Although it is known for its tasty potatoes, Idaho is also home to one of the most unique hotels you can find. The Dog Bark Park Inn is a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast that has been created in the shape of a beagle and is one of the most well known landmarks in the state. This distinctive two-bedroom bed & breakfast and features decorative carvings created by resident chain saw artists Dennis and Frances, the husband and wife team who created and own this creative retreat. Guests enter the beagle through a private second story deck and are greeted by all kinds of chainsaw art dog decorations throughout. The 2nd level of the Dog Bark Park Inn, the head of the dog, features a loft room with additional sleeping space and a cozy alcove in the muzzle.
Visitors are treated to an extensive self-serve continental breakfast featuring a variety of teas, coffees, juices, fresh fruits, cheeses, eggs, bagels, home-baked pastries along with the family’s amazing fruited granola which is made using their secret recipe. The Dog Bark Park Inn accommodates up to four guests utilizing its queen bed and two twin fold out futon mattresses in the loft. The bed & breakfast also offers guests an array of amenities to keep them comfortable including a microwave, small refrigerator, air conditioning, books, games, puzzles and more. Don’t expect to see a TV or telephone, those are not provided.
Sweet Willy, the unofficial name give to Dog Bark Park Inn, is a throwback to the early days of the automobile when roadside architectural attractions were used to entice travelers into a visit or a stay. Willy isn’t alone, his buddy Toby, a 12 foot beagle statue both stand tall signaling your arrival on the grounds. The Cottonwood area is very close to a variety of activities that will both entertain and educate. Take a hike along the nearby Lewis and Clark Trail, check out the Monastery of St. Gertrude & Historical Museum or the Bicentennial Historical Museum. For those looking to be a little more adventurous, you can go whitewater rafting or go on a Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour. Be sure to check out the gift shop so that you too can be the proud owner of a piece of chainsaw dog art. A stay at the Dog Bark Park Inn runs $92/night double occupancy, $8 per additional person, single occupancy is available for $86/night. The B&B is quite popular having been featured on a variety of television shows and magazines so make sure to plan ahead.