The Shady Dell

A couple years ago I crossed off something on my bucket list that I thought I'd never get to do. That was visiting the Shady Dell in Bisbee, AZ.  What I didn't know when I first heard about this place, was that my grandmother would later move 20 minutes away from Bisbee. I took the opportunity to spend a little time with her, and spend a little time in heaven.  When I arrived, I felt like a dream had come true. It was everything I had imagined it would be. I had slipped back in time, and felt at home.

There are nine restored trailers that can be rented by the night (a boat and a bus too). Each trailer is decorated in the mid-century style. In my particular trailer, there was a t.v. hooked up to a hidden dvd player. They provided a couple of movies, including a film noir set that made me squeal with joy. They have their own "radio" station playing classic jazz music, and a record player with various records to choose from. In the kitchen there was an original working stove and refrigerator.  There is also a diner in the court, but sadly it wasn't opened when I was there. Outside the trailer, there was astroturf with two metal lawn chairs, which I spent the morning in my pjs listening to the birds (until my grandma told me to get back inside and take the scarf and curlers off of my head because I looked crazy). The managers were nice, and also dressed in vintage clothing. I even took home a tshirt as a souvenir.

I have not stopped thinking about the Shady Dell since I left. Someday, I'd like to go back and spend more than just a night there. If you ever find yourself in the area, or want to take a trip back in time, head on over to the Shady Dell.

1 comment:

  1. No one on earth could fault you for thinking about that amazing slice of the past ever since you first had the opportunity to visit it. It looks like the kind of place that would capture my vintage loving heart (big time!), too.

    Thank you very, very much for your in-depth, helpful comment on my post about hunting for good hangers. I sincerely appreciate your impute, dear gal!

    Big hugs & joyful Tuesday wishes,