Retro Roadmap

[Retro Roadmap] The Haines Shoe House in Hallam, Pa.

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 2 Comments

 


Prior to the creation of Route 30, the Shoe House was surrounded on all sides by farmland.

You’re driving along Route 30 where the road opens up into a highway halfway between the hustle and bustle of the commercial corridors of Lancaster and York, Pa. The road is flanked by farms and fields on both sides, but suddenly you spy an oddly shaped building quickly coming into view.

You do a double take because you can’t believe what you’re seeing and immediately take the next exit. Following the old Lincoln Highway to the appropriately named Shoe House Road, you’ve just been lured away from your original destination by a local landmark and example of programmatic architecture -- Haines Shoe House in Hallam, Pa.... 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.

 


The Wigwam Motel in San Bernardino, Calif.

Part of the fun of a road trip is to see things you usually don’t see -- places that are bigger than life and stand out from the ordinary. It’s one of the many reason we travel: to have experiences not possible in our hometowns. One iconic example of this type of roadside destination is the Wigwam Village motels built in the 1930s and ‘40s.

To many, the motels represent eye-catching structures built to entice weary travelers to turn in for the night, and to bring fond memories of family vacations and cross-country road trips before the advent of the super-highway. But to some, their loose misrepresentation of Native American dwellings is a reminder of how not long ago, cultural stereotyping was considered socially acceptable.

Now in the 21st century, we can see them as both: an architectural roadside reminder of where our nation has come from and where it is going.... 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] A Sweet Treat In Buffalo: Parkside Candy

Posted on: February 13th, 2014 by Beth Lennon 6 Comments

 

Parkside Candies Buffalo NY Exterior Retro Roadmap
A bit rough around the edges outside, but delightful inside.

Boxes of assorted chocolates are often a game of chance; you can’t tell from the outside what you’re going to get on the inside. One false bite and what you had hoped was a vanilla cream turns out to be a jellied fruit nougat (blech).

In the same vein, you’d never know what a delicious treat of the visual and confectionery kind awaits you just from looking at the exterior Parkside Candy in Buffalo, New York. But once you enter you’ll be glad you took the chance and went 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.

 

Stein Your Florist Philadelphia PA - Neon Exterior Front  -RetroRoadmap

In my mind, it's no coincidence that the tradition of giving flowers at Valentine's Day coincides with the dreary winter weather that pummels much of the country in February. While battling the cold and snow, flowers are a colorful and necessary reminder that if we can just make it through the snowstorms and chilly temperatures, the warmth of spring will be our reward.

And while this floral shot in the arm can be had at many florists from state to state, I have yet to find a florist shop as jaw-droppingly dramatic in its midcentury glamour than Stein Your Florist in the Mayfair neighborhood of Philadelphia.... 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] Duckpins? Candlepins? Let's Go Bowling!

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by Beth Lennon 6 Comments

 

Papps Bowling Center Bordentown NJ RetroRoadmap
Papp's Bowling Center in Bordentown, N.J.

Depending on where you live, you may have different images that come to mind when someone says, "Let's go bowling!" For most Americans it's Big Lebowski-style bowling (officially known as ten-pin) with hefty bowling balls and big pear-shaped pins. But dig a little deeper and you'll find regionally distinctive strains of this popular sport -- candlepin and duckpin -- that are little known outside of the northeastern United States.

And while many contemporary bowling alleys are being updated an alarming rate, there are still a handful of lanes across the country that harken back to the golden age of bowling, no matter what style you prefer. These are the kind that Mod Betty likes best, so here are three examples of where you can step back in time while you're stepping out on the lanes.... 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.