Cave City’s Wigwam Village Sold…But It Can’t Change Much
If there's one thing you may have heard me mention quite often while I'm on the air, it's my love of road trips.
Our dad instilled that in us from an early age. It was never uncommon for him, on a Sunday afternoon, to spontaneously herd us all into the car or van and head off to parts unknown.
Sometimes it would happen on a Friday afternoon and we'd be gone for the weekend. It really was, very often, spontaneous.
So you can imagine how our vacations went.
When I was a kid, there were, pretty much, two destinations: New Mexico and Florida.
A lot of my mom's family lives out in New Mexico because her sister and brother moved out there from Kentucky some six or close to seven decades ago. And, yes, that is a long drive. But it was worth every penny.
Dad loved to stop at kitschy little attractions on the roadsides and explore. And they were ALWAYS easy to find as we headed out west because of Route 66.
The trips to Florida were less interesting. But then again, the destination was always Disney World, so that more than made up for it.
He was good at finding those kinds of roadside hotspots nearby, as well. The Wigwam Village in Cave City is a good example. It was so cool to actually sleep in a wigwam, just like the sign says.
And when I heard the recent news that it had been sold, I was a little concerned, since the Wigwam Village gets visitors from, not just all over the country, but all over the world.
But Afzal and Masuda Rahim, a couple from Bowling Green who've been the Village's proprietors since 2005, decided to retire and sell the iconic motel.
And it looks like it's gone to a Lexington buyer, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. And that's GOOD news, since a Kentuckian would have deeper appreciation of something fun and local like that.
But there's also this...Wigwam Village--established more than 80 years ago--is on the National Register of Historic Places. And that means it isn't going anywhere.
So I'm guessing the new owner will spruce it up as needed. And the Rahims say there's room to add on, so that's kind of exciting.
By the way, there are two other wigwam villages in the U.S.--in Arizona and California--along the aforementioned Route 66.
But I look forward to see what the future looks like at "our" Wigwam Village down the road.