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Sometimes the most memorable part of a trip is the little-known roadside attraction you saw or the unique decor in the place you stayed. We’re highlighting a location in every state that will certainly be memorable, should you choose to stay in any of these hotels, motels, inns, houses, bed and breakfasts or resorts.
At the Secret Bed & Breakfast Lodge, you can stay in a themed cottage like a jail house, a tree house, or a nautical cottage, among other accommodations. Imagine the stories when you tell your friends you spent a night in jail!
This is a perfect romantic getaway – stay in a Dome with Views of the Aurora Borealis. The curved window at the top of the dome allows you to lay in bed while watching the Northern Lights and the stars.
If outer space interests you then you’re going to like the Best Western Space Age Lodge. With space age decor, including a UFO on the roof, this hotel is out of this world!
Animal enthusiasts will love staying at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, where you will find adult-only accommodations as well as ones that are family-friendly. The Refuge is a nonprofit organization and the cost of your stay goes toward the care of their animal residents.
Just off Route 66, you’ll find the Wigwam Motel. You’ll stay in teepee-shaped rooms with all the modern conveniences you need like WiFi, air conditioning, and cable TV.
Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa is unique and will have you wanting to come back again and again. With accommodations including hotel rooms, all-season Yurts, native Tipis and RV and camp sites, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for for a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway.
With 18 unique resort cottages, Winvian Farm is a definite bucket list place to stay. Each cottage is designed and decorated for a specific namesake, or theme, like Connecticut Yankee, Greenhouse, Helicopter, Library, and Secret Society.
Beer lovers and adventure seekers will love Dogfish Inn, with no shortage of fun close by, and you can borrow the items you didn’t have room to bring with you from their Off-Centered Gear Shed, like Spikeball sets, Cornhole boards & bags, bikes, and beach chairs.
Katies Light is a unique beachfront vacation rental that is a replica of the famous Thomas Point Lighthouse. With accommodations for up to 8 guests, the rental house features a deck that wraps 360 degrees around the house and a spiral staircase that leads to the bedrooms on the second level.
Nestled in the forest in Helen, Georgia, you’ll find historic barrel cabins at Adventure Lodges of Georgia in Unicoi State Park. With equal parts comfort and quirkiness, you’ll find lots of great recreation activities nearby like biking & hiking trails.
When I think of Hawaii, I think of picturesque views and volcanos. The Volcano House gives you both! Situated 4000 feet above sea level, you can walk on the edge of an actual active volcano! 16 campsites are also available, nestled in eucalyptus groves.
Big Idaho Potato Hotel: Silly, chic & indeed unique! This giant spud is actually a cozy getaway for two. With a silo turned into a spa retreat and cozy accommodations, this is a fun home away from home.
Definitely unique, this School Bus Home on AirBNB is a solar-powered tiny home that used to be a school bus! Now with a permanent lake-front view and an interior finished in hand-milled pine, you’ll enjoy stargazing, fishing and swimming, too!
You’ll be treated like royalty when you stay at Clayshire Castle. Full of medieval ambiance, each room has a theme such as the Tapestry Room or the Enchanted Forest Room.
Hotel Grinnell was a junior high school until the late 1970’s, and now it’s an updated, eco-conscious boutique hotel. Little touches here and there pay homage to the educational history of the building with chalkboards in each room and room key card sleeves that look like hall passes.
C&W Ranch Bed and Breakfast is a true working ranch. Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy home prepared meals and relax in the peaceful setting here.
Looking for an adventurous getaway? At the Observatory Treehouse, you can sleep among the trees and under the stars. With gorgeous views of the Red River Gorge, this is a true one-of-a-kind experience for up to 4 guests.
See if you can sleep well at the Haunted Hotel in New Orleans. The hotel has been the site of nearly a dozen murders in the past 200 years, and most guests see at least one ghost during their stay.
Get rocked to sleep by the gentle waves when you stay in a houseboat in Robinhood Cove. Wake up and watch the local lobstermen gathering their catch, seals playing, and ospreys soaring. At night, watch the sunset over the beautiful water.
The Francis Scott Key Family Resort is a pirate-themed resort close to the beach and boardwalk and offers tons of family-friendly amenities like the Caribbean Key Indoor Pool, Peg Leg Putt-Putt miniature golf, and the Pirate Ship Sprayground.
With elegant decor from the gilded age, you’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations at Blantyre in the beautiful Berkshires area of Massachusetts. With a Tudor-style mansion at this award-winning resort, you can relax like royalty.
Feel like you’re in French Wine Country when you stay at Chateau Chantel, a bed & breakfast featuring views of the vineyards and freshwater. You’ll feel like part of the family with the friendly staff and the tranquil landscape will have you wanting to never leave.
The Naniboujou Lodge was named for a Cree Indian Spirit and features a large dining room painted in Cree Indian style using bright red, orange, yellow and purple, and the largest native rock fireplace in Minnesota. Some of the rooms feature a fireplace and windows looking out over Lake Superior, too.
Ever wanted to stay in a floating cabin? You can get your chance when you stay at The Beatnik! Each floating cabin features a wet bar, and you’ll enjoy the fire pit and plunge pool where you can relax and recharge.
Try your hand at being a cowhand at Bucks and Spurs Guest Ranch. Your all-inclusive stay includes horseback riding, cattle drives, swimming and campfires. Get a taste of the wide open spaces when you stay on this 700-acre dude ranch.
Stay in a cocoon near Glacier National Park. This is a perfect romantic glamping getaway, featuring a king-sized bed tucked away in the secluded forest.
Ready to hunt? Stay at the Comstock Premier Lodge where you will be able to hunt on their lands for animals such as elk, sharptail grouse, pheasant, White Bison and more. Cozy country decor, gourmet cooking and balconies with beautiful views will only enhance your stay at the lodge.
Las Vegas has no shortage of fun hotels to stay in, and the decor in all of the hotels on the strip is amazing. In fact, I highly recommend, when you are in Vegas, take a walk down the strip and stop in the various hotels so you can see them all for yourself. But, we wanted to suggest a place to stay that is out of this world… Little A’Le’Inn! Located a hop, skip & a jump away from Area 51, if exploring the possibility of other life forms is something you’re interested in, this is the place you should stay!
Great for families or couples, the Adventure Suites feature 17 different themed suites. So whether you’re looking for a Love Shack, Dragon’s Lair or Wolf Den, you’ll find it here.
Dust off your blue suede shoes because Summer Nites is a 50s themed bed & breakfast. It has both modern amenities and features a game room with a vintage pinball game. The bed and breakfast is just a short 2 blocks away from the Wildwood beach and boardwalk, too.
At Hotel Luna Mystica you can stay one of 20 1950’s vintage trailers. Each trailer is decorated uniquely in 1950s style, but has been upgraded with modern amenities and each has it’s own deck, where you can sit out and enjoy the starry sky.
You’re going to be longing for more than just a night at The Roxbury, a hotel complete with themed rooms and cottages decorated in themes like The Wizards Emeralds (Wizard of Oz), Angel Hair (Charlie’s Angels), Samantha’s Cloud (Bewitched), and The Final Frontier (Star Trek).
Located just minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains, you can stay in a large family cabin that has toys, doll houses and even goats in the summer. Gina’s Great Getaways offer a variety of unique vacation rentals suitable for your group size, whether it be a couple’s getaway or a family vacation.
Black Leg Ranch offers 3 unique on-site lodging experiences for their guests and can accommodate up to parties of 5-14. If hunting and wildlife get you excited, the ranch is home to Rolling Plains Adventures, a full-service hunting/outfitting operation. Many trophy bucks have been tagged as well as great pheasant and waterfowl adventures.
Holmes with a View is a bed & breakfast that features glorious views of the surrounding rolling Amish farmlands. Each suite features a whirlpool and gas fireplace. This is a great place to get away and relax.
The luxury cabins at Blue Beaver Cabins are the perfect family vacation destination if you’re looking for a place in Oklahoma. Offering one to six-bedroom fully-furnished cabins, you can enjoy a great escape from the daily grind and are close to Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend State Park, Cedar Creek Golf Course, and the Mountain Fork River.
If a tranquil experience is what you’re looking for, look no further than Westcliff Lodge’s Wanderlust Glamping sites. This is the ideal place to stay if you’re looking for watersports, mountain biking, skiing, or wine tasting.
The Red Caboose Motel opened in 1970 with 19 individual cabooses, each painted red. Since then, they’ve added an additional 19 cabooses, a mail car, and a baggage car. You’ll find accommodations for honeymoons to family vacations, and America’s favorite railroads are themed in each room.
Everything you’ve ever imagined Rhode Island to be can be found at Castle Hill Inn. It has elegance, enchantment and perfectly captures quintessential New England charm.
With rope hammocks and a private beach, nothing quite says relaxation like the Pelican Inn on Pawleys Island. Built in the 1840s, it’s now a charming bed & breakfast with modern amenities and good ol’ southern hospitality.
Saloon Cabin, listed on AirBNB, accommodates up to 12 guests and is located near ATV and snowmobile trails. Enjoy the private hot tub, 3 levels of living space and use of the subdivision’s Clubhouse.
If you’re a sucker for Hallmark Christmas movies, then staying at The Inn at Christmas Place should be at the top of your wish list. Located right in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, you’ll find picturesque Bavarian architecture, lushly landscaped gardens, and beautifully appointed accommodations, and they celebrate the spirit of Christmas every day of the year.
The Bloomhouse is a celebration of all things magical and mystical. In fact, even the description on AirBNB is fun and depicts this location perfectly: “Without one straight line or corner in the entire structure, your thoughts are free of the constraints that our angular world creates. At the Bloomhouse, you leave behind the confines of modernity and the rules of logic, to live only in whimsy. We are alive in a fairytale of our own making. Let the story begin.”
At Capitol Reef Resort, you can choose to stay cabins, Conestoga wagons or teepees, and take in your majestic surroundings while relaxing in the heated pool or hot tub.
The Trapp Family Lodge is an Austrian-style resort inspired by “The Sound of Music”. Enjoy upscale amenities, outdoor activities, and mountain views while you relax at this unforgettable vacation destination.
If you’re looking for a secluded couple’s getaway, look no further than this Underground Cabin, an AirBNB location that has been meticulously decorated with hand-crafted elements like the pottery dishes made by the owner’s daughter.
The FINCH is a trendy hotel on a street lined with wineries and quirky shops. With comfortable & simple accommodations, they want you to enjoy your time at the hotel, but more importantly, get out and see all that Walla Walla has to offer.
The Thorny Mountain Fire Tower will leave you with an experience and 360-degree views you will never forget! The restored 65-foot fire tower can accommodate up to 4 guests from May through October.
With a giant Boeing C97 on the front lawn, you’re not going to miss Don Q Inn Hotel. Featuring 25 theme and fantasy suite rooms, you’re sure to have a blast! Choose from themes such as Maggie’s Place which features a heart-shaped hydrotherapy tub, The Float where you can relax in a queen-sized Viking ship bed, Cupid’s Corner with a heart-shaped bed, The Cave with modern luxuries in a prehistoric setting, and more.
With past guests like Butch Cassidy and Teddy Roosevelt, you can experience true western hospitality when you stay at The Occidental Hotel. You’ll think you’re in the wild west as you step through the doors and see the original ceiling, magnificent bar in the saloon, and antique furniture, all preserved and beautifully restored. It’s truly the best hotel in the west!
Have you stayed at one of these unique accommodations? Which one of these locations sparks your interest? Do you have a location you think we should add to our list? Let us know by commenting below.
June 2, 2021