West Coast Cannabis Tourism


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 the 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 about who responded to the campaign. Upper-income baby boomers were a majority of the guests booked into their vape-friendly rooms to partake in friendly community smoking areas. This is a great change to the days of blazing herb while standing on the 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?

July 2, 2018

by Cara Wietstock

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Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.


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