Sweeeet: The Hobbit House Hotel

Forget Motel 6! Next time you go on a road trip to northwest Montana, stay at the Hobbit House instead. That’s right, it’s a cottage modeled after J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit dwelling.

Joyce Wadler of The New York Times explores this unusual guesthouse, and the equally unusual proprietor who owns it:

No need to bring slippers: a big hairy pair await you. Also a wizard’s hat, belonging to someone named Gandalf. How to get there? It’s a long, long journey, because wherever you live, it is not close. […] The Hobbit House, in northwest Montana, about a three-hour drive from Spokane, Wash., is a guesthouse. Number of units: one. But it is a large unit. The Web site, which the reporter studies before arriving, shows a 1,000-square-foot structure built into a hill, on a 20-acre site dotted with structures that range from small to perfect for squashing with your foot: a four-foot stump-shaped troll house, a few round-door hobbit houses with chimney pipes and several shoe-box-size fairy houses.

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Photo by Janie Osborne for The New York Times