B&Bs for Lion Tamers, Scholars, Conservationists
In the tradition of artists’ lofts built into abandoned factories, a new kind of bed and breakfast inn has found a home on www.iloveinns.com. Originally built for prisoners, conservationists, speedboat racers and lion tamers these unusual living spaces have been renovated to allow guests to live and play under the same roof. Without a mansion on a tree-lined street to call their own these brave inns have dared to say, where there’s a bed and a home-cooked breakfast, there’s a way.
Around the World in 24 Hours
Not all exotic getaways require a passport. Perfect for the home adventurer, these inns take guests on safari from the comfort of their own rooms. Vision Quest Ranch is a sanctuary for both man and beast. Who needs fine china when your breakfast basket is swinging from the trunk of an elephant? Built on 51 acres of land in Monterey County, California, this safari-themed bed and breakfast hosts guests in African tent style bungalows. The property is also home to Wild Things, A.R., Inc., a training facility for animal actors including elephants, bears, and even lions. Though safely contained, guests can join the animal trainers for classes or nature walks. The rooms contain the creature comforts of bathrooms and kitchens but guests should be prepared to greet the “pachyderm patrol” of elephant waiters bearing breakfast.
The Anniversary Inns have locations in Boise, ID; Logan, UT and two in Salt Lake City, UT, and each themed suite is as elaborately decorated as an amusement park. In the Biker Roadhouse room guests can fill up on soda and hotdogs from working vending machines while playing pinball and pool right in the room. For romance, handsome princes can cross the drawbridge to awaken their own Sleeping Beauty in Sleeping Beauty’s Castle while impetuous youths can deny their fathers and refuse their names beneath Juliet’s Balcony. The challenge here may be finding the bed. In the Swiss Family room the bed is set in the treetops, while the Lighthouse room hides a round bed curled into the tower of a miniature lighthouse. It’s an indoor adventure complete with a plasma TV and a jetted tub.
School’s out for summer at the School House Inn in Rocheport, MO. This public school house built in 1914 was closed in 1972 and later repurposed as a bed and breakfast. The ten guest rooms in the main house honor educational icons such as Dick and Jane and the Teacher’s Pet, while the two guest rooms in the adjacent School House Dormitory are spacious enough to hold the rest of the class. Located next to Katy Trail State Park, guests are encouraged to ride their bikes home from school with an Early Riser Cyclist Special that allows early check-in and breakfast options for cyclists. There’s also a bike shed outside with a repair bench and compressed air for easy repairs.
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