To make it more authentic and bring a rural feel to the whole atmosphere, the builder has planted sweet potatoes around the spud and bought a Jersey cow along.
There are some really fancy places that Airbnb offers for people to rent and chill with their friends or family. Now, a 6-ton potato prop is the latest to join the list of Airbnb hotels. According to the Idaho Statesman, the potato, previously known as The Big Idaho Potato, was made to travel around the U.S. for a year or two, but it spent nearly six years on the road, which means you might have seen it at some point. Basically, this was to promote Idaho's most famous crop. The 6-ton potato was replaced with a new one, but the Idaho Potato Commission had no idea what to do with it, the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot was interested in putting it on display, but, by then, there were other plans for the potato.
Kristie Wolfe, who is a tiny house developer, had another idea for the Big Idaho Potato. Wolfe, who had created The Hobbit Hole overlooking the Columbia River near Chelan, Washington, and a treehouse on the Big Island of Hawaii, had an idea to turn this potato into an Airbnb hotel. “It was always in my game plan. I had the perfect lot, and someday I was going to get that potato and turn it into something cool," said Wolfe. She had also spent two years on the road with the potato as an ambassador for the commission.
By the end of May, people will be able to book the hotel to stay there for $200 a night. It is located in the unincorporated Ada County hamlet of Orchard, 25 miles southeast of Boise, it’s at 31581 S. Orchard Access Road, 5.4 miles south of the Boise Stage Stop off Interstate 84. The property is owned by Wolfe and previously, she used to live in a tiny house at the site. How cool is that?
The potato was given to Wolfe by the commission because having it as an Airbnb rental will continue to bring the potato and the commission notoriety, according to Frank Muir, CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission. The potato is 28 feet long, 12 feet wide and is 11.5 feet tall. “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,” said Muir on Monday during a media tour of the hotel.
With an additional $42 as taxes, the $200 per night hotel is meant for couples. The 336 square feet place includes a queen-size bed, two easy chairs, an elk antler chandelier, a small sink, lights, heating and air conditioning, and a beverage cooler. There’s a separate bathroom that looks like a miniature steel silo with a round corrugated steel tub, a walk-in shower and sink, and toilet.
When the Big Idaho Potato was on tour, the hollow interiors were used to store t-shirts and supplies, Spuddy Buddy stuffed animals and other promotional items during the cross-country tours. So, to hide the frame, Wolfe had to add another eight inches of spray foam insulation. She also hooked the potato up to well water and a septic tank and is getting it ready it for electricity. She also carved out two nooks next to the head of the bed and space for the sink and beverage cooler near the door at one end and the potato has been given a wooden floor.
Wolfe strongly believes the potato hotel will be a hit among residents of Southern Idaho and it will also get footfall from visitors from across the nation who have seen the potato on tour or they may have seen about it. “We have a couple from Europe that’s doing a trip to the Oregon Coast,” she said in an interview. “They’re rerouting their trip to spend a night here, which is pretty fun.”
To make it more authentic and bring a rural feel to the whole atmosphere, Wolfe has planted sweet potatoes around the spud and bought a Jersey cow along. The property is located just south of Union Pacific Railroad’s Southern Idaho route. “It’s very American,” Wolfe said. “You’ve got potatoes and the military and the railroad. It’s a good way to experience Idaho in a night or two.”