Sunset Motel in Villa Ridge put up for sale for $1.1 million

The Sunset Motel, known for its location on Route 66 in Villa Ridge, Missouri, and its vibrant neon sign, recently was put up for sale for $1.1 million. Coldwell Banker Realty is the broker for the property. Here's what it stated in the description: The Business of Success. Make it yours with this strategically located … Continue reading Sunset Motel in Villa Ridge put up for sale for $1.1 million

Lebanon motel on Route 66 renovated, rechristened as Maple Tree Inn

A motel along Route 66 known as Midwest Inn on the west side of Lebanon, Missouri, recently was renovated and renamed the Maple Tree Inn. According to a news release, the company that purchased the property at 2125 W. Elm St. (aka Route 66) gave it a freshening up: Travelers will be assured of a … Continue reading Lebanon motel on Route 66 renovated, rechristened as Maple Tree Inn

Revival of “Route 66 Dining and Lodging Guide” planned later this year

Mark Hamilton, the creator of the Backroads66 website, stated in a recent post he is planning to revive the "Route 66 Dining and Lodging Guide" in November or December after updates on the publication ceased about seven years ago. Hamilton stated his guide would contain listings of only independently owned properties on or just off … Continue reading Revival of “Route 66 Dining and Lodging Guide” planned later this year

Castaneda Hotel wins state preservation award

The Castaneda Hotel of Las Vegas, New Mexico, recently won a 2022 CPRC Heritage Preservation Award for architectural heritage from the New Mexico Historic Preservation Commission. The state historic preservation office posted this on social media about the award: Affeldt and Mion also own the historic Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, New Mexico, and … Continue reading Castaneda Hotel wins state preservation award

Historic Herring Hotel in Amarillo will be restored and reopened

The historic but long-closed Herring Hotel in downtown Amarillo, Texas, recently landed new owners that plan to restore and reopen the 14-story building within the next three years. Tipped off by a reader, county property records indicate the building was acquired by Herring Hotel Development Co. LLC in October via a warranty deed. A new … Continue reading Historic Herring Hotel in Amarillo will be restored and reopened

Son of Springfield Inn owner makes a documentary about motel’s sad decline

Shyam Rama, a son of the former owner of the Springfield Inn in Springfield, Missouri, has co-created a short documentary film about his childhood and his former home's sad and startlingly quick decline. A redeveloper of the Route 66 motel earlier this year announced plans to put a Whataburger restaurant and other businesses there. Rama … Continue reading Son of Springfield Inn owner makes a documentary about motel’s sad decline

Six motels on Route 66 in Gallup closed by the city, including Blue Spruce Lodge

Six vintage motels along the Route 66 corridor of Gallup, New Mexico, were closed by the city due to numerous code violations. That includes the Blue Spruce Lodge motel with its oft-photographed neon sign. Frequent Route 66 traveler and writer Blue Miller noted the closure of about a half-dozen motels during a recent post on … Continue reading Six motels on Route 66 in Gallup closed by the city, including Blue Spruce Lodge

Backland luxury campground plans to open southeast of Williams in June

Backland, a luxury campground and eco-lodging establishment known for tented suites, plans to open southeast of the Route 66 town of Williams, Arizona, in late June. According to a news release from the company: The team at Backland announced that reservations for stays from July 28, 2022, onwards, are now available. The eco-resort is anticipating opening for … Continue reading Backland luxury campground plans to open southeast of Williams in June

Winning entry for Tulsa Route 66 mixed-use development includes car vending machine

Local developer David Sharp has been chosen from three suitors to construct a Route 66 mixed-use development on the banks of the Arkansas River in Tulsa that will include a car vending machine. The City of Tulsa is expected to formally announce the decision on the development today, but the Tulsa World received confirmation from … Continue reading Winning entry for Tulsa Route 66 mixed-use development includes car vending machine

New owners of Sunflower Station in Adrian reveal more plans for the site for 2023

The new owners of Sunflower Station next door to the landmark Midpoint Cafe in Adrian, Texas, announced plans for the site when they plan to reopen it in spring 2023, including placing guest cabins in the back of the property. Jason and Kelly Snyder, enthusiasts of Route 66 and motorcycles, acquired the property last year … Continue reading New owners of Sunflower Station in Adrian reveal more plans for the site for 2023