Peru, France, Sweden … and Warren County!
RedBull.com released its top 10 list of most extreme places to stay in the world on Friday and Cumberland Caverns was ranked No. 3.
It’s the latest in a suddenly crowded list of accolades for Cumberland Caverns and this community. The honors have included Cumberland Caverns as being one of the most unique concert venues in the world and McMinnville being listed as one of the hippest towns in the South.
In releasing its top 10 list Friday, RedBull.com said, “When adventurers stay in a hotel, they want more than soft, fluffy towels and room service. They want somewhere that is off the beaten track and far from civilization.”
The introduction closed by saying, “We’ve picked out the 10 most extreme places to stay on the planet. They aren’t necessarily five-star hotels but they might just offer you a five billion star night sky to gaze at before you go to sleep.”
The top 10 list is as follows:
1. Skylodge, Peru – Skylodge is a totally transparent capsule attached to the side of a mountain more than 1,000 feet above ground. Visitors are served a gourmet dinner and breakfast before ziplining to the ground.
2. Pic du Midi de Bigorre, France – Located in the French Pyrenees, this astronomical observatory was once reserved only for scientists, but it’s now open to the public. There are 11 guest rooms.
3. Cumberland Caverns, Warren County – Squeeze through passageways and crawl along muddy trails before reaching your bed among the stalactites in the 10 Acre Room. Breakfast is served in the Volcano Room, home of Bluegrass Underground. The beauty of camping in a cave is there are no bugs and no chance of getting caught in the rain.
4. Ice Hotel, Sweden – Did you know you can sleep in a frozen ice hotel north of the Arctic Circle? The Ice Hotel in Sweden is constructed entirely from giant ice blocks. Even the beds are carved from ice. There’s an ice chapel if you’re thinking of getting married.
5. The Manta Resort, Zanzibar – Sleep with the fish in a three-story floating hotel room that features an underwater bedroom.
6. Ilulissat, Greenland – Escape from it all in an igloo surrounded by snow. This is perfect for wilderness fans who love seclusion.
7. Bivacco Gervasutti, Italy – This mountain refuge can only be reached on skis in the winter. It features satellite Internet connection powered by solar panels.
8. Free Spirit Spheres, Canada – Fulfill your childhood dreams of sleeping in the trees with this spherical treehouse. Each sphere has a bed, sitting area and tea and coffee-making facilities.
9. Hotel Everest View, Nepal – Relax in a hotel with a view of perhaps the most famous mountain in the world. Hotel Everest is listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the hotel located in the highest altitude. It takes a three-day trek to get there.
10. The Frying Pan Tower, USA – Located 32 miles off the coast of North Carolina, this was once a U.S. Coast Guard lighthouse. Now it’s a hotel that offers great fishing.