Cork ‘N Bottle

The Cork ‘N Bottle is on the main drag in Cortez, Colorado. I couldn’t tell you a thing about the building but the sign is amazing.

My western adventure pal is a good friend. She understood the cue when she heard me gasp, slamming on the brakes for a quick picture.

Isn’t it fabulous?

Fiesta Twin Cinema

When it comes to this sign, I have but one regret.

I didn’t go back to see it lit up after dark.

The building itself isn’t anything to write home about but that sign is pretty spectacular. If you ever find yourself traveling along Main Street in downtown Cortez,Colorado be sure to at least slow down and admire the pretty colors.

Maybe the next time I’m in town I can stop for a movie instead of just a photo. For now, I’m happy for the photo.

Stardust Motel

The actual motel is just your run-of-the-mill midcentury motel building and isn’t much to look at. However, the sign is a beaut. You’ll see it if you come into Greenville on Ohio 49.

Pete’s Kitchen

If you’re in Denver and looking for a quick diner breakfast, the local chain Pete’s has an old school diner called Pete’s Kitchen.

Choose from a booth or a stool at the counter. If it’s warm enough you can eat outside too. Wherever you sit, the food is good and comes out quick.

We went for breakfast one day. My veggie omelette, potatoes and toast made for a huge serving and it was all made fresh to order.

My stomach was on Ohio time so I devoured every bite. Prices were reasonable and I would absolutely go back if given a chance. Want to visit or just learn more? Visit their website!

Sunset Motel

A good sign deserves to be appreciated. Isn’t it a beaut?

Sadly, I’m pretty sure the sign is the best part of the Sunset Motel but this place is a fun remnant of mid century automobile travel on Old 33 in Athens, Ohio.

The American roadside was once dotted with unique diners and motels, often boasting flashy signs like this. It makes me a little sad sometimes when I think about how national chains make every town look just like the last one down the highway.

Of course, that sense of generic sameness everywhere else makes places like this all the more special. Today, I will be thankful for that.