Motel 6 of Santa Barbara

We'll leave the light on for you.

The first Motel 6 opened off the Santa Barbara beach in 1962 (and is still in operation today). This is Motel 6 #2, also still in operation, and also in Santa Barbara, but uptown. It looks better today that it does in this photo, perhaps due to the white paint job, but I can’t help but notice that they still have the same teal-colored doors on the rooms.

I’m guessing this photo was taken during the late 60’s or early 70’s; that looks to me like a 1968 Pontiac LeMans in the lower right corner. (Please, correct me if I am wrong.)

I have no recollection of where this unused postcard came from; I have never been to California, and while my wife has been there a few times (the first at least 10 years after this card was published), this motel doesn’t fit her recollections either.

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