Summer Travel: Historic Tourist Cabins

It’s summer! That means it’s time for winding road trips and exploring roadside America. Where do you stay when you travel? If you transported yourself to another era, where would you stay? Perhaps a tourist cabin along a state highway, a convenient rest stop. Tourist cabins are part of the evolution of roadside lodging (mentioned here). This summer I’ll be keeping my eyes open for tourist cabins on the Vermont highways, and wherever else my travels take me. If you find any, send them my way.

Here’s one to start off our summer travels. This is located on Route 17 near Chimney Point, VT. Each gable front cabin has novelty siding, a metal roof, exposed rafters, a small front porch, and cinder block foundations.

The faded sign seems to say that the cabins are no longer in operation.

The faded sign seems to say that the cabins are no longer in operation.

There are five cabins.

There are five cabins. Cabin five (all the way to the left) is lived and has an addition.

The front of a cabin (all look the same).

The front of cabin #3 (all look very similar).

The rear of the cabins.

The rear of the cabins.

Side view. This one appears to have some ongoing work. Or, it's a good place to store a ladder!

Side view. This one appears to have some ongoing work. Or, it’s a good place to store a ladder!

View across the road from the cabins. Beautiful Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains of NY State.

View across the road from the cabins. Beautiful Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains of NY State.

Would you stay in a tourist cabin?

8 thoughts on “Summer Travel: Historic Tourist Cabins

  1. MainerChick says:

    Sad to say but this is a dying art. Motor lodges/cabin rentals in the state have been forgotten for the larger Hilton’s and such. 😦 I love places like this and if I could afford it I’d love to rescue such a place.

    • Kaitlin says:

      Definitely a dying art. The trouble is that people want to know what to expect, and that is often not the case with small motels and tourist cabins. Then again, who hasn’t been a scary chain hotel in need of cleaning?!

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