Bates Motel.

Bates Motel

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Vale, Oregon

There's a noticeable paucity of offbeat attractions in western Idaho and eastern Oregon, a patch of white when compared to the lush red pushpin fertility of other regions. So the Bates Motel, just over the border in Oregon, gets included as a stop out of desperation. The sign may conjure the murderous motor lodge from Hitchcock's Psycho, but the building doesn't resemble it.

When we drove by years ago, there was a rusting, beater car parked next to the sign, which helped the effect... as if it had just been dragged out of a lake by the cops.

Bates Motel

1101 A St. W, Vale, OR
West edge of town. On the south side of US Hwy 20 just west of Nachez St. S.
541-473-3234 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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