There are a few hotels, inns, and B&Bs now advertising themselves as cannabis-friendly. From California to Washington, cannabis tourism is beginning to take off, but it isn’t necessarily what you’re expecting. Those currently taking advantage of the cannabis-friendly tourist spots are independent hotels and privately managed Airbnb’s. But that should soon change with these private enterprises seeing massive gains from advertising to high-end consumers.
Just months after California legalized recreational cannabis, the Desert Hot Springs Inn in the Coachella Valley began advertising as a cannabis-friendly location, according to the LA Times. Not only did their business increase more than 50%, the innkeeper was surprised as to who responded to the campaign. Upper-income baby boomers were a majority of the guests, booking into their vape-friendly rooms to partake in friendly community smoking areas. This is a great change from the days of blazing herb while standing on a toilet in an upscale hotel, blowing thick cannabis smoke up into a bathroom fan.
Many hospitality industry experts believe we are on the precipice of pot-friendly rooms with fully stocked mini-bars. However, big chain hotels still remain resistant to the idea. That is due to stringent anti-public use laws in most legal cannabis states, like California and Washington. Up in Washington, private enterprise is the lifeblood of cannabis tourism with places like the cannabis tree houses at Mountain Views B&B or the consciousness-expanding Winston House. The Winston House is an Airbnb that boasts hot tubs, beautiful crystal displays & three cannabis-friendly rooms in the heart of Seattle. These types of destinations are slowly popping up along the West Coast as cannabis becomes legal, state to state. Maybe a road trip is in order?Posted: Monday, July 2nd, 2:12am 5 months ago
Cara Wietstock is a native Californian living in Washington state with almost a decade of budtender experience and even more stoner experience. While she's not pontificating on the current state of cannabis for Roottie, she is practicing yoga, sipping CBD infused teas and hiking through the Pacific Northwest.