If you ever find yourself in a place called Cottonwood, Idaho, you have
to check out this place -- the Dog Bark Park Inn. If you are a dog
fanatic you may want to make the journey just to stay in this fabulously
fun bed and breakfast built in the shape of a giant beagle. Oh, and
about that fire hydrant nearby -- it's an outhouse. It is also just a touch of irony to
go with the fun.
The building is the creation of local chainsaw artists Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin. Their two giant dogs are Toby and Sweet Willy. Toby is the smaller 12-foot dog and Sweet Willy is the B and B building. It is a structure that hearkens back to the early days of automobile travel and the many novelty roadside inns that once existed along America's highways.
In addition to the B and B, visitors can check out the artists' studio where Sullivan and Conklin created their wood sculptures. While dogs are their specialty, they also carve bears, fish, cats, and moose. They also produce Lewis and Clark-themed artwork. Naturally there is also an on-site gift shop where you can browse a large selection of their chainsaw art pieces.
After a day of checking out the local spots such as Hell's Canyon and a local wolf sanctuary, you can sleep it off inside the world's largest beagle. In addition to the queen-sized bed and full bath, you will be greeted by dog-themed artwork, even on the headboard of the bed. There are also futons to pull out for the kids -- these are located in the dog's head so that Mom and Dad still have a little privacy.
In the morning you will be greeted with a continental breakfast that features their signature homemade granola -- The Prairie's Best Fruited Granola. You need to plan ahead for a couple of things though, since the inn does not come equipped with a phone or television.
The entire building, including the second floor deck, is a non-smoking area. Smoking is only allowed outdoors on the ground-level. The really good news is that well-behaved pets are welcome at the Dog Bark Park Inn for a small fee.
Reader's Digest once named the inn the Best Hotel For Dog Lovers. There is a pretty good chance that you will agree should you ever get there for a visit.