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Day or night your visit to Memphis is not complete without an amble down historic Beale Street.  Here are some snapshots from our all too short visit to this famous thoroughfare to inspire you:

Blues Hall and Juke Joint – you just don’t hear those phrases much anymore, do you? Same with Drinks to Go-!
Juke Joint and Blues Hall

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Summer’s officially here and I am so very excited for all of the fun we have planned – like our stay at the lovingly restored 1950s Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, NJ. There’s us, in line for a hot dog, in this vintage photo from the Caribbean, courtesy of our pals at RetroStockPix.com.

Caribbean Motel Wildwood NJ Vintage Photo Cookout RetroStockPix.com(don’t you just love my turban and sunglasses? Trying to keep a low profile, lest I get mobbed by fans!)

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I just got a nice note from photographer John Woolf – his exhibit of 20 diner and roadside photos on display at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington MA (which I always mistakenly refer to as the Museum of Our National Heritage) – has been extended!

Now you have until November 2011 to check out these wonderfully detailed and saturated prints, a sample from  his “Night Road Series.”

Coney-Island-Hot-Dogs-Worcester-MA-John Woolf (Like this, George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs in Worcester, MA. Isn’t that neon just gorgeous?!)

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It was a happy coincidence that the Mayflower cafe – oldest restaurant in the capital of Missisippi (Since 1935) was just 2 blocks from our hotel, so we hoofed it over there on a bright sunny morning and had an early lunch of some tasty seafood in this vintage restaurant.
Mayflower Cafe Sign and Exterior

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We came to the Goal Post Bar-B-Q in Anniston AL mainly because of the great neon sign, but will remember it for our tasty food!

Goal Post Bar-B-Q Football Neon Sign Anniston AL

It’s hard to tell from the photo above, but the Goal Post’s sign is an animated neon sign, with the football player’s leg swinging back and forward to kick the lighted football. Multiple neon footballs are lined up in a row, and when they flash in order it looks like the football goes sailing across the small parking lot and onto the roof of this small brick restaurant.

But enough of my yakking trying to describe it, here’s a video of the sign (thanks to Wood Valley Neon on Youtube for capturing it!)

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Since today is our wedding anniversary (9 years!) I was reminiscing about ways we had celebrated this day in years past when it occurred to me to share one of the most fab ways – at the wonderfully cool Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, CA. We spent a glorious long weekend at this historic Hollywood hotel and will never forget it!

Chateau Marmont Entrance

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Ever been someplace so cool, so inspiring, so overwhelmingly awesome, that you knew your description of it would never adequately convey the sheer fabulosity of it? Well that’s why I have waited so long to try and write about The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati, OH. The museum, and founder Tod Swormstedt are just too cool for words, but I’ll try.

However lacking my prose may be – the short version is, you must visit this place!

Vintage Neon Signs(Here’s a link to our earlier post with our video sneak peek of The American Sign Museum
where you can see the above signs all flashing and animated!)

Opened in Spring 2005, and a a not-for-profit 501(C) (3) corporation,the American Sign Museum’s mission is: (more…)

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