There is an item on my bucket list that my family and I have partially completed, a drive from Chicago to Santa Monica along the famous Mother Road, Route 66. Last Spring we drove half of the route on our Cars inspired trip to Disneyland…
Part 3: Overnight in Tucumcari, New Mexico
I know that it sounds really crazy that when you have a 16 hour drive in front of you to stop for the night only 2 hours down the road, but that is exactly what we did!
Our first night was spent at the Blue Swallow Hotel in Tucumari, New Mexico…
“The Blue Swallow has been serving travelers along the Mother Road since 1939, and today, our guests enjoy a pleasant reminder of what it was like to travel across the USA in the “good old days. From the beautifully restored rooms, to the distinctive attached garages, to the fabulous neon display each night, a stay at the Blue Swallow is a unique experience that will leave you rested, refreshed, and with wonderful new memories. Come take a step back to a simpler time, meet your neighbors from around the world, and relax under the glow of the neon lights in the historic courtyard of the Blue Swallow Motel.”
And like all stops on this road trip the Blue Swallow has a Cars connection…
The office for Sally’s Cozy Cone Hotel is modeled after the Blue Swallow Office. And all of the neon used in both the movie and in Carland..look no further than inspiration from the Blue Swallow and Tucumcari.
So how was our stay?
Each of the 12 rooms at the Blue Swallow has been restored to represent a room at a motor court as it would have been in the 1940s and 50s. We stayed in Room 14 and could not have been more pleased.
The room was comfortable and clean,but best of all was the room decor. Every room at the Blue Swallow is different and features vintage lightning, period furniture and artwork. Don’t let the decor fool you…the bedding is 600 count thread, the mattresses are premium and the towels fluffy, and yes there is a modern flat screen television and free internet.
The bathroom featured original bath fixtures and tile work, which was beautiful. I am amazed how it has withstood the last almost 80 years.
There was even a working 1940s rotary dial telephone, that the #manchild was amazed with.
It was a beautiful night when we arrived, so we spent some time exploring the Blue Swallow courtyard and grounds, before finding a place to eat. And of course being on the Mother Road we wanted to find someplace that fit the theme of our trip.
Since 1956, Del’s Restaurant has been a destination break on Historic Route 66. The menu has a little bit of something for everyone including New Mexican favorites and Cowboy Grub. With it being Lent and a Friday, we had some great catfish!
Afterwards, we spent a little time driving down Route 66 through Tucumcari and trying to imagine what Route 66 was like in the 40s and 50s.
Then it was sweet dreams and an early morning…
Next Stop: Tucumcari, New Mexico to Williams, Arizona (504 miles)