by Barbara Early
Since all Inkies (as we sometimes call ourselves) are lovely, clever, spiritual people (not to mention fiction writers) we understand when sometimes our readers have difficulty telling us apart. Besides the mole on my right cheek, one clear method to differentiate me from the pack is that I am the only Inky born without a history gene. So this is my first--and possibly only--history post.
So while my fellow bloggers are all still entranced with the Titanic (It was a boat. It sank. Get over it.) I’d like to talk about historic hotels. And one in particular. So let’s leave the frigid water of the North Atlantic and head to the palm dotted Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Just off the lobby is a small gallery of the hotel’s history. It includes samples of the china and silverware used in bygone days, as well as other memorabilia. It was there I learned that the hotel was take over by US Army during World War II and used as a training facility. (Wouldn’t that make a great setting for a story? Maybe a nice wartime romance.)The hotel went through a decline during the 70s, and was eventually closed, giving home to vagrants, pigeons and alligators. (A great setting for a horror story.) Now restored, it has a thriving vacation, conference, and wedding business.
|Prior to restoration.|
It also has more than one ghost story, and was featured in an episode of Ghost Hunters. Curious about staying in another haunted hotel (I’ll save the other story for another time), I streamed the episode, the highlight of which was an ironing board falling out of a closet. Their experiments, which I can confirm, showed that an ironing board would have to be thrown with considerable force to open the door. And who among us hasn’t wanted to fling an ironing board or two? For more Vinoy ghost stories, read here. http://www.haunted-places-to-go.com/haunted-florida.html
Question: Have you ever visited a place you thought would be a wonderful setting for a book or movie?
Barbara Early grew up buried in the snowy suburbs of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a love for all things sedentary: reading, writing, classic movies, and Scrabble. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, but her penchant for the creative caused her to run away screaming from the pocket-protector set. Barbara cooks up cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance. Her holiday novella, Gold, Frankincense, and Murder was released in e-book format from White Rose Publishing in December 2011. You can learn more about her writing on her personal blog: http://barbearly.blogspot.com/ or see what's for dinner on her recipe blog: http://bflogal.blogspot.com/.