Monday, July 22, 2013
Another Little Motel We Stayed At For A Single Evening While In Florida. This One - The Pelican Post - Was In Brandenton Beach FLA And Was Perfectly Situated Between The Beach And The Bay. Status: Cute As A Button!
We stopped here just before sunset actually just looking for a place to eat and got suckered by the laid back attitude of the area and the drop dead gorgeous beach. Finding this little reasonably priced motel didn't hurt either!
While not at all unattractive...it's not much to look at. The motel reminds me of the "instant towns"
that sprung up around Air Force bases and big projects like the Hoover Dam in the '50s. If it weren't
for the lovely palm trees and foliage there wouldn't be much character at all out here. But the joint is
well kept and clean.
We got the room for a song. A call to the number provided at the closed for the evening office
yielded an "asking" of $100 a night. I countered with an offer of $75 and the deal was done.
Normally I won't pay for a room before I get a good look inside but I had a good feeling about this
place. It turned out I was right. It was plenty nice inside. Couple of quibles: the AC was not on and
it was quite warm in there at first and the AC is in the separated bedroom, the only TV was in the
separated living room / extra bedroom (futon) / kitchenette. We like to sleep with the TV on in the
bedroom so we pulled out the quite comfy futon and made the best of it. We were satisfied!
This is totally the kind of place that we would love to spend some time in though. With the
kitchenette you can just go get some groceries for the week and save a ton of dough without eating
out for EVERY meal! We really don't have any idea about the beds as we just pulled the cover off
one for the futon. I imagine they were nice. I think that what you see is one queen and one twin in
the bedroom. And you can just peek into the fab. seafoam green tiled bathroom.
Man, it is hard to shoot a bathroom properly! There's just no room to get far enough away from
anything to get a proper shot! You can see that it was nice though, right? Note also that the entire
floor of the room was tiled. I like this in a beach town motel. You're just gonna track sand in with
you no matter what so carpet is a bad idea. The full tile treatment seems so much cleaner.
So I moan and groan a lot about cell phone cameras and mostly because people use them in a dark
house to take pictures for craigslist. I was quite surprised at the photographic prowess my cell phone
provided when taking the above four pics. I like to get pretty photographs to send back home from
each place we visit...like a postcard...to make them jealous! This was what made us stop here. The
food at Banana Cabana was superb...including the Key Lime pie and after dinner we took a long
moonlit walk along the beach. After a good nights sleep we woke the next morning and played and
paddled around the water. This might become our new "Destin"!