Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Old Florida Motels

Yesterday I talked a little about the "resort" where I stayed this past weekend.  I could see the yesteryear charm of the place, even though I think the beds were originally purchased in the 1950s.  There's just something about these old motels that I don't ever want to lose from the Florida seaside. 

I took just a little walk around the block from my resort and I found several examples.  Some of the motels are still available as motels for tourists...

...but others I do believe are rented out like an apartment.  I thought this wall of dishes was funny.  Like little flowers facing the sun :) 

It looks like the Sun Terrace has some pretty fancy doors.  It's no longer the office entrance, as you'd have to jump over the dead Christmas Tree in order to get to it.

I loved loved loved the typography on the Birch Tower. 

I'm never really sure if the things that interest me to no end, interest my friends who stop by.  I could have taken a thousand photos of the little motels that dotted the Ft. Lauderdale area, but I got a late start out of town on Sunday and could only walk around the block before I needed to leave. 

Someday soon, I'm going to spend a day back in Daytona Beach (a much closer drive for me) and photograph the few remaining motels down there.  Next time I go back to Ft. Lauderdale, however, I'll try to make sure I leave some time for motel photography.  I'll overload you all next year with motel photos. :)

Have a great day!


Rebecca said...

Can you go down to Miami Beach and take photos of that Time/Temperature thing on South Beach? Take some photos of Coral Gables?

I went down there (on a whim) for Spring Break back when I was only 19 and really miss the place.

I love LOVE your photos of the beach and hotels and palm trees

and when you said "Like little flowers facing the sun"....I wonder if they would still work if they were painted like flowers?

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love seeing them. It reminds me of all the times I went to Florida as a child. They are so unique, I hope they never change.

Ann in the UP said...

I love the appearance of those older "non-chain" places too. It harks back to a day when everything didn't have to look alike.

Though, like you, I really love a comfortable bed!

Rebecca said...

I thought that I was a reply blogger....how do I fix my stuff to be a reply blogger?

Kristin - The Goat said...

How to correct the "No Reply Blogger" status.

Go to your dashboard on your blog - you will see your icon and View Profile, Edit Profile, Edit Photo and Edit Notifications. Click on Edit Profile.

Three spots down make sure the box is marked "Show my email address."

That's it!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Oh, fabulous!!! We are planning a vaca to Sarasota in March. Hope to stay at some of these type places.