May 05, 2009

You don't have to be a rock star to hang with the band. Just head to New York's Catskill Mountains, where Kate Pierson of the B-52's presides over the kitschiest rest stop in the state. (And that's saying something—Woodstock is just 12 miles away.) What was once a strip of worn 1950's motels on nine wooded acresis now the retro-cool Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel. Designer William Stewart splashed cabin interiors with funky colors—avocado, turquoise—to set off pink Frigidaires and other atomic-age furnishings. Artists Phillip Maberry and Scott Walker, whose house played a role in the band's "Love Shack" video, added wacky details such as colorful ceramic bubbles jutting out of a wall. And Pierson stocked bathrooms with lotions and potions collected from hotels around the world. Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel, 5191 Rte. 28, Mount Tremper, N.Y.; 845/688-7200; www.lazymeadow.com; doubles from $175.
—H. Scott Jolley

Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel

At Kate’s Lazy Meadow Motel, the quirky personality of Kate Pierson, one of the lead singers for the B-52’s, shines through in every detail. The ten suites will transport you to a time when Formica, Tupperware, and the Avon Lady were young, and lime green and burnt orange were viable decorative options. In the back, five vintage aluminum Airstream trailers are stocked with barbecues and tiki torches. Pierson employs only a small staff, so you’re somewhat on your own; there is no daily maid service, for example. However, all of the groovy accoutrements result in an authentically personal, utterly unique place to stay.

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