Many people can say they've been "in the doghouse" before but not many, can say they've slept in one ... unless of course they've been to the Dog Park Inn. The hotel is situated in Cottonwood, Idaho and designed as a 30 feet tall Beagle named "Sweet Willy" by his owners, Dennis J. Sullivan and his wife, Frances Conklin.
The couple built the single room hotel for visitors that were passing through the area and it is complete with a bathroom and loft.
"This bed & breakfast is a dog outside. Inside, it is a charming escape from the ordinary - from the twenty-six carved dogs on the queen headboard to a cozy loft room in the dog's head, to dog-shaped cookies on the pillow. Breakfast includes home-baked pastries,Prairie's Best Fruited Granola, fruit, cheeses, yogurts, bagels, and more," says the hotel's website.
On hand is also, "Toby" who is a 12-foot tall beagle statue.
The couple concocted and created the hotel. Atlas Obscura reported that they have been carving for decades and got a big break on QVC television where they sold their carved wooden dogs. They have also created Dog Bark Park which features a number of wooden carved dogs.
"Sweet Willy, officially known as Dog Bark Park Inn, is one of America's latest additions to the type of roadside architecture popular in the early days of automobile vacation travel when travelers would often buy gas, eat meals or stay overnight in a building that looked like something else," says Dog Park Inn's website. "Remember coffee pot or teacup gas stations, milk bottle shaped restaurants or the shoe and duck houses? For today's travelers Dog Bark Park Inn offers a glimpse into those bygone days with all the comforts of our modern days."
The doggy loft sleeps four and includes a Queen bed and two twin foldout futon mattresses. Rates start at $98 a night and includes breakfast for two. For additional person, it's $10 extra and single occupancy is $92. Cottonwood is on Hwy 95 in north central Idaho.
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