Wednesday Zen Moment: Stay at a beagle-shaped hotel in Idaho

Remember coffee pot or teacup gas stations, milk bottle shaped restaurants or the shoe and duck houses? If you go to Cottonwood, Idaho, you’ll get to stay inside a giant beagle.

Dog Bark Park is home to Toby and Sweet Willy, the World’s Two Biggest Beagles. Toby, a 12-foot tall beagle statue, was built by Dog Bark Park artists Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin.

Sweet Willy, officially known as Dog Bark Park Inn, is one of America’s latest additions to the type of roadside architecture popular in the early days of automobile vacation travel when travelers would often buy gas, eat meals or stay overnight in a building that looked like something else.

Dennis, a self-taught chainsaw artist, has been carving for over thirty years. Frances joined him twenty years ago and also carves. Their specialty is dogs in folk art style wooden carvings and they’ve created  60 different breeds and poses of dogs you can buy at the adjoining gift shop.

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