A guide to some of the more out-there B&Bs on the planet
A place to sleep and a place to eat the most important meal of the day. No wonder they’ve been around for so long. Since the 1800s, people have been staying in B&Bs all over the globe, and they’re only getting wackier. Always wanted to sleep in a treehouse? Ever dreamed of waking up to llamas outside your window? These exist. Let’s take a tour of some of the zanier bed and breakfasts out there. Breakfast is served.
Farmington, New Mexico | $290-350 a night
Skip this one if you’re claustrophobic. Located in a cave cut into the side of a cliff 300 feet above a river valley, Kokopelli’s is one daredevil of a bed and breakfast. There’s just the one—what do we call it, an apartment?—but the bathroom has a Jacuzzi. A Jacuzzi in a cave.
Whalebone’s Rating: 1,700 (square feet of #cavelife)
Winona, Minnesota | $150-200 a night
If you’re looking to take breakfast to the next level, this one’s for you. Not only does Alexander Mansion offer a four-course breakfast, but Winona is known as the “Miami of Minnesota.” From arts to historic sights, you will not be bored. Or hungry.
Whalebone’s Rating: 4 stars (one for each course)
Mont Rest Inn
Bellevue, Iowa | $179-230 a night
Themed dinner and a show, anyone? At Mont Rest Inn, the meals are themed and you are the character. With costumes, photo ops, champagne toasts, and four-course meals, would you like to be part of The Great Gatsby or an Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery? Break a leg and an egg.
Whalebone’s Rating: An encore
A Little Inn on Pleasant Bay
Cape Cod, Massachusetts | Around $400 a night
The name almost says it all. Since 1798, this inn has been little and pleasant. And for a while, it was a hiding place for those chasing freedom, traveling the Underground Railroad. A Little Inn with a significant impact.
Whalebone’s Rating: On a scale of unpleasant to pleasant, pleasant
Denali Dome Home
Healy, Alaska | $265-333
Next time you find yourself at Denali National Park in Alaska, pop on over to the Denali Dome Home, appropriately named due to its funky circular shape. Dare we say, like a dome. Family-owned and operated, they offer made-to-order breakfasts every morning. Fresh fruit, fresh eggs, and we hear Terry’s halibut is unmatched. P.S., if your goal in life is to see a moose, this is a solid option.
Whalebone’s Rating: 5 stars. But you’ll see more than that if you look up
Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast, and Barn
Zillah, Washington | $500/ 2 nights
Two nights in a teepee is more impactful than you’d think.Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn is a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing horses. And when you stay, you can ride those horses, not just anywhere, but on an orchard and winery tour. Not to mention the Twilight Tubs—go ahead, take an end-of-day soak in a clawfoot tub under the stars. This one sounds pretty ideal.
Whalebone’s Rating: 30/30 (for all the horses saved)
Out ‘n’ About Treesort
Cave Junction, Oregon | $50-360 (depending on room and season)
Fulfill your childhood dreams of living in a treehouse. Swinging bridges 32 feet off the ground. Tire swings. Rope swings. Themed treehouses of all heights. Highly recommend listening to the Tarzan soundtrack whilst on this getaway. Scared of heights? There is one treehouse on the ground. Cabin. That one’s a cabin. You should probably still play Phil Collins’ greatest album.
Whalebone’s Rating: 47/50 (feet tall)
Starlight Llama Bed and Breakfast
Northampton, Massachusetts | $120/night
The sun don’t shine in the shade. Starlight Llama is the first ever off-the-grid, solar-powered bed and breakfast. On conserved land, your breakfast is made entirely of fresh foods from the farm surrounding your stay. Along with the pleasant surprise of seeing a llama or donkey outside your window. In the morning, the donkey’s making waffles.
Whalebone’s Rating: 10/10 (for helping the environment)
Tasman, New Zealand | $265/night (that’s New Zealand dollars)
Looking pretty damn similar to the one from the old English nursery rhyme, this B&B is, in fact, in the shape of a boot and just as cozy as you might be thinking. Fresh breakfast is delivered to your door each morning from the owners of Jester House Cafe—now a local Tasman icon. Judy and Steve serve breakfast upright, with their Portugese Tarts being a specialty. There was an old lady who lived in a shoe. That old lady could be you.
Whalebone’s Rating: A lot of sole
Amsterdam, Netherlands | £290/night
If you’re staying in this one, don’t bring any bananas. Climb aboard the retired Lightship Amsterdam for a stay on the 1950s vessel. Better than the bunks of past sailors, the ship’s old storage room is now a rather luxurious and far more spacious room for two. You don’t have to walk far for a view: Head to the bow for some bubbly and a waterfront lookout. Breakfast is served daily, but they encourage you to explore the city for the rest of your meals. All aboard.
Whalebone’s Rating: Two, six, heave
The Old Lockup
Matlock, England | £95/night
Ideal for the history buffs and Jane Austen fans, this bed and breakfast used to be the house of the town magistrate way back in the 1840s. Each room holds a vast amount of history no matter which you get—the magistrate’s, the solicitor’s, the hayloft or the coachman’s room. Tim knows his way around a meal, with breakfast and dinner options made fresh to order, but if you’re in the mood for something else, you’re a short walk from the countryside that inspired Pride and Prejudice. Distance is nothing when one has a motive.
Whalebone’s Rating: 182 (for the years it’s been standing)