Venturella Resort and Spa

A photo used for promoting the Riu Orlando. First opening under the name, Riu Orlando Hotel in 1988, they claimed to have been a 3-star hotel with the luxuries of a 4-star luxury resort. It was situated close to many of the attractions and parks in the area, such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Seaworld Orlando, Walt Disney World and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Over the years though, the building required remodeling as guests complained of mold in the showers, outdated... Read More

Underwood Motel

A postcard depicting how the motel looked decades ago. Since the 1940s, U.S. Highway 301 has been used by many as a way to travel between Sarasota and Jacksonville, and everything else in between, quickly. Located in Starke, the Underwood Motel was just one of many other motels along the stretch of highway, but one of few still standing. The old neon sign which stood outside the dilapidated motel became a landmark for those traveling up and down the 301, many stopping to take... Read More