Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Bolero in Wildwoods, New Jersey

Gary loves the beach-

Like nobody’s business.

The first time we ever went

the the ever so glamorous Wildwoods, New Jersey,

Gary said we should stay where he had stayed

when he was growing up.

I sent our reservation in

and got packed.

And when we arrived

I could NOT believe my eyes.

We couldn’t even open the room to our motel door.

The bed was in the way.

There was SHAG carpet.

Oh my gosh, even now, it makes my skin crawl!

We had to maneuver over the bed to get to the bathroom.

The TV had tin foil rabbit ears….

and when I inquired about it,

I was told we had the highest quality room our money could buy…

I wanted to cry.

The next year we stumbled upon the Bolero,

and it has been our vacation hotel ever since.

When you think of Wildwoods,

Imagine 70’s decor

that never left.


wildwood new jersey 071 Compared to the other hotels in Wildwoods though,

well, you might think you are staying at a 5 star resort.

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tuesday tribute

Don't grow up too quickly,

lest you forget how much you love the beach.’

-- Michelle Held

Do you have a regular

vacation hotel?


How do you feel

about shag carpet?


Scary Mommy said...

I've stayed at a hotel just like that!! It was in the Ozarks in MO and I swear I got bed bugs. I get chills just thinking about it!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

Very charming! I always forget there are beaches in New Jersey and New York!

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Ahhh we love the beach too!

Norah said...

Jersey girl here. I went to Wildwood every summer during my high school years. Yeah, ummm, we stayed at the Lollipop Motel ! LOL Some things never change and I think the motels in Wildwood made the list.

Amy said...

Glad you found a nice spot to stay. Have a great day.

Marilyn said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to stay. Sometimes men have different ideas than we do. Ha Got a good laugh over that. I wonder how many of us have gone through that when first married.

antoinette marie said...

we had to go to one similar in the middle of the night a while back cause my neighbors car accidentally filled our house up with carbon dioxide (or is it minoxide?)....the 'in the wall' air conditioner was actully leaking water all over the carpet, reaching half way to the bed. it was hot but i had to turn it off cause all i kept thinking was 'it's electrical' and sitting in a puddle of water....it smelled musty too! total sympathies! blessings..

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Dot O said...

Ah, we had a stay like this one at the Comfort Inn right off the turnpike at the Pocono exit - awful, awful - I can't say awful enough. But, it makes for great and funny memories, right?

I don't think I've ever seen the Bolero. We stayed at the Las Vegas Motel which is now Mark I in Wildwood Crest.

Take care!

McVal said...

Ooh - what the name of the first hotel,"Bates" by any chance?
I'm glad you found a fun one the next time you went. The beach looks awesome! I love beaches.

mellisarock said...

oh man that's terrible!! Glad you were able to find somewhere better to stay! I love your blog...you take such amazing pictures!!

JennyMac said...

I love the beach too.

Great pics.

Jennifer Haas said...

My boys love the beach too! As you can tell from my blog. They would sleep in a card board box, and be happy about it, as long as they were at the beach!

Trudy said...

I love the beach too...it's been too long since I've been there!

Shag carpet though...I didn't even like it in the 70's!

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Man, I wish I lived by the beach. I am soo jealous that you do!

Love the pic of Kaish on the Luggage Rack! So fun...;)

What camera are you shooting with these days? I want the skinny.

thedulls said...

that is hysterical! looking back on it . . . Im sure it wasnt when you were there!

heidi said...

Our last place had orange shag with gold flecks. Beautirific. Bleh.

Kameron said...

I can't even believe what some places get away with passing off as rooms! Glad you found a better place to stay!

The Things We Carried said...

I have been to places like the first, and the last!

Mama Kat said...

Ewww...do these owners have no shame!?! Aren't you afraid to touch anything when you stay in places like that!?! I know I am!

Reviewer11 said...

Yikes! Gross motel. :O **shudder

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)


Kelly said...

we do have a regular vacation spot! every year, since my husband was 5, his family has been traveling to North Carolina to the beach. we have joined them in the past and this year was our first year taking our son. it was a blast! and what a great tradition! it's pretty outdated, the hotel. but we know the owners, it's quiet, clean, and right smack dab in front of the beach. we look past the dated decor and just look forward to the beach!

Martha in PA said...

Ha, I've spent some time in those "lost in the 70s" motels in OCNJ.... well, but then again, that was in the 80s, so I guess they weren't too lost! Thankfully now most of our visits we are able to stay at my Aunt's house on the beach! Great photos of what I know was a wonderful summer!

jen@odbt said...

We don't have a regular vacation hotel but I always look for well-kept, clean hotels. The shag carpet would have me walking out of there so fast. You're brave for staying there.

Ann's Rants said...

Wow. Your blog is GORGEOUS. I love the clean template and beautiful photography.

I did want to know more "about you" but I guess I'll just have to wait.

Thanks for stopping by to see M-M-M-Moxie Mona.

Drew said...

I totally know what you mean. We went there and I couldn't believe what an AWFUL room we got and how much $$$ we had to pay for it. Guess it's all about location!

My daughter has a slight shag carpet in her room. Shag in a hotel, though, is just creepy. Can you imagine all that is hiding in there? Yikes!

mamamia said...

shag carpet says vaca to me! I am all about the shag carpet. I am having some installed as I write, just so I feel like I am on vaca all of the time!

Naomi said...

I grew up with shag carpet, which is probably why we have wood floors now...

Ivy said...

Thank you for your heartfelt comments on my blog.

I've been out of sorts lately.

Had to come by and say hi and see what's going on. You're post is hilarious. Yes, I'll admit, grew up with pink shag carpet LOL. But if I found it in my hotel, I'd probably have flashbacks and go running to the nearest campground!

The beach is amazing this time of year!


Busy Bee Suz said...

This is funny!!! We have stayed at some really bad hotels over the years and we usually don't stay at the same place twice!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Shag carpeting was waaay cool when I was a teen. I had my own rake for it and everything! Now... not so cool!

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

Oh...ick...Shag rug?! shudders I think I am crying a bit for you!!!

Liz said...

Wow... that hotel sounds pretty awful! We usually stay at different places when we vacation. I grew up with a family beach house and I think always staying at the same place isn't real fun anymore.

Mayhem and Moxie said...

The words "shag carpet" stopped me dead in my tracks. Are you serious? I have way too many scary images floating around in my head after that one.

You are a brave, brave woman, my friend. :)

Angie - The Arthur Clan said...

We go somewhere on the Jersey shore almost every year when we visit my brother and SIL. One year, we decided to stay in a hotel for two nights and it was the WORST hotel I have ever been in in my entire life. And it was the most expensive! I was so horrified...I don't think I ever took off my shoes the entire time I was in the room (that shag carpet and all. Yuck!)

I so feel you pain on this one. lol!