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“The place was cozy and charming.”
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
Kalispell, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“The place was cozy and charming.”
Reviewed 2 October 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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Payette, Idaho
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Reviewed 23 September 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, travelled solo
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this review, 28 September 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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Norris, Tennessee
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Reviewed 22 September 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, travelled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this review, 28 September 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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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 22 September 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, travelled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this review, 28 September 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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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 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....

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this review, 28 September 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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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 11 September 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, travelled as a couple
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this review, 28 September 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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Nashville
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 September 2013

After staying three nights in Lewiston downwind from a giant paper mill, I moved on to Cottonwood and the Dog Bark Park Inn -- an oasis in the prairie. The giant beagle is delightful, and Dennis and Frances's workshop is a genuinely captivating folk art environment. The room is comfortable and private. Frances stocks the room with terrific home-baked treats. I've never been one to chat with the inn keepers, but Dennis and Frances were so interesting, kind, and plugged in to the area's people, sites, and history that I was thrilled with their company.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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FrancesinIdaho, Owner at Dog Bark Park Inn, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
That our prairie air is free of city smog is something we tend to take for granted until reminded by visitors that the air is so clear & fresh here. On clear nights the stars are abundant & moonlight enjoyed especially when it streams through the upstairs window. Idaho, though vast is size, is really like living cross-town from each other. Since Idaho has been our home for decades it's easy to accummulate personal recommendations & comments about most places in Idaho where our visitors might wish to travel. We're most delighted to share our knowledge.
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Property: Dog Bark Park Inn
Address: 2421 Business Loop 95, Cottonwood, ID 83522-5030
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Region: 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 (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Featured on Trip Advisor's 2014 Best of Quirky Hotels List.Being in this dog-house is a GOOD thing! Idaho's famous World's Biggest Beagle is as comfortable as it is unique. Queen in main quarters, 2 twins in loft area. One hour drive from Lewiston, Idaho airport (LWS) & near famed Hells Canyon of the Snake River. We're a long mid-distance between Glacier & Yellowstone National Parks. ... more   less 
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Dog Bark Park Hotel Cottonwood
Dog Bark Park Inn Idaho/Cottonwood

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