Plan a Post-Pandemic Vacation in a Novelty Airbnb


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Unique stays have always been a part of Airbnb’s selection, from tree houses to glamping, but if you ever wanted to stay in a fairytale, now you can: Current listings include stays at the North Pole and a gingerbread house in the woods. Now that we’re months away from a publicly distributed COVID-19 vaccine, you might be excited to go big on some fanciful travel plans. And who could blame you? Here are a few novelty Airbnbs where you can live out a storybook adventure once it’s safe to take travel vacations again.

Book a one-night stay at FAO Schwartz toy store

The toy store made famous in the feature film Big is offering “A Night of Whimsy and Wonder at FAO Schwarz,” where you can spend a night with all of the toy store’s features at your disposal. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a real-life toy soldier and given a tour of the facility, as well as receive a free lesson on the toy store’s giant piano, an opportunity to build your own plush animal, and the option to take part in an immersive science experiment. After the lessons, guests enjoy a catered dinner in the wall-to-wall candy-filled dining room. Breakfast is also included. For $25 you can sleep in a race car bed and be a kid in a candy store again. Booking opens on December 15 at noon, and all members of your party must be from New York City and show proof of residence to attend.

Stay in a folktale-inspired hut

In wine country, California stands a small handcrafted sculpture in the form of a gingerbread house that takes camping to a magical level. This one-room fairytale hut has a double bed and loft sleeping space. In true camping form, bathrooms are just down the path but feature traditional plumbing and showers. During their stay, guests have full access to the campground with common areas for meals, a theater, sanctuary, pool, and hot tub. You can book the remote woodland for $95 a night.

Have a 90s-themed sleepover at Blockbuster

Blockbuster Video is offering their last standing storefront for a nostalgic 90s-themed sleepover. Host Sandi breaks out the Saved By the Bell-inspired bed covers, movie theater popcorn, and concessions candy, plus a full catalog of VHS tapes to choose from. “Every detail was thought out with nothing overlooked,” says Heather on her stay at the Bend, Oregon Blockbuster. “From the old school TV and cassette tapes to a Super Nintendo and game boy, to the racks of 80’s attire to try on.”. If the Airbnb site opens up again to the public, you can stay for just $4/night.

Live like an elf in the North Pole

Stay in Santa’s hometown at this candy cane-themed log cabin in North Pole, Alaska. A two-bedroom, one and a half bathroom home is a whimsical way to spend a holiday. The house is adorned with peppermint-themed doorways, tree trunk handle rails, gnomes, and quilted elf tapestries. The full house is available for you to live like one of Santa’s elves for $95 a night.



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