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[EVENT] Retro Roadmap at Old Bridge NJ Library! Sat 9/16 11am

[EVENT] Retro Roadmap at Old Bridge NJ Library! Sat 9/16 11am

Mod Betty is super-psyched to share her love of the American roadside with the folks at the Old Bridge, New Jersey Library on Saturday September 16, 2017 from 11am-12pm. Discover what qualifies as a Retro Roadmap worthy place! Delight in learning about the cool vintage places in New Jersey – and beyond! Discuss your favorite […]

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[EVENT] Elvis Clambake at Colonial Theatre & Retro Roadbook Signing!

[EVENT] Elvis Clambake at Colonial Theatre & Retro Roadbook Signing!

It wouldn’t be summer without a clambake, now would it? Especially Elvis’ Clambake on the big screen at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA Sunday August 13 with Mod Betty as a special guest! This madcap movie is full of fun, music, surf, girls and all the wacky hijinx you’d expect from a sun filled film from […]

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[EVENT] Asbury Park Surf Music Festival 2017 / Book Signing & Mod Betty Meet n Greet!

[EVENT] Asbury Park Surf Music Festival 2017 / Book Signing & Mod Betty Meet n Greet!

Do you dig surf music, tiki drinks, a vintage beach boardwalk, and all sorts of retro fun? Mod Betty does! That’s why she’s SO EXCITED to be bringing the Retro Roadcamper to the 2017 Asbury Park Surf Music Festival, in Asbury Park (duh) New Jersey! We’ll be setting up the Retro Roadcamper to sell and […]

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[EVENT] Blobfest 2017! Mod Betty Meet & Greet / Retro Roadmap Roadbook Signing

[EVENT] Blobfest 2017! Mod Betty Meet & Greet / Retro Roadmap Roadbook Signing

It creeps and leaps…it glides, and slides across the floor – it’s BLOBFEST 2017 – and Mod Betty and the Retro Roadcamper will be there! Experience the fun, kitsch and charm of this annual Phoenixville event celebrating the 1950’s sci-fi classic The Blob (filmed here in 1958), making the Colonial Theatre (and Steve McQueen!) famous: […]

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[EVENT] Retro Roadbook Signing / Mod Betty Meet & Greet! Browseabout Books, Rehoboth DE

[EVENT] Retro Roadbook Signing / Mod Betty Meet & Greet! Browseabout Books, Rehoboth DE

Vacationing at the Delaware beaches for 4th of July week, or looking for an excuse to head down there? Mod Betty is doing a book signing at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, DE Friday July 7, 7-9pm. Buy your copy of the Delaware Retro Roadbook here during the event and Mod B will autograph it for […]

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Jazz Age Fans! Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form

Jazz Age Fans! Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form

Retro Roadmappers who dig jazz age fashion, photographs and fun – the Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form exhibit at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown Pennsylvania is for you. The Photos This groundbreaking multimedia exhibit features a large number of never-before displayed fashion photographs from Vogue and Vanity Fair taken between […]

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Our Final Retro Roadmap Video! The Fisherman Restaurant Phoenixville PA

Our Final Retro Roadmap Video! The Fisherman Restaurant Phoenixville PA

Mod Betty often remembers when she and Retro Roadhusband moved to Phoenixville, PA and were just getting to know the town. We had no idea what to expect when we opened the door to the Fisherman Restaurant, but as soon as we stepped in, we stepped back in time – and loved it! So it […]

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The Latest Retro Roadmap Video – Milton Theatre Delaware’s Revival House!

The Latest Retro Roadmap Video – Milton Theatre Delaware’s Revival House!

It’s the latest Retro Roadmap video! The Milton Theatre in Milton Delaware. Mod Betty is thrilled that this 100 year old small town theatre has come back to life! A home for the creative in this community, it has something for everyone. Please watch, like, enjoy and SHARE – thanks Retro Roadmappers, and Happy Holidays! […]

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Marshmallow Fluff – Made in Massachusetts for almost 100 Years. [Sweet!]

Marshmallow Fluff – Made in Massachusetts for almost 100 Years. [Sweet!]

Mod Betty isn’t much of a cook, but once a year she’s all about the Fluff.  You see, she’s a Massachusetts gal, so many a holiday season she makes Never Fail Fudge and Marshmallow Treats from this locally made marshmallow creme creation. Heck, her recipes even come from the Fluff Yummy Book that she sent away for years ago! Since […]

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

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

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 […]

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Mod Betty visits Cabana Bay Beach Resort – A Photo Op Stop!

Mod Betty visits Cabana Bay Beach Resort – A Photo Op Stop!

Mod Betty and Retro Roadhusband rarely stay at the big chain hotels, but when it’s decorated like our house, and looks totally inspired by Wildwood NJ we make an exception. We just had to see for ourselves what Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort was all about, and as you can see from our photos, […]

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Retro Roadmap Route 1 Saugus “Retro Fun Tour”  Tips!

Retro Roadmap Route 1 Saugus “Retro Fun Tour” Tips!

Mod Betty has always had a soft spot for Route 1 in Saugus Massachusetts, ever since she discovered it many years ago. The lights! The Signs! The Over The Top Architecture! To her- heaven. So many of these places are not here anymore, or are a shell of their former self, but they live on […]

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Walkin’ Nashville – Guided Tours Retro Roadmap Style!

Walkin’ Nashville – Guided Tours Retro Roadmap Style!

Mod Betty can’t be everywhere to show folks the cool vintage places, but if you’re in Nashville Walkin’ Nashville is the kind of  guided tour that is right up our Retro Roadmap alley! (Or should I say Printer’s Alley, since that’s included in the tour?!) The Music City Legends Tour offered by our pal and expert […]

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The Latest Retro Roadmap Video – It’s a Really Big Shoe! [Video]

The Latest Retro Roadmap Video – It’s a Really Big Shoe! [Video]

Mod Betty is so excited to share with you the one, the only Shoe House of York, PA – it’s got some great new owners as of 2015, take a look inside and see why you should put this on your Retro Roadmap Roadtrip list!

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Sad Day – Wonder Bar Worcester, Removed from Retro Roadmap – Remuddled

Sad Day – Wonder Bar Worcester, Removed from Retro Roadmap – Remuddled

August 2015 Update: It it always a sad day when I have to remove a place from Retro Roadmap. This usually happens when the authentic vintage charm that we love so much has been obliterated by remodeling/remuddling, turning a once “real” place into just another cookie cutter establishment. Those are not what Retro Roadmap is all about, […]

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Shop for Vintage Stuff & Visit Mod Betty’s 1964 Camper at a Whole Lot of Lulu!

Shop for Vintage Stuff & Visit Mod Betty’s 1964 Camper at a Whole Lot of Lulu!

Do you like shopping for cool vintage “stuff” without the hassle of driving from one shop to another? Want to meet other folks who dig cool old stuff? My pals at Lulu Boutique and Gifterie in Phoenixville have arranged for all the cool vintage stuff to be in one place with their 3rd and best […]

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Go to Vintage Car Show at a Vintage Antique/ Arcade Emporium – Sled Fest!

Go to Vintage Car Show at a Vintage Antique/ Arcade Emporium – Sled Fest!

UPDATED 4/21/15  – Sadly we have to CANCEL our appearance at Sledfest 2015, due to unforseen circumstances. However, that does not mean you can’t still go and enjoy a wonderful day of Retro Fun! Enjoy every moment you have on the planet, people. Life is short! xo Mod B.   Vintage cars, antiques and vendors, […]

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Get Ready for Mad Men’s Final Season at Mod House Vintage with Lulu Boutique!

Get Ready for Mad Men’s Final Season at Mod House Vintage with Lulu Boutique!

Mod Betty is wicked excited to get in the Mad Men mood with the fine gals at Mod House Vintage and Lulu Boutique & Gifterie both located in downtown Phoenixville. The Meetup will be at Mod House Vintage ( 32 Gay Street, Phoenixville) from 6-9 on Sunday March 29  (This is the Sunday BEFORE the […]

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Retro Roadmap Meetup – Tour The Colonial Theatre & Watch The Quiet Man – Just in time for St. Pat’s!

Retro Roadmap Meetup – Tour The Colonial Theatre & Watch The Quiet Man – Just in time for St. Pat’s!

Retro Roadmap Meetup – Sunday March 15, 2015 Starting at 12:30pm we’ll take a tour of the historic Colonial Theatre (built in 1903) in beautiful downtown Phoenixville PA, then watch “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara on the big screen at 2pm! “John Wayne plays an American prizefighter who travels back to […]

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Vintage Tiki Weekend at Wildwood’s Caribbean Motel – hostessed by Retro Roadmap’s Mod Betty – SOLD OUT!

Vintage Tiki Weekend at Wildwood’s Caribbean Motel – hostessed by Retro Roadmap’s Mod Betty – SOLD OUT!

SOLD OUT WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK!  – Mod Betty is hostessing a fab vintage tiki weekend at one of Wildwood NJ most iconic authentic 1950s motels! While this sold out immediately, we’re eyeing more events like this in the future so stay tuned!  Vintage Tiki Weekend at Wildwood’s Caribbean Motel – hostessed by Mod Betty! Friday May 15 until […]

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#RetroMontco – Montgomery County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

#RetroMontco – Montgomery County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

We don’t have any big travel plans this year (next year, crossing fingers!) so Mod B is trying to find those Retro Roadmap worthy places and sites close to home! Today we do some ‘sploring in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania – enjoy! My pal HP and I started with a wicked tasty breakfast at Daddypop’s Diner […]

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#RetroDelco – Delaware County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

#RetroDelco – Delaware County PA Retro Roadmap Snapshots

Retro Roadhusband and I have not found much of a reason to visit Delaware County, Pennsylvania but this weekend we made up for lost time! The excuse to see 79 year old guitar legend Charlie Gracie on his home turf was enough to have us fighting commuter traffic on a Friday night and as luck […]

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SOLD OUT! Retro Roadmap Meetup – Wanamaker Organ Behind The Scenes Tour

SOLD OUT! Retro Roadmap Meetup – Wanamaker Organ Behind The Scenes Tour

Thanks to the overwhelming response, we’ve reached Maximum Capacity for this tour – how exciting! Stay tuned for more Retro Roadmap Roundups throughout the year!  Happy New Year, all! Last year was filled with some great stuff  – our video series! Mentions in magazine articles! Retro Roadmap Meetups! But some sobering things too, like the closing of […]

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Times Square Cafe Edison Forced to Close – Lunch Mob to Protest! Sat Nov 8

Times Square Cafe Edison Forced to Close – Lunch Mob to Protest! Sat Nov 8

I rarely go on Twitter but tonight I’m glad I did, as I learned that the landmark Edison Cafe in New York City’s Times Square is being forced to close, to be replaced by (ugh) a “white-tablecloth restaurant with ‘a name chef,’” according to the NY Times. (and in linking to that article I learned that Smith’s […]

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Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

Bridgeville Delaware Diner – Then and Now

It’s a chilly weekend here in Delaware, making Mod Betty want to stay inside where it’s not so blustery, instead of heading out doing some Retro Roadmap discoverin’. Luckily I’ve got some vintage Delaware places and spaces tucked away in my archives, just ready for sharing, like this “Before and After” shot of the Bridgeville […]

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California Dreamin! – Retro Roadmap Prep, Los Angeles

California Dreamin! – Retro Roadmap Prep, Los Angeles

While I haven’t even finished posting about our last trip to California, that’s not going to stop me from heading back there when opportunity (and a free ticket) arises! So I’m doing what I love to do before any trip, putting pins in the map! While there are a heap of places we didn’t get […]

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Syracuse NY Has a Historic Carousel – in a Mall!

Syracuse NY Has a Historic Carousel – in a Mall!

Mod Betty avoids malls like the plague – but there’s one thing to get me going to one – the promise of a lovingly maintained vintage carousel within those walls. If this is what it takes to get you into one of these modern monolyths, there’s a 100+ year old merry go round to tempt […]

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Prime Burger NYC to Close After 74 Years – Get There Now

Prime Burger NYC to Close After 74 Years – Get There Now

Get there before it’s too late! After being in business since 1938 PrimeBurger in New York City is closing because the building is being sold. I posted a bit about this on the RetroRoadmap Facebook Page yesterday, but wanted to make sure everyone knew about this, as the Huffington Post is reporting: While the exact […]

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Retro Roadmapping up to the Very End

A perfect stop en route to or from LAX. Pann’s is our fave! Such a fun trip to California, we hate to leave! At least a tasty meal at Pann’s makes getting to the airport not so bad.

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Shady Glen Manchester CT Inducted into James Beard 2012 America’s Classics  – Bernice Cheesburgers FTW!

Shady Glen Manchester CT Inducted into James Beard 2012 America’s Classics – Bernice Cheesburgers FTW!

Just had to share the cool news about a Retro Roadmap favorite- Shady Glen Dairy Store and Restaurant of Manchester CT is a James Beard Foundation America’s Classic Restaurant! How could you forget the cheesiest cheeseburger you’ve ever seen on Retro Roadmap? We visited Shady Glen last fall and it has since become one of […]

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Kentucky Derby Sandwich – The Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel, Louisville KY

Kentucky Derby Sandwich – The Hot Brown from the Brown Hotel, Louisville KY

Ever since someone at work mentioned that this is Derby Weekend all I could think of was this delicious sandwich. But to call it a sandwich doesn’t do it justice. I mean, just look at that: That’s the mouthwatering, completely decadent and totally worth it “Hot Brown” from the historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville […]

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NYC Snapshots – Vintage Fashion, Restaurant China, the old Empire Diner & More

NYC Snapshots – Vintage Fashion, Restaurant China, the old Empire Diner & More

This wasn’t an official research trip up to NYC for Retro Roadmap, but more of a “catch up with a pal I’ve known since junior high school and tromp around the city” type of day. But of course we saw some Retro Roadmap worthy sights on a beautiful sunny day in New York, so I […]

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Dublin Ireland’s Why Go Bald Neon Sign – Retro Roadmapping Across The World

Dublin Ireland’s Why Go Bald Neon Sign – Retro Roadmapping Across The World

You can take the Retro Roadmapping gal out of her natural habitat, but you can’t stop her from looking for cool old vintage things and places, even when she’s in…Ireland! Though I was surrounded by buildings and statues that were so old they make my niche of a timeline (vaguely 1900-1970s) look positively new-born, I […]

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The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

The Famous Strawberry Pie at the Kumm Esse Diner Myerstown PA

Finally tried the famous strawberry pie at the Kumm Esse Diner- nom! Retro Roadhusband was pleased with his turkey croquettes (their Own Make). PA Dutch comfort food at its best! Also wanted to point out to the diner fans out there that they have the cantilevered counter seats here and some interesting architectural details. Read […]

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From Rick Kilby’s Visual Ephemera – Old Florida meets Old World at Chalet Suzanne

From Rick Kilby’s Visual Ephemera – Old Florida meets Old World at Chalet Suzanne

Oooh! The sun is shining today in FLA, what a treat! While we’ll be visiting some more mainstream attractions (someplace to do with a Mouse) here’s a neat spot down here that we’ve totally put on the list for next time – Thanks to Rick Kilby of Visual Ephemera for keeping that list growing! http://studiohourglass.blogspot.com/2012/02/old-florida-meets-old-world-at-chalet.html

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Garden Theatre in Downtown Winter Garden FL

Garden Theatre in Downtown Winter Garden FL

If you’re ever in the area, this is a cute lil downtown area – nice for a stroll!

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Maryland Fried Chicken? I thought we were in Florida?!

Route 50. Winter Garden FL

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The Book “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” Has Been Published – Congrats to Author and Retro Roadpal Larry Cultrera!

The Book “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” Has Been Published – Congrats to Author and Retro Roadpal Larry Cultrera!

Just read on his Diner Hotline that Larry Cultrera’s book “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” has been published and shipped, and we couldn’t be happier for our Retro Roadpal Larry Cultrera! I’ll let Larry tell it best: The book should be in most book stores (at least in Massachusetts) by the end of this week! You […]

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Sad News – Papoo’s Hot Dog Show Since 1949 – Closed

Sad News – Papoo’s Hot Dog Show Since 1949 – Closed

Well you find things out in the darndest of ways sometimes, case in point that I learned about the closing of Papoo’s Hot Dog Show when I saw photos of the sign being dismantled in my Flickr pal jericl cat’s photo stream. Regular Retro Roadmap readers may remember that our intrepid California reporter Anna told […]

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If You’re Fond Of Sand Dunes and Salty Air (and FOW) – Mod Betty is Cape Cod Bound

If You’re Fond Of Sand Dunes and Salty Air (and FOW) – Mod Betty is Cape Cod Bound

Getting all excited for my trip back to Massachusetts – for some fun on old Cape Cod!

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Sad News – Jacob Zook’s Hex Sign Store Paradise, PA Route 30  Lincoln Highway Closed

Sad News – Jacob Zook’s Hex Sign Store Paradise, PA Route 30 Lincoln Highway Closed

When Retro Roadhusband were driving down Route 30 / The Lincoln Highway in Paradise, PA Sunday we were saddened to see that Jacob Zoon Hex Signs store was closed and the property being offered for sale.

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Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

Grilled Stickey at The Diner in State College PA – Had To Do It!

When in Rome…or State College PA for that matter – do what the locals do! Get a Sticky Bun, split and grilled with a side of vanilla ice cream! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone

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Kutztown Folk Festival – Betty’s Kitchen by Bill and Charlotte Schuster

Kutztown Folk Festival – Betty’s Kitchen by Bill and Charlotte Schuster

  Isn’t this just adorable? I got a neat lil hex sign from them- all hand painted too! www.hexsign.com

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No Ox Roast on Tuesdays at the Kutztown Folk Festival – Bummer!

No Ox Roast on Tuesdays at the Kutztown Folk Festival – Bummer!

We went to our first Kutztown Folk Festival today- what fun! Had no idea there would be an ox roast, so I guess we can’t be too disappointed that we missed it.

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Louie’s Pizza Rehoboth DE – Mod Betty’s Fave Pizza at The Beach!

Louie’s Pizza Rehoboth DE – Mod Betty’s Fave Pizza at The Beach!

Best slices on the boardwalk. OK technically on Rehoboth Avenue (since 1974). Yum! (I just got the story of this Alfred E. Newman painting from Tim Gouvas – as we’d say at home it’s wicked interesting! But typing it on my phone won’t do it justice – stay tuned!)   Louie’s Pizza www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Where to Retro Road Trip on Memorial Day Weekend? Help Us Decide!

Where to Retro Road Trip on Memorial Day Weekend? Help Us Decide!

I’ve got a dog-free Saturday coming up which means…ROADTRIP!! Granted we will most likely keep within the confines of Pennsylvania, but what direction should we head in?! As you can see, we’ve been to a lot of vintage and cool old places in PA, and they’re all listed on the Pennsylvania RetroRoadMAP: View PA – […]

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Diners of Pennsylvania 2nd Edition Now Out!

I got mine at Sled Fest but it’s available online through Stackpole Books. http://www.stackpolebooks.com/productdetails.cfm?SKU=0676 Will keep you posted about any book signings ad I hear of them! Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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American Dream Diner Harrisburg PA

No, I did not get the Rope! (sausage) Sent from the Retro RoadPhone www.RetroRoadmap.com

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Skip’s Burgers Merrimac MA – Open for 64th Season Today!

Home of the famous Suzy Q fries (nom) tasty burgers and vintage car nights, Skip’s in Merrimac opens today for the season! Harbinger of spring for sure [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEBJrBX5i_s&feature=player_embedded] Read all about our adventures at Skips here and become a fan of Skip’s on Facebook!

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Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches and Hot Dogs – as Good as Ever!

Happy to report that Jimmy John’s in West Chester PA has bounced back after the tragic fire on the eve of their 70th anniversary and it’s just like it used to be- trains and everything!

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Vintage Signs of Key West – Daytime in the Sunshine!

Hooray! The rain has stopped and the sun is out – hope it’s the same type of lovely morning for all you RetroRoadap Readers. As promised here are some of the great Key West vintage signs and sights I discovered while walking around one sunny morning. This first one has a special place in my […]

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Key West Neon – Antidote for a Stormy Saturday Night

The wind she’s a blowin and the rain she’s a fallin here tonight at the beach version of RetroRoadmap HQ. What better time to remember what a warm spring night can be like – in Key West Florida for example! Here are a few shots of the nifty neon you may see when you walk […]

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One of the Last Vintage Signs in Phoenixville PA

Neumann’s Furniture sign – Church St. Seen while walking the Retro Road Dog! Neumann’s hasn’t been here in a long time but the sign lives on. I swear I saw the blue neon tubes lit up not long ago. Figured I better document this sign before it disappears. Sent from the Retro RoadPhone! www.RetroRoadmap.com

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RetroRoadmap Worthy Places in Upstate NY – Thanks Amy Halloran and Metroland For a Great Sunday Morning Read!

“Progress has its place, but these businesses have built their success on sustaining tradition” – YES indeedy! So says Amy Halloran in Albany NY’s Metroland, and sums up our feelings regarding progress and change in her You’re So Old School article better than we could this Sunday morn. I especially like this part (bolding all […]

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Nantasket Beach’s Paragon Carousel Opens For the Season This Weekend! Hull, MA

While it’s probably snowing today up in Mass there’s good news too – the Paragon Carousel at Nantasket Beach opens for the weekend season tomorrow – Saturday April 2. The carousel (Philadelphia Toboggan Company #85 for those keeping score) was originally part of Paragon Park Amusement Park that made Hull a recreation destination until it’s […]

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Soft Serve Shaped Ice Cream Stand – Canonsburg PA

My folks took a bunch of photos for me of these twisty treats down in Florida years ago and I think they’re a wicked cute addition to the roadside. Turtle Twist – opens April 1. Wait, how did next week become April already?! We HAVE been on the road for a while! Sent from the […]

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Mmm… Lemon Icebox Pie at Goal Post BBQ Anniston AL

Always good to sample the local specialties when on a road trip! Tangy and light as air. Retro Roadhusband got BBQ. Yum too! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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World’s Largest Drive In – The Varsity Atlanta GA

“What’ll Ya Have?” More photos to come! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Hildebrandt’s Restaurant To Be Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives March 28!

I  love it when the mainstream media folks do their part to champion the vintage, retro and cool old places I love so much here on RetroRoadmap –  that’s why I’m so psyched to let you know that the episode of Food Network’s Diner’s Drive Ins and Dives that features Hildebrandt’s Restaurant in Williston Park […]

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Boehringer’s Ice Cream Adamstown PA – 75th Season Starts March 11

You can tell spring is a’coming when Boehringer’s Ice Cream in Adamstown PA opens for the season- put a big circle around Friday March 11 on your RetroRoad calendar! I just received this missive from The Boehringer’s Icecream Facebook Page: We’re very excited about this season as it marks our 75th year of food, family […]

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Kowloon Chinese Restaurant Now Has A Free App For Your iPhone!

Just found out my favorite chinese restaurant / tiki mecca up in Saugus MA -the Kowloon Restaurant, now has a free app for your iphone. Now you can place your order directly from your phone and have it waiting when you get there! Now I haven’t used it – I don’t think they deliver to […]

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Roney’s Restaurant Route 130 Collingswood NJ Closed For Good – Bummer

I don’t like to be the bearer of bad news, so I’ll just consider this a heads up for those of you who might be hankering for a small greasy hamburger or cheeseburger in the Collingswood NJ area – Roney’s Restaurant – a landmark on Route 130 is now officially closed. Originally opened as a […]

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Nation’s Oldest Vintage Clothing Store – Zap & Co. Lancaster PA Burns, Owner Injured – UPDATED 1/25

UPDATE Tues 1/25 The official Facebook page of the Stephen Murray and Zap & Company Foundation has been set up by his daughter. ” I’ll be updating this page daily about my father’s health status, and information about the foundation. Thanks so much for joining and thanks so much for the unconditional love and support!!!!” UPDATE […]

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PJ Pastry Shop Dedham MA – A Friends of Eddie Coyle Shot Brings Back Fond Memories!

Over the summer I had great fun sharing some Boston area locations from the 1970’s move The Friends Eddie Coyle (here’s a link to my original post “1970?s Boston Movie Fun – Name That Location! The Friends of Eddie Coyle”.) Well I wasn’t the only one who had fond memories of the locations this movie […]

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Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach MA – A Cautionary Retro Roadtrip Down Memory Lane

Paragon Park, Nantasket Beach MA – A Cautionary Retro Roadtrip Down Memory Lane

Not sure what the weather is like where you are, but we’ve got snow-a-fallin here outside of Retro Roadmap HQ, so instead of going out on the roads, I’m looking backward down memory lane via my own photo collection.I figured I’d go back as far as I could in my own collection and start with […]

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RetroRoadmap’s List of Philadelphia Area Vintage Holiday Fun!

Here’s our list of our fave vintage, old fashioned and traditional places in the Philadelphia area during the holiday season. Click on the links to read more about these timeless treats, see additional photos, and learn how to get to these wondrous places courtesy of the RetroRoadmap archive! The Wanamaker Organ Christmas Light Show at […]

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Another Mystery Boston Diner! Was it Real?

Mod Betty will be busy being the Hostess with The Mostess this weekend, but here’s something for the diner sleuths in the audience to chew on while I am unable to post. Is this diner real, or just a figment of the artist’s imagination? All I can tell you is that this was painted in […]

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Diner Presentation by Larry Cultrera Monday 12/6 Quincy MA

Hey everyone, don’t forget about the slide presentation and talk that Larry Cultrera’s giving at the Thomas Crane Public Library, in Quincy, MA this  Monday December 6 at 7pm! “The Evolution of Diners – From Lunch Carts to Mega Restaurants” Larry Cultrera of DinerHotline.com will be giving a slide show and talk about the ever […]

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Miracle on 34th Street on the Big Screen at the Roxy in Northampton PA 11/30

Who can resist a timeless Christmas classic movie on the big screen, to get in that holiday mood? This Tuesday 11/30 The Roxy Theatre in Northampton PA is showing the 1947 version of Miracle on 34th Street, starring a wee Natalie Wood and my fave Maureen O’Hara. And it’s FREE with the donation of a […]

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The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania – Free Talk – Thursday 11/18 Phoenixville, PA

A free talk, “The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania”, will be presented at the Phoenixville, PA  Public Library on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 PM. This is happening just blocks away from RetroRoadmap central and we’ll be attending – join us, won’t you? xo – Mod Betty & Retro Roadhusband Melinda Higgins Crawford, Commonwealth Speaker for the […]

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Roxy Movie Theatre Northampton PA – Best Unexpected Roadside Find – Part 1

Roxy Movie Theatre Northampton PA – Best Unexpected Roadside Find – Part 1

I seriously had to pull over and catch my breath (and snap a photo) when I drove by the Roxy Theatre on Main Street in Northampton, PA – just north of Allentown. Even now my blood sugar levels are peaking just gazing at the photo of this fabulous vintage movie marquee and neon sign! It […]

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How To Speak NEPA – Prep for the Scranton, PA Retro Roadside Meet-up – Heyna!

My dear pal and Retro Roadmap Reporter Aubs forwarded this video to me so I could be prepared linguistically for the Retro Roadmap / Roadside Fans meet-up in Scranton next month. I had noticed a few of these NEPAisms* on my initial scouting of the area, but now I’ll know what they actually mean. Join […]

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Can’t Wait to Tell You About This Classic Movie Theatre I Just Discovered!!

Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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You’re Invited! Retro Roadside Fans Meet-Up Glider Diner Scranton, PA 11/14

I’m very excited to be putting together a get-together of  retro roadside fans, travelers, bikers, RVers, roadtrippers, bloggers, authors, photographers and more, and you’re invited! Glenn Wells of RoadsideFans.com and I are hosting a Retro Roadmap / Roadside Fans meet-up at the Glider Diner in Scranton PA on Sunday November 14 from 12-2. If you […]

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Greenport NY- Long Island’s Vintage / Retro Goldmine Part 1

Greenport NY- Long Island’s Vintage / Retro Goldmine Part 1

Greenport NY is so chock-a-block full of cool vintage and retro finds that I’ve been wrestling for over 2 months now with how to tell you all about it. You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words? Well here are my photos that will illustrate what an absolute FIND Greenport […]

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Photos of Boston Theatres from 1984 – The Beginnings of RetroRoadmap

All this talk of Boston with Eddie Coyle and the arrival of my new fave  movie compendium Big Screen Boston made me realize that my photos from a college “slide tape presentation” might be of interest to Retro Roadmap Readers. These photographs, shot in the fall of 1984 were of some of the old theatres […]

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What Vintage Boston Diner Is This? The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

I had always wanted to see the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle again because I remember there being a scene filmed in a diner, but I wasn’t sure what diner it was? My geographic brain thought it might be the Apple Tree Diner because that was still in Dedham when many of the scenes […]

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1970’s Boston Movie Fun – Name That Location! The Friends of Eddie Coyle

I remember seeing just a bit of the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle when my dad was watching it once on TV and doing a complete double take when I saw that the scene was filmed in Dedham the town where both my mum and my dad grew up, and where “Grammie in Dedham” […]

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Abandoned Vintage New Jersey Diners – A Cautionary Tale

Thanks to Diner Man Spencer Stewart and his blog Diner Hunter for sharing this great post from Kevin Patrick about the neglected / closed / abandoned vintage diners of New Jersey. Using the same Preservation New Jersey list of the top 10 endangered historic sites that I did as inspiration for my New Jersey diner […]

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Vale Rio Diner in Phoenixville PA on Blocks and on eBay

Just read in the local paper here in Phoenixville that the vintage Paramount diner up on blocks around the corner from us, the former Vale Rio Diner, is on sale on eBay. (for $225,000 yowza!) (10/8/10 update – The Val went on eBay again this week for $175,000 but there were no takers) (this is […]

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Blobfest Phoenixville PA – The Retro Roadmap Blob Map and More !

BLOBFEST IS THIS WEEKEND, PEOPLE! BEWARE OF THE BLOB! Each July The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville PA celebrates Blobfest – a tribite to that wonderfully kitschy 1958 sci-fi movie The Blob. This cornerstone of modern cinema was filmed in the neighborhoods in the local area and in the Colonial Theatre itself! Here’s a link to […]

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Oh No! Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum Destoyed By Fire sez Lincoln Highway News

Good News! Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum has reopened! (Feb 2011)   Original Post: From Brian Butko at the Lincoln Highway News, I’m just alerted to the sad report that Mr .E’ds Elephant Museum in central PA has been destroyed by fire, but he vows to rebuild! Read the details of the Mr. Ed’s Fire here […]

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List of Vintage Diners in Southern New Jersey – Check ’em Out!

Here’s a quick list of the diners featured in my RetroRoadmap.com / Doo Wop Preservation League / Preservation New Jersey  diner photo exhibit in Wildwood NJ this month. Can’t see the photo show? Check out the actual diner! That’s what Retro Roadmap is all about– giving you easy access to the great vintage, retro and […]

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Heart- Breaking News – Freda Hirsch’s Store in Phoenixville Closed

Heard yesterday from a Retro Roadmap reader that Freda Hirsch’s store in Phoenixville was closed when they went to visit on Friday, and this morning I find this message from Chuck Hirsch, her son, via the Freda’s Store Facebook page: I am very sorry to announce that we have closed Freda’s Store. it was just […]

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Yay it’s still there! Fabulous Kirby & Holloway Sign Rt 13 Dover, DE

Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Always Take The Back Roads for a Retro Road Trip

Hello Retro Roadmap readers! While I work my way through tons of photos and all sorts of wonderful vintage and retro places we’ve been over the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d share some random snapshots from the roadside, from our trip home from Lake George. Sara Glen Motel, Saratoga Springs, NY Landmark Motel, […]

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Giant Roadside Rooster – It Can Be Yours!

Giant Roadside Rooster – It Can Be Yours!

While driving down any roadside, a giant chicken will certainly make you stop and take notice, and indeed we did. And the cool thing about this one is if you have $1700 laying around, it can be yours! Proudly overlooking route 22 in Duncannon PA, this big bird is for sale at Farmer Boy Furniture. […]

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Franklin Fountain – Some Sweet Vintage Candy News!

Franklin Fountain – Some Sweet Vintage Candy News!

You may remember Franklin Fountain here in Philadelphia from the post I did over the holidays about their Clear Toy Candy and I know I’m due to visit them for some of their tasty home made ice cream now that the warm weather has finally arrived. Well I just learned of a couple of developments […]

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Goony Golf Lake George NY – Open!!!!!

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Gorgeous Mel’s Diner Sign Lebanon PA

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Jimmy John’s West Chester PA Burns on 70th Birthday But OPEN AGAIN!

Update 12/4/2010 – Good News!!  folks over at the Jimmy John’s Pipin’ Hot Sanwiches Facebook Page indicate that the restaurant officially re-opened and is ready for business!! Through the power of Twitter this morning I just found out some awful news, that Jimmy John’s Pipin Hot Sandwiches in West Chester PA, known for their hot […]

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OMG Roadside America Shartlesville PA Best Place Ever!!!

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Neptune Diner Lancaster PA – nothing could be finer!

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Main Theatre Ephrata PA

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Vintage Neon Sign Slide Show – Philadelphia – This Wed 3/24!

Those of us in the Philly area are in for a real vintage sign treat, as Len Davidson – owner of Davidson Neon and curator of the Neon Museum of Philadelphia -is giving a slide presentation and discussion of “The History Of Neon in Philadelphia” this Wednesday March 24, 2010, after it was snowed out […]

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Boehringher’s Ice Cream – Open For The Season!

A sure sign of spring! Boehringer’s Ice Cream in Adamstown, PA is open for the season- wheeee! Here’s a link to the write up I did on it last year: Boehringer’s Drive In Adamstown PA – Home Made Ice Cream! and now you can show your love of  Boehringer’s on Facebook Now get on out […]

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