An overhead view of large trailers turned into hotel rooms
Hotel Turkey Photo by Trace Thomas
A large red mural reading "Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music Keeps your Heart Alive"
A Bob Wills mural in Turkey Photo by Trace Thomas

Hotel Turkey


Popularity brings challenges. For the owners of Hotel Turkey in the town by the same name, the challenges have inspired some cool, kitschy solutions.

Tina and Pat Carson and their partner, Carley du Menil, cultivated a live music scene so popular that music pilgrims flock to this tiny Panhandle town from across the country. Turkey was used to crowds showing up for their annual Bob Wills Day, a music festival in tribute to its hometown hero, but the Hotel Turkey’s regular back patio weekend shows have planted this wee burg firmly on the map of year-round music destinations.

In 2021, the trio brought in five 400-square-foot shipping containers for music nomads to call home. Although the containers arrived in Turkey as empty boxes, the Carsons transformed them into comfy hide-aways with a kitchen, a primary bedroom tucked behind a sliding pocket door, and a pull-out couch for the kids. Tina, a designer, lined the bare metal walls with wood planks from repurposed pallets and covered the ceilings with tin reclaimed from dilapidated local buildings or friends’ barns. The colorful, retro aesthetic of the 14 rooms in the original hotel threads throughout the containers with the tasteful placement of velvet couches and striped Mexican rugs and serapes. And of course, there is a record player and Bob Wills vinyl in every container, as well as selections from Willie, ZZ Top, and other Texas greats. Because, as du Menil says, “Music is at the heart of everything we do at the hotel.”

Rooms start at $99/night
201 Third St., Turkey.

Get your kitsch at these hotels, offering colorful murals, G.I. Joe paraphernalia, funky wallpaper, and more.

Also Check Out

The Last Cowboy’s Court


Hemphill County’s rich cowboy and ranching history is celebrated at this rehabbed 1950s motor court where each room is named for a local family and tells a bit of their history. Corrugated metal showers, clawfoot bathtubs, reclaimed barn doors, and original midcentury metal kitchen cabinets are featured throughout the motel. —Cynthia J. Drake

Rooms start at $110.
606 N. Second St.,
Canadian. 806-217-4301;

Atrea Inn


Panhandle road trippers on a budget will enjoy this cute roadside stop off Interstate 40—a stretch of historic Route 66 that runs through Texas. Styled as a “farmhouse boutique hotel,” the Atrea features updated rooms, complimentary hot breakfast, and a spacious courtyard with barbecue pits that is perfect for relaxing and socializing. —Cynthia J. Drake

Rooms start at $69.
2035 Paramount Blvd., Amarillo.

Doves Rest Cabins


Wake up to unforgettable views of Palo Duro Canyon from your private cabin perched right over the rocky rim. Each of the 20 cabins is unique, some including hot tubs, fireplaces, and spacious outdoor decks. Complete your adventure with day trips into the canyon for horseback riding, hiking, and ziplining.—Cynthia J. Drake

Rooms start at $199.
10600 Longhorn Ranch Trail, Canyon.

Get more Texas in your inbox

Sign up for our newsletters and never miss a moment of what’s happening around the state.