Friday, July 6, 2012
If You Happen To Be Tooling Along Highway 70 Near Pocahontas Il. And Need A FANTASTIC Place To Sleep For A Couple Nights, Look For This Sign! Status: You Gotta Check This Place Out!
This is right off highway 70 about 40 miles east of downtown St. Louis. We pulled off just to check out the Village Square antique shop and shoot some pictures of this amazing sign. While shooting the sign I decided to ask the Powhatan Motel owner if it might be OK if I took a look at one of the rooms and maybe shoot some photos for the blog. He was more than happy, which took me by surprise...until I saw the room.
Ka-Pow! How's THAT for a nice surprise! The rooms have all been renovated with all new
furnishings, new paint and floors! This really left me speechless. I did not expect this at all. But
that's not all!
Sha-Bam! Nice big TV (Ok, not as big as the 6t7 Motel's TV), contemporary desk and an (oddly
placed) mini fridge. Don't it look so nice and clean! And a person laying on the bed can see the
TV while another sits at the desk on their laptop.
Back outside for a moment. The owners obviously take great pride in this vintage motel. Look at
the flowers in the window box! I love the lock that requests privacy or maid service. Classic! The
Powhatan Motel is amazingly clean, both inside and out. It's truly a joy to know that there are little
locally owned Motels like this that are nice. Somehow it's become part of my mission to find them
and promote them!
I know that it's just a funky stain job but I think it really speaks volumes about the care and effort
that the owners have and have put IN to this place. Kinda warms your heart don't it? The thing
is...what's around here? I guess it's maybe 20 or so miles from Carlyle Lake but this really is the
kind of motel that seems to be for weary road travelers! Well, whatever. We've promised the
owners that we will be back to stay a night or two. There are several antique malls and stores
in the area so I'm sure we'll find something to do! We were just so flabbergasted by how
beautiful the room was! And cheap too...I think it was less than $60 a night. I need to give the
owner a call and confirm that since I think it might have been closer to $50 a night!
I don't think that the tile in the bathroom is actually vintage...and to me that is even MORE
impressive! To put that much effort into keeping it real... ::shakes head:: ...when we go back I'm
gonna have to interview the owners in detail to find out their motivation. This could not have been
cheap! It's my most sincere hope that the owners see a wonderful return on their investment. From
my quick visit and look around they certainly seem to deserve it!
If you are ever coming to St. Louis via I-70 from the East, consider staying a little ways out of
town, saving a lot of cash, staying at an amazing Motel and supporting a locally owned business.
There's even a diner style restaurant (I'll get ya a review of that next time too!) just outside your
door should you need breakfast or coffee in the morning!