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Big Idaho Potato transforms from traveler to destination
How do you
repurpose a six-ton
spud made of steel,
plaster and concrete?
We asked ourselves
President and CEO
that question when
we realized that
after seven years of
trekking back and
forth across the
country, the Big Idaho
Potato was too roadworn
to travel and needed to be replaced.
Fortunately, Kristie Wolfe, a former member
of the Big Idaho Potato Truck tour team
and tiny house builder extraordinaire, knew
instinctively how to transform the head-turning
tater into a lasting fixture that folks can
continue to enjoy. She turned the retired tuber
into the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, the only potato
hotel in the world. The 28-foot long, 12-foot
wide and 11.5-foot tall potato is firmly planted
on an expansive field in South Boise with
breathtaking views of the Owyhee Mountains.
Not only is the Big Idaho Potato Hotel
unique, it's eco-friendly, too.
* Energy efficient - The potato's
walls are made of 10-inch thick green
expanding foam for optimal heating and
* Air conditioning - An 8-by-60-inch
underground pipe acts as a natural air
conditioner and fan that pumps cool
air into the potato even during the hot
* Water - The sink is located above the
toilet to redirect the fresh water that
normally goes into the tank to the sink,
saving both water and space.
* Conveniently located - Just 20 miles
to downtown Boise, guests of the Big
Idaho Potato Hotel can enjoy the sights
and sounds of one of the fastest growing
cities in America.
The grand opening took place on Earth
Day, and the Big Idaho Potato Truck, sporting
a new and sleeker fiberglass spud, was on
site for the big unveil. A photographer from
the Associated Press attended the event and
posted several photos on the international
news feed. In less than 24 hours, news of
the Big Idaho Potato Hotel had gone viral and
spread around the globe.
To date, the Airbnb-affiliated site has
generated unbelievable media coverage
* " Live with Kelly and Ryan " and picked up
by more than 100 local news stations
* People magazine's " 5 Things We're
Talking About " page alongside Bradley
Cooper and Lady Gaga, " Game of
Thrones " and The Avengers
* More than 800 news articles including US
Weekly, Travel & Leisure, Fast Company,
USA Today and House Beautiful
* Supermodel Bella Hadid posted six
photos of the hotel on her Instagram
story; she has more than 24 million
In total, we generated close to $1 million
in free publicity.
If you're interested in spending the night in
the Big Idaho Potato Hotel you can make a
reservation on Airbnb.
When Kristie presented her vision for the
potato, the Idaho Potato Commission agreed
to donate it to her. Based on the success
of her other tiny houses, we had no doubt
the Big Idaho Potato Hotel could eventually
become one of the biggest attractions in
Idaho, further promoting the state's most
important agricultural commodity.
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Spudman * July/August 2019
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