Saturday, August 20, 2011

More Route 1

Two weeks ago I featured Massachusetts Route 1 signs for Sundays in My City.  The few I featured didn't even come close to showing all of the cool old signs that we saw on that trip on Route 1 from near Boston. I have been home for a month now and I still haven't finished my Scion Road Trip reports.  I saw so many things that I still want to discuss.  I may get it completed before I leave again in October.

This week I have several more signs from Route 1.  I hope you enjoy!

The Christmas Eve store is affiliated with the Budget Pool company, in the same plaza.  That's why the sign is talking about being in a pool.  As you may have already guessed, the Christmas Eve store is filled to the brim with Christmas decorations.  We didn't go in, but I'm sure I'd have a lot of fun in there. 

The Avalon Motel is a nicely kept up place with a great vintage sign.  I really like the slanted roof over the office. 

The Hilltop Steak House, at one time was the largest steak house in the country.  It sure has one of the biggest signs I've ever seen.  That's one incredibly large cactus if you ask me!

The food is supposed to be fabulous, but what's so great about that for us armchair travelers is that on the Hilltop Steakhouse website they have a huge recipe section.  Their great food, direct to you, if you can follow directions.  

I was nearly dizzy looking up to take this shot.

I bet it's a sight to see at night, as I think all of the cactus spines are lights. 

The Hilltop Steakhouse has their very own butcher shop, too.

The giant cows out front help to remind you of that fact.

I remember reading about this steakhouse a million years ago.  Right across the street was the largest Chinese restaurant, too.  When we went by, it has since closed, but I couldn't imagine having two giant restaurants across the street from each other.  The traffic on Route 1 is a nightmare, just imagine what it would be like with 5,000 people eating at two restaurants!  Crazy.  The Hilltop is open though and still serving fantastic food - according to the reviews.

I have never been to see the Leaning Tower of Piza, but now I can say that I have been to the Leaning Tower of Pizza!  I can also say that I ate there.

Tara, Bob and I decided to go ahead and eat there since it was lunch time and none of us had ever been in the place.  We might as well patronize one of these places on our sign finding tour. 

This is the inside of the Pizza Prince Restaurant.  It was a little buffet line, but there were very few pieces of pizza out and each two or three pieces to leave the buffet were replaced with new hot pizza.  It was very good.  I loved the multicolored lights over the front counter and buffet.  My Mom had one of these in her kitchen, I think.  Now that she has new lighting, I can't seem to remember exactly!

One of the old menu boards at the Pizza Prince.  For $1.05 you could get a spaghetti and meatballs and a Coke.  Not a bad deal!

Two weeks ago when I featured the first round of Massachusetts Route 1 signs, I showed the Motel sign, but it was the opposite side and from an extreme angle.  The "T" wasn't missing on the other side, either.  I especially like the COLOR TV sign waaaay at the bottom.  Remember when color TV was a big deal? 

If you want to search the area where I took all of these photos, there's a website called Mass Route One.  It looks like you can search by attraction or by the block.  Pretty cool!

Unknown Mami

Unknown Mami hosts Sundays in My City each week and I'm so happy that she does.  So many people get involved and show fun and interesting stuff from their cities.  Go on over and take a look at the other SIMC submissions. 

Have a Great Day!


Raymonde said...

Those are so fun. Makes me want to travel. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have more to show soon. Have a great Sunday. xxx

TechnoBabe said...

Great photos and I like your narrative while I looked through the photos. Like being on a tour bus. Fun. I like the idea of a store full of Christmas only items all year long. The steakhouse made me hungry. The hotel would be great in our little city of 1100 people; there is no motel or B & B here. Nice SIMC.

sheila said...

Great signs again! LOVE that cactus one! WOw, that's huge!

Tara R. said...

These old signs are great. The cactus steak house sign is awesome, that and all the cows outside.

Keetha Broyles said...

There's gotta be an oxymoron in a Santa on a "hot jump in the pool" sign, doesn't there?

That's some cactus - - -can't believe you didn't hang around until dark to capture THAT photo for us. Hehehehehe

I knew of a steak house in Indiana years ago where the beef cattle were kept in stalls in the back, butchered right there, and served in the restaurant in the front. I don't think the health department allows THAT anymore.

Unknown Mami said...

You could put together a coffee table book. You have so many great images that are delightful to re-visit.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Mami is right, a coffe table book would be awesome! Love these shots.

Erin said...

It's almost like being transported to a different time. Would love to have been the age I am now....back then!

superrelish said...

I love the santa sign, it would fit in perfectly around here, we have been known to head to the lake or the beach on Christmas day to cool off - it may have something to do with being the middle of summer here and often 40 degrees in the shade!

Nita Davis said...

I love unique old signs, and you sure found some great ones. I will be following along to see the others.