Anderson School, Bothell, WashingtonKathleen Nyberg
The Anderson School, a junior high built in 1931, is an art deco building on five acres 15 miles northeast of Seattle. Here, classrooms have become hotel rooms, the woodshop has become a pub, and the pool has been transformed into the North Shore Lagoon, a Polynesian paradise complete with poolside dining. The Anderson School Brewery is housed in the former woodshop and the old cafeteria now boasts farm-to-table dining. At this School Theater, you can eat and drink while watching a movie, with service to your seat. Bothell is known as a craft beer destination and is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. During your stay, there are definitely some decorating tips that you should take note of, too.
Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast, Fairbanks, AlaskaAurora Express
The Aurora-Express Bed & Breakfast offers a number of train cars that have been restored to various periods in history. The train cars reside on 700 feet of railroad track overlooking Fairbanks and the Tanana Valley. The interiors vary: One has been converted into four suites; another has been converted to its original use as a sleeper car. A two-bedroom suite was previously a hospital car in World War II, and the caboose has been restored to serve as a private suite-car. The latest addition to the property is the Diner Car, an 85-foot long car that seats 24. You can enjoy breakfast there, sometimes with entertainment (Blockbuster still exists in Alaska, so you might as well take advantage of that while you’re there). Fairbanks, Alaska’s second-largest city, offers many outdoor activities as well as shopping and the opportunity to see the northern lights.
Beckham Creek Cave Lodge, Parthenon, ArkansasMallory Jane Photography
Beckham Creek Cave Lodge is luxury cave dwelling. (Fortunately, this isn’t the kind of cave that you can get trapped in – like these guys did.) You read that right: The 6,000 square feet of living space offers four bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. With a full kitchen, multiple couches and chairs as well as a 75-inch TV, there is ample space to gather and there are even areas to go to have some alone time; showers and furniture are neatly tucked into cave walls. The cave is set into the side of the mountain, providing a view of both the mountains and the valley below. Only minutes from the Buffalo River, nature and outdoor adventures are just a short distance away.