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On April 1, 1939, I moved my book business from
5494 Cornell Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, to my
home in Kentucky. (Note address on title page.)




Third Edition

(6th Printing)

A "Duncan Hines BOOK

A Directory of Hotels Possessing

Modern Comforts, Inviting Cottages

and Modern Auto Courts, also Guest

Houses Whose Accommodations

Permit the Reception of

Discriminating Guests

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ONCE upon a time, so the story goes, there was a rich nobleman
who traveled far and wide in order that he might enjoy the
comforts of the inns he visited and sample the splendid food
and wines which graced their tables. It is related that in his search for
excellent fare and comfortable lodgings, he sent one of his servants on
ahead to test the amenities of those places which might be worthy of
a visit.

It was agreed that the servant would leave a sign on the doorpost of
the inn, by which the master would know whether to turn aside in
order to sample its wares and to take his' ease. If the quality of these
were above ordinary, the symbol to be written on the doorpost was
the word "Est."

Should the servant discover the wines and foods to be of unusual
excellence, he was to repeat the symbol twice, "Est. Est." One day,
having come far by a road so untraveled that he might easily have
missed his way, the man came upon a quaint and charming inn, deep
by the roadside, and upon approaching closer, observed that his servant
had written upon the doorpost "Est. Est. Est." So enamoured of the
place did the master become that he lingered on and on. In fact, his
journey was ended, for here he sojourned the rest of his days, deep in
the conviction that it represented the "ne plus ultra" of his years of

Companion to "Adventures in Good Eating."

In "Adventures in Good Eating" many motor car pilgrims have found
a reliable servant who has gone ahead, as it were, and posted the places
where pleasant and satisfying meals are to be had. This companion
volume, "Lodging for a Night," has been prepared in response to an
encouraging and insistent demand from those who have found "Adven-
tures" so useful. It is hoped that one will become the complement of
the other, for there is a natural and logical sequence between eating
and sleeping. Regardless of the sequence, however, certain it is that
good meals and comfortable lodgings en route add immeasurably to the
enjoyment of a trip.

No advertising accepted.

It is my firm purpose to follow the same scrupulous policy as to the
material included in "Lodging for a Night" that I have pursued in the
selection of places for listing in "Adventures." No place listed has paid
one cent directly or indirectly to secure mention in this book and there
is no space for sale. You paid for unprejudiced, reliable information
when you purchased this book and your money is the only revenue to
which I am entitled.

It is my hope that your support and co-operation will make this
companion volume eventually self-supporting. With this I will be
content, for the labor of gathering and editing this material has of
itself been fascinating, and the host of interesting friends I have made
has been no little reward for me.

I shall consider it a great favor if you will write me (in detail)
about any place listed in this book, which in your opinion definitely
should not be included in future printings.

What makes for comfortable lodging.

What points should we consider in deciding what places shall qualify
for listing in "Lodging for a Night"? In my opinion the following are
all important:

(a) Cleanliness throughout not only clean linen but clean bedding

(b) Quietness freedom from traffic and other noises as well as dis-
turbing movements or conversations of other guests.

(c) Comfortable beds science has made remarkable advance in the
design of mattresses within recent years and there is nothing so
conducive to restful sleep as a bed equipped with comfortable
springs and mattress.

(d) Courteous, adequate and unobtrusive service. Most of us like to
have our wants anticipated. While we insist upon service that is
adequate and readily available, we do not wish to be overwhelmed
with it. Neither do we desire to be reminded constantly of the
service being rendered the more unobtrusive it is, the more it is

(e) Hospitality is that quality of homelikeness that makes our sojourn
pleasant and inspires in us the desire to return again. Whether our
host is manager of a swanky thousand-room property or the keeper


of a modest inn, upon his genius (and I say genius for it requires
no ordinary ability to dispense hospitality impartially to all guests)
and cordial personality depends the atmosphere of friendliness
which prevails.

It has always seemed to me that a peculiar responsibility attaches
to the functions of an innkeeper. He is expected to radiate a spirit of
welcome to those who seek the shelter of his caravansary; he must be
ever solicitous of the comfort of his guests; he must evidence such
charity toward those he takes in that he is often "taken in" himself
by reason of his own benevolence; he must be a diplomat in even his
most casual dealings with those who sit before his hearthstone; he is
charged with the safety of all who tarry under the protection of his
roof; he must provide so agreeably for the enjoyment of all who sign
his register that they will leave reluctantly and will long to return
again ; and withal, he must exact a modest tribute substantial enough to
yield a profit if he is to stay in business.

Where is that innkeeper, you say?

Of course the ideal innkeeper is even harder to find than the much
maligned honest lawyer. But I know the manager of one of the largest
and most famous hotels in America's largest city where every member
of the staff reflects the fine tradition of the innkeeper's profession. And
I know the operators of a score or more quaint and quiet country inns
where the host takes personal pride in looking after the welfare of
his guests.

The keeper of the inn is not an extinct species by any means, but the
fact remains that, as in the business of feeding people, a distressingly
large proportion of those who offer shelter to the weary pilgrim for a
night, lack any adequate conception of their job, even if they are not
actually incompetent.

Types of accommodations Hotels.

Of the three types of accommodations which I have chosen for listing
in this book, hotels seem to have the preference. I believe that habit
is in large part responsible for this, as well as the fact that a first-class
hotel carries an established reputation and offers certain recognized

But it is my opinion that hotel management has shown a definite
lack of ability to co-ordinate its facilities with the requirements of
modern motor car travel. I feel sure that the hotels could easily increase


their business if they would give consideration to the following prob-

(a) Allow time and space at or near the entrance for the unhurried
unloading of cars belonging to guests. There is altogether too
much space occupied by taxis and local cars and if unloading does
not proceed rapidly enough to suit them, they evidence their an-
noyance by noisily honking their horns.

(b) Work out the garage problem so that someone would accept re-
sponsibility for safety of articles left in a car, as well as damage
to the car itself while in their charge. My new car (with less than
a thousand miles on it) was delivered recently to me at my hotel,

! with a deep scar the length of the body where it had scraped
against some projecting surface. Yet no one knew how it had
happened. It is almost naive the way hotel management disclaims

(c) Stop admiring their Louis XIV lounges and provide a couple of
reception rooms near the entrance where guests who have been
riding all day may drop their bags, rearrange their clothing, and
have the clerk come to them to register. Then with accommoda-
tions assigned, they can slip into an adjacent elevator and be con-
ducted to their rooms.

Motorists who have come several hundred miles covered with the
dust of travel and fatigued, do not like to parade through a "Pea-
cock Alley" with local satellites gazing at them over their lorgnettes
and pince nez as much as to say, "Did God make you, too?"

(d) Think of something they can do to make their hotel remembered
well and favorably. An evening (not morning) paper (when the
guest has time to scan it and it is the more appreciated) ; perhaps
a small vase of fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit for which the local-
ity may be famous. Provide current information in the room as to
events, places of special interest to see, where the leading movie
houses are (giving specific directions how to get there from the
hotel) and what pictures are being shown. (Good examples: the
information placed in each guest room by the Fryemont Inn at
Bryson City, North Carolina, the Lee Hoffman Hotel, Cresson, Pa.,
or the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.)

(e) Put at least two comfortable chairs in a six-dollar room.

Only progressive action by hotel management along these or simi-
lar lines can change the trend away from hotel accommodations
on the part of the discriminating motoring public.


Auto Courts an expanding development.

The newest development in lodging facilities, and one addressed
particularly to those who travel by auto, is the type of accommodation
which has come to be designated as an auto court. The modern auto
court of unified design is not to be confused with the scattered and
heterogeneous growth of cabins of every type and description. The
single detached cabin, even though containing elementary conveniences
of the Chick Sales type, represents at best but a primitive effort to
meet the modern needs of the discriminating motorist.

The modern auto court, too, has its own peculiar advantages over
many hotels. When under competent management, it offers the motorist
the maximum convenience in pleasant and comfortable lodging ac-

In common with the hotel, the well-operated auto court possesses

(a) a clean, inviting atmosphere.

(b) restful beds equipped with comfortable mattresses and supplied
with clean bedding as well as clean linen.

(c) full lavatory and bathroom facilities including plenty of hot
water plus the following advantages not often found in even the
newest hotels

(d) opportunity to retire immediately to lodgings without being sub-
jected to the scrutiny of lobby loafers.

(e) convenient parking or individual garage immediately adjacent to
your lodging necessary to unload only the personal belongings
that you are going to need your car ready to go when you are.

(f) quiet location away from traffic and city noises.

(g) usually cool and comfortable by reason of cross ventilation a
real advantage in sultry weather.

(h) no occasion for tipping and more often than not the prices are
more reasonable than the hotel rates.

On the other hand, there is a reluctance on the part of many gasoline
pilgrims to patronize even the modern auto court, which is easy to
understand because this type of accommodation, especially east of the
Mississippi River, is so new that many of even the better courts lack
the reputation of a first-class hotel and the guarantee of good manage-
ment which a reputable hotel possesses.

Until the reputable operators of auto courts organize to guarantee
their guests the same security and protection that the leading hotels
afford, they will not be rewarded with the enthusiastic patronage they
may otherwise expect.


In order to attract those to whom this modern type of lodging ac-
commodation might rightfully be expected to appeal and who, at the
same time, are willing and able to pay, the operators of auto courts
must adopt a code of ethics identical with that prevailing in any first-
class hotel. (A majority of course do so.)

(a) Only guests with baggage shall be accepted.

(b) Guests shall register in the regular way and remain all night.

(c) Drinking on the premises shall not be permitted and questionable
trade refused.

Guest Houses something different.

There are, throughout the country, many lovely homes owned by
people of culture and refinement who have felt the impress of the dim-
cult economic conditions which have surged back and forth like waves
over the country during the past ten years. Where the home has been
built with a number of extra bedrooms and the arrangement is such
that guests can be accommodated comfortably, some of these owners
have been willing to open their homes to a limited number of discern-
ing and discriminating travelers.

The development seems to have originated in rural England where
a number of the landed gentry, finding themselves in reduced circum-
stances after the war, discovered that they could accept a few "paying
guests" to their mutual advantage. In our country this type of accom-
modation has come to be designated as a guest house.

Most of these people who open their homes as overnight guest houses
accept their obligation as host or hostess with the same responsibility
that an innkeeper assumes. They are usually intelligent, substantial
people, often with an obvious background of true culture and refine-
ment. Naturally they rarely over-advertise the accommodations they
have available, preferring to depend upon friends and neighbors to pass
the word along. Pride of family and ownership prevents them from
opening their doors wide to an unfeeling and unresponsive public.

The location of an overnight guest house is of extreme importance.
Preferably, they should be situated adjacent to, rather than directly on,
a heavily traveled highway. A location on the edge of a village or town
is an advantage rather than where city noises are heard. It is all the
more desirable if the guest house is set amid expansive grounds where
ample parking facilities are available.

It should be remembered that an overnight guest house does not
surrender all the rights of a private dwelling because it receives pay-
ing guests. For this reason, to bring liquor into the house without
the host's permission is to violate his hospitality.

The average "tourist home" has little to commend it as a pleasing
place to spend the night, primarily because of this very lack of con-
venience. Neither does a boarding house qualify in the facilities that
one expects to find in an overnight guest house.

You should not judge a place by the length of its description in
"Lodging for a Night." If no comment is made, it is usually because
detailed information did not reach me in time.

Photographs are included merely to add physical interest to the book.
They do not signify that the place illustrated is better than some other.

Space and the expense involved do not permit including a large
number of photographs.

An annual edition contemplated.

It is expected that it will be necessary to publish annual editions
of "Lodging for a Night" in order to insure that the information con-
tained is timely and complete. Although I have endeavored to ascertain
the latest information with regard to rates of each type of place men-
tioned, I cannot guarantee its accuracy, for rates are subject to change
without notice. The rates shown in almost every case are for two people,
and the places listed are generally open all year unless otherwise stated.

Not a complete list.

In no sense is this book offered as a complete list of those places
possessing superior lodging accommodations of such standard as to
deserve listing.

Therefore, in certain well-traveled sections where there are a num-
ber of places offering excellent accommodations of the same type, it is
my plan to show but one or two popular lodging places of each class.
Tastes differ somewhat, even among the discriminating, so that while
some insist on the utmost in de luxe accommodations, many others
prefer their comforts in simple style, yet with cleanliness and con-
venience unquestioned. It is hoped that your interest and enthusiasm
in this quest for the more desirable places to lodge will assist in making
this book more representative and complete. Many places, particularly
auto courts and guest houses, failed to furnish complete information
or responded too late for publication.

You can make this a better directory.

Your comments on the places listed which you visit will be appre-
ciated. If any of the places do not measure up to your expectations, it
will be mutually helpful if you will tell me in detail in what respect
they failed. On the other hand, if you find the accommodations out-


standing, your endorsement will serve to further establish their merit.
The information you give me will not be divulged to others.

Finally, a word of appreciation to those friends who have co-operated
in the preparation of the first, second and third editions. The sugges-
tions and the recommendations of places they have already sent me
have been very helpful.

I hope that "Lodging for a Night" will direct you to the most desir-
able places to spend a restful night and thereby add immeasurably to
the pleasure of your trip. I am confident that if it saves you one error
in judgment in the selection of a place to sleep, it will have repaid you
for your investment.

The sale of this directory

depends upon word of mouth, friend to friend, advertis-
ing. There are not sufficient returns to justify a general
announcement of the book through paid advertising. It
has been interesting to see how many friends of "Adven-
tures in Good Eating" have accepted "Lodgings" on the
reputation of its sire and having observed its own good
points, have enthusiastically told their friends about it.
In addition, "Lodgings" has made many new friends
strictly on its own merits. To all these friends, I am sure
"Lodgings" will commend itself as a gratifying gift for
holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, vacationists, travel-
ers, as well as for bridge and contest prizes, etc.

"Lodging for a Night" is sold

by leading bookstores, gift shops, etc., and by many of
the places listed, or it will be sent (anywhere in the
United States) upon receipt of a money order or check
for $1.50 (no stamps please). A gift card will be en-
closed if requested.


Rates quoted are those given me by the hotels, inns,
guest houses, etc. and are NOT guaranteed. I regret to
say that in some cases patrons have found higher rates
quoted them. I shall consider it a favor if my readers
will let me know of such charges GIVING FULL PAR-

IF this directory is the means of pointing out places
where you may spend the night and the accommoda-
tions and services are satisfactory, it will be appreciated
by the management of such places, as well as by myself,
if you will say to the host or hostess that you came by
reason of their being included in this book. This will
greatly aid in gaining a wider distribution of the book
through its sale by a majority of the places listed. Not
only does this insure a profit to them but also it will pro-
vide a sufficient sale to the public so that the cost of pub-
lication will be met.


A number of places, though not listed in my books, have put out
signs to indicate that they are approved and recommended by me.

I urge you to look in the current edition of "Lodging for a Night"
to ascertain if they are listed therein before patronizing them.


THERE is A TELEGRAPH SERVICE not well known whereby a traveler
can wire for reservations or can send stated messages home cheaply
and easily. Much cheaper than standard day and night message
or letter rates. Ask your telegraph office for detailed information.


Abbreviations Used

NB Without private bathroom Gar. Garage

CB With connecting bathroom FPark. Free parking

WB With private bathroom FGar. Free garage

WT With toilet (without bath) Apts. Apartments

SNB Single without bathroom Sum. Summer

2NB Two without bathroom Win. Winter

SWB Single with bathroom ACond. Air conditioned

2WB Two with bathroom ACool. Air cooled

SWT Single with toilet Meals Meals obtainable at same place

2CB Two with connecting bath etc. Bkfst. Breakfast only obtainable

A. American plan, with meals Pets P. Pets permitted
E. European plan, without meals
Mod A. Dinner (or supper), lodging
and breakfast

It is understood where pets are permitted that this means small ones only,
that they are house-trained, that they will not annoy guests and that the owners
will be responsible for any damage done by the pets. Also that in no cases are
pets allowed in dining rooms.

This year you will find opposite each town and city listed in the
United States map co-ordinates, such as Shell D-6. These co-ordinates
refer to the state maps which the different oil companies issue. These
maps may be obtained easily at the nearest service station. As far as
possible, I have tried to designate maps of companies having large
distribution in the states mentioned, as Conoco, Shell, Socony, Texaco,
and others.

I believe this feature will be of great value in helping you find
quickly the location of various places. I shall welcome comments which
will guide me as to whether or not I continue the idea in future editions.


in my books. For obvious reasons, I cannot accept any com-
mercial advertising,


It is a distinct disappointment to me to learn that a surprising number
of people have gone to listed places and received free meals and lodging
because they have claimed to be relatives of mine traveling through the
country to check on places, or that they were responsible for the place
being included in my book.

Please remember I have authorized no one to make such demands
and they should be refused.




Flower: Goldenrod. Nickname: Cotton State

Population: 2,864,000. Area: 51,279 sq. miles. Max. speed:
Not fixed. Reciprocity: Yes. Gas Tax: State 6c. Federal Ic.
Total 7c.

ATHENS, ALA. Pop. 5,000. (Texaco A-5) 105 Mi. N. of Birmingham.
31 & 72 Athens College. Noted for its pre-war homes.

Hotel: Ross. Typical Alabama hotel of 40 rms., 12WB. Meals. E.
$4.00. FPark. Gar. 25c. Pets P.

AUBURN, ALA. Pop. 3,000. (Texaco H-9) 60 Mi. N.E. of Montgomery.
29 Ala. Polytechnic Institute is here.

Hotel: Pitts. Good hotels in this state are none too many. Consequently,
I think you will appreciate knowing about this small and new one. 36 rms.,
all WB. Meals. E. SWB $2.00. 2WB $3.50. FPark. Gar. 35c. Pets P.

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. Pop. 260,000. (Texaco D-4) 66 Mi. N.E. of Tusca-
11 & 78 Manufacturing city. Site of Octavus Roy Cohen's Negro stories.

Hotel: Redmont. Under same management as Sarasota in Florida. Well-
operated. 250 rms., all WB. E. 2WB $4.00. Gar. 25c. Pets P.

Hotel: Tutwiler. Part ACond. Known throughout the South. 450 rms.,
all WB. E. 2WB $4.00. Gar. 25c. Pets P.

DECATUR, ALA. Pop. 16,000. (Texaco B-5) 89 Mi. N. of Birmingham.

31 On Tenn. River, 45 Mi. E. of Muscle Shoals. Founded in 1820. Named for
Commodore Stephen Decatur.

Hotel: Cornelian Court. One of the better hotels of the state, and one
that should make you comfortable in every way. 80 rms., all WB. Meals. E.
2WB $4.00. Gar. 50c. Pets P.

Guest House: Maple Shade. 402 Grant St. A restful, hospitable home
with 6 rms. and 2 baths. E. 2NB $2.00. FPark.

FAIRHOPE, ALA. Pop. 1,750. (Texaco N-3) 23 Mi. S.E. of Mobile.
9011 Mi. S. of US 90, across bay from Mobile. Popular resort.

Inn: Colonial. Open Nov. 1 to June 1. Restricted clientele. On the
shores of the bay with fine fishing in nearby rivers. This restful, beautiful,
southern building will be welcome when it is time to turn in. 50 rms. in

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