Before Holiday Inn and HoJo’s, the tourist court was the motorist’s bunkhouse at the end of his long day of driving.   They are few and far between now, but before the franchise motel became commonplace, small, independently owned motels like these would have been found all over Florida.  For amenities, the tourist court would likely have had a pool and possibly air-conditioning.  They were no-frills places that primarily distinguished themselves from their competitors by means of their name and signage.

In the first example, the traveler learns that he is no longer in Georgia.   The second rather ambitiously calls itself a “hotel” court, as opposed to the more downmarket “motel.”

The term “motor court” refers to direct access to the room from the parking lot, as does “motor hotel.”  Hotels were a rarity outside of cities.  Airplane travel was also a rarity, leading to the abundance of colorfully named tourist/motor courts in America’s vacation-states.

Both of these tourist courts are still in business.

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