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Quirky Places To Stay While on Vacation

What do a former jail, out of service train cars, and a retired lighthouse all have in common?suitcases keyseeker

These three structures and seven more have been dubbed the Quirkiest Lodgings in America by the editors of TripAdvisor, the same company who helped bring the Great Texas Mosquito Festival to the Internet’s attention.

Several of the inns are repurposed from abandoned buildings making them green in a way and one other is actually green because it’s a set of treehouses.

The Out ‘n’ About Treesort in Cave Junction, Oregon is in the Siskiyou Mountains and has 14 tree house bed and breakfasts situated on 36 acres for guests to hang out in during their stay. If they prefer they can also hang out in the trees via the zip line set up on the property. The Treesort is in many ways for the adventurous only. While majority of the reviews on TripAdvisor recommend the resort if you have younger children and like to rough it a bit, if you are looking for amenities you’ll want to look elsewhere.

Earthship Biotecture, located in the desert city of Taos, New Mexico, is a eco-friendly resort of pods to stay in- but it is nothing like camping. The structures are suitable for year-round living if you want to build your own.

earthship entryEarthships are made of recycled or sustainable materials like a whole bunch of rubber tires. “The major structural building component of the Earthship is recycled automobile tires filled with compacted earth to form a rammed earth brick encased in steel belted rubber. This brick and the resulting bearing walls it forms is virtually indestructible.”

The team in Taos have addressed the issue of offgassing saying: “Tires are hazardous in piles, not Earthships.”  Hopefully, the people wanting to build their own Earthship and are in the process of collecting tires aren’t keeping them in a huge pile.

At last but not least you can spend a night or two in jail. The Jailer’s Inn Bed and Breakfast is Bardstown, Kentucky’s former Old Nelson Jail which ceased to admit criminals in 1987.

The 200 year old compound now has seven rooms for guests to stay and in to admire the 30 inch thick limestone walls and windows with bars on them.

The owners have kept the original jail bunk beds in a black and white themed room in the renovated “Front Jail” where all the guest rooms are located. They have left the “Back Jail” untouched to give visitors a peek at authentic jail conditions.

It may not be too late in the season to book at one of these odd resorts to end the summer unconventionally. Think about it: who wouldn’t want to send their child to school so when they are asked “What did your family do this summer?” They can reply nonchalantly in that voice only children can muster sincerely: “Mom and Dad spent a few nights in jail.”

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Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of Lake Erie in Northeast Ohio. Samina and her husband believe that sustainability starts in the home and try to live their lives as simply as possible without compromising comfort.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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