5 Strangest Bed and Breakfasts in the U.S.
For the adventurous type, traveling isn’t just about the destination — it’s about how you’re going to get there, the types of people you’re bound to meet, and where you’re going to be staying. Though hotels are the go-to option for most of us and hostels offer a cheap spot to sleep with few amenities, it’s the bed and breakfasts that offer truly unique experiences across the country. From unusual homes to delicious meals, your stay at a B&B can be both the coolest and the kookiest part of your trip if you find the right place. Try visiting these amazing and strange bed & breakfasts that are located all across the United States to make your rooming accommodations as fascinating as your vacation activities.
1. Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn, Zillah, WA
This bed & breakfast will get you in touch with nature, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be roughing it, either. Located in Yakima Valley’s wine country, you won’t be staying in a house here — you’ll be staying in a luxury teepee. From April through early October, Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn offers teepees that are complete with barbecue grills, compact refrigerators, private bathrooms, and an open-air shower. It may sound a bit like camping, but Cherry Wood promises that your teepee is totally private and fit with luxurious amenities, and you’ll get a gorgeous view of the mountains in the background.
As for the breakfast, you’ll be served fresh seasonal cuisine that changes each day. Expect plenty of garden-fresh fruits and veggies in the dishes, and when fall comes around, Cherry Wood’s apples and pears are ready to be eaten. You’ll feel like you’re eating a gourmet meal while you enjoy the morning near the horse barns and teepees. When you’re ready to start your day, be sure to enjoy the horseback winery rides and learn about their horse rescue program, too.
2. Featherbed Railroad Caboose Bed and Breakfast, Nice, California
This bed & breakfast is unlike any other lodgings you’ve seen before, and it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re into sleeping in unconventional spaces. The Featherbed Railroad Caboose Bed and Breakfast is in beautiful Northern Californian wine country, so you’ll get to experience the beautiful sights that the land has to offer. In addition to this, you won’t be staying in your average room — you’ll be staying in vintage train cabooses that have been renovated to fit your needs. You’ll get to choose from a variety of rooms and décor to pick which caboose is right for you and your travel companions.
As for the breakfast portion of your stay, you’ll be treated to dishes that focus on locally-sourced ingredients, free-range chickens, and organic produce. They grow their own herbs, pears, and walnuts right there on the premises, so you know that what you’re eating is as fresh as it can get. Even their coffee is local and sustainably grown. You’ll definitely have to check this place out.
3. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho
We guarantee that you’ve never seen anything quite like this before. The Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed & breakfast that stays true to its name — it’s literally in the shape of a beagle, and the entire place is beagle-themed. The husband and wife who created this B&B in 1997 are chainsaw artists who spent many months carving wooden dogs. They invested these dog carvings into one giant beagle, which is what you’ll be sleeping in if you visit the inn. On the premises, you can still find the couple, Dennis and Frances, carving away and making creations for all who stay to enjoy. Your furry four-legged friends are also welcome to join you while you stay here, too.
As for the lodgings, the giant beagle sleeps up to four people — there’s a queen-sized bed and two twin foldout futon mattresses in the loft area for visitors to use. There’s also a full bath, small refrigerator, air condition, and coffee maker in your space, though there is no phone or television. As for breakfast, expect a full continental self-serve breakfast that includes all the essentials — coffee, tea, fresh fruit, cereal, baked pastries, eggs, bagels, and more. They do their best to provide visitors with fresh, local cuisine as well.
4. Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast, Farmington, New Mexico
If you’ve been craving lodgings that are a little beneath the surface, then you’ll love this strange and magical B&B that’s been built into the vertical cliffs of Tertiary Ojo Alamo sandstone in New Mexico. Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast offers beautiful views of the La Plata river valley when you’re outside of your bedroom, but your views will be limited once you descend 70 feet underground into the cave itself. This man-made cave was originally created as an office for a consulting geologist, but when that didn’t pan out, they made it into this unique B&B that offers some up close and personal time with the earth.
During your stay, you’ll be in a cave that’s quite spacious — it’s about 1,700 square feet and comes complete with a master bedroom, a living room, a dining area, and a bathroom that has a waterfall shower and Jacuzzi tub. There’s even a traditional wood-burning fireplace to keep the cave feeling as homey as possible, and the entire place feels and looks luxurious. And, when you reserve the cave, you reserve the whole B&B — no other visitors will be there sharing it with you.
5. Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast, Fairbanks, Alaska
When you think of Alaska, it may bring thoughts of snow, wilderness, and adventure, and this B&B surely doesn’t disappoint with its kooky and strange setup. The Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast overlooks Fairbanks, so you’ll see gorgeous views of the Alaskan Mountain Range during your stay in renovated train cars that are meant to look like they are from different historical periods. The Aurora Express was originally going to be a museum, but today, it has become a train B&B that’s situated right on 700 feet of original historic train tracks.
Many of the suites feature queen-sized beds, private bathrooms, and individual decorations so that no two rooms on the train are alike. You’ll feel like you stepped right back in time when you experience all of the rooms that have been modeled to appear like they did many years ago. For breakfast every morning, you’ll have to step onto the dining car, where a fresh meal is served at 8 o’clock sharp and “semi-live” entertainment is offered. Experience the whimsy, historical value, and beautiful strangeness of this bed & breakfast that is unlike any others we’ve seen before.