Do you like to walk on the wild side or better yet, sleep there? Well, let’s part from the traditional vacation hotels and spend some time at some “Unusual” hotels, motels, bed and breakfast, and lodge locations. This top 10 is right under your nose here in the U.S.A.
Treebones Resort, Big Sur, California
This resort offers lodging called yurts, a permanent tent structure with hardwood floors, French doors, plush beds, electric and vanity sink. The 16 yurts are positioned to overlook the Pacific Ocean. Treebones Resort also offers the “Extreme Eco Sleep”. Reserve a night or two and take your tent or sleeping bag to this human-size nest. Campsites are available too. A stay can range from $65 to $290.
Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast, New Mexico
Located north of Farmington, this cliff dwelling offers spectacular views of the Four Corners area. Kokopelli’s doesn’t serve meals unless it’s a special occasion. Refrigerator and cabinets are stocked with breakfast foods and fruit. There is a Jacuzzi with waterfall shower for enjoyment. Rates are 1 -2 persons $260 and 3-4 persons $300.
Out’n’About Treehouses Treesort, Takilma, Oregon
Your childhood treehouse has been upgraded at Out’n’About. Central facilities are available (kitchen, full shower and bathroom) for rooms without full plumbing. Full breakfast included every day. Treehouses are only $120 to $200 for 2-4 people per night.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida
Don your scuba gear because 30 feet below the sea is where you enter this lodge. This underwater research station offers overnight or multiple days stay. Stay includes all dive gear, a gourmet dinner and breakfast. Jules’ Undersea Lodge also offers many packages for stays, weddings, groups and diving. Rates range from $250 to $475 per person.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho
Must love “Big Beagle” to stay at this location! Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast located inside the World’s Biggest Wooden Beagle. The beagle sleeps four offering a full bath, microwave, and refrigerator. There is no phone or TV, but there is an extensive continental breakfast for only $92 per night double occupancy.
Saugerties Lighthouse with Bed & Breakfast, Saugerties, New York
The lighthouse sits on 60 feet in diameter of massive circular stones on the Hudson River. Spacious rooms are provided. Bathroom facilities are shared by everyone. Breakfast is provide, but other meals must be prepared by guest on-site, dine out or carry in. Saugerties Lighthouse room rate is $200 per night for 2 people.
Aurora Express Bed and Breakfast, Fairbanks, Alaska
Can you hear the whistle and conductor shout? “All Aboard!” The Aurora Express is a retired train converted to a hotel. Each train car was exquisitely restored and transformed into hotel rooms and private suites. It offers private baths and entrances, diner cart, television and entertainment. Room rates are $145 to $225 per night.
McMenamin’s Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon
This former elementary school is now keeping people over night and serving on-site brewed beer at the Detention Bar. These school days offer live music, a tour of the brewery, queen beds with private bathrooms, and a movie theater. McMenamin’s prices range from $109-$130 per night.
LeConte Lodge, Sevierville, Tennessee
Located on the third highest peak in the Smokey Mountains National Park at 6,593 feet, is LeConte Lodge. The cozy cabins provide guests with Kerosene lanterns, propane heaters, wash basin and bucket for sponge baths. LeConte Lodge rates range from $75 to $900 per night.
The Shady Dell Trailer Park, Bisbee, Arizona
Enjoy a stay in a restored, vintage, mid-century Americana travel trailer. The Shady Dell is host to a collection of 9 trailers for you to experience the 1950’s in full Technicolor. Each trailer includes refrigerators, percolators, dishes and linens. Rates range from $50 to $100 per night.