Spend a night in a potato!

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By Chuck Woodbury
FOOD EDITOR

Yes, you read that headline right.


First, let’s level with each other. Sometimes we get tired of staying night after night in the same small RV. We yearn for something else, something different — for a place unlike any other, perhaps inside a vegetable, perhaps in a field, not too far from railroad tracks to remind us of spending the night at a KOA.

For some of us, that could mean staying inside a potato!

Well, do we have good news for you! Now, for a mere $200 a night, you CAN stay inside a potato, but not just any potato! This spud on steroids is perhaps the single most famous potato in all of America. For six years, it criss-crossed the USA for the Idaho Potato Commission aboard a big 18-wheeler. You may have seen it.

Well, now you don’t have to watch it pass by and dream of spending the night in it, you can do just that! Do miracles happen? Sometimes you get smacked right in the face with the answer, “Yes, they do!”

Okay, okay, it’s not a real potato — one that sprang from a sprout. But as you see by the photos it is, indeed, a potato in a visual sense. The only thing different is you can’t eat it: It’s made of steel, plaster and concrete and would taste terrible.

One woman’s vision
The word was out that the giant spud’s touring days were numbered. Crew member Kristie Wolfe got the bright idea maybe she could do something with it. Where the Potato Commission saw junk, Ms. Wolfe saw opportunity.

Later version of the big potato

So she turned the giant tater into a one room hotel southeast of Boise. And you know what? It’s pretty darn nice. She called it “The Big Idaho Potato Hotel.”

To stay, contact Kristie at her page on Airbnb. And if you do, please send us a photo of yourself posing outside.

Don’t you love people who see things where other people don’t? I bet you’re kicking yourself right now, saying “Geez, a potato hotel. Why didn’t I think of that?”

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tom

But, they have eyes.

Tommy Molnar

I don’t see any windows in this “luxury” hotel . . .
Of course, not many potatoes have windows either . . .