The Saugatuck Retro Resort in Saugatuck, MichiganCourtesy The Saugatuck Retro Resort Motel
Near the shores of Lake Michigan, The Saugatuck Retro Resort—originally opened as a motel in 1953—has proven so popular that the owners recently launched three more throwback hotels in the area. Catering to Baby Boomers looking for a nostalgic summer getaway and Millennials who want a retro retreat, the resort welcomes visitors with its original neon sign. By day, guests lounge in Adirondack chairs around the pool, and in the evening, they gather for stargazing and roasting s’mores around the bonfire.
Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizonavia hotelvalleyho.com
An $80 million renovation in 2005 restored the iconic Hotel Valley Ho, first built in 1956, to its former glory. A combination of mid-century modern and contemporary furnishings (think George Nelson bubble lamps) fill the guest rooms, while butterscotch-yellow kitchen cabinets in the suites nod to one of the most popular home design colors of the ’50s. At the ZuZu restaurant, a cocktail menu includes popular liquors of the time period. For dessert, a retro candy basket amenity is full of sweets like Abba-Zaba, PEZ, and Charleston Chews. Discover where to find 10 of the most retro burger joints in America.