Tuesday, December 1, 2015

48 States Motel - Saint Albans, West Virginia

48 States Motel - Saint Albans, West Virginia 

 Seven miles West of Charleston, West Virginia on U.S. Route #60
Clean, Comfortable and Modern
21 inch TV and 4 season heat pump. Air conditioners on every room.
Mailing Address, 6204 MacCorckle Ave. Saint Albans, W.Va.
Reasonable Rates

W.E. Bollinger & Sons, Charleston 2, W.Va.

1200 Beacon Street Hotel - Brookline, Massachusetts

1200 Beacon Street Hotel - Brookline, Massachusetts 

Corner St. Paul Street
Brookline 46, Mass.
BEacon 2-7979
Greater Boston's finest Motor Hotel. 170 beautiful rooms - Garage under. Television and radio included in rate. Air conditioned throughout. Attractive Dining Room, Lounge Bars and Coffee Shop. Located less than two miles from downtown Boston.

Status: GONE - A Holiday Inn is at this location.

100 Lakes Motor Court - Winter Haven, Florida

100 Lakes Motor Court - Winter Haven, Florida

Highway 17
Winter Haven, Florida
36 units - completely air conditioned - TV - heated swimming pool - your host, Ben Gumer - telephone CY 3-8213

Mailed from Bradenton, Florida to Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Taylor of Scottland, Illinois on February 24, 1957:

Sarasota, Fl.
Dear Folks,
Every thing fine. Have stayed here 2 nights. At Sarasota Gardens. Leaving Sun. Hope to get home by Tuesday.
Love, Rena

Dennis Hallinan, Cypress Gardens, FL
Dexter Press

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Holiday Inn Anniston-Oxford - Oxford, Alabama

Holiday Inn Anniston-Oxford - Oxford, Alabama
Postcard Description:
 On Interstate 20 Where "U.S. 431 & Ala. 21 meet U.S. 78" 
Swimming Pool - Air-conditioned - Restaurant - Free TV - Free Holidex Reservations

1965 Guide Description and map


A fairly standard early 1960s Holiday Inn design. The postcard shows the Great Sign, the exterior layout, cars in the parking lot,  a restaurant (not sure the name-can't find it anywhere) and a very early photocropping job of the sky. You can see it in the lines on the tress and the majestic splendor of nature's blurs.

The card is from a few years before the guide based on the cars.


The property went through a few changes, but I am pretty sure that this is the location. The exterior was painted, the Holiday Inn signage on the building gone and the sign has the all the marking of the 80s Holiday Inn signs that replaced the GREAT sign. The property fell on hard times and became, at one point, Oxford Inn and Suites.

Here's an aerial photograph dated January 7, 2004. (thanks to Google Earth) It's difficult to tell if it is still a Holiday Inn or not. It has the trade mark lay-out.

A 2008 Google Maps street view of the Oxford Inn and Suites:

An undated, but probably 2012 aerial photo of the property being torn down

The final aerial view taken on November 28, 2012 shows only the outline of the motel

The final street view from 2014 shows that there's an empty field and a Bojangles on the current site.There is a newer Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites just down 431 on Colonial Drive.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Midway Motor Lodge - La Crosse, Wisconsin

Midway Motor Lodge - La Crosse, Wisconsin

On the Black River
1835 Rose St. La Crosse, Wisconsin
A tinted, plexiglass bubble dome covers the indoor recreation area of the La Crosse Midway Motor Lodge. Surrounded by guest rooms, the area features a swimming pool, saunas, sun lamp canopy, ping pong and billiards. The lodge features a Hoffman House Restaurant, show lounge and complete meeting and banquet facilities. A Best Western property.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blue Mountain Hotel and Skeet Club - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Blue Mountain Hotel and Skeet Club - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Situated in Fishing Creek Valley, in the Mountains of Pennsylvania, yet only fifteen minutes drive from the heart of downtown Harrisburg, this beautiful and modern hotel provides quiet and comfort, combines with convenience, at a location which is at an address of distinction.
Catering to Banquets, Wedding Receptions, Private Parties, and Business Meetings. Rooms have carpeted floors, tile bath and shower. Blue Room free for ladies' card parties.
Phones CE-91239 - CE-49040
Harrisburg, Pa.
Yours for a successful evening
W.M. Hollinger - Pres.

Monte Cristo Motor Court Dining Room - Grenada, Mississippi

Monte Cristo Motor Court Dining Room - Grenada, Mississippi

One of the South's most beautiful dining rooms. Seats 150 people. Monte Cristo Motor Court and Restaurant, Highway 51 South, Grenada, Miss. Member Quality Courts United, Inc. AAA and Duncan Hines.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hotel La Salle - Chicago, Illinois

La Salle Hotel is located at the corner of Madison and La Salle Streets. It is one of the most conveniently located Hotels in Chicago and has accommodations for nearly two thousand guests.

Stamped: Jack F. Knoblock, 1936

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hotel Evans - Loch Sheldrake, New York

Live, love, laugh and be happy at Hotel Evans on Lake Evans
Loch Sheldrake, NY
Entrance to Fan-Fare Theatre Nite Club

Hotel Evans - Loch Sheldrake, New York

Hotel Evans on Lake Evans
Loch Sheldrake, NY
The fabulous Indoor Tropical Pool and Health Club
Another EVANS Extra

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cavalier Hotel - Miami Beach, Florida

1320 Ocean Drive
New - Ultra Modern - Overlooking beautiful Lummus Park and Ocean - Elevator Service - Individual Roof Solariums - Recreation Lounge

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Old Mill Inn - Bernardsville, New Jersey

Fox and Hounds Room
At the Historic Old Mill Inn
Route 202, Bernardsville, New Jersey
Hotel Accommodations, Tap Room, Banquet Facilities

Harry Smith Motel - Alexandria, Virginia

U.S. Route #1 - 6 Miles South of Wash., D.C.
Built in 1953
37 Outstanding Brick Units - Central Hot Water Heating - Tub & Shower Combination - Tile Baths - Wall to Wall Carpets - Television & Telephones in Each Room. AAA Approved.
Telephone: South 5-6100
Owner Operated: Mr. & Mrs. Harry K. Smith
Mailing Address: 1555 Richmond Highway Alexandria, Virginia

Sun-n-Sand Motor Hotel - Biloxi, Mississippi

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. West Beach, Biloxi, Mississippi.
Telephone IDlewood 2-1551. TWX 389.
125 Rooms, all with TV - 100% Air Conditioned. A perfect setting for the vacation of a lifetime! Restaurant - Lounge - Swimming Pool - Childrens' Playground - Private Sand Beach - Gift Shop - Beauty Salon - Deep Sea Fishpond - Tackle Shop - Conference Rooms - Banquet Rooms - 5 Golf Courses Nearby - Finest Fishing on Coast.
AAA Approved. A Master Hosts Hotel

Skyland Motel - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

"Panoramic Views of the Great Smokies"
Entrance on State 73 - 1 block off U.S. 441
Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Above the noise of the highway, overlooking Gatlinburg and the little Pigeon River. 2 Acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Guests' picnic area. Pine paneled units with tiled tub and shower baths. Electric heat. Free TV in every room. Attractively furnished rooms for couples. Also very nice rooms with two doubled beds and dressing room. AAA Approved.
Phone 601
E.B Reagan's Cottages on U.S. 441 - same ownership and management.

Mailed from Gatlinburg, Tennessee to Mrs. Annie Kapatas of Memphis, Tennessee on June 26, 1958:

You would love this resort. The scenery is beautiful and there is wonderful every minute but nites are cold. There are lots of things to see here that are most interesting. - Rosalie, Harry, Ann Marie & Garry

Starke Motor Court - Starke, Florida

New, Modern, Private Tile Baths
Vented heat - cross ventilation.
Excellent restaurants within walking distance.
Reservations via Western Union or Phone 9107
AAA Approved
Geo. H. Bunch and Guy Andrews, Co-Owners, Mgrs.
On U.S. 301 and Fla. 200

Holiday Inn North - Jacksonville, Florida

I-95 & Golfair Blvd.
Only 2 1/2 miles from the Gator Bowl and 10 miles from the airport. Your comfort is assured at the Holiday Inn of Jacksonville.

Lariat Motel - Baker, Oregon

6 Blocks East of Baker, Oregon on U.S. Hwy. 30
17 New Units - Refrigerated - Air-conditioning - Individually Controlled Electric or Gas Heat. Wall to Wall Carpet - Tile Bath and Shower - Television.
Phone JA 3-4311
Hilton and Carte Blanche Credit Cards Accepted.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge - Penns Grove, New Jersey

Toll Gate #1 At The Southern Terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike.
Penns Grove, N.J.
AAA Approved
American Express, Texaco and Diners Club Cards Accepted

Palms Motor Inn Restaurant & Pancake House - St. Augustine, Florida

In The Heart of St. Augustine, Florida
On U.S. No. 1, 137 San Marcos Avenue
St. Augustine's Leading MOTOR COURT
Steam Heated - Winter, Air Conditioned - Summer
Private Tile Baths, Soft Water, 24 Hour Service
Police Protection
Phone: 824
O.D. Wolfe, Owner

137 San Marcos Avenue
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Centrally located in Attraction area being adjacent to Mission Nombre de Dios, Fountain of Youth, Old Jail, 5 blocks of Ripley's Museum adjoining Old Fort, City Gates where Restored area begins. Quiet, away from Trucks and Trains, Individually owned and operated where you get comfort without extravagance.

Fox Hill Restaurant and Inn - Brookfield, Connecticut

John Yervant's Fox Hill
Restaurant and Inn
Fifty-six miles from N.Y. City on Merritt Parkway at exit 40, 15 miles north on Route no. 7. Fox Hill is situated on top of a hill, surrounded by 60 rolling acres - continental cuisine at its best. Facilities business and social functions.

Cove Haven - Lakeville, Pennsylvania

Honeymoon Reservations Only at COVE HAVEN
"on Pennsylvania's largest and most beautiful lake...high in the Pocono Mts."
New Indoor Swimming Pool - Indoor Gymnasium - Cocktail Lounge - 52 mile lake - Beauty Salon - winter sports - open the year 'round,
Member Pocono Honeymoon Resorts Association

Big Lynn Lodge - Little Switzerland, North Carolina

Located on N.C. 226A and the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 333.3. Elevation 3,200 feet.

Holiday Inn Cove Lake - Caryville, Tennessee

On I-75 near Cumberland Mountains
Norris Dam - Oak Ridge Museum - Excellent Fishing - Restaurant - Swimming Pool.

Interstate 75
Caryville, Tennessee 37713
Phone 562-8476 AC: 615
Free TV - Pool

The writing on the back says: 4/18/70

Travelodge - Revelstoke, British Columbia

601 First St. W.,
Revelstoke, B. C..
"Gateway to the Rogers Pass" Quiet central location, at foot of Mt. Revelstoke National Park, midway between Vancouver, B. C., and Banff, Alberta. 40 units, heated pool, refrigerated air conditioning and individual heat control, TV, automatic telephones, "In-room" Coffee. Near parks, restaurants, golf course. AAA Approved.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Avanelle Motor Lodge - Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Central and Grand Aves.
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
90 luxuriously furnished temperature controlled air conditioned, KINGSIZE & twin double bed units. Kitchenettes available. T.V. & Radio, background music, heated swimming pool, coffee shop & restaurant featuring the famous "Sirloin Room".
"Bud" Canada, Manager. Member of the AHF, A Master Hosts Motel , AAA. "Built for Traveling"

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Hotel Peabody - Memphis, Tennessee

"The South's Finest - One of America's Best"
625 Rooms - 625 Baths
Home of Famous "Skyway" and "Plantation Roof Garden"

Mailed from Memphis, Tennessee to Mr. Joe Mandrel of Memphis, Tennessee on February 26, 1941:

Joe - Please sing a song and dedicate it to Dot and Muadie sing you don't love me but I still care.
Tank you.
MMrs. Elmo Stricklen.

Ottaray Hotel - Greenville, South Carolina

The Ottaray Hotel, situated at the head of Main St., at the highest point in Greenville, was given the Indian name if "Ottaray" which means "Top of the Hill". This hotel is well known for its homelike atmosphere and good food.

So. Roseburg Motel - Roseburg, Oregon

1634 S.E. Stephens St.
Roseburg, Oregon
Phone OR 2-2251

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Top O' The Morn Motor Lodge - Hyannis, Massachusetts

"Cape Cod's Largest" and Best Motel
Route 132 - Hyannis, Massachusetts
1127 Ilyanough Road
Modern Units for 2, 3 or 4 people. Some efficiencies. TV in every room. Forced Hot Water Heat. Til Baths. Airfoam Mattresses. Wall to Wall Carpeting. Private Swimming Pool. Open the Year Round. Seasonal Rates. Convenient to all Activities. One Mile West of Hyannis Airport.

Coco Palms Resort - Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii

The impressive RECEPTION BUILDING features huge fishnet chandeliers, a solid coral floor, lava rock walls and immense triangular windows giving a cathedral effect.

This Oracle Tower was built to the exact scale of structures used in Hawaii over a century ago. The Kahunas (High Priests) would ascend to the various platforms to pray to the gods of the earth, the sky and the sea.

Landmark Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada

Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada
The cooling beauty of this magnificent pool area, relaxes many guests from their night's fun and excitement. A must see when visiting Las Vegas.

The Showboat Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada

This is one of the nation's most unique resort hotels where visitors are greeted with the fabulous illusion of a great Mississippi river boat steaming across the Nevada desert. The Showboat's Hotel, Casino and great stage shows offer a maximum in comfort, convenience and fun.

Mailed from Las Vegas, Nevada to Mr, & Mrs. Leonard Harris of Hutchinson, Kansas on July 20, 1967:

Hi you all
Here is where we stayed last nite. Leaving in a few minutes for the Grand Canyon then on home.
Love, Clara & Lee

Hyatt Lodge - South Lake Tahoe, California

First in Hospitality
P.O. Box 5410, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 95705
Over 100 modern Units - Oversize Beds - Large Heated Pool - Room Phones - Color Television - 600 Feet away from Gaming Casinos on U.S. Highway 50 at California-Nevada Stateline - Famous Hyatt Coffee Shoppe with Room Service - Major Credit Cards honored - Open year round. AAA Approved. Stacy and Peggy Burton - Managers

Rodeway Inn - Boise, Idaho

29th and Chinden Boulevard
Boise, Idaho 83704
Rated "Outstanding" by AAA. 350 luxurious guest room and suites, all with color TV and King or Queen size beds. Airport coutesy car, Olympic swimming pool, 24-hour Coffee Shop, Beauty and Barber shops. Convention Center for up to 1,500.

Liberty Court Motel - Ocala, Florida

U.S. Highway 301...2 Miles North of Ocala, Florida
Reservations Telephone MArion 2-7342
Tiled Showers...Baseboard Hot Water Heat
Spacious Lawns
Mr. & Mrs. B.E. Fletcher
Owners & Operators

Beach Hotel - Chicago, Illinois

Mailed from 22nd St. Station in Chicago, Illinois to Mrs. Harry Goetz of Belknap, Montana on May 10th, 1907

Edgewater Beach Hotel - Chicago, Illinois

West Lounge
Edgewater Beach Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

Beach Walk
Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago
View of Beach Walk - Outdoor dancing and entertainment spot on the shores of Lake Michigan

Edgewater Beach Yacht Club
Most Distinctive Cocktail Room in America
On Board
S.S. Edgewater Beach

Flower Shop
F.T.D. Member

Hotel Sherman - Chicago, Illinois

Exotic Panther Room and Malaya Room of the College Inn...Great Swing Masters...Flaming Sword Dinner
Red, White and Blue Rooms

"Home of the College Inn..."
Still Chicago's most up-to-the-minute hotel, with 1,000 things to see and do...1,450 rooms - with private bath....drive right into the Hotel Sherman garage.