Elvis-themed Airbnb takes off in the birthplace of the king of rock and roll | Entertainment

Andi Nolan never expected to own and operate one Airbnb, let alone two.

But the famous Tupelo native promised herself that she would pursue her dreams once her three children grew up, and that’s exactly what she’s doing. As of July 2021, Nolan’s Airbnb duo has been a popular place to stay for travelers passing through the American city for a few hours to a few days.

Location has a lot to do with successful rentals. Located behind Veterans Park, the properties are within walking distance of the city’s most popular tourist destination: the birthplace of Elvis Presley.

Short-term residences are meant to make guests feel at home when visiting, even if it’s just for one night. And when they fall asleep in Nolan’s Airbnbs, they can dream just feet away from where Elvis Presley once did.

Most traveling renters stay between a single night and an entire week. Some travel for work, others for leisure. Whatever their reason for staying, Nolan’s goal is to expose guests to as much of Tupelo as possible in the limited time they have to explore.

She strives to make her chalets feel like home from the moment a guest walks inside. The walls are decorated with local art and everywhere you look you are bound to see Tupelo’s native son within sight.

Many of the photos hanging in the homes are from Nolan’s family, including an original of his mother.

The hostess makes it a point to advertise local restaurants and activities to guests with brochures and handouts available at the front of each house.

Upon special request, Nolan will provide Queen’s Reward mead, pastries from Simply Sweet by Margarete and flowers from Fresh Farm among other products unique to Tupelo.

Hosting a place where visitors can stay for a night or two might seem like a natural fit for Nolan, but it wasn’t until her children grew up that she even considered it.

“I always thought, ‘You’ll have your time,'” she said. “So here I am.”

Nolan’s husband works in the rental industry, so she was able to join him in creating her own unique Airbnb projects.

“I wanted to do something bigger,” Nolan said. “I took over what he already does. It’s literally as simple as how it all started.”

Nolan bought his first property on Elvis Presley Drive and set to work transforming the house into something that would attract visitors. Soon after, however, she noticed that the house next door was for sale.

“I called my husband and we thought if we had to do two, we should take the one next door quickly,” she said.

Nolan and her husband verbally purchased the house within hours so they could have neighboring rental locations.

As for the stroke of luck, Nolan thanks God for the chance sighting of the real estate agent.

“Honestly, I thought it was God’s business because I prayed about it,” she said. “That’s kind of how it all started.”

When asked what inspired her to pursue this new career path, Nolan said she wanted to embrace the spirit of Mississippi.

“It’s the state of hospitality. I love the hospitality industry,” Nolan said. “It makes me happy when people are happy with their stay in Tupelo.”

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