The USA’s seven most unusual stays
It’s no secret that lodging can either make or break your vacation. However, staying somewhere that is truly unique can turn an average holiday into an unforgettable experience. Whether you want to stay in a giant bird’s nest or spend the night under the sea, there is a one-of-a-kind lodging experience to suit your needs–all over the United States! So if you’re looking to forgo hotel chains and try something new and exciting, consider relaxing at one of the following places:
1. Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California
The Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California has the only “Human Nest” available for rent. Designed by eco-artist Jayson Fann, the Nest overlooks the Pacific and accommodates up to two guests. If you’re not overly concerned about privacy, the nest offers a unique view as you rest in a tree directly under the stars.
Even though the nest is open to the elements and does not come with any amenities other than a mattress, it is the most popular accommodation at the resort, so be sure to book your stay soon!
2. Hobbit Huts in Middle Tennessee
If you’re looking to get connected to nature, book the Hobbit Huts located in the hills of Middle Tennessee, not far from the famed Nachet Trace Parkway. The accommodations are located on the grounds of Forest Gully Farms. The three tiny houses, also known as Gully huts, can fit up to 8 people. The huts must be booked as a set; they are located next to a 15-acre food forest featuring a collection of sustainable fruit and nut-bearing trees, shrubs and perennials.
3. Underwater Hotel in Key Largo, Florida
The Jules’ Undersea Lodge is one of the world’s few operating underwater hotels. Located approximately 21 feet below the surface, you’ll have your pick of one of three chambers, where you can eat, sleep, and enjoy the view of the ocean life swimming by. Your luggage is brought to you in a watertight container. If you get hungry, feel free to order a pizza, which will also be brought down to you in a watertight container.
4. Tipis in Holbrook, Arizona
Stay in a Native-American inspired tipo located on Route 66 between Chicago and Los Angeles. The Wigwam Village Motel in Holbrook Arizona features 15 one and two bedroom wigwams (tipis), and is on the USA’s National Register of Historic Places. The motel has been open since the 1950s and is like a trip down memory lane. The property has a mid-century appeal with vintage cars parked along the property.
Each wigwam is 21 feet wide at the base, 28 feet high, and comes with handmade hickory furniture and also includes a sink, toilet, and shower. The spaces also feature a small collection of authentic Native American artifacts and Route 66 memorabilia.
5. Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho
The Dog Bark Park Inn features only two bedrooms and does not include a phone or television. However, you will get to enjoy a delicious breakfast of eggs, bagels, pastries, yogurt, cheese, and a granola recipe created by the family. Don’t worry about not being able to find the hotel once you’re in the area; you can’t miss it since the property features America’s biggest beagle, known as ‘Sweet Willy’. There is also a gift shop onsite where guests can buy miniature versions of Sweet Willy to take home as a souvenir.
6. The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California
Have you ever spent the night on aboard a luxurious ocean liner? Well here’s your chance! The Queen Mary is a world-class floating hotel based in Long Beach, California. The hotel features more than 346 First Class staterooms and nine Luxury Suites across three decks located above sea level. Each space is furnished in Art Deco style and authentic 1930s artworks.
There are many restaurants, cafes, and bars to choose from, and the ship also includes an exhibit of “Diana: Legacy of a Princess” featuring a collection evening attire, heirlooms, and other memorabilia associated with Princess Diana and the Royal Family.
7. Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast, Farmington, New Mexico
Kokopelli Cave Bed and Breakfast helps guests get in touch with their caveman roots. The hotel features fully furnished rooms located 21 meters below the earth’s surface. The rooms were dug from a cliff face of 65 million-year-old sandstone.
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