In August we stayed at the wonderfully retro Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey. This was our second stay there and we enjoyed ourselves almost more than the first time. Our reservations coincided with the Hurricane, but luckily we were able to reschedule and go a few days later. We were unsure of the condition of the area after the storm but everything was up and running when we arrived on Monday afternoon.
I think I had mentioned in an earlier post that staying at The Caribbean Motel is like taking a journey back in time. It reminded me of my childhood vacations where we would stay at roadside motels. They even play music of the 50’s out by the pool. I was thinking that there is no way you can be in a bad mood while listening to songs like “Lollipop lollipop” and “Monster Mash” while splashing around in the pool. One of the fun extras was a poolside hot dog roast with baked beans and lemonade.
The retro theme continues inside the rooms. I love the lamps and the color scheme of yellow and green. You can also hang out in the Cabana with the leopard patterned couches.
I love the pool at night as the lights shimmer on the water. The pool is heated so we would try to get one last swim in at night after a trip to the Boardwalk.
The outside of the Cabana at night. You can get a great view of the neon lit hotels on the strip from the elevated ramp in front of the Cabana.
Views of their classic neon sign.
The Caribbean is about a block from the beach and a short walk to the Boardwalk. I really like that the area by the motel is pretty quiet but you are still within walking distance from some of the attractions and restaurants. I’m looking forward to (hopefully) a longer stay next summer.
One of the things I love about Wildwood is the abundance of neon signs on almost every motel and hotel on the strip. Many of the signs are the originals which have been preserved or refurbished to fit the Doo Wop theme. I imagine that the main drag is a little like a smaller version of the Las Vegas strip in the 1960’s. I took all of the pictures using Hipstamatic set on random to get a variety of different looks. I found that the Hornbecker lens and Pistili film combination worked pretty well at night.
The Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, ArtRage on iPad
I recently read an article about how the Jersey Shore reality show has helped out the economy in Seaside Heights this summer. I hope that people who go to the shore get to discover other parts of the towns and beaches as well because each one has it’s own unique personality. I was reminiscing about all the different beaches in New Jersey that I’ve visited, and how the places I’ve visited have changed as I’ve gone through different stages of my life. This is a partial list of places and ages:
Sandy Hook – I went to Sandy Hook with camp as a child because it was a free beach and it was pretty low key
Asbury Park – I went there as a teen around the same time the Clash were playing at the convention hall and saw punks play mini golf
Seaside Heights – In college I went to Seaside because they had great bars and a fun boardwalk
Point Pleasant – Another fun boardwalk with Martell’s Tiki Bar where we used to get the best steamed crab legs
Avon – A very quiet beach that has quaint bed & breakfasts
Wildwood – Wildwood is where we have vacationed the last several years. One of the things I love about Wildwood is the Doo Wop architecture. You feel like you have stepped back in time as you drive by the neon lit retro motels that line the main strip. The Boardwalk is very family oriented and has a lot of the rides we remember from when we were kids. Last summer I took a lot of Hipstamatic photos of the motels and boardwalk and created some paintings on my iPad. Last summer we stayed at the Caribbean Motel and I loved the retro look. It had a magical, nostalgic feeling that reminded me of vacations I took as a child.
The other day I came across a picture of Anne Francis from Forbidden Planet on Tumbler. I really liked the pose and thought it would really lend itself to Inkpad. I love using Inkpad when I want to create something with a more retro kitchy feel. In this picture I was experimenting with using collage elements along with the vector drawing. You can now create more transparent colors with Inkpad which I like because it’s not as flat. I added in one of my photos from the Caribbean Motel in Wildwood for the room interior. Inkpad just had a major update today so I’m really looking forward to experimenting with the app some more. As I’ve mentioned before, I have no real experience with vector drawing so it’s a challenge to start from scratch, but I’m loving all the crazy, cartoony shapes I can draw with this app.
The Caribbean Motel, originally uploaded by Ritaflo.
This summer we traveled back through time to the Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey. The Wildwoods are known for their Doo Wop architecture and the owners of the Caribbean Motel went to great lengths to restore the motel. In addition to the “Jetson’s” ramp and palm trees by the pool, I loved the kitchy, retro decor in our room and the Cabana. The atmosphere by the pool at night is magical, as the multi-colored lights from the neon reflected on the water.
One of our favorite places to visit in Wildwood is Cool Scoops, a retro ice cream parlor which is a mini museum of kitchy toys and rock & roll memorabilia. We also visited the famous Boardwalk where the rides light up the sky.
I thought the Hipstamatic app would be perfect for capturing the timeless quality of the Wildwoods.
The pool at the Caribbean Motel
The retro lamp in our room.
The Waitress at Cool Scoops, a retro ice cream parlor in Wildwood (She looked a little familiar)
The Boardwalk at Night
The Balloon ride at the Boardwalk
The Neon Sign Garden at the Wildwood Doo Wop Museum
The famous Wildwoods Sign on the Boardwalk
Brushes on iPad.
Last week we stayed at the Caribbean Motel in Wildwood, New Jersey. The decor was very retro, as you can see by the lamp next to me. It had a Twin Peaks meets the Jersey Shore vibe.