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How to Host Your Own Vintage Weekend – Tips from Our Wildwood Visit!

Posted on: May 31, 2016


The Retro Roadmap Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016 was a fun success, and a perfect excuse to dust off the tiki togs and visit the country’s mid-century-motel mecca, Wildwood New Jersey.

Even if you missed it, you can create your own Vintage Weekend in Wildwood yourself: Here’s all you do!

Pick an Authentic Vintage Mid Century Motel to stay in:

As you know we’re partial to the hippest one in the crowd, The Caribbean, but Wildwood is chockablock full of authentic 1950s motels with great neon signs and architectural details:
Caribbean Motel Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016
I mean, who can resist that exterior – at any time of day:
Caribbean Motel Wildwood NJ Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016
And the interior is done up in period vintage style as well!
Caribbean Motel Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Visit the Doo Wop Experience, right across from the Convention Center:

We were lucky enough to host our welcome party under the rescued neon signs and surrounded by 1950s artifacts, but they’re open for regular visitors too.
Mod Betty Presents! Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Partake in a celebratory cocktail!

– after all, you ARE on vacation, right?

We were lucky to have Caribbean regulars Eric & Lisa create authentic Beachbum Berry cocktails for us, but you can imbibe whatever you choose.
Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016
We tried not to get “Zaberized” while we mingled:
Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Tour Wildwood After Dark and see the place all lit up -it’s gorgeous!

Caribbean Motel Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Explore the town during the day, too!

Wildwood Boardwalk Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Mod Betty sent folks out on a “Virtual Scavenger Hunt” to get to know Wildwood more (if you want a copy of it email me) or just create your own adventure.
Wildwood Boardwalk Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Get dolled up in vintage garb!

Get into the spirit of the era and glam it up a bit, like our pals Marilyn and David did – ain’t they swanky?
Retro Roadmap Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016 Wildwood NJ

Listen to vintage tunes!

You don’t need a DJ like we had (Blanko Dave of the Thrifty Discount DJs) …
Thrifty Discount DJ Blanko Dave Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

but anything to get you in the vintage spirit will do!

Retro Roadmap Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016 Wildwood NJ

Lastly – Have Fun with What Nature Brings You!

So if torrential rain washes out your poolside party, head towards the Cabana Room and get to know your neighbors!
Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016
Adversity inspires camraderie, and the next thing you know, you’ll be getting drenched just to grab a photo with the swell folks you only met this weekend that seem like friends already:
Retro Roadmap Wildwood Vintage Tiki Weekend 2016

Click here for more photos

 

LASTLY – the most important thing is:

DON’T WAIT for an event like this to go and support the cool authentic places that still exist – go out and do it now!

XO
Mod Betty

 

 

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