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m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 9:31 AM

STRANGE PLACES TO STAY OR VISIT

I remember seeing this place as a child and wanting to vacation there (Although it may have been Wigwam Village #1). I had forgotten the name and location, but on our recent trip to Nashville, we passed by it on a side trip near Mammoth Cave, KY. I plan to stay there when we visit the caves in the Fall.

http://www.wigwamvillage.com/

Now the question: What is the strangest place you have stayed or visited? Include pictures or website if available.

aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 179.0 - Posts: 910)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 1:26 PM

I had never heard of Wigwam Village but I checked out the site and I think I'd love to stay there sometime. You said you were going in the fall would you mind letting me know if it was worth the trip. I live some distance from Kentucky but I have family in Indiana so I could do a few things while out that way. Thanks again for the link.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 1:35 PM

http://www.lazylizardhostel.com/

I've got pics - I'll post them in my gallery later.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 3:55 PM

I stayed in a regular boarding house in Hawaii.
The odd thing about it was Brian Epstein's mini was encased within the house....the owner, a Beatles maniac had a collection that would put most museums to shame of memorabilia. But his pride and joy was a special British Leyland designed Mini -- the Beatles and Epstein each had one, and Epstein died a week or so after getting his.
Our host bought it without knowing its provenance but the logbook made it clear.

he said and I have no reason to doubt him that the stereo system in the car was amongst the earliest ever for an automobile.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 6:39 PM

"What is the strangest place you have stayed or visited? Include pictures or website if available."

Not sure of what you had in mind, but probably the strangest place I've ever stayed wasn't a public facility. When I was real young my dad and a couple of his brothers rented a house they called the "rat house". You could literally hear the rats crawling in the walls, and they didn't have a bed for me so the first night I slept on the floor. The first time I saw those glowing rat eyes near to me on the floor I slept on the bed with my dad after that! Obviously, I have no pictures or websites available, hopefully the place has been torn down by now.

A strange place to visit though in Beaverton Oregon is a place called Jenkins Estate, just a house and park that has been donated to the city. What was strange about it to me was that the former owners were very afraid germs, so afraid that they put sinks in every room in the house! Bedrooms, living rooms, hallways, etc. I thought it was strange.



m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 10:38 PM

Thanks to all so far. I'm trying to build a list of places I'd like to visit, just because they are unique. I'm not interested in the world's biggest ball of twine, but if it happened to be on my route from one great place to another, who knows? Some place are weird and wonderful. Some are just weird, and not worth seeing because they have deteriorated or are in dangerous neighborhoods. I appreciate hearing about both kinds, and maybe other Sploofusers will also.

Here's a place about 25 miles from my home. It's empty now, but used to be a restaurant and store.
http://hazardkentucky.com/more/goose.htm

phred
Phred  (Level: 77.0 - Posts: 11)
Sat, 15th Aug '09 10:54 PM

Katy and I once stayed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado. Supposedly the top floor is haunted, and it's the setting for Stephen King's book "The Shining". And we got chased by an Elk in the parking lot the next day.

Redrum. Redrum.

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=haunted+hotel+estes+park+colorado&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 16th Aug '09 2:44 AM

In 1986 I stayed at the Chatsworth Hotel in Worthing, England. One of the sections was made with old ships' timbers, which had warped over the years, and the hallways were tilted every which way. It was a challenge, and a riot, walking to my room and holding on to the walls. I should have had a drink or two first ...

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sun, 16th Aug '09 5:30 PM

The Crescent Hotel Eureka Springs Arkansas, Never seen a ghost there, but I guess I wasn't really looking for one either..LOL! The whole area is beautiful!

http://crescent-hotel.com/ghosts/index.html

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.6 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 16th Aug '09 6:33 PM

Either the spider-filled (spiders everywhere!) and cold-water-only cottage (my mil had lied to me, "Yes, of course, there's running hot water available!") near Rhinelander, WI where husband and I vacationed ONLY ONCE! with mil and fil and our sons who were 4 y/o and 6 weeks old, OR

http://www.flintstonesbedrockcity.com/

The huge gift shop contained ONLY Flintstones souvenirs.











surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 17th Aug '09 3:49 AM

In an area called Matmata near the Tunisia/Libya border, on the edge of the Sahara ...
... Homes are made by cutting the top off sandhills, burrowing down so that it becomes an open cylinder, then burrowing into the sides to create each home.
These 'cylinders' can be some 60ft. high, 30ft. across and each can become almost a village.
It's a great idea 'cos the dwellings are therefore very cool (and cheap!).
We lived in one for some days in the 1960s.
Thought it was a little known fing all of our very own - until some Hollywood merchant also discovered the area and heavily featured it in Star Wars - so the whole world probably now knows!


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