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Want to sleep in a giant Idaho flower pot? You’ll be able to soon


Idaho does not lack interesting places to kick up your feet for an overnight stay. The Dog Park Hotel or the Big Idaho Potato Hotel are two of the more notable ones. The next thing being added to Idaho’s list of quirky stays?

A giant flower pot.

The idea blosomed when Whitney Hansen and her husband wanted to enter into Airbnb’s “OMG! fund” competition, along with tens of thousands of other contestants from around the world.

“Around the same time (that they were entering), my mom mentioned wanting to start a flower farm on her property in Burley,” Hansen said. “We immediately thought that a giant flower pot would be a complementary structure to a flower farm and submitted the application.”

They then teamed up with Viz House Studio to design some renderings and entered the competition. Sure enough, Airbnb picked the giant flower pot idea. The Hansens now get $100,000 to help their idea bloom.

The Flower Pot Airbnb opening near Burley, ID August 2023. Rendering courtesy: Viz House Studio.

“For me, it’s a blessing to be able to create something with my mom and help her have a little extra income for retirement some day.” Hansen said. “Every penny of the $100,000 will be spent on building the flower pot.”

The Hansen’s Flower Pot is one of 100 ideas from aspiring designers, architects, and DIYers from more than 20 countries picked to turn their ideas into reality.

“The Flower Pot is designed for people to explore a part of Idaho that has so much beauty to offer,” Hansen said. “The land we are building on was my late grandpa’s farm and has been in the family for over 40 years. We are excited for the opportunity to build something in our hometown and play a small role in supporting the community!”

Other winning ideas in the United States include Big Foot’s cabin, a cactus cabin, a beehive, and a giant hanging acorn called “The Nut House,” – to name a few.

“From a lighthouse in Sweden accessible only by boat, to an adobe fossilized dinosaur skull in the desert, the winning 100 expand the idea of what an Airbnb stay can be, and are fueled by the entrants’ passions,” an AirBnb article about the fund notes.

Located a few miles outside the town of Burley – toward Oakley – the Flower Pot hotel and the flower farm will be built spring 2023, and will the Hansens hope to open it to guests in August.

Anna Daly - BoiseDev Reporter
Anna Daly - BoiseDev Reporter
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 [email protected].

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