Arguably one of America's most recognizable neon masterpieces, the magnificence of The Palms Motor Hotel sign is impossible to overstate. Twin palms, permanently wind-swayed since 1954, stretch to great heights above a commanding arrow that has directed decades of passing motorists towards a choice, roadside-ogling op. And ogle they must!
Some neon benders/sign makers would be satisfied with a one-color, one-font, one-sided sign. The Palms sign was obviously not a product of "some" sign makers; no less than four colors of neon and no less than five fonts create a tropical paradise in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.
|A photo of the lit sign during our stay in 2012.|
Sure, the sign needs a little bit of maintenance (neon repair and
the arrow's twinkling lights), but the breathtaking impact is still so great that
even in the dead of winter we could've sworn we felt the warm tradewinds.
|A vintage view of The Palms Motor Hotel sign.|
Even from the earliest days, The Palms was offering irresistible amenities;
"Heated Pool" and "Cocktails," what more could newlywed couple ask for?!!
(except for maybe a coin-operated, vibrating bed in the "Bridal Suite")
|The amenities are all well and good, but we know that the real star of this|
multicolor, neon spectacular is that bright blue monkey...and the "Free TV."
Should you find yourself in the Portland area, our recommendation is to immediately visit The Palms Motor Hotel, day or night, to get an incredible view of that amazing sign. After you have photographed every angle and mopped up the puddle of your neon-sign-loving drool, we suggest you then hit the road for more welcoming accommodations.
"Monkey See, Monkey Do" - The Archies
3801 N Interstate Ave