X Marks The Spot?

September 2, 2009 by Neal  
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We’re starting to wonder if the Weird & Wonderful crew have been on the road a little too long? Whilst visiting Karrels’ Double K Ranch, the team seem to be enjoying a game of ‘pin the tail on the girl’! Perhaps it was the donkey’s day-off, but we’re thinking the giant X sign is a bit of a giveaway!

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Napa Valley Railway Inn, USA

July 8, 2009 by Neal  
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Take a step back in time to experience the opulent era of the railroad barons, at Napa Valley Railway Inn.

Still resting on their original tracks, these 100-year-old train cars have now been converted into beautiful guest accommodation. But don’t worry, the owners haven’t CEP’s website offers both the summary report and six detailed background papers that address motivation, extrinsic and intrinsic rewards, the impact of social environment and culture, actions girls boarding schools can take to motivate students, and nontraditional approaches that build enthusiasm among hard-to-reach students. neglected to include modern conveniences like internet access and flat-screen televisions!

After a good night’s sleep, start your day with a signature beverage and pastry from the Yountville Coffee Caboose. Then head out to explore the surrounding wine country and all it has to offer.

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Karrels’ Double K Ranch, USA

July 7, 2009 by Neal  
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Escape to the rails by visiting Karrels’ Double K Ranch, the perfect retreat for train enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Here Ken and Mary Karrels will welcome you to their comfortable homestead, where you can stay in your own private caboose – now fully restored and refurbished for your comfort.

During your stay, pay a visit to the Garden Railway where you can enjoy a full ranch breakfast and explore Ken’s impressive collection of model railways. Or if you need to stretch your legs, then take a walk along one of the many nature trails and track down Brighty, the resident wild burro!

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The Waitomo Express, New Zealand

May 28, 2009 by Neal  
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Most people who fall asleep on a train end up somewhere they didn’t want to go. But on the the Waitomo Express train you’ll fall asleep and wake up exactly where you want to be, providing where you want to be is right in the middle of a New Zealand farm full of amazing sites and interesting animals.

This 1950s rail car has been transformed into an amazing motel that sleeps four.  Train-spotter or not, you won’t be able to deny that this accommodation is truly loco!

Woodlyn Park doesn’t just offer amazing motels.  There’s a whole host of adventures to be had during your stay.

Billy Black is a professional sheep shearer who puts on an unforgettable show for Woodlyn Park guests. Including a Kiwi bear, a dancing log and exploding pigs – sorry, a dancing pig and exploding logs – you won’t want to miss out on Billy Black’s Kiwi Culture Show!

And, if you still have energy left, why not visit the nearby Waitomo Caves, an amazing cave system with stalactites, stalagmites and even glowworms!

Along with the opportunity to try blackwater rafting and take in the breathtaking views for which New Zealand is famous, we really don’t think one could ask for more!

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Controversy Farm, Netherlands

May 28, 2009 by Neal  
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Ever fancied spending the night in a converted tram run by two enthusiastic, Dutch, Prince fans? Yes? Then get yourself packed and make your way over to Frank and Irma Appel’s Controversy Farm.

Named after Prince’s 1981 album, this is more kooky than controversial. The accommodation is made up of four train carriages that include beds, showers and toilet facilities. The carriages are each themed around a different part of the world: Italy, England, America and Mexico – which even includes its own sombrero-shaped Jacuzzi!

The weird and wonderful factor doesn’t end there – there are also some strange sights to be found around Frank and Irma‘s home! Various car conversions are underway and the couple even sleep in a double-decker bus. Oh, and maybe someone should ask where they got the garden’s fighter jet from?

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