6 truly unusual places to stay on vacation
Forest Gully Farms, Santa Fe, Tennessee. Book on airbnb.com.
Located on a 15-acre farm just outside of Nashville, these three tiny “hobbit cabins” can be booked as a set. You will have a secluded getaway and can explore the farm, a stream and two small waterfalls during the day and relax by the fire in the evening. There is even a small cabin for children.
While you’re there, you can enjoy the perks of the farm by collecting fresh eggs from the hens and picking blueberries or blackberries, depending on the season.
Chattanooga, TN. Book on www.choochoohotel.com.
The historic terminal station rail depot was converted into a hotel in 1973, and you can spend the night in a beautifully restored authentic sleeping car where only the wealthiest passengers once stayed. If you prefer to spend the night in a more traditional hotel room or suite, the resort also includes accommodations in the MacArthur Building.
While on the property, you can shop, dine, and take a relaxing stroll through the Glenn Miller Gardens — built over old train tracks — and stop to play a game like bocce, Jenga, or checkers giantess.
Big Sur, California. Book at www.treebonesresort.com
Treebones Resort, located in Big Sur, California, offers several unusual lodging options on their coastal location. The yurts — circular tent-like fabric structures with wooden lattice frames — include queen-size beds, a heat source, electric lighting, and a hot and cold sink. Floors are polished pine wood and patio doors open onto a redwood deck where you can relax and take in the coastal views.
If you want even more privacy, consider renting one of the resort’s self-contained tents, which are solar-powered and have their own private ocean views. The curved frame lets in natural light during the day and creates a glow at night. The amenities inside are comfortable and include leather sofa and armchairs, bamboo flooring, private bathroom and much more. Finally, the resort also features a two-story hand-woven cabin created by a Big Sur artist, where you can sleep on a futon and enjoy breathtaking views of the Northern Ocean.
Dyersville, Iowa. Book through www.fieldofdreamsmoviesite.com.
If you stop watching “Field of Dreams” every time you see part of it on TV and can’t help but cry (or cry your heart out) at the end, you might want to take a trip. to spend the night at the sprawling farm where the film was shot. The home’s large windows give you an iconic view of the cornfield from where “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and the other cast members emerged in the film.
When you check in, you’ll receive a special Field of Dreams baseball, a DVD of the movie, and a book by Dwier Brown, who played Ray Kinsella’s father. For activities, you’ll be invited to attend nightly festivities on the field, including youth baseball tournament skills competitions, live concerts and a screening of “The Field of Dreams” in the outfield.
Miami Beach, Florida. Book through vmmamiibeach.com.
If you prefer incredible luxury to simpler, less ornate places to stay, Villa Casa Casuarina in South Beach may be your idea of paradise. The former Gianni Versace Mansion has 10 custom suites available for overnight stays, with an emphasis on exceptional service and style. You’ll be in an ideal location to take advantage of all that bustling South Beach has to offer, as you’re just steps away from many fine restaurants, shops, and entertainment.
Guest suites feature amenities including oversized custom Italian marble bathrooms with dual showerheads and balconies or patios. And you’ll also have access to much of the 19,000 square foot villa space.