Monday, June 19, 2017
Vacancy Always Welcomes at Valley Courts Motel - Tryon, North Carolina
You're always going to find vacancy at the Valley Courts Motel. I noticed I had a fascination with old motels on the trips we've take to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is surrounded by abandon motels that once were probably popular with the public. We were one our way to Pearson's Falls when I noticed a motel on the way, and on the way back I asked Brandon if he wanted to stop. The hotel is listed as being in Tyron, North Carolina.
The remains of the motel now are grown over. I couldn't find a date as to when it shut down, but from the looks it is probably almost a couple of decades. We didn't step foot inside.
We took a peek inside the doors still opened. There was a faint glimpse of the layout of the rooms, including the bathroom. Supposedly this motel also had a pool and and mini golf. There is an old photo of the motel here.
Behind the motel is bamboo. I kept hearing the wind catch it and the bamboo would make a cracking sound as it clashed together. It was sort of eerie with the atmosphere of the motel.
It was oddly fun exploring the old motel and walking around to see a place that once was probably a popular destination for tourists in the mountains. There is a sense of community you feel with what people were seeking when they visited places like this, and to some sense it's one of the few bits of standing history with no story you can invent a glamorous past for.