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Review of Dog Bark Park Inn

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Dog Bark Park Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Cottonwood B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Dog Bark Park Inn in October 2013. We had reservations and then had to cancel because of an illness in the family. Frances was very accommodating and we were able to change our reservation. Meeting Frances and Dennis was pleasant, they are very personable and we enjoyed talking with them. We have three beagles at home, so meeting and sleeping in Sweet Willy was a thrill. Frances did a great job decorating, everything was clean, the breakfast was good, and we had fun looking at all the carvings outside the Dog Bark Park Inn. It was relaxing without a television or phone and we read many of the books. I slept upstairs in the loft and found it delightful, even hearing Sweet Willy's ears flapping in the wind. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and would love to come back.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

It was a neat place to stay!we loved it , and would stay again another time! We loved the books on the mimimic architecture with of course the dog in it.We loved everything about our visit!! Thanks so much!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

I discovered Dog Bark Park on-line the night before I planned to arrive and was delighted to find there had been a cancellation. Frances gave me driving directions and instructions for late self check-in over the phone. I was so tickled when I arrived to find everything I could possible want or need including a water bowl and treats for my little dog. I had dinner and breakfast from the goodies stocked in the refrigerator and didn't have to find a restaurant or leave my dog in the car.
I had two reservation: 1) the lawn had stickers and I had to take my dog down the road to potty. She got pokey things in her paws just walking between the car and the stairs to the room; and 2) the gift shop didn't open until 11, and I had to leave before then. Too bad - everything else was just wonderful!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

True mom & pop hospitality businesses can encounter scheduling difficulties that run counter to the very nature of their business - hospitality. With the only employess at Dog Bark Park being a mom & a pop (well, in our case, we're a grandmom & grandpop!) Dennis & I regret not being able to always meet our guests upon arrival or to see them off at depature. This is made more difficult since the laundry, food-prep & office tasks are done off-premises. So is our bed off-premises! Often we are able to stay at Dog Bark Park when guests need to arrive late & we do provide self-check in capability for those who need to arrive in the deep dark of night. It's not always perfectly ideal for us or for our guests, as this reviewer pointed out. For that we're sorry; yet as a beagle would say if he could speak, "I am what I am!" And for we humans it might translate to "It is what it is!"

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Dog Bark Park Inn in September, 2013. First of all, the inn is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in Idaho, which is saying a lot. But the total experience from the greeting by the most personable couple that you could ever hope to meet to the cleanliness of the room and the delicious gourmet snacks is an experience not to be missed if you are in the area and make reservations ahead of time.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Depending on the season, the look of our region's agricultural prairie lands are varied. The vast fields of wheat & canola are a patchwork of greens & brilliant yellow from late May through early July. Gradually, all turns golden with harvest in August & September. Very soon parts of the vast barren tracts of cropland begin to turn green again as replanting & fall growth ensues.

It is true, as the reviewer mentioned, that our inn is not suitable for those with certain mobility restrictions. Fifteen years ago when we begain building the big dog we possessed only the dream & hope that people might come to stay. We made the best financial & design decisions we knew we could accomplish at the time. These decisions precluded manicured flat lawn & elevator access to the dog. Were we to do it all over again of course our decisions would be different.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We stayed in this great on Labor Day. It is really a special treat. We arrived late and during a phone call with Frances, she gave us very clear instructions for self check-in. We had no problem to get in and enjoyed a lovely night. Next morning we spent some time to walk around and took pictures of the things in the park. You would think there is nothing else can top a comfortable room, dog cookies and other nice/healthy food, variety of games and an interesting guest book... until we met Frances and Dennis. It was such a great pleasure to talk to them for several hours. Dennis gave us a tour of his workshop. They shared some very inspiring and thoughtful insights about life and business. We would definitely recommend a stay in this very special place and if you do so, do not miss the opportunity to meet Frances and Dennis. Thank you Frances and Dennis for a memorable holiday!

Room Tip: You have the entire dog for your own so it is impossible to get a bad room!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

Spending time visiting with our guests is the absolutely best part of our business! A recent guest summed it up well when describing the importance of travel by saying "It is really about the people." We could not agree more. While experiencing new places may be the motivation for travel, encountering the people that live in the places travelled to provides the greatest pleasure and lasting memories.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

lovely owners...
a great GREAT dog....
everything in the B&B you need........
everything in the B&B you don't need...Tv....phone....
buy a beautiful wooden dog from them...
stay there...
treat yourself....

Room Tip: there's only one room.......choose it!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

We are glad to create dog carvings in advance of a guest's arrival to be certain their particular breed will be available. Since our giftshop inventory fluctuates quite a bit we recommend pre-ordering.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We drove down from Vancouver, BC to see this place and it was definitely worth the trip! Everything about our stay was excellent. Dennis and Frances are amazing hosts and they pointed us in the direction of a delicious local Mexican restaurant (Palenque in neighbouring Grangeville) as well as great entertainment (a double feature at the drive-in movie theatre). And obviously the accommodations couldn't be more fun and unique. We have sweet memories of our time with Sweet Willy and only have great things to say about our stay at the Dog Bark Park Inn.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2013

We are always happy to make suggestions for restaurants & activities that we think will be especially appealing to the unique interests of each of our guests. Palenque Mexican Restaurant in nearby Grangeville is certainly one of our favorite eateries because of the good food, good prices. We also have a personal connection with the owner & manager who have commissioned us to create wooden artwork that decorates the exteriors of their two Idaho restaurants. The second Palenque Restaurant is in Kamiah, Idaho which is a 45 minute drive from Dog Bark Park.

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Additional Information about Dog Bark Park Inn

Address: 2421 Business Loop 95, Cottonwood, ID 83522-5030
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Location: United States > Idaho > Cottonwood
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cottonwood
Price Range: $126 - $132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Trip Advisor 2014 Best Quirky Hotel, Idaho's beagle-shaped guest house is as comfortable as it is unique. Being in this dog-house is certainly a good thing! Sleeps 4; queen bed in main quarters and two twin futon mats in cozy loft area. One hour drive from the airport (LWS) in Lewiston, Idaho. Other airports at about four hours drive are Boise Idaho, Missoula Montana & Spokane Washington. Near the famed Hells Canyon of the Snake River National Recreation Area for jet boat tours, hiking, fishing & more. Mid-way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Dog Bark Park is at the edge of the small town of Cottonwood, Idaho with agricultural prairie views rimmed by rolling hills and mountains. Allow time to unwind here were life feels a bit like yesteryears with welcoming neighbors, uncrowded streets, bird songs, abundant wide skies with starry nights. ... more   less 
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