After a long day of driving on our Retro Roadtrip what could be a more welcomed sight than a glorious vintage neon sign, beckoning us to sleep in a wigwam. So we did!
While we stumbled into our cone shaped cottage and collapsed onto the bed, the morning gave us a bit more time to take in this roadside destination that has been keeping shutterbugs and roadtrippers delighted since 1937.
Built as part of a chain, with only 3 remaining (the other two are in California and Arizona) the 15 wigwams in Cave City are made of concrete and steel. “Cozy cones” indeed, they have either one or two double beds in them and each has their own bathroom. Many of them are outfitted with the original hickory and pine furnishings that the motel opened with!
The Cave City Wigwam village is family owned and operated, which you’ll find out immediately should you call to make your reservation and find one of the children answering the phone! No worries, they’ll pass the receiver over to mom or dad. Should you be rolling into the village later than planned (like we did) they are also very gracious in making sure you get your key, no matter how late it is!
Most folks were just staying for one night, so we had the place practically to ourselves after checking out a little late.
As far as the amenities go- I think it’s important to remember that you’re staying in an 60+ year old historic roadside loidging, and not a generic chain. Clean, cheery and cozy? Yep! Bed a bit soft and furninishings a bit eclectic? That too. But I’ll tell you, the shower in our wigwam totally beat out the one in the overpriced chain hotel we stayed in the night before.
Come on in- the wigwam’s fine!
I was glad to see that the giant teepee gift shop at the entrance (which was a restaurant at one point) was open when it was time for us to leave, so we got to chat with the owner – and commiserate with him about trying to find folks to do repairs on old stucco and plumbing (hello, Hacienda!)
There wasn’t much of a selection of souvenirs, but I did love the knotty pine interior, and as able to pick up a few vintage post cards to send to the Retro Roadkids, promising that we’d all stay here some day.
Our host said that there are folks who come back and stay every year, and some, like the lady featured below, who come back once every 54 years!
If we’re ever going through this area again we’ll totally stay here, and I encourage you to do the same.
Wigwam Village #2
601 North Dixie Highway
Cave City, KY 42127-8419
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