Apr. 5, 2020

119. Dog Bark Park Inn

This is one of the most unique places I have visited in Idaho. When they say this is the World’s largest beagle...they aren’t kidding! This is a bed and breakfast with the guesthouse INSIDE THE BEAGLE! This is one time you will want to be in the doghouse.

Pulling into the parking lot is like entering dog heaven. First and foremost is the two huge beagles center stage. Toby, is a 12-foot tall beagle statue standing next to the main attraction, Sweet Willy. The whole space reminds you of roadside trips taken during the 1950s when roadside architecture was at its finest. Both these sweet dogs were built by Dog Bark Park artists Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin.

The grounds are well maintained and full of lawn art designed and built by Dennis and Frances including a very large fire hydrant! There are benches to sit at and even an archway full of beautiful flowers.

The guesthouse is found inside of Sweet Willy. Guests enter through a private 2nd-floor deck. It is so sweet inside, full of handmade quilts and special touches. They even put cookies on the bed shaped like...you guessed it...beagles! There are plenty of original art pieces through the guesthouse made by Dennis and Frances. There is also a loft room inside and up another level in Sweet Willy’s head with a cozy alcove inside his muzzle. Four people can stay comfortably. I loved it! I really enjoyed that there was no television. Sitting in the muzzle of a HUGE dog, reading a book, was amazing! Plus you got breakfast! Yummy!

There is also a gift shop on-site with an artists’ studio featuring chainsaw artwork by Dennis and Frances. They have canine carvings (of course) as well as fish, bear, moose and many Lewis & Clark themed items.

Make sure you take the time to visit with Dennis and Frances. They love sharing travel stories. Be sure to book in advance because they are traveling also and they don’t want to miss you.

This is one place you have got to see! Not only is it incredibly unique, but the accommodations are relaxing, the company delightful and together it all makes for a remarkable BucketList Trip!!

History: Husband and wife artists Dennis and Frances have been working at the Dog Bark Park since 1997. Dennis is a self-taught chainsaw artist who has been carving for over 30 years. 22 years ago, Frances joined him in the business. In 1995 they sold their carvings on QVD television. They had been carving wooden dogs for 18 months straight! They took the money and invested it all into developing and building Dog Bark Park.

They have even been featured on The Ellen Show and the Today Show along with countless others. I even saw them rank number 5 on a show about America’s most unique hotels on the travel channel.

Location: It's actually not that bad of a drive to such a fun adventure. Take I-84W towards Ontario for 35 miles. Take Exit 3 for US-95 toward Fruitland/Payette and turn right on US-95N. Follow US-95N for 167 miles. Take a left onto Johnston Rd. Follow for 2.2 miles then turn left back onto US-95N for 13 miles. Dog Bark Park is on Business Loop 95.

There is also a commercial airport in Lewiston (LWS) which is only an hour away.

Address: 2421 Business Loop 95 / Cottonwood
Phone: 208-962-3647
Email: frances@dogbarkpark.com

Website: dogbarkpark.com

Cost: Lodging Season is April to October.
Rates: $132 a night / Double Occupancy / Breakfast is included
$12 each additional guest
$126 Single Occupancy

Good to Know: They do allow pets. What a great place to bring your dog! You will need prior approval so be sure to discuss with Dennis and Frances when you make your reservation. There is a $15 non-refundable pet fee.

There is no television or phone. You will have to entertain yourselves. Its actually fun! However, if you can’t stand being disconnected, WI-FI is available.

PLEASE NOTE they only have 1 unit so cancellations greatly affect them. Please avoid canceling unless it is an emergency situation.

This is a VERY popular destination. They are booked up a year in advance so make your reservations for next year now!

Eats: There are a few restaurants in nearby Cottonwood.

Rodonnas Country Haus Restaurant
407 Foster St. / Cottonwood
208-962-3391
Comfort food, Small plates, Quick bite

The Hangout
603 Front St. / Cottonwood
208-962-7383
Comfort food, Outdoor seating

C’est la V’s
415 Main St. / Cottonwood
208-962-9999
Delicatessen

Special Notes: This is one of my favorite places. I can’t wait to visit again (if I can ever get another reservation!) Bring your dog, your kids….and enjoy the downtime. Visiting with Frances and Dennis is clearly a highlight. They are amazing people with fantastic stories. Have fun!