Photo by Laurie Chapman
The Dog Bark Park, a Cottonwood Bed & Breakfast, recently was awarded the distinction of being one of the top ten unique sites to visit in the United States by Travelocity.
As of Tuesday, November 8, 2016
COTTONWOOD COTTONWOOD – Cottonwood recently received dual recognition online. The first was a nod for its close-knit, congenial vibe. The second listed the town among the top 10 quirky must-see U.S. destinations.
Cottonwood and Kamiah were both mentioned in a pick of the top 12 friendly and picturesque small towns in the state. The honor was posted on a website named Only In Your State and featured on the www.msn.com homepage suggested stories.
The article titled “12 small towns in Idaho where everyone knows your name” can be found at www.onlyinyourstate.
Honors go to the “town with that easy familiarity where, if you mention your Uncle Hank back home, odds are the person you’re talking to went to high school with him, dated his next-door neighbor, or went on a fishing trip with him at some point.”
Cottonwood Mayor Shelli Schumacher said, “It is nice to be recognized for being nice, as well as for the natural beauty in our area. So watch for the wave the next time you are in town.”
The article was posted Oct. 27 by someone only identified as Jennifer. Kamiah came in at number 4, and Cottonwood is listed as number 10 out of 12.
About Cottonwood, Jennifer wrote, “Widely known for its unexpected beagle-shaped B&B, there’s a lot more to love about Cottonwood than its hospitality. Expansive green prairies and wildflower meadows characterize the view every way you turn in a scene straight out of a movie.”
Other cities noted on the list are: one, Weiser; two, Mullan; three, Paris; five, Oakley; six, Montpelier; seven, Melba; eight, Kimberly; nine, Idaho City; 11, Cascade; and 12, Wallace.
The Cottonwood Dog Bark Park also received honors once again, this time through Travelocity. The online article suggests its pick for the top 10 unique sites to visit and can be found at www.travelocity.com/inspire/10-quirky-u-s-destinations-every-wanderer-discover.
The article doesn’t list an author, but states “Sit, lie down, and stay at the ultimate B&B for a dog person. Whether you’re a major dog fan or just a lover of enormous houses shaped like dogs, the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho, is an artist-owned bed-and-breakfast guaranteed to make you smile. This dog-friendly inn is just like any other quaint B&B, but adorable dog décor and art make it especially memorable.”
The Dog Bark Park was listed as number 5 on Travelocity’s top 10 list. It is owned by Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin and is located at 2421 Business Loop 95. The beagle-shaped bed and breakfast can be seen from U.S. Highway 95 near the northern exit into Cottonwood.
Sullivan said he couldn’t have dreamed when he first began building Dog Bark Park 13 years ago his facility would be known the world over. Sullivan and Conklin say they have built friendships out of the business that remain today.
“I’m in it for the people,” he said.