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A dog, a potato & more: Inside some of Idaho’s quirky getaways

As the weather starts to cool down, you might be looking ahead to a weekend escape.

And while there are many amazing places to stay, in this week’s Inside Idaho we take a look at the hotels shaped like… objects and other unique getaways.

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Sleeping “in the dog house” is generally not where you want to be. However, the first destination on the list doesn’t look too ruff.

Dog Bark Park Inn

Photo via Dog Bark Park Inn website.

Standing tall in Cottonwood is a bed and breakfast shaped as a massive beagle. The Dog Bark Park Inn is operated by chainsaw artists Dennis & Frances who not only built the Inn but also carved the furniture inside.

According to the website, there are carved dogs on the queen headboard, the loft room is located in the dog’s head and the hosts offer dog-shaped cookies on the pillow. The inn sleeps four people and offers prairie views from the second deck on the Inn.

Big Idaho Potato Hotel

Photo via Airbnb listing.

Just outside Boise, on 400 acres of farmland, sits a massive 6-ton potato, 28-foot long. It once traveled across the country on the back of a semi truck as part of the Big Idaho Potato Tour.

Then owner and designer Kristie Wolfe turned it in an overnight stay for two people with amenities including power outlets, a mini fridge, old records to play and a custom-built queen sized bed, according to the Airbnb listing.

The Idaho Castle

Photo via VRBO listing.

No need to go all the way to Europe to stay in a castle. That’s because there is one right here in our state. The Idaho Castle sits on a hill overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in Hope, Idaho.

The 6,300 square foot castle has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathroom that can fit up to 16 guests. In addition to being available to rent for vacation, it also is a wedding reception venue.

Smiley Creek Teepee Lodge

Photo via lodge listing.

Tucked under the Sawtooth Mountains in Sawtooth City, Idaho sits the Smiley Creek Teepee Lodge.

This one could be classified as “glamping” (aka glamorous camping) as inside sits a queen sized bed with electric mattress pad, a bench, a wooden floor with showers and bathrooms close by. The lodge is a popular stay in the winter for snowmobilers.

Surveyor‘s Lookout

Photo courtesy Elisabeth Brentano via the Visit Idaho website.

On top of a 30 foot tower in the middle of the Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area near Placerville sits a former fire lookout turned lodge. The lodge sits on top of Surveyors Ridge at an elevation of 6,000 feet.

With room for up to four guests, the lodge has many amenities including a cooking stove, a refrigerator and more. From the lookout, there is access to numerous hiking trails. There is also access to fishing as it sits right in between the  Little North Fork Clearwater River basins and the North Fork Clearwater River. 

As part of the National Forest Rental Program, you can book a stay on the Recreation.gov website.

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Anna Daly is a reporter for BoiseDev. She's an Emmy-winning journalist, and a professor at the College of Western Idaho. Contact her at anna@boisedev.com.

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