If you’re out near Bedford, PA and taking a trip along the Lincoln Highway, the Lincoln Motor Court is a place that will instantly transport you to how it truly felt to travel by car all of those years ago.
This place is NOT a chain hotel, so leave your modern conceptions of what a hotel should be like at the door. It is the one of the oldest if not the oldest motor court in the country. The owners Bob and Debbie have put their heart and souls into making this place be what it is for 30 years. The sinks date from the 1940s, but Bob told me that people have been staying in that area of Bedford way before that time. He explains, “Cars overheated easily by the time they got to the top of this hill we’re standing on. The building that’s across from us used to be a hotel/gas station/restaurant (formerly known as the Lincoln Hotel). When the spot couldn’t keep up with the demand, they built this motor court so the additional traffic would have a place to stay. We’ve had couples who have told us they spent their honeymoon here in the mid 1930s, so we think they must have updated the sinks to keep up with the times.”
Here’s a couple photos of the Lincoln Hotel (Bob and Debbie say this property has been abandoned for years):
The Lincoln Motor Court has 12 cottages in total – you can pull your car right up to your door! All cottages have the feel of the past (both interior and exterior), but they do have some modern conveniences to keep you happy (Cable TV, Wifi, Fridge, some have Microwaves). There are two acres of land that you can roam, plus an area where you can build a fire. Each cabin I saw had both a full or queen sized bed plus a twin bed, so you can sleep multiple people comfortably (It IS bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside-a reference for all you Doctor Who fans out there). For those who are exploring this part of Pennsylvania, the Lincoln Motor Court is a great mid-point for you to explore and check out all of the places I talked about in my previous post.
Now without further ado, here’s some pictures of what one of the cabins look like, restored back to its glory:
There are so many things that make this place special to me, but what makes it the most special are the owners Bob and Debbie themselves. They made feel like I was family from the moment I drove up, and I’ll never forget their hospitality and warmth, and I look forward to staying with them again when I’m in the area.
If you are traveling in the area, please try to stop and stay with them if you can-it should not be missed. For more information about the Lincoln Motor Court and/or to make a reservation, head over to their website.
*Note: I was not compensated for my stay for this post, and all of the opinions are completely my own. Thanks!