Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mid Century Goodness - Part 1

For the next few posts, I’m going to be taking a slight ‘non-tiki’ detour to explore the roadside mid century populuxe wonderland that the resort town of Lake George, New York has to offer. As I mentioned in my last post, Lake George is located upstate, about 1 hour north of Albany, in the Adirondack Mountains.

I was in Lake George for about 3.5 days, so while I was there I did quite a bit of exploring around town and discovered lots of great things.

How about lunch at Mr. B’s Best? They had excellent roast beef sandwiches.

Anyone want to stop for a treat at Martha’s Dandee Cream?

Step on up to the window to place your order.

Later on in the evening we could pack the kids up in the car and head over to The Glen Drive-In Theatre (an almost extinct part of Americana)

If you really want to experience the roadside kitchiness of Lake George, how about cruising along SR 9 in this 1961 Plymouth Tempest (For Sale, only $5,500).

How about heading downtown for a visit to the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum? They had some really classic/cheesy torture scenes. Note the animatronic Phantom playing the organ in the second story window.

You can see Dr. Frankenstein……

…..and his monstrous creation

When the sun sets, the neon comes on

About six miles down the road from the Tiki Resort is the Town of Glens Falls, NY. The Hudson River flows right along the edge of downtown. At the falls, there is a cave called Cooper’s Cave.

In 1826, Cooper’s Cave became famous when author James Fenimore Cooper visited the area and was inspired to write his most famous novel The Last of the Mohicans. The story is about the French Indian war that took place in upstate New York in this area. The Mohican theme is popular in the area and you will find references all over town.

A Mohican Indian stands guard at the lobby.

Then at night, more great neon.

Kids, do you want to go out and play on the Indian swing set?

More to come……


  1. Great images of mid-century googie goodness.

  2. The fall is fantastic. The Indian swing set looks creepy. But I'm sure it has given kids tons of fun.