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Eating on a Retro Road Trip – No Weigh!

I came across these vintage scales on our travels through the Carolinas yesterday – is this a message regarding my retro-road eating? 😉 (Tony’s Ice Cream & Sandwiches Gastonia, NC) (Northgate Soda Shop Greenville, SC) Don’t worry, the stretchpants are in the car, and RetroRoadhusband is good about eating what I can’t finish!

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And We’re Off! Let the Retro Road Trip Begin!

Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Vintage Serro Scotty Mugs – Talk About a Happy Camper!

I’ve gotten more packages of vintage wonderfulness in the mail this week than I can ever recall, and I’m positively tickled that people think I’m gift-worthy. However, nothing touched my heart as much as today’s delivery of a pair of vintage Serro Scotty mugs, with a lovely note enclosed. (The aqua blue is even the […]

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Retro Road Mapping (literally) Courtesy of AAA

We leave tomorrow for our big retro road trip, and while we’ll have a GPS and 2 iPhones with maps, I wanted to make sure we were fully covered wherever we go. This ISN’T a sponsored message by Triple A but I do love the free maps they give out! Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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The Beginning and the End – Route 1 Key West FL

Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Don’t Hate Me – We’re Heading to Key West, Florida

When it rains it pours here at RetroRoadmap HQ – and March is a busy travel month for us!You all know about our Retro Roadmap Roadtrip to Austin TX but I may have forgotten to mention that it’s sandwiched between a long weekend in Key West (paying gig for RetroRoadhusband’s day job as a musician) […]

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Woo hoo! Just booked our night at Wigwam Village #2- Cave City KY

For our night between Nashville and the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati! Wigwam Village #2- Cave City KY I’m a wig-wam! I’m a tee-pee! — aw, you’re two tents 😉 (insert rimshot here)

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Boston Movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle – on Big Screen at MFA (this weekend) & Somerville Theatre ( March 11-13)

Thanks to a link from Paul Sherman (of Big Screen Boston fame) for letting me know that the movie The Friends of Eddie Coyle – filmed in and around Boston in the early 1970’s and starring Robert Mitchum – will be shown this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the weekend […]

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Retro Road Maps not loading – but don’t panic – There’s the Retro RoadMAPS page!

Good morning folks – I just happened to notice randomly that none of the maps embedded at the end of my posts appear to be…appearing! Not sure why this is happening, and I’m off to retro road trip out to Harrisburg so there’s no time to don my IT hat. In the meantime, if you […]

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Retro Valentine! Date Night with Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

RetroRoadhusband, the dear, just surprised me with a fabulous Valentines gift – 2 tickets for us to go see Herb Alpert (of The Tijuana Brass) and Lani Hall (his wife and ex-lead singer of Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66.) These are two of my fave easy listening / jazz  1960’s music groups and I can’t […]

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Retro Philadelphia and New Jersey Bound! What’s Not-To-Miss?

The weather is supposed to be over freezing this weekend, and I’ve got a Groupon to use or lose, so tomorrow I finally hit the road again – traipsing into Philadelphia and journeying over the bridge to Pennsauken NJ and beyond. Can’t wait to show you some of my finds- and may even post some […]

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Dear Internet, Help Us Plan Our Retro Road Trip To Austin TX – Thanks!

As we make plans for our retro road trip to Austin TX next month I can’t help but compare the process to what it used to be waaaay back in the 90’s when I took my first road trips out of the North East. Books, maps, guides and payphones have been replaced by the internet, […]

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Please Send a Valentine To Milly – The Last Remaining Del Rubio Triplet

While the focus of RetroRoadmap is primarily vintage retro and cool old places to go, I will always make an exception for something else cool and old and wonderful – like Milly, the last remaining Del Rubio Triplet. Through my online friendship with kitsch queen Allee Willis I’ve come to learn more about this wonderful […]

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Trust Established For Steve Murray – Critically Injured Owner of Zap & Co. Vintage Store

To keep folks in the loop, there has been a fund set up to accept donations to help Steve Murray, the owner of Zap & Co. vintage store in Lancaster PA, who was critically injured when his store burned recently. The trust has been set up by his sister, Barbara Rogers and according to my […]

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RetroRoadmap Hits The Road! It’s a Retro Road Trip to SXSW in Austin, TX

Hooray! I’m planning the first RetroRoadmap “Retro Road Trip / Rock Tour” to South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin TX coming this March. RetroRoadhusband will be playing some gigs along the way as well, so we’re both very excited about this adventure! As you can see by taking a look at the list of RetroRoadMAPs […]

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The Retro RoadMAPS – Spot an Error Get A Vintage Travel Postcard Prize as a Thank You!

I have just finished adding each RetroRoadmap destination to the RetroRoadMAP by state– but I bet I screwed a few of them up! Let me know if you find a link to a map that no longer exists, or is broken, and I’ll send you a vintage travel postcard from my own personal collection as […]

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This Serro Scotty Vintage Camper is RetroRoadmap Worthy!

For those of you who are hip to vintage trailer and camper lingo, my “clue” given on the RetroRoadmap Facebook page was pretty easy: But here’s the big reveal for everyone – if all goes well this week, RetroRoadhusband and I will soon be the proud owners of a vintage 1964 Serro Scotty Sportsman Camper! […]

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Go To The Retro Roadmap Facebook Page For a Clue To Some Fun News!

If you want to see a clue about some fun news I can’t wait to share with RetroRoadmap Readers, go over to the Retro Roadmap FB Page and see the photo I just posted a link to! Here’s the link to The RetroRoadmap Facebook Page!

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Authentic Vintage Vacation Destination Bumper Stickers For a Snowy Day

If you are in one of the 49 states that got snow yesterday I bet you’re as ready for some vintage vacationing as I am! We’re snowbound for a few more months ’til our big road trip to Texas (!!) but in the meantime I’m digging traveling back in time by looking at these vintage […]

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Boston Braves and Diners – Thinking of My Dad

Boston Braves and Diners – Thinking of My Dad

We joke in my family that you could do anything with my dad, as long as it was something he wanted to do 🙂 So we girls went to many a field trial, old book store and decoy shop. There were some times however where our interests intersected, and this picture of a diner is […]

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Happy Holidays! From Retro Roadmap

Best wishes to everyone this holiday weekend, thanks for all of your support! Dolles Taffy on the boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach Delaware. Christmas eve 2010. Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Retro Roadmap Approved Holiday Roadtrip Stops Coming Up!

It’s a busy holiday season but between now and the end of the year we’ll share with you some great roadside places we’ve stopped on our trips north this fall, just in time to add them to your holiday travel plans. Look forward to a vintage diner with a killer neon sign, a cozy coffee […]

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Holiday For States – Allan Sherman – A Catchy Retro Roadmap Road Trip Anthem!

Holiday For States – Allan Sherman – A Catchy Retro Roadmap Road Trip Anthem!

Here’s a little RetroRoadmap related lunctime silliness from one of my fave comedic songwriters Allan Sherman.As you all know, I have a “thing” for maps of the United States, and lists, and lists about maps! Here’s a song about a list about a map. Whee! I bring you “Holiday For Strings” by Allan Sherman (click […]

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Taking the Scenic Route on the Busiest Traffic Day!

Today is the busiest traffic day of the year and RetroRoadhusband and I have added our car to the conga line of travelers. Not wanting to get into the 23 mile backup on the NJTPK we’re heading north on the back roads, at least while it’s light enough out to see anything cool! Happy Thanksgiving […]

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Sad Day In Phoenixville, PA – Freda Hirsch’s Store For Sale

The sight of a For Sale sign in front of Freda’s store on Washington Ave in Phoenixville breaks my heart. Read all about Freda and her store here in the RetroRoadmap post from earlier this year Someone cool want to move in? 147 Washington Street Phoenixville PA – Hirsch’s Store and house for sale

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John E. Lennon III December 31, 1936 – October 21, 2010. My Dad

He wasn’t the Beatle, but my dad. John E. Lennon passed peacefully today surrounded by family and listening to Cole Porter. Dad, You’re The Top and are missed. (He’s the cute one on the left. Taken in Newfoundland when the Navy back in the late 50’s – early 60’s playing hockey with his pal “Schwartz” […]

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RetroRoadmap / Roadsidefans Meet-up Map!

Getting ready for the RetroRoadmap / Roadside fans meet-up in Scranton on November 14, and making a map of some of the fun places to check out before, during or after this day of fun! Click here to check out the map of some of the places in the Scranton, NEPA area that might be […]

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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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A Retro RoadMAP For Every State! Are Your Vintage Retro Faves Represented?

I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes here at Retro Roadmap, constructing a Retro RoadMAP for each state that we have a post on, and VOILA! Those states now have a page of their own, to fill with cool old retro and vintage places to visit and support! (This is not my work, but […]

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What Do You Want To Read About First? I’ll Write It!

We had a great sale at the Hacienda, with plenty of cool stuff to share with Retro Roadmap readers! Now…what to write about this week! You tell me: A vintage carousel? Well preserved diner? Classic Candy store? Old timey Pizza place? Drive-in movie theatre? Architectural salvage warehouse? Let me know what you want to hear […]

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Vintage and Retro Stuff For Sale – Contests Coming Up Too!

Retro Roadhusband and I have been cleaning up some of our collected cool stuff in the Hacienda basement and I’ve been coming across some books and other fun things that I think Retro Roadmap Readers would like! I’m thinking of having some contests to get some more folks aware of Retro Roadmap and at the […]

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At the Coolest Architectural Salvage Place! Scranton PA

Olde Good Things on Gilligan St. Sent from the Retro Roadphone

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Retro Vintage Italy? Positively Antique! Pharmacy from 1200’s Still In Business

I didn’t expect to find a lot of “Retro Roadmap worthy” places during our vacation last week but I had to share one “wicked old place” with you all. Reminding me of just how young the USA is, I present to you the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy in Florence, Italy – opened in 1221 and […]

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Radio Silence

RetroRoadmap will be experiencing a bit of Radio Silence this week, but don’t let that stop you from heading to your fave vintage retro and cool old places! Leave a comment letting me know where you’ve been during this time and I promise to fill you in on our adventures as well! Until then, a […]

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Why, it’s Mod Betty’s Birthday Weekend!

Can’t believe a year has flown by so fast, and that tomorrow is my birthday! How DO I remain so young? young at heart is where it’s at, baby! Retro Roadmap worthy birthday fun this weekend includes: A visit to Rehoboth Beach Delaware, home of Dolle’s Taffy, Royal Treat Ice Cream and my fave Delaware […]

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Upcoming Fun on RetroRoadmap.com

Thanks to all the Retro Roadmap readers who swung by the closing party at the Doo Wop experience last night – despite the traffic could it have been a more perfect day at the beach? Special shout out especially to Glen Wells of RoadsideFans.com and Mike Engle of NYdiners.com who won the”farthest distance traveled” award […]

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Closing Party for Wildwood NJ Diner Photo Exhibit – Tomorrow!

Hey Retro Roadmap fans – please come say hello tomorrow –  Saturday July 31 as I participate in an artist’s meet and greet / exhibition closing event at the Doo Wop Experience on Ocean Ave in Wildwood NJ. I’ll be on-hand from 4-6pm to discuss my photos, Retro Roadmap and of course vintage New Jersey […]

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Wildwood Diner Exhibit Meet and Greet This Saturday 7/31 – Come On Down!

Hey Retro Roadmap fans – please come say hello to me this Saturday July 31 as I  participate in an artist’s meet and greet / exhibition closing event at the Doo Wop Experience on Ocean Ave in Wildwood NJ. I’ll be on-hand from 4-6pm to discuss my photos, Retro Roadmap and of course vintage New […]

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Support the Independents on Independence Day Weekend!

Support the Independents on Independence Day Weekend!

Happy 4th of July – Independence Day weekend everybody! Whether you’re on Old Cape Cod… Staying home on the porch… Vacationing in Florida… Or driving on a road trip…. Don’t forget to support your independently owned, vintage retro and cool old businesses this weekend!

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Good News Flash! SS United States gets 5.8 Million Dollar Donation

Just in time for the birthday of the United States of America, I’m happy to report that I heard on the radio this morning that SS United States – aka the ghost ship docked in Philadelphia – just received a 5.8 MILLION DOLLAR grant to shore up and get ship shape! Read about the SS […]

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Retro Roadmap Weekend Plan – Beach Bound!

Happy weekend Retro Roadmappers! I’ve had a crazy busy week chock full of behind the scenes Retro Roadfun, including a whirlwind trip to New Jersey to photograph some of their remaining vintage diners (more on that later). I’ll be catching up on my writing and photo editing this weekend, in between some well needed relaxation […]

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Lake George, NY – A Fun Vintage Vacation Destination!

Lake George, NY – A Fun Vintage Vacation Destination!

After all these years of saying I wanted to go to Lake George NY and partake in the vintage vacation wonderfulness, Retro Roadhusband and I spent a long weekend up there, just before Memorial Day Weekend. While some of the town has been modernized to keep with the times, there were still plenty of Retro […]

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Vintage Travel Decals from Lost Highway Art – Thanks Craig Fitzgerald!

One of our fave Retro Roadmap Reporters from Vermont Craig Fitzgerald (in real life, Editor of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car and a RetroRoadmap fan) was swell enough to pass along info about Lost Highway Art– a company that specializes in vintage travel decals. My adrenaline went through the roof when I saw this, as […]

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend From The Retro Roadmap Family

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everybody! I’ve snuck out of real life a day early and am hanging out with the extended Retro Roadfam back up in New England. We’ve got a few fun Retro Roadmap trips planned of course, but we’ll also take time out for our family tradition of remembering the family and friends […]

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Introducing Retro Road State Maps!

Good news for those of us who love vintage retro and cool old places! The original Retro Roadmap has now become so chock full of vintage goodness that you can no longer view all entries on one map. This means we’ve got a lot of good content, and plenty of great places to visit and […]

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Freda’s Store Phoenixville – Cat’s Meow- get yours!

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Lustron Home For Sale By Owner Ballston Spa NY

I have the phone number from the sign if anyone is interested – we were driving past and I made Retro Roadhusband turn the car around so I could snap the photos!

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Go lil Honda go!!!

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Retro Roadmap One Year Anniversary, Thanks to You!

I can’t believe that it has been one year already since I started Retro Roadmap, and want to thank all of you folks for the input, support and encouragement along the way! I’ve learned a lot of things during this past year doing Retro Roadmap: It sure takes up a lot of time, but I […]

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Recovering From Retro Roadkid Visit :-)

While we had a swell going on all sorts of fun vintage adventures with the Retro Roadfamily this weekend I have to admit that the all of us here at the Hacienda are still recovering from the whirlwind of activity! I’m going to do my best to catch up on posting about so many of […]

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Retro Roadkids Heading to Pennsylvania for Retro RoadFun!

I’ve got tons of places to add to the Retro Roadmap but they’ll have to wait a few days, as I am looking forward to partaking in some actual Retro Roadfun as the Retro Roadkids and their Retro Roadmom visit Pennsylvania for a long weekend! Planned highlights include seeing The Wizard of Oz on the […]

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John Margolies Roadside America NYC – we made it !

Retro Roadhusband and I made perfect time to NYC last night for the John Margolies book signing. Such perfect timing in fact that we scored a free on street parking space within 10 feet of the Taschen entrance! What a swell time I had meeting up with and chatting with fellow roadside enthusiast Susan Levinson, […]

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Disney’s Cars Movie – Route 66 Retro Family Road Trip Inspiration!

Retro Roadhusband and I are pretty much the only kids in our house, so it took a while for us to discover what a cool Retro Roadmap worthy movie Cars is. I SO want to stay at the Cozy Cone Motel! For those of you who haven’t seen the movie- give it a shot the […]

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We LOVE Retro Roadmap Reader Recommendations!

I just got a swell report from a Retro Roadmap Reader regarding a place that would be a great addition to the Retro Roadmap- but he wasn’t sure if the Retro Roadmap accepted suggestions from readers. 2 words- YES – Please! We LOVE  Retro Roadmap Reader Recommendations! (Thanks Brother Cleve!) As you all probably know […]

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Photos From Retro Roadkid Saturday – A Success!

We had an absolutely wonderful weekend with the Retro Roadfamily up in Massachusetts for the weekend. I’ll be expanding more on some of the neat vintage places we visited but for now here’s a few snapshots to whet your appetite!  A Vintage Worcester Diner,  A Cool Old Drive In Movie Theater Sign, A Beautifully Renovated […]

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Diner, Music, Hot Dogs, Family – Retro Roadmap Road Trip!

What better way to kick off the Easter weekend than a quick trip north to see the fam. Of course, being Retro Roadmappers, we had to tack on a bunch of Retro Roadmap worthy things to our trip! First stop Friday night, traffic willing is the Rosebud Diner Bar in Somerville MA. The diner itself […]

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Retro Roadmap Logo – Thanks Twitter Pal Dr. Mix!

As all of us creative types know, there’s nothing like a project or assignment to get us up and get the juices flowing. So when Twitter pal @Dr_Mix mentioned how much he enjoyed designing logos, I thought – hey! Maybe he could come up with something for Retro Roadmap- check out the results:I’m digging the […]

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Rick Sebak DVDs and Croquettes – Recuperating Retro Roadmap Style

Not one to dwell on the negative but wanted to let my dear Retro Roadmap readers know that Mod Betty has been a little under the weather these past few days, which is no fun for anyone. Luckily I appear to be on the other side of the worst, and true to my nature I’m […]

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Gropius, TMBG, Julia Child and Design Research – Mid Century Mod Betty!

Never thought I’d write a post that would mention Walter Gropius, They Might Be Giants, Julia Child  and my friend Thad, but there’s a first time for everything. Here’s how posts like this happen, and how they relate to the Mid Century Modern corner of Retro Roadmap! I got hipped to a Modern Architecture Tour […]

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BREAKING NEWS! SS United States Being Scouted by Scrappers!

OH NO!Just found this out over lunch and had to spread the news! The SS United States Conservancy has learned that America’s national flagship, the SS United States, may soon be destroyed. The ship’s current owners, Genting Hong Kong (formerly Star Cruises Limited), through its subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), are currently collecting bids from […]

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Swoonworthy Vintage Motel & Vacation Photos – RetroStockPix.com

I don’t know what the weather has been like where you are today, but we have rain over snow here in PA, my car stalled out on the way home from work, and we’ve got another lousy snow storm headed our way. With all that I thought it was the right time to share with […]

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Enough of This Snow, We’re Florida bound!

No we won’t be taking the “Land Can” but if nothing else crazy happens with the weather here in PA Retro Roadhusband and I are scheduled to fly to Tampa tomorrow morning for a week long stay in Florida! After this snowstorm (20″ of snow fell on the Hacienda and we’ve got to dig it […]

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I’m Massachusetts Bound!

Hey gang- heading up to see the fam this weekend and hoping to catch some Retro Roadmap fun along the way. what are your fave Retro Roadmap worthy stops along the way? I’ll be on the Jersey Turnpike, then either 95 or the parkways to 91/84/ 90! Boston if you please, Massachusetts!

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Big Shows on The Big Screen – A Retro Roadmap Must Do!

I realize I’m lucky living just up the street from a great single screen movie theater ( The Colonial – Home of The Blob – in Phoenixville PA) – I commented as much to Retro Roadhusband as we were sitting there this afternoon, sharing a bag of popcorn and waiting along with the nicely sized […]

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Retro RoadDog Approves Of The New Digs

He knows I set up the desk so the warm air blows on my feet. We both want the cozy spot in the room!  Once we get everything plugged in properly and the wires neatened up I think we’ll make him a little fort under my desk. It’s always nice to have company, and HE’S […]

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Retro Roadmap HQ 2010 Relocation – Hooray!

That is the official way of saying “I now have a place to sit and write that isn’t the kitchen table”! In the few years we’ve lived in The Hacienda the front bedroom has changed from “space to be creative in /guest room” into “space where I get dressed for work early in the morning […]

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Lake George NY – RetroRoadmap 2010 Destination – Thanks RetroRoadsister!

You might notice from the fact that this is a clipping from an actual newspaper, and the fact that the directions say to take the Mass Pike and the pin holes in it from how many corkboards of mine it has been pinned to, that I’ve been wanting to go to Lake George NY for […]

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Happy New Year!

Just a quick note to say Thank You to everyone who has stopped by Retro Roadmap, posted comments, offered suggestions and shared information about cool old places to visit. I’m looking forward to 2010 being a swell year for Retro Roadmap and am excited by the fact that there seem to be plenty of places […]

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Christmas Croquettes at The Fisherman

The nice note I got about my post on The Fisherman Restaurant in Phoenixville PA reminded me that Retro Roadhusband and I had not been there in ages. We went there tonight for dinner, and basked in the glow of their cheery Christmas decorations, while dining on my fave chicken croquettes. I am glad to […]

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Vintage Postcard Motherload- Boston Public Library Flickr

How cool is it that the Boston Public Library has a Flickr page to share even a sliver of the cool things in its collection? I happened upon this while doing a Flickr image search and could spend days going through their sets. One that I think is right up the Retro Roadmap alley is […]

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Thank You to my Retro Roadmap Readers

I’ll be blogging lots more this long weekend as I’ve got so much fun stuff to share, but in the spirit of the day, I want to take a minute out to say thanks to all of you, my Retro Roadmap Readers. Thanks to everyone who has visited my website / blog since I started […]

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Successful Retro Roadtrip to Mass!

Can’t wait to share all the neat places we were able to visit in such a short weekend- home made donuts, duckpin bowling, vintage dinering, hotdogs and popcorn, cool signs, antique merry go rounds, more donuts and some old school red sauce Italian food! We’ve got plenty to be thankful here this week at Retro […]

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Boston – If You Please – Massachusetts – Anita O’Day – A Mod Betty Fave!

Boston – If You Please – Massachusetts – Anita O’Day – A Mod Betty Fave!

Hometown road trip take two (and crossing my fingers I don’t lock my keys in the car this time-!) Yep, heading back up to Massachusetts to see family and friends and fit in a retro roadstop or two. This time I’ll have my trusty sidekick Retro Roadhusband with me (he’s got a gig in Boston […]

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Retro Road Trip Down Memory Lane

I’ve returned from Mass (and boy are my arms tired!) after having to omit nearly everything Retro Roadmap related from my agenda, but as one of the John Lennon said, ” Life is What Happens When You Make Other Plans” The weather was lousy for taking photos but good for catching up with the family […]

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Roadtrip Stop

Friday the 13 hit my roadtrip to Mass when I locked my keys in the trunk of my car at work! Luckily I had my RetroRoadHusband in shining armor come to my rescue, but the time wasted totally threw off my plans to Retro Road trip my way up and still see the RetroRoadKids before […]

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Massachusetts Bound – Retro Road Trip!

I’m looking forward to heading home to Massachusetts on the next 2 weekends coming up – and also checking out some places for Retro Roadmap along the way (as you can see below): ( the behind the scenes maps at Retro Roadmap headquarters) Do you ever make the drive from DE/PA to Boston? What are […]

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I’ve Been Everywhere, Man

Unlike Hank Snow or Johnny Cash, I haven’t been everywhere, man. But if I had been everywhere, the map might look a little bit like this: Retro Roadmap’s Official I’ve Been Everywhere Map Just a bit of silliness!

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Retro Roadmap Worthy – CNN.com Americana in Focus

Thanks to our pals over at RoadsideOnline I was able to watch the video about Bengie’s Drive In Movies – which is being featured on CNN.com’s Americana in Focus. My dear departed father in law Bob took a photo of Bengie’s marquee for me, so I alway think of him when I hear of Bengie’s. […]

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Weekend Preview

Gentle readers- I realized today that while I’m the champion of many things vintage and authentic, one of the things I am glad that has moved on from it’s past and continues to evolve is modern dental care! Having just spent 2 solid hours in “the chair” I am going to burrow into bed and […]

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Jacob Stelman photo exhibit Philadelphia Athenaeum – Wonderful!

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Charlotte North Carolina Roadtrip!

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the moooorning! Except that we’re about an hour out in Virginia! Heading to Dude’s Drive in for breakfast with real Virginia Country ham – yum! Then we’re southbound to North Carolina, hopefully stopping in Mount Airy- the town that the Andy Griffith show was based […]

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Lancaster PA Retro Vintage Road Trip Fun!

I just had one of the best days of retro roadmap vintage fun today in Lancaster County PA and can’t wait to share it all with you! I will write up proper postings for each place but here’s a sneak peek of some of the retro fun I had in Lancaster and along the Lincoln […]

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Mad Men Yourself in Real Life on Mad Men Mondays!

If any of you folks are fans of the show Mad Men, please join me in celebrating my latest invention– Mad Men Mondays! I watched the first episode of the season last week and when I was getting ready for work Monday morning I decided to pretend that I was going to work at Sterling […]

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Sad News Flash- Les Paul Dead at 94

“Somewhere there’s heaven, it’s where you are…” Just heard on the internets/Twitternet that Les Paul has died. So glad we got to see him earlier this year, it was a great show from the “Wizard of Waukesha”. He played many of our faves and really inspired us in the fact that he was still doing […]

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Retro Roadmap Birthday Purse!

Retro Roadmap Birthday Purse!

Hello folks! I’m back and have plenty of useful and cool Retro Roadmap info to blog about, but before I get to ANY of that I wanted to share with you one of the absolute coolest birthday presents I got from my crafty pal CP. Check our the handmade one of a kind Retro Roadpurse! […]

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My Birthday, Retro Roadmap Style!

It happens to everyone and today it happens to me – it’s my birthday 🙂That doesn’t mean I won’t be working hard to bring interesting stories and content to Retro Roadmap, oh no! Here’s what I have up my vintage sleeve: The Algonquin Hotel– As posted earlier in the year, I have a fondness for […]

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I SAVED A TURTLE FROM DEATH ON THE ROADSIDE!!

Driving on 95 North, I saw something on the side of the road, and it looked like it was moving. I too was moving at 70mph and in a matter of seconds I had to think “OMG what was that I think it was a turtle OH NO he’s going to try and cross the […]

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Chronicle TV show “Goes Retro” Along With Me!

My mother was kind enough to leave a message here at my sister’s house, to let me know that the local Chronicle TV show was “Going Retro” tonight, and sis was cool enough to DVR it as I was out with pals. They covered some of the places that I’ve been this week – Salem […]

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Blobfest 2010 Map, Phoenixville PA – Retro Roadmap Style!

Since we’re local to Blobfest, an annual tradition here in Phoenixville PA, celebrating Steve McQueen and that great 1958 horror movie classic The Blob,  I thought I’d try and be the  “Retro Roadmap Hostess-with-the-Mostess” and make it easy for out of towners to check out some  our fave places in the ‘Ville. This is an […]

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Updates- Blobfest, Jimmy John’s, Pink Motel ‘n’ more

Just a quick update with some good news here at Retro Roadmap headquarters: We’ll be posting a link to our “Insiders guide to Blobfest” soon! Thrilled to have permission to reprint The Vintage Traveler’s info about the Pink Motel. Thanks Fuzzy Lizzie, hope to get more reports from the road from you! Looking forward to […]

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Hilltop Night-Time Photos Added

Hey gang, despite the rain I got some pretty good night time neon shots at the Hilltop in Sanatoga, and added them to the original post. Click to see it in context. Hilltop Hamburger Stand, Sanatoga PA

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UPDATE! Vacation Viewer- Do You Know What This Is Called?

I love using these viewers whenever I see them, and am a fan of the solid design and almost human face of it. Does anyone know what the history of these things are? I don’t even know their official name to search for it? UPDATE! My friend Lori says they’re simply called Coin Operated Viewers*! […]

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News Flash! Vintage Roadside pals do good, make L.A. Times!

I have an issue with all of the faux retro tees out there ala OldNavy/Gap/Abercrombie and all them other mall places. That is why I dig the tees and the sentiment of the folks from Vintage Roadside. They research and use designs from places that actually existed, which is so much cooler than a fakey […]

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What’s On Your Local RetroRoadmap?

What’s On Your Local RetroRoadmap?

Do you have RetroRoadmap-worthy places close to where you live? Or does your version of a retro roadtrip mean driving  4-eva to locate one authentic vintage place ? Maybe I’m just lucky that I live in the part of the country where everything is closer together. I’ve got Speck’s, a vintage fried chicken stand 15 […]

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