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Clown Motel
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June 17, 2014
Rated 5.0

Are you looking for lost treasure? Want to experience the great outdoors? Trying to find proof of the afterlife? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the motel for you. Of course, you better not be afraid of clowns.

The Clown Motel is, hands down, the cheapest motel you'll find in Tonopah. Don't lt that worry you though, the rooms are clean, the service is great, and they've got 30 premium cable channels and free wifi. No, it's the hundreds of clowns you should be worried about. Seriously, they're in every room, watching your every move.

Oh, did I mention that the place shares a lot with an old cemetery filled with dead gold miners? Yeah, it's literally right at the end of the driveway. On the upside, Tonopah is supposed to be the site of lost treasure, and motel owner, Bob Perchetti, is happy to share his knowledge of the area with eager treasure hunters, so long as you let him in on the find.

The place has become a desert icon with some travelers swearing that it's haunted, and others saying that the scariest thing about the place is the interior design.

All jokes aside, Bob must have a pretty wild sense of humor to have run a clown-themed motel for the past few decades, but he ensures that it's clean and welcoming.. well, as welcoming as clowns can be.

22 people found this review helpful
June 09, 2014

This place is mind-blowing and I'm not even into glass. You might not think it would make for an interesting museum, but it's a guaranteed hit with everyone from kids to grandparents. The regular displays are impressive, but what's really cool are the live glassblowing demonstrations where you can see master glassblowers work their magic. Heck, you can even take a glassworking course!

1 person found this review helpful
June 09, 2014

Another one of the Bradford County Arts Council's restored theaters, the Rialto is a great place to catch a new movie for five bucks (so long as you don't expect to see an R-rated flick).

1 person found this review helpful
June 09, 2014

This theater is actually part of three different theaters run by the arts council in Bradford County, and while each one of them is beautiful, this one takes the cake. It's a real classic movie theater, and it even has classic prices. There aren't too many places you can catch a flick for five bucks anymore, but this is one of them. Just don't show up for an R-rated flick - they don't play 'em.

1 person found this review helpful
June 09, 2014

If you're a fan of cemeteries, Woodlawn is a great place to visit. Not only is the cemetery beautiful, but it's the final resting place of none other than Mark Twain!

1 person found this review helpful
June 09, 2014

This is one of the last drive-in theaters that you're bound to find, but thankfully it's one of the nicest. The biggest issue with drive-ins is usually the sound - it always ends up sounding like AM talk radio, which can really take the punch out of the experience. This place, on the other hand, has way, way better transmitters than usual. If you've got a good sound system, you'll probably even enjoy the experience more than a regular theater.

1 person found this review helpful
June 09, 2014

This is my favorite bar in Cincinnati. Great atmosphere, loads of free shows, and pinball downstairs! Be sure to go on a Friday between 5-8 and for the happy hour - for ten bucks you can get a huge MOTR burger and a pint. Can't beat it.

3 people found this review helpful
May 06, 2014

The food here is great, but the patrons generally leave something to be desired. If you're into rowdy drunks looking for an excuse to yell obscenities and racial slurs, make sure you show up between 11PM and 3AM. Otherwise, you might want to try a little earlier. You'll still get made fun of, but hey, that's why you're here, right?

2 people found this review helpful
April 20, 2014

This place is something else. If you're stuck in Ohio but wish you were in the Florida Keys, sipping rum and listening to a Jimmy Buffet cover band, well.. Pirates Cove can help you out with the last two. The staff is friendly and the food ain't bad. Of course, it is a little weird to see people break into a line dance right after the conga. It is the Midwest after all.

1 person found this review helpful
April 19, 2014

This week I was lucky enough to get invited to the Kings Island media day for the launch of The Banshee, the longest inverted roller coaster in the nation. The lines were long, since coaster enthusiasts from all over the country were there. Unfortunately, the rest of the park wasn't operational, so I only got to ride Banshee, but hold crap was it amazing. If anything, this just makes me want to visit the place properly!

2 people found this review helpful