American Green Inc., a maker of cannabis products, is taking an unusual step to attract new customers as it capitalizes on California legalizing marijuana: It’s buying an entire town. The company has acquired the tiny burg of Nipton, California, for about $5 million and plans to invest as much as $2.5 million over the next 18 months to create a pot-friendly tourist destination. The purchase includes 120 acres of land with a general store, a hotel, a school building and mineral baths.
The joys of Nipton today:
“Nipton is an experience like nothing else. We stayed in Quatro cabin which we were advised had one of the best views from the front porch. (Totally true.) The cabins are simple and cozy, basically a great mix between camping and a hotel. The wood stove inside is a really nice touch; we were toasty warm despite the canvas roof in colder-than-average January weather, and I used it to make coffee the next morning. Each cabin has an AC, fire pit, picnic table, and an outdoor spicket for fresh Nipton water. There was also complimentary yogurt and whole fruit at the trading post in the morning for cabin guests.
“Overall, the experience was absolutely wonderful! It was my birthday and we wound up cooking outside under the full moon, as well as having a little party with locals Jim and Cody. The folks who live in Nipton are extremely welcoming and it was awesome getting to sit and listen to stories about the area, as well as learning about some interesting places to see that are way off the beaten path. Once we got settled in, I wished we had spent a few more days in Nipton as it really felt like home even in such a short time. Cannot wait to visit again!
Some tips for first-timers:
– Bring food and/or libations to share with the small community of permanent residents in town.
– Nipton is quite remote (little to no cellular data service) and their hotel wifi doesn’t really reach the cabins. This is a place to escape from the outside world, so if you “need” internet, stay at the hotel itself.
– Bring a cooler with ice if you have any perishables or drinks to keep cold.
– A main freight rail line is about 200 yards from the town; pack ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper.
– Bathrooms and showers are located in a Quonset hut. The shower rooms have a dirt floor outside the stall, so I’d recommend flip flops or shower shoes for wet feet.
– Searchlight, NV, or Primm, NV, are the closest towns with gas stations, larger restaurants, and amenities. Both are about a 20 minute drive from Nipton. Nearest grocery stores are in Bullhead City, AZ, which is over an hour drive. The trading post does offer some grocery essentials as well as sodas and beer. Nipton EcoCabins @ Nipton Trading Post
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