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Published September 15, 2010

Bed Rock
Shacking Up Under the Earth’s Crust

Bed and breakfasts hold a certain snoozy, inoffensive charm.

The friendly innkeeper. The cozy quilts. And, of course, the ancient Paleolithic cave drawings beneath the stalactites...

Welcome to Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast, an inviting vacation lodge built 70 feet below the earth’s surface, accepting reservations now.

This is the type of place Fred and Wilma would’ve escaped to when they needed to rekindle that spark. You’ll arrive in Farmington, New Mexico (near Albuquerque), where you’ll be greeted by Lindy, the inn’s longtime manager. She’ll supply your party with breakfast, regale you with Navajo and Roswell lore and, most importantly, offer safe passage into the middle of nowhere.

Your off-the-grid digs: a 65-million-year-old slab of sandstone, with a 1,650-square-foot lair carved into it. You’ll reach the cave’s underground entrance by hiking down a sloping path on the side of a cliff. Once inside, you’ll uncork a bottle of wine, marvel at the stalactites and wonder how they ever got a refrigerator down here. As you make your way around (they have electricity, so torches are optional), you may decide to enjoy the oversize waterfall shower, the flagstone hot tub or perhaps a little TV (they only get two channels, on account of the whole under-the-earth thing). As the sun begins to set, head out onto your cliffside balcony, where you can use the cave’s grill as you look out on four states.

Keep a close eye on Utah.
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