Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga 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. These are the things you’ll never see in hotels again.
Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho
Dog 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.
Featherbed Railroad Caboose Bed and Breakfast, Upper Lake, California
The Featherbed Railroad sits on the shore of Clear Lake in Northern California. Guests stay in one of nine vintage cabooses overlooking a private boat launch and pier. Each caboose is decorated with a different theme, such as the Orient Express, Casablanca or the Wild Wild West. The rooms are each furnished with a queen size bed and second story cupola; most also have a Jacuzzi tub. Breakfast is served in the nearby 100-year old Main Station. There are a number of outdoor activities, as well as wineries and museums nearby. For those with an interest (or an aversion) to the paranormal, you should know there have also been reports of a ghost sighting in one caboose.