Well, for this week’s Motel Monday, you don’t have to travel far from the Tucumcari, New Mexico’s Roadrunner Lodge Motel, last week’s featured motel, because the Blue Swallow Motel is just a one-minute drive from there.

The 12-unit, L-shaped  Blue Swallow Motel has been an oasis for weary travelers of Route 66 since it was built first built as the Blue Swallow Court in1939 by a carpenter named W.A. Huggins. Like many motels that sprang up along the Mother Road in those days, the Blue Swallow also had a café located on site by the middle of 1941.

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In 1944, Ted and Marjorie Jones would wander into Tucumcari and become its very first long-term operators.

Lillian Redmond’s family first arrived in New Mexico by covered wagon in 1915 when she was just five years old. When she was 13, they moved to Tucumcari. In 1958, her longtime beau Floyd Redmond would give her the motel as an engagement present.  She would operate the motel for four decades, Floyd would die in 1973, but she continued operating the Blue Swallow until 1998 when she sold the property. She died the next year at the age of 89.

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Over the years, the property was updated, including being renamed The Blue Swallow Motel and neon signage was added complete with the “TV” and “100% Refrigerated Air” along with that big, beautiful, blue bird lighting up the night sky with their gorgeous neon glow. This all happened back in the day when people traveling along Route 66 were met by billboards that read “”Tucumcari Tonight!” and “2000 motel rooms”.

Today, thanks to the renovation efforts of new owners Dale and Hilda Bakke, the Blue Swallow Motel is still an oasis for weary travelers of the Mother Road in New Mexico. Guests are still greeted by what is probably the most famous neon motel sign since Holiday Inn retired their “Great Sign” back in 1982. You’ll really feel you’ve been taken back to another time thanks to the Blue Swallow Motel’s loyalty to preserving that 1940s and 1950s motel feel, complete with original garages located next to most of the rooms. 

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Still, just because it has vintage vibe doesn’t mean it doesn’t also include all of today’s technology like a 32″ digital flat-panel television, free wifi, two Tesla charging stations and one Electric Vehicle station. And as it has since it first opened in 1939, all rooms come with 100% Refrigerated Air. Each room also comes with its own signature Blue Swallow bouquet flower arrangement. When’s the last time you got service like THAT from those boring chain hotels?

For more information on how you can book a room at the Blue Swallow Motel, visit their website here or call them at +1 575-461-9849.

Have you ordered your Stuckey’s Spring Box for Easter yet? It’s chock full of great treats for Easter or all year round like: one 8-oz. bag of Hunkey Dorey, one 4-oz. bag of Kettle Glazed Pecans, one 4-oz. bag of Sea Salt Pecans, two 1.5-oz. Pecan Pralines, two 1.7-oz. Pecan Divinities, one bag of Saltwater Taffy, one 2-oz. Vanilla Pecan Log Roll, one Original Pecan Log Roll, one Stuckey’s branded Coffee Mug and one cute Stuckey’s Squirrel plush.

If you haven’t ordered yours in time for the Easter Bunny to put it in your Easter basket, then you better hop to it! Head over to stuckeys.com now because today’s the last day for those on the East Coast to order theirs and receive it by  Easter. (Of course, if you live anywhere else in America, you can still get all of this Stuckey’s Spring Box deliciousness. It’ll just arrive after Peter Cottontail has already visited.)

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