Motels: Season 1

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Jerry Wanek at work with the room divider from 1.18 Something Wicked

The places Sam and Dean stay during each episode provides a very important backdrop to each episode. Whether they stay in a motel, squat, stay at Bobby's, or sleep in the car, we are reminded of their nomadic existence. The sets are always excellent, with wonderful attention to detail, the work of Production Designer Jerry Wanek and Art Director John Marcynuk.

The motels in particular have become a signature of the show, with each one having a different theme, and the set detail often contains in-jokes that only the most dedicated fan will get. Jensen said of the motel rooms: "Jerry Wanek's just a crazy guy, and likes to use his talents when he gets the ability to, and the motel rooms are his passion. source."

This entry also lists places the boys travel to in each episode.

See also Motels: Season 2, Motels: Season 3, Motels: Season 4, Motels: Season 5, Motels: Season 6, Motels: Season 7, Motels: Season 8, Motels: Season 9, Motels: Season 10, Motels: Season 11, Motels: Season 12, Motels: Season 13 and Motels: Season 14.

Episode Accommodation/ Motel name Motel Location & Other Locations Trivia Picture
1.01 Pilot Childhood home

Stanford University apartment (Sam)

Unnamed Motel

Lawrence, Kansas

Palo Alto, California

Jericho, California (fictional)

The first motel they visit is one where John had been living.

John's motel room is papered with articles. One is about a Cambion, suggesting John was speculating on Sam's heritage. Another is about Constance Welch. The article says a neighbor described Constance as a 'quiet but very lovely woman'. This neighbor is named Deanna Kripke - the name of Eric Kripke's wife

Stanford University Apartment
Unnamed motel
1.02 Wendigo Unnamed motel Grand Junction, Colorado

Also: Black Water Ridge, Colorado

Never get to see inside the room, just the hallway.
Unnamed motel hallway
1.03 Dead in the Water The Lynwood Inn (exterior only)

The Lake Front Motel


Lake Manitoc, Wisconsin (fictional)

The hotel that Amy recommended.
The Lynwood Inn Hotel
The Lake Front Motel
1.04 Phantom Traveler Unnamed motel #1

Unnamed motel #2


Nazareth, Pennsylvania

Also: Lehigh Calley Airport, Pennsylvania

Two different hotels – same bedding used.
Unnamed motel #1
Unnamed motel #2
1.05 Bloody Mary Unnamed motel Toledo, Ohio

Also: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Starburst clock first makes its appearance. Also used in 1.13, 1.14, 3.10
Unnamed motel
1.06 Skin None St. Louis, Missouri Stayed with Rebecca maybe?
1.07 Hook Man Eastern Iowa University dorm (fictional) Ankeny, Iowa It's suggested they stay at the uni. "We're your new roommates".
Eastern Iowa Uni dorm
1.08 Bugs Squat in a new home Oasis Plains, Oklahoma (fictional)

Also: Atoka Valley Sapulpa, OK (fictional)

Dean loves the shower.
New home squat. Dean's Steam Shower
1.09 Home Sleep Easy Motel Undisclosed

Also: Lawrence Kansas

Wallpaper re-used in 1.12
The Sleep Easy Motel
1.10 Asylum Unnamed motel Undisclosed

and then Rockford, Illinois

Bedding used in 1.10, 1.11, 2.09 and 2.20
Unnamed motel
1.11 Scarecrow Unnamed motel (same as 1.10) Undisclosed

and then Burkittsville, Indiana (fictional)

Unnamed motel
1.12 Faith Unnamed #1

Unnamed #2



Wallpaper also used in 1.09
Unnamed motel #1
Unnamed motel #2
1.13 Route 666 Unnamed motel Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Starts in Bismark, Kentucky

Boys get dressed in suits!

Starburst clock also used in 1.05, 1.14 and 3.10

Unnamed motel
Unnamed motel (starburst clock)
1.14 Nightmare Unnamed

Escanaba Motel


Saginaw, Michigan

Woodland theme. Deer's Head makes its first appearance. It's used in a number of episodes.

Starburst clock also used in 1.05, 1.13, and 3.10

The name is a nod to the film Escanaba in da Moonlight, set in a deer camp.

Unnamed motel
Escanaba Motel
1.15 The Benders None Hibbing, Minnesota
Sam's accommodation (cage)
1.16 Shadow Danny's Inn Chicago, Illinois
Danny's Inn
1.17 Hell House Wyeth's Western Inn Richardson, Texas Wild West theme, including steer skull on wall and stuffed armadillo. If you look closely you will see even Sam's towel has cowboys on it.
Wyeth's Western Inn
1.18 Something Wicked 2400 Court Motel

The Kingpin Motel (flashback)

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Fort Douglas, Wisconsin

Sam’s whippet t-shirt! :D

Flashback: Bowling theme. (possibly a homage to the movie Kingpin).

Headboard reused: 2.12, 3.15, 4.15, 5.04

Room divider in art department
2400 Court motel
The Kingpin Motel
1.19 Provenance The Boogie Inn New Paltz, New York Dance theme!

Lamps also re-used in 2.10

The Boogie Inn
1.20 Dead Man's Blood Unnamed motel Manning, Colorado

Starts in Nebraska

Unnamed motel
1.21 Salvation Unnamed #1 (same as 1.20)

Unnamed #2

Manning, Colorado

Salvation, Iowa Also: Blue Earth, Minnesota Lincoln, Nebraska

Unnamed motel #2
1.22 Devil's Trap Unnamed motel(same as 1.21)

Abandoned cabin

Salvation, Iowa

Also: Lincoln, Nebraska Jefferson City, Missouri Unknown rural location in South Dakota & Missouri

Picture on Bobby’s wall also seen in 1.16
Abandoned cabin