Saturday, December 06, 2014
Today's "Anything Goes Saturday" focuses on motels, and one restaurant... roadside USA! In all three cases, I have no idea where they are (were) located.
Let's start with this one from August 1961; There's the M/Hotel Laurentides. Is it a hotel, or a motel? I need to know! I looked up the M/Hotel Laurentides and could find nothing about it this specific place. It might be in Quebec (notice the word "entree"!), and there's a moose on the sign - we all know how much Candians love their meese. Check out the row of 50's automobiles.
I thought that this restaurant (the "Paradise") might be located in Paradise, California. But then it turns out that there are towns by the name of "Paradise" in Nevada, Utah, Washington, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Texas. So… I have no clue. But I like the mid-century architecture, complete with turquoise and orange accents. Very "Howard Johnson's" And that black car, it's awesome!
Here's another humble Motel, location unknown. I see one California license plate to the left, but without even a name to go by, this one will be impossible to know. Still, I can't help thinking of my own family's road trips when I was a kid, and of the many small motels (with small kidney-shaped pools glowing blue at night) we stayed in. Ice machines, breakfast in nearby eateries, the noisy kids in the other rooms (we were never noisy!)… it all adds up to good memories.