For $200 You Can Spend a Night in a Giant Potato
It’s actually a surprisingly stylish AirBnB.
It’s unclear how common the dream of spending a night in a giant potato may be, but no matter: Now it can be a dream come true.
A giant potato that for six and a half years toured the country on a truck pumping up Idaho-potato pride as the Idaho Potato Commission’s Big Idaho Potato is finding a new purpose as a seriously spudly, surprisingly stylish AirBnB.
“If you love the fluffy feeling you get when you eat Idaho potatoes, you’ll love staying in a giant potato turned cozy, grown-up getaway for two!” the listing boasts.
Kristie Wolfe, a tiny-house maven who traveled as a spokesperson for two years with the Big Idaho Potato, convinced the Idaho Potato Commission to let her turn the 6-ton, 28-foot-by-12-foot-by-11.5-foot potato (made of fiberglass, if it’s anything like the potato that replaced it) into an adorable vacation hideaway.
Apparently, Wolfe’s gain was the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho’s loss. But Idaho Potato Commission CEO Frank Muir believed turning the massive stunt tuber into an AirBnB would extend the potato’s publicity-generating lifespan.
“If you put it in a museum that’s one thing, but if you put it out here near Mountain Home, it’s a way of inviting people to experience Idaho in a unique way,” Muir told the Idaho Statesman.
Now, for $200 per night, couples can travel to Wolfe’s 400-acre farm 25 miles southeast of Boise and sleep in a single-room potato-shaped hotel that “has been meticulously designed … to allow for stylish private comfort and amenities such as power outlets for your electronic devices, a mini fridge, old records to play and a custom-built [queen-size] bed,” the AirBnB writeup notes.
The inside, with its rustic reclaimed wood details, elk-antler chandelier, millennial-pink chairs and prodigious array of plants, really looks like a Pinterest lover’s dream getaway – potato or no potato. The listing says there’s an indoor fireplace and air conditioning, so you’ll enjoy temperature-controlled luxury regardless of weather. Bathroom accommodations are in a separate “customized silo” that has been “turned into a spa retreat perfect for soaking while looking up at the stars.”
And there’s even a Jersey cow wandering the grounds.
Honestly not sure what the Jersey cow has to do with a potato. (Fresh butter? Sour cream?) The listing says the cow offers “an extra dose of cuteness” – but if you’re the kind of person who’s anxious to spend $200 (plus taxes and fees) to sleep in a potato, you’re probably not too concerned, one way or the other, about a roaming cow.