The Shady Dell

Years ago, I heard about this motel in Arizona that was made up of vintage Airstream trailers. Each one decked out with vintage decor, fixtures, everything… Later I learned that the motel was a RV park in Bisbee called The Shady Dell and in addition to the vintage Airstreams, there’s a 1947 bus (decked out in full Polynesian regalia), a vintage Chris Craft yacht, and to top it off – a 1950’s era prefab diner imported from Los Angeles.

Anyway, I was craving pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs from a vintage diner and Bisbee is a heck of a lot closer than New Jersey.

The Shady Dell itself is a total scream…

Shady Dell front

Dot's Diner & Taxi

The Rita D.

Harbie The Seal

Tiki Bus

Dashboard of Tiki Bus

Front of Tiki Bus

Airfloat Trailer

Back of Airfloat trailer

Adding to the atmosphere is the Shady Dell’s next door neighbor: Bisbee’s Evergreen Cemetery.

Bisbee Cemetery

Author: Chris Barrus

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