A giant fake potato that went on tour for the past several years has been turned into a home that a person can rent on Airbnb.
The six-ton prop potato was dubbed the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, according to the Idaho Statesman, which reported that it traveled on the back of a semi-truck to promote Idaho potatoes
Kristie Wolfe, a tiny house developer, suggested that it should be turned into a real home after state officials couldn’t figure out what to do with the massive spud.
Wolfe told the paper that she had spent about two years on the potato’s tour.
“I had the perfect lot, and some day I was going to get that potato and turn it into something cool,” she told the Idaho Statesman.
On April 22, the state-run Famous Idaho Potatoes Facebook page said that the massive vegetable “has been officially recycled as an Airbnb” and includes a bathroom, fireplace, and hot tub.
According to an Airbnb page, it also has air conditioning, heating, and other amenities.
The one-bedroom potato can only host two people and has a queen-sized bed.
The room costs $200 per night and is located on 400 acres of farmland about 25 miles from Boise, reported the Idaho Statesman.
Frank Muir, CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission, said the potato is 28 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 11.5 feet tall.
“If you put it in a museum that’s one thing, but if you put it out here near Mountain Home, it’s a way of inviting people to experience Idaho in a unique way,” Muir said told the Statesman.
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Wolfe added that she thinks the potato Airbnb stay will be a popular tourist attraction.
“We have a couple from Europe that’s doing a trip to the Oregon Coast,” she told the paper. “They’re rerouting their trip to spend a night here, which is pretty fun.”
She has planted potatoes around the Airbnb room and brought in a Jersey cow.
“It’s very American,” the Idaho Statesman quoted Wolfe as saying. “You’ve got potatoes and the military and the railroad. It’s a good way to experience Idaho in a night or two.”