Travel Blogs from Cave City
... I can't thank you enough for making our trip enjoyable by your friendship. We so enjoyed your messages, and comments. I am thrilled to say that over the last six months I've had over ...
... came from an innocent comment Michael made to me. We were discussing his driving and how much better it is than days gone by and he believes the improvement is directly linked to the amount of time he spends watching YouTube videos of wild traffic accidents. These videos are possible because of a new craze, video cameras mounted on the windscreen of photography addicts. Yes, we are now the proud owner of ...
... well, rolling hills and deep valleys filed with oak and hickory trees, scenic bluffs, sinkholes, and the mighty Green River. I have some pics from inside cave but with another camera and I have to find a computer to connect to bcz no USB port on phone or tablet. Just these for now: https://picasaweb.google.com/1064799899 09924526712/MammothCaveAndPark?authkey= ...
... here. Some dinner, some R&R. Had a little problem with our electrical system, but JD fixed it. Planned tomorrow's route and followed up on some emails. Life is good! Rosie, saw this little pink trailer as we were leaving and thought you'd get a laugh. Think some ladies live ...
First stop Jellystone RV Park, Cave City, KY.
Not many campers in campground so where
do they put us, right next to another camper. Called office and they told we could move to any other site just let them know where we moved to.
Not a bad campground, kind of hilly but lots of room to move around.
Drove 383 miles today.
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?