If you've ever seen a wigwam shaped motel, it's a sight you won't soon forget. One look and you're instantly transported to a scene from an old western. And as unusual as it may seem, at one time, there were seven wigwam villages in the U.S.
Now, three of the villages remain: one in Arizona, one in California, and Wigwam Village Number Two, which we visited in Kentucky. And if you ever played cowboys and Indians, they're exactly the way you imagined them: bold and mysterious on the outside, and full of cozy warmth on the inside.
Tepee Village under construction
in the 1930s
The first tepee motel was built around 1930 by Frank Redford to help attract business to his gas station in nearby Horse Cave, Kentucky. Years passed, travel appetites changed and the Wigwam Village fell into disrepair. That was, until 1996, when they were bought by Ivan John who owns and operates them today.
Ivan's Wigwam Village features 15 teepee rooms and one large teepee that serves as combination motel office and gift shop. Ivan finds that grown-up visitors to the Village love its kitschy coolness, while kids have a hard time tearing themselves away from this life-sized playland. And on a warm summer evening, it's hard to imagine a better place to be.
601 N. Dixie Highway
Cave City, Kentucky