Forget the RV for a night (and the cat!). Instead, sleep soundly inside the 30-foot-tall belly of the beast, er, in this case, a beagle.
What appears to be a silly roadside attraction in Cottonwood, Idaho, is actually a B&B, The Dog Bark Park Inn, built by chainsaw artists Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan. Dennis, who has been carving animals for more than 30 years (and Frances, who joined him later), caught a big break when his art was shown on QVC TV. He spent the next 18 months carving wooden dog statues, which eventually gave him and Francis the funds to build Sweet Willy, the large beagle, in 1997. The beagle opened to the public in August of 2003, and has been booked steadily ever since.
On-site, you can tour Frances’ and Dennis’ chainsaw studio, as well as visit their gift shop and walk the beautiful grounds. However, no visit would be complete without a good night’s sleep inside Sweet Willy.
The world’s largest beagle sleeps four; a queen bed in the belly, two twin futons in the head, and a bathroom in his rear. You won’t find a TV or phone inside the dog, but you can still read your favorite RVtravel.com newsletter with the addition of free Wi-Fi. There’s even a small kitchen area with a table, fridge and microwave, although you probably won’t want to cook. Their continental breakfast includes homemade granola and pastries, cheeses, eggs and more. Did we mention the whole thing is decorated in dog-themed decor? Well, you should’ve assumed anyway.
You can have this once-in-a-lifetime experience during their booking season, April – October, starting at $132 a night (there’s a two-night minimum). Oh, and Fido can come too…as long as he’s not too weirded out by sleeping inside another dog.
Check out their website here to book your stay. Oh, and watch the video below to get a tour of the Inn and meet Frances and Dennis.