A regular stop on our trips up and down I-5 between Berkeley and Eugene: Redding. Get off on Highway 44 east, and you’re headed for the In-n-Out Burger. Take 44 west and you go into downtown Redding — a collection of motels, gas stations, car lots and bars (and a Starbuck’s, which is our motivation for side-tripping). Right across from the world’s favorite coffee store is the Stardust Motel (noted after a trip in March). The Stardust building is out of the frame to the left; you’ll have to take my word that the sign is the establishment’s most appealing visible feature (you have to make allowances for the possibility that management hides gold bars under the mattresses). What you see of The Shack restaurant and the Americana Lodge are similarly appealing, Get into town at sunset on a warm evening, though, with a waxing moon overhead and the signs lighting up, and you’ve got a street scene.
Above, the fabulous Stardust Motel in Redding, California. Well, the sign is fabulous, and that’s about all of the motel you can see in this picture. We passed by Friday afternoon, northbound to Eugene, and stopped across the street for some $3-a-gallon gas. We made the same stop, which also involved a Starbucks on an adjacent corner, on the way back south Sunday night. The motel didn’t look like it was open, and the sign was unlit.
Below, the humbler Stardust Motel of Curtin, Oregon, just off Interstate 5 near Drain. Kate spotted a sign for it on the way north, but it was after dark and we were in a hurry and didn’t stop. Returning home, we looked out for it and pulled off the highway, thinking that we’re starting a collection of Stardust Motel photos. This place was definitely open; the sign in the office window says so.