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.
Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga, TennesseeChattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
The Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel offers a choice of rooms in either an authentic railcar or an adjoining building. Terminal Station, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as the hub for the vacation complex and is also home to an 1880 Chattanooga Choo Choo train engine, the only one of its kind in the city. With two music venues, a comedy venue, an award-winning restaurant and an upcoming exhibit that will feature a rotating collection of guitars, there is much to do without leaving the hotel grounds. While check-in is in the station, the rooms are in an adjacent building and in 48 railcars on the property. Chattanooga offers outdoor activities, as well as museums, restaurants, and a variety of art and music venues, and Tennessee is home to one of the nicest places in America.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, IdahoDog Bark Park Inn
The Dog Bark Park Inn is run by a husband/wife artist team who specialize in folk-art dog carvings. Affectionately known as Sweet Willy, the structure is reminiscent of the roadside architecture of the early days of road travel. Toby, a 12-foot tall beagle stands loyally at attention at Willy’s side. The three-story beagle-shaped bed and breakfast has two floors of living space and sleeps four. The second floor features a queen bed with 26 dogs carved into the headboard. Up in Willy’s muzzle is a loft with two fold-out futons. As would be expected, well-behaved dogs are welcome, when arranged in advance. The area is rich in outdoor activities; the Lewis & Clark Trail is nearby. Speaking of rather large dogs, here are some benefits of actually having one.