Are you looking for unusual accommodation for your next vacation?
Airbnb recently shared its 16 “Crazy Americana Roadside Stays” across America.
Two of the options are, of course, in Idaho.
Why of course? Not just because we Idahoans are proud weirdos. Also because Boise is the home of entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe, who made her job creating unusual Airbnb properties.
Airbnb’s collection of 16 “Roadside Curios” includes breathtaking locations, from “a luxury dome in North Carolina” to “an eccentric Florida tree house that was wishlisted over 28,400 times last year”.
But none is more bizarre than Wolfe’s world-famous Big Idaho Potato Hotel, southeast of Boise – or as she calls it on her website, “Airbnb’s five-star darling.”
Before becoming a “hotel,” the 28-foot tall Russet Burbank was a promotional tool for the Idaho Potato Commission. As a speaker, Wolfe traveled through the USA with the 6-ton “potato”. Pulled on the back of a tractor-trailer, it visited 48 states over a period of seven years.
Instead of withdrawing it after the Tater tour, the commission gave it to Wolfe. She converted it into living quarters and planted it on land with a cow.
City slickers were enthusiastic. The Big Idaho Potato Hotel – available for $ 207 a night – has been featured in all sorts of media across the country and has garnered worldwide attention.
A-peeling as the potato may be (yes, that pun is stolen), it’s hard to beat any other of Wolfe’s visions: the sky-high Crystal Peak lookout, which Airbnb also considers one of its elite curiosities.
A former Washington state fire observation tower has been relocated to Fernwood in northern Idaho. “It has since been converted into an immersive retreat in the deep forest,” enthuses Airbnb, “surrounded by 13 hectares of forest and complete with its own wood-fired sauna!”
It has a pretty cute outhouse too.
Deeds writes for the Idaho statesman in Boise.
Novelty is a niche market
More and more Airbnb customers want unique accommodations. Guest searches for unique places has exploded up to ten times since 2019, Airbnb said:
l yurts (1,701 percent) l islands (1,668 percent)
l huts (1,379 percent) l earth houses (1,285 percent)
l barns (1,068 percent) l farm stays (1,055 percent)
l Houseboats (1,015 percent) l Tiny houses (791 percent)