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[Retro Roadmap] Maine Idyll Motor Court in Freeport, Maine

Posted on: August 26th, 2015 by Beth Lennon 4 Comments

 

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The neon sign at the Maine Idyll still lights up the darkness for late-night travelers along Route 1.

Some say "Go Big or Go Home," but at the Maine Idyll Motor Court it’s more like "Stay Small and Stay Homey." This collection of twenty diminutive domiciles is nestled on the side of a tree-lined stretch of Route 1 just north of the hustle and bustle of Freeport, Maine, offering old-fashioned charm and lodging since 1932.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

 

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Wildwood’s iconic and photogenic Caribbean Motel was the perfect location to host a gathering of vintage-loving guests.

Retro Roadmap hosted the first of what is hoped to be more Vintage Weekends, showcasing the mid-century motels and more of the shore town of Wildwood, New Jersey with a sold-out crowd attending from up and down the East Coast.

From the base camp at the iconic Caribbean Motel (built in 1957 by Lou Morey and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the tiki-themed event combined vintage-inspired activities with modern social media sharing to increase awareness of and interest in the many facets of 1950s and ‘60s culture that still exist in this popular beach town.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

[Retro Roadmap] The Roxy Theatre – Northampton, Pennsylvania

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Beth Lennon

 

The only single screen movie house for miles, patrons line up below the glow of the Roxy’s marquee.
The only single screen movie house for miles, patrons line up below the glow of the Roxy’s marquee.

At the beginning of the 20th century, before the advent of TV and way before the Internet, it was common for many small towns to have more than one theater offering a variety of entertainment. Fast forward to today at the beginning of the 21st century, and finding any downtown theater is a rarity.

Even more rare is to find a place like the Roxy Theatre. Located in the small town of Northampton, Pennsylvania, the Roxy is a lovingly restored Art Deco movie house and live venue, complete with working pipe organ and dazzling marquee.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

[Retro Roadmap] Donohue’s Steak House in New York City

Posted on: December 1st, 2014 by Beth Lennon

 

The mirrored bar back has been reflecting the faces of Donohue’s patrons since 1950.
The mirrored bar back has been reflecting the faces of Donohue’s patrons since 1950.

The cobalt-hued pachyderm holding court in the middle of the back bar at Donohue’s on New York City’s Upper East Side may be holding his trunk aloft in an attempt to keep his martini from spilling, but this lucky pose has served his station well. Donohue’s, once one of any number of neighborhood cocktail and comfort food joints (from when comfort food was known just as food) lining the sidewalks of New York, has had the continued good luck to escape the gentrifiers’ grip, much to the benefit of patrons wanting a classic cocktail and a hearty meal.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

[Retro Roadmap] The Round Barn in Biglerville, Pennsylvania

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Beth Lennon

 

A local landmark, the Round Barn has been attracting interest for over 100 years.
A local landmark, the Round Barn has been attracting interest for over 100 years.

Spotting an antique barn while winding along back roads of rural Adams County Pennsylvania is a common occurrence. But take a short detour off of the Lincoln Highway just west of historic Gettysburg, and you will see a unique sight: a two-story, completely circular barn.... Read More →

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Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.

[Historic Bars] The Owl Bar in Baltimore, Maryland

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Beth Lennon

 

Fans of the giggle water get to celebrate hooch in a big way this month as Preservation Nation covers blind pigs and juice joints -- a.k.a. speakeasies -- as part of our historic bars series. Next up: The Owl Bar in Baltimore, Maryland.

The nursery rhyme above the bar is a clue into the speakeasy past of Baltimore’s Owl Bar.
The nursery rhyme above the bar is a clue into the speakeasy past of Baltimore’s Owl Bar.

A wise old owl sat in an oak / the more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard / why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

First-time visitors to the Owl Bar may be amused by the appearance of a nursery rhyme embedded in stained glass above the antique backbar at Baltimore’s landmark Belvedere Hotel. More than a quaint decoration, however, the rhyming couplet is actually a nod to the Prohibition-era legacy that the bar’s feathered mascots played a major part in.... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Beth Lennon

Beth Lennon is the creator of the website RetroRoadmap.com. As "Mod Betty," she delights as the retro travel "hostess with the mostess," scouting out cool vintage places and sharing them with the world.