I returned to the car and popped the Bee Gees' "One" CD into the player and then cruised south on US-421, through Kure Beach, keeping an eye open for a mom and pop motel, but didn't find any likely candidates, plus, I wanted to be closer to the Silver Dollar saloon and other Carolina Beach bars.
Drove to Fort Fisher which is always closed on Mondays. I sure wish I had been able to get to this fort a couple days ago when they had the 152nd anniversary of its capture.
Back to Carolina Beach and looking for mom and pop motels, but no luck. I remembered seeing that the Courtyard by Marriott, which had been the host hotel for Saturday's Friends of Fort Fisher and descendants reunion in the morning, had had a $69 special rate so thought I'd give it a go. When the clerk told me it would be $67 plus tax, it was a done deal. I had my room.
And, it is in just a few blocks of the Silver Dollar.