Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wanderlust: The Shady Dell Motel

Speaking of travel trailers, have you heard of the Shady Dell? Located in the turn-of-the-century mining town (and current artists' haven) of Bisbee, Arizona, the Shady Dell is an RV Park/motel on wheels composed of tricked-out vintage trailers.

Checking in at the Shady Dell is like taking a step back in time: Each restored trailer is outfitted with period-appropriate decor, big band jazz and old-time radio shows play in reproduction vintage radios, and stacks of circa-1950s magazines are provided (as are black and white TVs and vintage phonographs in some trailers).

A night in one of the Shady Dell's trailers will set you back just $45 to $145. The ten-stool, art deco Dot's Diner serves up tasty grub on the premises seven days a week.

And since the town of Bisbee itself sounds so intriguing -- it's a mile up in the Mule Mountains, just north of the Mexican border, and filled with art galleries, antique shops, and cozy cafes -- I may just have to book a trip.

Check it out -- and make plans to check in.

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