Lucy the elephant welcomes travelers on Airbnb
Lucia the elephantone of the East Coast’s most iconic attractions, is welcoming visitors for overnight stays for the first time in over 100 years.
Reaching a height of six stories, Lucy has been a commanding presence on the Jersey Shore since 1881. Older than the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, Lucy is a “homage to the Golden Age of Americana roadside,” according to Airbnb, which hosts the national monument on their site. Starting on St. Patrick’s Day, Lucy will be hosting overnight guests for three nights in March.
On her Airbnb listing, Lucy describes herself as an “old soul with a young heart.” During its lifetime, it served as a tavern, a summer residence for a British doctor and his family, and even hosted an American president. “Today I am one of the most recognizable faces on the Shore,” she says, attracting around 132,000 visitors a year.
This is the first time since 1902 that Lucy has accepted guests and in honor of this special occasion, Airbnb says she will “once again be outfitted in grand Victorian style, transporting guests back to the 1800s”. During their stay, guests will enjoy top quality dining and some of the best ocean views on the Jersey Shore.
Accommodation will be provided by Richard Helfant; Lucy’s guardian. He has been fighting for its survival since the 1950s – saving it from demolition – and is now the executive director of the Lucy’s Safeguard Committeewho is responsible for restoring and preserving Lucy for future generations.
Lucy the Elephant is located in Margate, about five miles east of Atlantic City. Accommodations can be reserved on March 17, 18 and 19, 2020. Reservations will open on March 5. The booking fee will be donated to the Save Lucy committee. For more information, see here.