Unique Bed and Breakfasts

Spend the night in an unusual bed and breakfast.
By: Jennifer Plum Auvil
These unusual bed and breakfasts pamper guests with comfortable rooms, great food and a touch of whimsy.
Unique Bed and Breakfasts

Check into a quirky bed and breakfast and experience life high up in a treehouse or deep underground in a cave dwelling. These unusual B &B's pamper guests with comfortable rooms, great food and a touch of whimsy.

Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort
Takilma, Oregon
Relive childhood in a magical tree house resort in Oregon where you can choose from 18 cool tree houses that sit between 8 and 40 feet above the forest floor. It's all up in the air at the Treesort with swaying rope bridges, high-flying zip-lines and old-school rope swings. The entire family can check into the Swiss Family, a pair of tree houses connected by a rope bridge. The large Schoolhouse Suite has a bathroom, kitchenette and sitting area. There are romantic nooks for 2 perched high atop the trees and a 2-story fort that can sleep up to 7. A few of the tree houses are equipped with bathrooms, but for everyone else there are facilities on solid ground. Leave your treetop hideaway for an adventure ropes course, horseback-riding trip or a dip in the rocky river-fed swimming pool.

Saugerties Lighthouse
Saugerties, New York
The Saugerties Lighthouse guided ships along the Hudson River from the late 19th century until the light was automated in 1954. Today, this historic spot welcomes visitors and sheds some light on what life was like as an old-time lighthouse keeper. Visitors can spend a night or the weekend between Thursday and Sunday nights all year long. Guests can take in views of upstate New York from the expansive windows or relax outside by the river during warmer months. Pack light because you'll need to carry all of your stuff on the 1/2-mile walk to reach the lighthouse.

Akwaaba DC
Washington, DC
Akwaaba DC, the literary-themed B & B in DC's tony Dupont Circle neighborhood shows that bookish can by stylish and sexy at the same time. Rooms are named for authors or genres with complementary décor to reflect that unique spirit. The Langston Hughes room, celebrating the Harlem Renaissance author, is elegant with a giant king-sized mahogany bed, writing desk and private balcony with a view of the Washington Monument. The Romance room goes straight to the heart with lush red silk and velvet fabrics, a swooping canopy over the bed, an extra-large shower and enough mood lighting to inspire a bodice-ripping embrace.

Red Victorian Bed, Breakfast and Art
San Francisco, California
Relive the Summer of Love on Haight Street at the Red Victorian Bed, Breakfast and Art in the legendary Haight-Ashbury district. This colorful spot is not just a hippie haven but is focused on environmental issues and fostering a peaceful world. Each room is designed to celebrate the environment and the world around us including clean air, parks and the wonders of childhood. The wallpaper design in the Redwood Forest Suite features a full-length stretch of a sun-drenched redwood grove while the Summer of Love room has plenty of 1960s decor including original posters, a lava lamp and a tie-dyed bed canopy. The menu at the Peace Caf�� features plenty of organic vegetarian and vegan options and the conversation is sure to be inspiring, especially during the Sunday morning Breakfast Conversations where discussions about social justice and global peace are the norm.

Red Caboose Getaway
Sequim, Washington
You can experience all of the romance of a luxury train ride without ever riding the rails at the Red Caboose Getaway in Washington. Six distinctive train cars are set up in a roundhouse pattern surrounding a duck pond. On Track #1, Casey Jones is decorated with railroad memorabilia and features a working conductor's desk in the front room, while the Orient Express is an elegant escape complete with a fireplace and oversized whirlpool tub. The Lavender Limited pays tribute to this small town's claim to fame as the Lavender Capital of America with a mural of a lavender field in the bathroom and cool purple décor. Meals are served in the restored 1937 Art Deco Silver Eagle car with white linens, fine china and crystal, fresh flowers and gourmet food.

Unique Bed and Breakfasts

Thornewood Castle
Lakewood, Washington
You don't need to go overseas for the royal treatment in a stately old castle. Chester Thorne set his sights on a true British castle and purchased this stunning 400-year-old Elizabethan Manor. Then he had the entire estate dismantled and shipped over in pieces to the states to be rebuilt as Thornewood Castle near Takoma, WA. To add to the estate's authenticity, the innkeepers host mystery nights, masquerade balls and themed film screenings. The rooms maintain the 16th-century vibe with stained-glass windows and antique furniture, but have modern comforts like Jacuzzi tubs and private bathrooms. The sunken English Garden is an explosion of color contained by tall stone walls.

Kokopelli's Cave Bed and Breakfast
Farmington, New Mexico
For a real escape from reality, head 70 feet underground in New Mexico at Kokopelli's Cave Bed and Breakfast. Not far from Mesa Verde National Monument, this cliff dwelling is a privately owned B & B with just 1 room. To reach your room, pass through the cliff face, and walk down a sloping path and rocky steps to a ladder that leads to your temporary cave dwelling. There are plenty of cave comforts despite the unusual setting, including a cozy bedroom, large fire circle, sandstone soaking tub, rainfall shower and even a TV, with a DVD player because you only get 2 channels underground. You're the chef when it's time for breakfast with a fully loaded fridge of breakfast goods and fruit as well as a microwave at your disposal.

Dockside Boat and Bed
Long Beach, California
Enjoy a luxury yacht without any seasickness at the Dockside Boat and Bed in Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, CA. The boat stays docked all night long so you have the entire yacht to yourself in safe harbor. The selection of luxe yachts includes the 54-foot classic Stephens Motoryacht with an open living room, flat screen TV, electric fireplace and 2 staterooms. Get dinner on nearby restaurant row or order takeout from one of the chain restaurants around the harbor, and enjoy a sunset dinner on the ship's deck. Retire to your cabin and let the gentle waters rock you to sleep.

Starlight Llama
Florence, Massachusetts
Starlight Llama is a modern off-the-grid B & B built in 2000 that relies on solar power. There are 3 rooms available for guests, each with a queen-size bed and handmade Shaker furniture that add to the minimalist vibe. In the morning, load up on free-range eggs over a vegetarian breakfast feast, and then visit the llamas who also call the farm home. Other farm animals include pygmy and dairy goats, a friendly miniature donkey, free-range chickens, guinea fowl, emus and peacocks. It is a working farm, and you may be invited to assist with farm tasks like moving hay, shearing llamas or tending to the garden.

Jailhouse Inn
Preston, Minnesota
You'll be happy to spend the night locked up at the Jailhouse Inn in southern Minnesota where tasty food and comfy rooms beckon guests. This former county jailhouse was built in the late 19th century and later became the Sheriff's residence, office and courtroom until it was shut down in 1970. In 1989, it was reopened as an inn. Choose from 12 rooms including the Drunk Tank, the Detention Room and the Processing Room. You can sleep behind bars in the Cell Block, a suite made up of 4 jail cells that include 2 queen-sized beds and 1 twin in a small private cell.

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