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Top 5 Unique B&Bs in the Midwest United States


My picks for the top 5 unique bed and breakfasts in the midwest United States.

1. JailHouse Inn Bed and Breakfast

Preston, Minnesota

Among the rooms available at this 1869 jail-turned-inn are the Cell Block, which has a jailhouse-style door; the Processing Room, which was the check-in area for the jail; and the Master Bedroom, which once housed the county sheriff. It opened as a B&B in 1989.

2. Treehouse Cabin at River of Life Farm

North Fork River, Missouri

Up to six can sleep here, overlooking the North Fork River in the Missouri Ozarks. The River of Life Farm takes up 120 acres and is adjacent to Mark Twain National Forest, so the treehouse is wonderful for those in search of a secluded getaway.

3. Castle Unicorn

Glenwood, Iowa

Located on 400 acres in the Loess Hills near Glenwood, Iowa, the four-guest-room brick and stone Castle Unicorn includes a moat, a tower and fountains as well as a sunroom with a hot tub and sauna.

4. Sand Hills Lighthouse

Ahmeek, Michigan

Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Sand Hills Lighthouse was constructed in 1917 on the Keweenaw Peninsula's north shore, 25 miles northeast of Houghton. The largest and last manned lighthouse to be built on the Great Lakes, it has been owned by Bill Frabotta since 1961. It began accepting guests as a bed and breakfast after renovations were completed in 1995. Each of the inn's eight rooms is decorated in Victorian style and has a king- or queen-sized bed; two rooms feature a whirlpool bathtub and a balcony overlooking Lake Superior. A full breakfast is served.

5. Spicer Castle

Spicer, Minnesota

Spicer Castle overlooks Green Lake and features eight guest rooms, a rustic log cabin and a cottage; it offers murder mystery and dinner cruise packages. Listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, this inn was built as a seasonal home by the owner's grandfather and city founder in 1895 and was used as a landmark by fishermen, who dubbed the cottage Spicer's Castle.

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