Would you stay in the “Home Alone” house or in the Grinch cave?
Spending time with family, rather than going on a work trip, now results in travel expenses, according to a May 2021 report from Airbnb. The report also says people are staying closer to home, with most families traveling within 300 miles, rather than traveling to faraway international destinations.
The report found an increase in desires for “unique stays,” with nearly 70% of survey respondents saying they wanted to be able to filter out unique stays.
With this in mind, vacation rental companies are stepping up their game to deliver unique experiences.
Some of the one-time stays only cost around $ 20, and vacation rental companies like Vacasa say they aren’t necessarily trying to make money with these stays.
“The purpose of activation is not to generate income. It is about creating an immersive experience for a few lucky guests and allowing fans around the world to participate in the joy of the season,” said Allison Lowrie, Marketing Director at Vacasa.
During this holiday season, two family sites are available for those looking for a unique stay imbued with Christmas nostalgia.
Home Alone on Airbnb, priced at just $ 25 per night
An Airbnb ad in a suburb of Illinois is available for the original house featured in the popular 1990s movie “Home Alone”, the house where Kevin McCallister duped a gang of criminals while the rest of his family were in Paris.
The Airbnb host is listed as Buzz McCallister, presumably the older brother and constant bully of Kevin McCallister.
“Although we are older and wiser now (I even have my own security company), we are never too old for the holidays. So while we’re on vacation (all of us, this time), I’m ‘inviting a team of mischief-makers to let their eight-year-old kids run free in my childhood home on December 12,’ Buzz wrote in the Description ad.
The house is decorated with holiday cheer from the movie “Home Alone”, full of twinkling lights and a perfectly pruned tree. You’ll be able to sample some of Kevin’s favorite dishes, from Chicago pizza to microwave-safe macaroni and Kraft cheese.
Plus, Buzz throws his pet tarantula as part of the full “Home Alone” experience.
“This holiday season we’re playing by my little brother’s rules, so feel free to eat junk food, watch trash on TV, borrow my dad’s aftershave and pick your own. adventure with a legendary battle plan as a guide. Stay out of my room, okay? ” the host writes.
There will also be someone on hand to show guests around and organize meals. To add to the family experience, they’ll also be giving their guests a “Home Alone” LEGO Ideas set to take out and build at home.
The listing opens at 1:00 p.m. CT on December 7 and customers are responsible for booking their own travel to the location. It will cost $ 25 per night for the whole house.
The Grinch’s Cave on Vacasa for $ 19.57, in honor of the book’s 1957 release
If the Grinch is more your style, you can book the infamous Grinch Cave on Vacasa, another vacation rental company.
The Grinch’s rock residence sits in a hand-carved cave on the side of a massive stone mountain. Designers have decorated the hallways of this huge lair with everything a Grinch fan could imagine.
There’s a kitchen stocked with roasters, who-pudding, and an emergency stash of who-hash. A music room features the Grinch’s organ alongside Max’s drums leading to the study, master bedroom, guest bedroom, and more. The house is also equipped with all of Grinch’s gadgets, including a fancy coffee maker and a wardrobe with green furry pants.
The rate per night for a stay will be $ 19.57 in honor of the book’s original release in 1957 and will be available for reservation starting Friday.
Given the Grinch’s reclusive ways, the cave is located on the outskirts of town, on a secluded property outside of Boulder, Utah.
Vacasa worked with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to produce this list for Grinch fans.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Home Alone house on Airbnb, Grinch’s Cave on Vacasa