Travel Blogs from Cave City
Continental breakfast for all the vets and spouses, etc. Sitting with Vince's adopted Navy friends of 40 plus years. I am sitting next to a WWII vet who was in Pearl Harbor on December 7th. He was 18 years old and served on one of the USS New Orleans, which was in the naval yard at the time and the ship was hit with lots of shrapnel which was scraped after the war. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and he is the last on from Kentucky.
Then to the fun center this evening for a ...
Made it to the lodge this afternoon. Now we have all been summoned to the main building because of a tornado watch that may quickly develop into a warning, at which time we will all be moved to the basement shelter. Ok, gotta say, I am not liking this situation at all!! Will keep you all posted as long as battery lasts. It is like a light show right ...
... s birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky, before heading on to Mammoth Caves. Mammoth Caves has the distinction of being the longest cave system in the world, with over 400 miles of documented tunnels. We did 2 miles of them. It was pretty impressive.
On to St. Louis, MO tomorrow. It is a 6 hour drive but it is supposed to rain tomorrow, so we will see how far we decide to go!
So we arrived at Mammoth Caves a few minutes later (around 5:30pm) than when we had planned and unfortunately couldn't do the cave tour. We did get to see two small caves and venture on a short trail before leaving. From whatever little that we ...
This morning we hiked the Cedar Sink Trail and just a little ways into the hike, who should we meet but our tour guide from the caves yesterday, Steve Kistler! This was a very pleasant surprise and he immediately offered for us to join his group as he trekked down to the sink hole. It was quite fortunate that we met Steve as he pointed out many plants on the trail that we would have walked right on by.
The sink hole ...
How has this motel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Wigwam Village Cave City
i loved the wigwam for its kitch factor, but it did have a few problems. first, the inside of the teepee was awfully small - the tv and furniture seemed huge and in the way in comparison. (it was me and a couple - if it was just one or two people with less stuff it might have seemed less crowded.) oh, and the bathroom could have done with another cleaning...we stayed 2 nights and decided that one night would have been a better idea. the first night we were so into the novelty of the place that we didn't notice the problems. heck, we'd made a special trip just to stay there! the second night we sort of wished we were in a bigger, cleaner place.
Reading previous reviews posted here indicates that it is really a hit or miss with this slice of history. We've stayed at the Cave City Wigwams and the Holbrook (Arizona) Wigwams. It is true, cleanliness is something that is sorely lacking at the Cave City Wigwams. We believe the owner/proprietor, Ivan, is banking on the nostalgia of the place in order to attract guests. My guess is that most won't be repeat guests, which is a much needed commodity in the business. The property is well-maintained, well lit and offers a quiet nights sleep. However, new interior paint and a floor to ceiling good scrubbing would do wonders. An update of the mattresses wouldn't hurt either. The nostalgia would still be there, as most of the original furniture is still in the Wigwams. Ivan might take a page out of the book of the new owners of the Rialto (California) Wigwam Motel and clean things up a bit in order to insure the Cave City Wigwams their rightful place amongst true Americana. We won't visit Cave City again until they 'clean' up their act. The Holbrook and Rialto Wigwams are at the top of our list to revisit and visit, respectively.
I have been to this Village many times; when I drive through the area, I usually drive by Wigwam Village just to admire the history of the units. I have been admiring them since I was a child. (I am 53 years old this year.) While on vacation this past summer out west I had the distinct pleassure of seeing the only other Wigwam Village remaining of the chain of Villages that ones existed across the US. That gave me a great deal of pleassure.
One would think that with the literally hundreds of times I've passed exit 53 on I-65 going from and to Louisville, Kentucky, and the numerous times as a kid when our family visited the Cave City area I would have known about the Wigwam Motel. As luck would have it, not until I was flying my airplane from Alabama did I look down and see these tee pee's and wondered what in the world could this be. I looked on the internet to discover their history and even found an office mate here that knew of the motel when he was a kid. With the in-laws were visiting us recently we wanting to do some traveling so we booked two "tee pee's" and stayed for two nights. It was understandable that the rooms were a bit small yet this was manageable and the rooms were clean. The landscaping is well kept and the yard free of trash. We took everlasting photographs of our stay and look forward to letting friends know of this nostalgic motel of America's past (and present).
After reading the previous reviews and seeing the Wigwam Village featured on TV, we decided to still give it a try. WHAT A MISTAKE!!!
I found this place after looking for MapQuest directions to Florida, stopping in Cave City, KY. The past reviews made me hesitate, but how often can you say you spent the night in a cement wigwam?!? My 5 & 3 yo kids loved the idea. My husband was ok w/it too. VERY FUN AND ADVENTUROUS!
Do not get suckered into to staying at Wigwam
I was so excited to stay there -- thought it would be fun and different. When we got there, the owner charged a different rate than he had quoted when booked the previous month. I argued for over an hour but he was going to keep the money no matter what. To top it off -- our wigwam did not lock. The owner's response -- it is safe here -- don't worry about your stuff being stolen. So we loaded our car back up so that we could go out to dinner. The room itself is on the level of a very budget motel.
Don't be tempted!
This had to be the worst vacation of my life, mostly because my daughter broke her arm the first day we arrived here when she fell off the antiquated playground equipment. When we subsequently thought we would need to end our vacation early and take our injured child home, the owner refused to refund our money for the rest of our stay! Also, the Wigwams were cramped with no space to place your suitcase, much less to unpack the stuff in them. The bathrooms were terrible. The air conditioner was a window unit that roared and did not cool well, an important thing when it's 95 degrees out and the place has no pool. The slice of "Americana" this place might seem to offer is not worth it!
Unique experience worth having!
So you might not want to stay here for a week, but one night in the Wigwam is definitely a fun experience you won't forget! The rooms are fairly small and not luxurious, but as the owner said to us, you are visiting for the novelty, not the luxury. The wigwams are very reasonably priced and each has its own bathroom, TV, A/C. One warning - if you have an early cave tour, make sure you bring your own alarm clock so you don't sleep in! Nice playground in the center for kids. Road noise was not a problem, but the double bed was a little tight for two people. Overall though, it is a kick to stay here for a night and the photos of you standing in front of your wigwam will be worth it!
Vintage Motel like no other
Wigwam Village is a blast. Just seeing it is like a mirage. It will really send you if you are into things vintage. The furnishings in the room are vintage 1937. I checked the lid of the toilet and it was dated 1935.It is short of creature comforts. You won't get the best sleep if you are bothered by the occasional car passing or the bouncey matress, but it will give you a memory of a lifetime.The place is very well maintained and the owner is very friendly. It's a shame it's just down from the Holiday, which has an awesome vintage neon sign. Why stay at the Holiday when you can sleep in a 70 year old Wigwam?