Those looking for a uniquely Jersey Shore expertise might discover it in Margate the place guests can have the chance to book an evening’s stay inside Lucy the Elephant.
Lucy turns into out there for AirBnB bookings on March 5, and reservations can be found on March 17, 18, and 19. Guests are restricted to one-night stays at the modest worth of $138 – as a result of Lucy is 138 years previous.
Built in 1881, Lucy the Elephant claims to be the oldest surviving zoomorphic construction in the world. The Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty have been round for much less time than her. It was constructed as a vacationer attraction, however the household of a physician visiting from England did rent it for the summer in 1902 and stay there, changing the inside to bedrooms, a kitchen and different dwelling areas.
They can have been the final folks to spend the evening in Lucy, till subsequent month’s company arrive.
The Save Lucy Committee, the group devoted to her preservation, is operating the reserving with AirBnB, which is donating to the trigger in return. It is the solely remaining elephant of three similar structures constructed on the East Coast by James Lafferty, a Philadelphia-based actual property developer.
Richard Helfant, government director of the group, will stay close by and information the AirBnB company via their distinctive stay.
“I’ve been by Lucy’s side for 50 years, and she’s been a part of so many unique moments,” Helfant mentioned in a press launch. “I can’t wait to show guests what Lucy is all about.”
The elephant usually features as a preferred, 6-story-tall, vacationer vacation spot, situated in the Jersey Shore city about 5 miles south of Atlantic City. It supplies views of the ocean and the close by metropolis skyline. More than 100,000 paying guests per 12 months climb the flights stairs to tour Lucy and take in the view from atop her again.
Among the guests to the historic web site, boasted by the Save the Lucy committee, are President Woodrow Wilson and his spouse and Henry Ford. The construction does not have operating water anymore, but it surely’s roomy ceiling and Victorian decorations to make up for that. And for the fortunate AirBnB company, there shall be a trailer parked outdoors.
Lucy’s exterior resembles elephants used for in style and controversial tourism in locations like Thailand. She is outfitted with a “howdah,” which is the identify of the seat that carries riders.
The Margate group additionally host a toenail-painting celebration each July for Lucy, the place the nail color is chosen by online vote.