The Usonian

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This time, Mike and I stayed at the Usonian. The only motel built with that architectural style, it sits on the side of Highway 14, one of those random small-side tourist attractions that seems random until you recall the presence of nearby Taliesin.

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The property is one of those “historic preservation” places; even the furniture is kept to a T. While I wish they changed the carpeting – I have this thing about textures on my feet – and the room had slightly bossy signs all over it (turn off the A/C or we’ll turn it off for you, keep your kids of this ledge) and an inspirational poem I found a touch annoying (it makes assumptions about guests’ religious beliefs. I am offended more by the assumption about rather than the belief itself.) The bedspread also didn’t feel quite right to me, but again, I have a thing about textures that most people do not.

Our wireless was terrible, in part because we were the furthest possible room from the office.

Still, the room proved a great retreat during the nasty heat wave we endured while there.

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The woman who ran the office was quite nice, did her best to make us at home, and had a small wine shop that consisted of Romanian wine productions. Wine was one of the more peculiar themes of Spring Green, given its location in a beer producing state. I grabbed a Riesling (which I wasn’t aware could be produced outside of Rheinland-Pfalz) and it was middling enough to get us through a night of cable TV and the safety of air conditioning.

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The grounds were beautiful, and like most of Spring Green, the surroundings were heavily rural. People live their lives, every day of them, out in these areas, and while I was pushed to be one of the people that made such a choice, I still can’t imagine having such limited choices. For a respite from the drama and drudgery of my daily life, it’s nice, but the drama that would come from living in such a teapot might make me crazy.

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I didn’t get all the interior pictures I wanted – it screamed “swinging 60s” with a really well-designed small space short-term living motif. I loved that chair, too.

Still, for the price and where it was located, we got quite a bit out of lovely, compact motel room.

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