It was getting dark, and I had already ridden about 500 miles this day. I could have continued for another three hours and made it back to my own house, but I decided to turn my bike around, and go back a mile to where I had seen the neon sign for this neat looking motel, that for some reason was calling to me. As I entered the driveway, taking it all in it reminded me of the wonderful times many years ago, when my parents and I would take our spring trip to the Keys, and how some of my favorite parts of those trips were the charming roadside motels that were precursors for the excitement on the rest of the trip. The wonderful vintage sign proudly glowing, and the dimly lit room front stretches of motel room doors. The centrally located entrance area and lobby with the drive in covering. I was welcomed by a most kind lodge keeper, and told I could get a decent meal across the street. Taking his advice, and then returning to my room I had a very good rest in a classic family travel room, two bed, desk and chairs and TV, small refrigerator and a clean functioning bathroom. Vintage perhaps, but comfortable and exactly my expectations. In the morning, I decided to explore the grounds, and found many tropical fruit trees and very pretty exotic plantings. The actual river was so peaceful and calming, with the over hanging oaks and the spanish moss flowing above with the slight wind. The docks were in good shape, and walking on them felt like being off land. Not quite a boat feeling, but you knew you were on water.
There are cabins for families, and of course a boat ramp, and outdoor areas for grilling and yard games. A swimming pool in the front, that looked nice. I do feel this could be a stay for a few days all on it's own for those that enjoy nature and life along a river.
These motels are becoming rare, they were what our parents enjoyed years ago on the family vacation road trip. They are Americana treasures, and this is a very fine example , and should you have the option to experience it, or relive it, you should. The owners are very caring, and love the location, and it is good to get such personal service and friendly hosts.
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