Have you ever slept in a wigwam?
Years ago I went on a road trip through Tennessee with my then boyfriend. We spent half the week in Memphis where we stayed in an antebellum mansion turned b&b and then the other half of the week in Nashville where we stayed in an ultra modern hotel.
But first, we stopped at the National Corvette Museum at Bowling Green, Kentucky and then spent the night at the Wigwam Village motel in nearby Cave City.
This place is exactly as the name suggests- a motel that consists of a collection of wigwams.
Built in 1937, during the rise of the automobile, this motel represents a golden era of travel in America and true roadside kitsch.
At one time, there were seven of these wigwam villages all over the country. Today there remain only three – in Kentucky, Arizona and California.
The wigwam we stayed in, pictured above, felt a bit like a time capsule. Not many changes had been made over the decades. I loved the tile work and the unusual shape of the room. I felt like an adventurer here.
However, I feel it necessary to stop and say something.
This is a roadside motel with a fun hook that makes it an attraction. It wasn’t an especially nice place to stay.
I am so glad to say that I’ve stayed here but am not sure I would go back. Maybe if it was just for the night …..or maybe for some interior pictures which I evidently forgot to take the first time!
However, by no stretch of the imagination do I want you to read this as a no-strings-attached endorsement. If you like kitsch and if you’re in love with the idea of staying in a place so iconic, it may be a good fit for you.
If you’re looking for a nice hotel with a lot of modern amenities or a shower head that doesn’t resemble an outdoor spigot in a cramped, slanted shower, you may just drive by for pictures.
Speaking of pictures, isn’t this sign fabulous? I’m such a sucker for unique signage!
Intrigued? You can read the full history of the Wigwam Villages by clicking this link. You’ll also find rates and reservation info for the Kentucky wigwams where I stayed.
Let me know if you go! I would love to hear about your experience!
Is that actually a Wigwam, or is it a cement re-creation? I can see why perhaps it might be ok for one night, but I think the novelty would run out quite quickly – a bit like an ice hotel.
It’s actually concrete and probably was state of the art when constructed all those years ago. Today, the novelty wears off pretty quickly!
I can imagine – I love the fact it’s survived since the 30’s though.
Me too. Fun fact: it’s a village of teepees meant to celebrate the Native American Indian and when I visited it was being run by a nice Indian family from actual India. They were lovely. I just thought it was ironic.
lol – yes that is rather ironic!
I’ve mainly lived in California and Arizona and knew there was one somewhere not far, but I did not know there was one in Kentucky! Staying in one is definitely on my bucket list, but it sounds like one night would be plenty. LOL
Lol. One night was enough for me. Although, since I’ve been thinking about it these last few days, I would do it again.
How’ve you been Jinjer? I was just thinking about you the other day!
Mom and I were both down with colds but we’re good now. Other than that, I’ve just been super busy. Trying to get caught up with everyone’s blogs. LOL How’ve YOU been?
I’ve been good. Busy and stressed. But life is better now. I’m taking this weekend to get my life back in order and to hit the proverbial reset button. Glad you’re feeling better now!
Hope your resetting is going well!
Yesterday was magnificent! I’m already dreading tomorrow though. 😦