Summers 1968 and 1969
This dandy getaway on the bay in Sarasota, has surely been replaced with retirement high-rises by now. But for a couple of summers, this motel was home to FSU faculty and acting students involved in the Asolo Repertory Theatre. It also was home to my family of 6 since my dad was directing shows at Asolo during the summers. My memories of this place are a crazy mix of gray-haired folks on the shuffleboard courts and fishing dock... and very entertaining and extroverted acting students hanging around the pool. My top pool memories are playing Weeki Wachee Mermaids with my sister, Jenni and grumbling over the sign that reminded women to wear swim caps. This was very unfair, because there were numerous male college students who had longer hair than mine.
What do I remember about the motel rooms? Very little, since we spent as little time as possible inside. Luckily our family only had one summer in the motel efficiency. I remember my brothers sleeping on couches and a lot of bickering with siblings.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!