Old Motels in the NC Mountains

September 14, 2013

Sometime ago I went with my family on a camping trip to Cherokee, NC. One day while the family just hung out at the campground, I took a ride. I love to take roads I have never been on, you see the most amazing things. And I mean really, it doesn't hurt to get lost every now and then.

So, as I leave Cherokee I drive straight thru to a town called Bryson City, NC. More to come on Bryson City later. For now here is what I saw on that drive on old 74 now know as Ela Rd.

The road I took used to be the main road before the Interstate was built. This makes sense why all these old motels are on this road.

             Teddy Bear Motel located 6281 Ela Road Whittier NC, Whittier, NC 28789

How adorable is this sign?? I didn't stay there so I am not here to give a review, just happy to see they are still open today. The sign alone makes me want to stop and hang out.

Gear Head Inn 6280 Ela Rd. Whittier, NC 28789

With the quotes on the sign, how can I not love this place?? They have themed rooms to fit any type of gear head you may be. Looks like a cool place to stay with the fire pit and everything is welcoming.

Starlight Motel 8682 US 74 W. Whittier, NC 28789

You can stay in an Elvis suite with Jacuzzi, classy!! Coming a Marilyn Monroe and James Dean suites.

Arrowhead Motel(Sorry for bad quality) 

Sits back off the road but looks so inviting. Reminds of a place I stayed in the 80's with my parents, I 

am going to ask my Mom if this is it. It seems oddly familiar.

So, on your next road trip if you live in the NC area or the Mts of NC, take a ride and see what you find. 

My dream is to ride on RT 66 and if I see these kind of places on that ride, it could be a very long trip.

Happy Riding Ya'll!!


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