We’re starting to wonder if the Weird & Wonderful crew have been on the road a little too long? Whilst visiting Karrels’ Double K Ranch, the team seem to be enjoying a game of ‘pin the tail on the girl’! Perhaps it was the donkey’s day-off, but we’re thinking the giant X sign is a bit of a giveaway!
Retro themed hotels are always popular with the Weird & Wonderful production team. We’re not sure if this is due to their appreciation for classic design or if they’re just getting over the hill? Either way, there’s no denying that Airstream trailers are still very cool and The Shady Dell has eleven of the beauties to stay in!
Built within the city limits of San Bernardino in 1949, the motel’s 19 wigwams make up their own mini village which welcome weary road trippers looking for somewhere a little different to rest up.
Those of you who prefer your creature comforts to an authentic tribal experience needn’t worry, the only place you’ll be hunting for food here is at the nearby supermarket! You can even forget about gathering firewood, as each Wigwam comes complete with its own convenient barbecue!
Be-Bop-A-Lula! The production team have arrived in sunny California to shoot the Rendezvous Hotel, which offers a totally hip 1950’s experience. As you can see, they’ve been rocking around the clock to cover every inch of this retro hotel. We just hope there was no shake, rattle or roll to that roof otherwise our camera man could be facing three steps to heaven! Later ‘gater!
The Weird & Wonderful production crew are currently getting their kicks on America’s legendary Route 66! During their road trip, the team made a pit stop at Rialto’s Wigwam Motel where (not surprisingly) guests can stay the night in one of 19 giant Wigwams. Standing at 30 feet tall, these dwellings would have originally been constructed using animal skins – but wildlife lovers needn’t worry, the owners of this hotel have thoughtfully used concrete instead!
For the last word in dramatic views, look no further than Post Ranch Inn.
This luxury hideaway is nestled high on the cliffs of Big Sur, California, giving guests a unique position from which to enjoy the breathtaking coastline.
The organic architecture of the resort is designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape, and includes such a variety of accommodation you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Each one is designed to showcase a different aspect of the spectacular scenery, so whether you decide on mountain, forest, cliff or ocean you’re pretty much guaranteed a room with a view.
Saddle up partner and take a ride out to the Nevada City Hotel, where you can experience life as a rootin’ tootin’ cowboy in America’s Old West.
Originally a stage stop in the 1860s, the hotel now offers an authentic slice of pioneer life. Hang up your Stetson in one of the hotel’s ten rooms, or spend a fistful of dollars on one of the plush Victorian suits.
At the end of a long days sightseeing, mosey on down to the hotel saloon, where you can dust off your boots and enjoy a whisky or two. Just don’t get into any bar brawls while you’re there, or face getting run out of town!
Mid-century modernism is alive and well at Shady Dell, where you can experience 1950s Americana in full Technicolor!
Here you can stay in one of eleven vintage Airstream trailers, which have been lovingly restored to an authentically retro standard. There’s no mod-cons here, so expect classic radios, phonographs and televisions which broadcast in only two colours.
Round off your day with a visit to Dot’s Diner, where you can enjoy classic all-American food. Hamburgers, hot dogs and shakes are all on the menu so you’re unlikely to go hungry!
Take a step back in time to experience the opulent era of the railroad barons, at Napa Valley Railway Inn.
Still resting on their original tracks, these 100-year-old train cars have now been converted into beautiful guest accommodation. But don’t worry, the owners haven’t neglected to include modern conveniences like internet access and flat-screen televisions!
After a good night’s sleep, start your day with a signature beverage and pastry from the Yountville Coffee Caboose. Then head out to explore the surrounding wine country and all it has to offer.
Escape to the rails by visiting Karrels’ Double K Ranch, the perfect retreat for train enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Here Ken and Mary Karrels will welcome you to their comfortable homestead, where you can stay in your own private caboose – now fully restored and refurbished for your comfort.
During your stay, pay a visit to the Garden Railway where you can enjoy a full ranch breakfast and explore Ken’s impressive collection of model railways. Or if you need to stretch your legs, then take a walk along one of the many nature trails and track down Brighty, the resident wild burro!