in Kansas, with just about 15 measly miles. Not much in Kansas, Dorothy. The number 66 was chosen simply because it was not taken. Officials believed it would be an easy number to remember. I don't think the "666" apocalyptic stigmas had set in yet at that time.
In 1985 most of the Route was replaced by Interstates running faster though the country, by-passing old fashion landmarks and getting you there in a jiffy. Some quaint bits have been classified as Historic Route 66, so that those signs can be easily stolen by history aficionados. Here is what to see of the original fairway:
-Illinois: Outside of Chicago, Henry's Drive-In and the Castle Carwash. In Joliet, the Rialto Theater and the Rich and Creamy ice-cream stand. In the middle of nowhere (yes, it is a real place), the Gemini Giant hot-dog statue. Roadhouses and motels frequented by Al Capone have been restored in several small towns. In Springfield, Abe Lincoln House, and tomb. Each year 12 towns in Illinois celebrate with a Route 66 festival.
-Missouri: In St Louis, Ted Drews Frozen Custard is unchanged. Throughout the state, roads are still lined with the original trees from the 30s. Several service stations are worth a look, and motels such as the Munger Moss in Lebanon, the Rail Heaven in Springfield, and the Boot Motel in Carthage have been preserved in their finest glamour. Don't miss the Wild Bill Hickok Shootout, where the nation's first known duel took place in 1865. In Albatross, the favorite bar of bikers all over the world (yes, the World.)
-Kansas: Don't blink or you'll miss it. In Galena, the 4 Women on the Route service station sells all kind of stuff in a former gas station, in the spirit of a general store where you may find just about anything you need, and need not. In Riverton, the Eisler Brothers Store, open since 1925. Drive across Baxter Springs, where the Crowell Bank robbed by Jesse James still stands.
-Oklahoma: Several hundred miles of the original Route with tons of small towns carrying the tradition of preserved memorabilia. Impossible to mention all of them, but note the 1939 Rock Café in Stroud, as well as the Skyliner Motel. In Elk and in Clinton, two museums entirely devoted to Route 66 are worth a visit. In Clinton, the Trade Winds Motel where Elvis stayed (this guy stayed everywhere, really.)
-Texas: McLean has the oldest Philips 66 gas station on the entire way. Shamrock has the 1936 U Drop inn, now the Chamber of Commerce. Conway has the Britten leaning water tower, a pink/orange structure dating back to the original road, built askew on purpose, to attract tourists to the restaurant nearby.
-New Mexico: Tucumcari kept the most kitsch neon signs, try to visit at night. Santa Fé boasts the most vintage motels of the era of Route 66. In Albuquerque, the present day Main Street is the old Route 66. In Gallup, several motels, including the famed El Rancho, where celebrities were lodged during filming of Hollywood movies in the surroundings desert backdrops.
-Arizona: In and around Holbrook, the Wigman Motel, shaped as a cement Indian Teepee (can't make that up); the meteor Crater, the one place on Earth where I though I was on another planet, predating Route 66 by 50,000 years, give or take, still a major attraction after all these years; the Twin Arrows, a 1950 rest-stop now a Navajo casino; and Two Guns, the site of a heated battle between the Navajos and the Apaches, which during the heydays of 66 had a gas station, a motel, a food emporium and even a zoo. Some ruins, a few signs and a bridge remain.
-California: Needles, a railroad town with motels and other relics still standing. In Amboy see the Bagdad Café. Then you are off to the Mojave Desert, with absolutely nothing for miles and miles. Don't try this in the summer. In Rialot, see the Wigman Motel; in Fontana, the Bono's Deli, in operation since the 1930s. Then you jump to Pasadena, home of the Rose Bowl, built in 1902, to find several vintage motels and bars.
The final segment of Route 66 ends in Santa Monica, coming through Los Angeles. The Hollywood vintage sign and many motels are still left standing all over a city so large, it would be difficult to navigate it here and now. The pier at the beach is the official terminal of our voyage. I hope you had a nice trip.
The things you won't be able to see on Route 66 are the CARS from the Pixar movie of the same name, the tale of Radiator Springs, once a booming locale.
Romanticised in a song and popular culture, this famous route actually weaves through the desert.
ROUTE 66 stretches over 2,000 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. Though Kingman (in Arizona) and Barstow (in California) both make it into the song Route 66, the original alignment between the two towns is among the loneliest stretches anywhere from Lake Michigan to the Pacific Ocean.
Highway planners have smoothed, blasted and tunnelled away the kinks that once plagued travellers struggling to reach the last arid stretch to the promised land of California. At Sitgreaves Pass, jalopies that had made it all the way from Missouri or Oklahoma would boil over, crack an engine, lose their brakes and go over the side.
Those that made it to the top, at Oatman, Arizona, were within sight of the Golden State, which looked decidedly brown and grey from that vantage point. They could stop for the night in Oatman, where legend (often debunked) says Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their first night after marrying in 1939. Today it is more famous for the wild donkeys in the streets and the mock Old West gun battles put on for tourists.
The bridge that once carried travellers across the Colorado River into California now carries a utility pipe. Those who don’t opt for I-40 head off into one of the bleakest segments of the original alignment. Towns like Needles, Goffs, Essex, Cadiz and Newberry Springs roast in the summer heat.
Only the hot, dry air that keeps everything in arrested decay and the perseverance of a few hardcore highway preservationists have maintained bits of Route 66 history along the way. Check out the landmark “flying V” sign at Roy’s, the once-bustling motel/café.
There’s Baghdad, the fictional setting of the 1987 movie Baghdad Café, and Newberry Springs, where the movie was actually filmed using the Sidewinder Café. The road heads through the desert, with the Mojave National Preserve to the north and the Twentynine Palms Marine Air-Ground Combat Center to the south.
In Barstow, the ghost of Route 66 intersects with Interstate 15, where thousands of motorists heading back from Las Vegas with lighter wallets are usually in too much of a hurry to check out the Route 66 museum in town.
After Victorville, it’s up and over the Cajon Pass. It was here that a generation of Okies would first see the vast groves of citrus trees that signalled an end to the desert and their entry into an often-challenging Eden of their future. – The Orange County Register/McClatchy-Tribune Information Service
World-Famous Route 66 Classic Motel in the heart of Barstow, California.