Two Idaho Rentals Are On Airbnb’s “Roadside Sights” List

Are you looking for an unusual place to rent for your next vacation?

Airbnb just shared its 16 top “wacky roadside stays” across America.

Of course, two of the possibilities are in Idaho.

Why naturally? Not correct because we Idahoans are proud eccentrics. Also because Boise is home to entrepreneur Kristie Wolfe, who made a career out of creating original Airbnb properties.

Airbnb’s collection of 16 ‘Roadside Sights’ includes breathtaking sights ranging from a’ luxury dome in North Carolina ‘to’ an eccentric treehouse in Florida that was listed. wishes more than 28,400 times in the past year ”.

But none are more eccentric than the world-famous Big Idaho Potato Hotel in Wolfe, southeast of Boise – or as she calls it on her website, “Airbnb’s five-star darling.”

Before becoming a “hotel,” the 28-foot Russet Burbank was a promotional tool for the Idaho Potato Commission. As spokesperson, Wolfe traveled the United States with the six-ton ​​“potato”. Carried on the back of a semi-trailer, it visited 48 states in seven years.

Instead of removing it after the tour, the commission gave it to Wolfe. She converted it into housing and planted it on land with a cow.

The townspeople were won over. This Big Idaho Potato Hotel – available for $ 207 a night – has been featured in all kinds of media nationwide and has gained worldwide attention.

As skinny as the potato is (yes, that pun is stolen), it’s hard to beat another of Wolfe’s visions: the towering Crystal Peak Lookout, which Airbnb also considers one of his curiosities. elite.

A former fire watch tower in Washington State, it has moved to Fernwood in northern Idaho. “It has since been repurposed as an immersive getaway in the deep forest,” exclaims Airbnb, “surrounded by 13 wooded acres and featuring its own wood-fired sauna!”

There is also a nice outbuilding.

The Outbuilding at Crystal Peak Lookout in Fernwood, Idaho. Airbnb

Finding distinctive places to stay is something a growing number of Airbnb customers want. Guest searches for unique places have exploded up to 10 times since 2019, Airbnb said:

  • Yurts (1,701%)

  • Islands (1.668%)

  • Cabins (1,379%)

  • Earthen houses (1.285%)

  • Barns (1,068%)

  • Farm stays (1,055%)

  • Houseboats (1,015%)

  • Small houses (791%)

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Michael Deeds is an entertainment writer and opinion columnist. He tells the story of the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Deeds came to fruition at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as editor, sports writer, and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has ranged from writing album reviews for The Washington Post to advertising Boise in the airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska with a BA in Editorial Journalism.

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