Hunter S. Thompson forever changed the world of writing by popularizing “gonzo” journalism—a type of storytelling that eschewed objectivity and told the story from the point of view of the writer. Thompson’s publication of Hell’s Angels, a book chronicling his year with the notorious motorcycle gang, rocketed the writer to prominence.
His best-known work is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was adapted into film in both Where the Buffalo Roam starring Bill Murray and later in a film with the book’s title starring Johnny Depp and Benicio del Toro.
Thompson committed suicide at the age of 67 after dealing with a series of health problems.
For the extreme fan of Thompson’s work, you can stay in his writing cabin located on Thompson’s Owl Farm compound. Should your application be selected—yes, you actually have to submit an application to be able to stay in the cabin—you can enjoy a three-night stay. The cabin includes plenty of Gonzo history in its two bedrooms. The bathroom was recently renovated. The cabin also includes a kitchen, bar, and living room area.
The master bedroom has a king-sized bed and offers an incredible view of the red cliffs and peacock habitat. There are two skylights in the master, as well as a 55-inch big screen TV for when writer’s block strikes—or you want to watch Johnny Depp playing Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The cabin is a short walk from the main house, which can be requested as a part of the stay.
The cabin also features one of Thompson’s writing desks and will be stocked with writing tools, including Thompson’s model typewriter, Owl Farm stationary, and reference books. The cabin is available for USD$500 for the three-night stay. Your host will be Anita Thompson, Hunter’s widow, who, it should be noted, “does own a weapons permit.”