full_metal_ox (full_metal_ox) wrote in little_details,

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Southeastern U.S. hotel /motel chain (other than Travelodge) with a teddy bear mascot?

There was a motel chain whose billboards used to be a regular sight--this was during the 60's through 70's--along I-75 through Florida and southern Georgia, portraying a teddy bear lounging in a hammock and holding an iced drink; I seem to recall that pink dominated the color scheme.

Although my family never stayed at one of the motels in question, the image was a memorable and singularly inviting one.

Search terms, on both Google and Google Images:

bear + hammock + hotel

bear + hammock + motel

bear + hammock + hotel + billboard

teddy + bear + hammock + motel + billboard (This produced the Teddy Bear Motel in Whittier, North Carolina--not the one I had in mind.)

teddy + bear + motel + hammock + motel + signs

sleepy + bear + motel (This produced references to the Sleepy Bear Motel in Gatlinburg, Tennessee--also not the bear I'm looking for.)

sleepy + bear + hotel (This combination yielded links about Travelodge and its mascot Sleepy Bear. This is the warmest I've gotten, but still not the bear mascot I had in mind, who was rendered in a more minimal cartoon style and wore a straw hat rather than a nightcap, coming across as an adult rather than a cub.

tasty + world (Tasty World was a restaurant chain, attached to a hotel chain, covering the same region and period; I had forgotten which hotel chain it was associated with, and performed the search in hope of a possible overlap. The late Athens, Georgia nightclub is unrelated.)

tasty + world + hotel (This resulted in listings of hotels in the vicinity of the above nightclub.)

"tasty world" + restaurant--established that the old Tasty World restaurant chain was affiliated with Days Inn; there seems to be a surviving specimen in Hahira, Georgia as of May 27, 2011.

bear + hammock + billboard + retro

bear + hammock + billboard + retro + motel

"teddy bear" + hammock + billboard + retro + motel
Tags: #unanswered, 1960-1969, 1970-1979, usa (misc), ~travel: hotels motels & hostels
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