Stay at the former home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda in Alabama on Airbnb
It’s not Jay Gatsby’s mansion, but there is a way to spend the night in a major piece of F. Scott Fitzgerald history. The Montgomery, Alabama home where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald once resided is now available on Airbnband it’s actually quite affordable.
The two-bedroom apartment is located above what is now the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, and is listed for $130 a night, as noted for the first time through Architectural summary. The Craftsman-style Cloverdale mansion, originally built in 1910, was previously a single-family home, but was split into four apartments after the Fitzgeralds left.
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The Fitzgeralds lived there from 1931 to 1932, and the Airbnb listing notes that they each wrote portions of novels while there – Zelda worked on Save me the waltzand F. Scott wrote portions of Tender is the night.
The two-bedroom unit is aptly named the Zelda Suite, perhaps because it was originally from Montgomery, who grew up about a mile from where the museum currently stands. Literary Getaway has a full kitchen and bathroom, and the master suite is furnished with a queen size bed, while the secondary bedroom has two twin beds. There is also a living room, a separate dining room and a veranda.
The home’s decor is a tribute to its famous Jazz Age former residents, with pillows embroidered with quotes from Zelda, including “She refused to be bored mainly because she wasn’t boring”, as well as a pillow with the quip “I wish I had done everything on Earth with you”, which is actually not a phrase written by Fitzgerald, but a quote from Daisy Buchanan from Carey Mulligan in the adaptation of Baz Luhrmann in 2013 Gatsby the magnificent. Still works, though!
Guests receive a free museum tour as part of the Airbnb stay, where you can browse memorabilia such as photos, letters, books, and personal effects of the legendary couple. If you’re planning a visit, consider some time in May – the museum holds its annual Fitzgerald Gala on May 4, celebrating the museum with a vintage carnival.