Written by Chris Shafer
“Going to the dogs” is a good thing in Cottonwood, Idaho where guests can sleep inside a giant beagle - the world’s largest beagle as a matter of fact. How does this work? Well, this particular beagle, Sweet Willy, is actually a lodging and the heart of the Dog Bark Park Inn Bed & Breakfast, a unique place to get away from, you guessed it, the rat race.
So what is it like inside the big dog? “Charming,” “whimsical,” “comfy,” are some of the words used by guests to describe the “inner” dog experience. Delightful doggie details abound, such as a wooden bed board with twenty-six carved dogs and dog-shaped cookies left on guests’ pillows. Then there is the cozy loft located in the head of the giant dog. Now, there’s a one of a kind experience - sleeping in a dog’s head. What child wouldn’t want those bragging rights?
The Dog Bark Park Inn is located in North Central Idaho where prairie views are beautiful and spacious; starry night skies are breathtaking. There’s plenty to do nearby: jet boat tours (Hell’s Canyon), white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more. A wolf center is close by and the area has one of the few remaining drive-in theaters.
If guests are interested in breeds other than beagle, all they have to do is take a look in the gift shop. Chainsaw artists and innkeepers, Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin
create folk-art style wooden carvings of 60 different breeds. Custom artwork from photos can be created as well (for those distinctive dogs of mixed-breed persuasion). There is an online gift shop too.
So for an unforgettable stay, head to Cottonwood, Idaho where the prairie is wide and the dogs are tall. Go to www.dogbarkparkinn.com or call 208-962-3647 for more information about this incomparable lodging experience.
Pet Policy - Responsible dogs who arrive with their well-behaved humans are welcome to stay. Cats, too. $10 additional per pet does apply & advance reservations for all are necessary.
The B&B lodging is open from April Fool’s Day through Halloween. So now is the time to make reservations for next year. The grounds (photos with Sweet Willy) are open year-round, which include the gift shop and carving studio.