If you've ever been to the Jersey Shore, you may have noticed a humongous elephant statue just hanging out on the beach. Yup, clocking in at six stories tall, that's Lucy the Elephant. This Jersey landmark has gone down in history, welcoming travelers to the shore every summer for the last 138 years. Lucy has even been hailed as the World's Greatest Elephant, and is actually older than the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Also, look at her banging pedicure.
Well now, you can actually stay inside Lucy the Elephant. That's right—this bodacious gal will be listed on Airbnb for the first time ever next month. Starting March 5, Lucy will open for bookings for the following nights: March 17, 18 or 19. Only two guests are allowed to stay in Lucy at a time, for a maximum of one night.
A super-exclusive opportunity? Yes, but within reason. First off, Lucy is a historic landmark and we must be fragile with her. Second, the stay will feature more than just a night in a giant elephant vessel. Guests will be treated to some delish Jersey fare cooked up by top local chefs, as well as have a pretty spectacular view of the ocean. They’ll also learn a thing or two about Lucy's and the shore's colorful history (way before a particular reality TV show set foot in the sand, ahem). Richard Helfant, Executive Director of the Save Lucy Committee, who started volunteering to preserve this landmark over 50 years ago, will host guests and give them a tour of the area.
What makes Lucy the Elephant even more impressive though, are her grand Victorian interiors. Her last visitors were a family of six who stayed during the summer of 1902. Since then, the design has remain untouched, with pieces dating back to the 1800s. Let's take a look!
Now, if you don't get a chance to stay in Lucy, don't worry; there are plenty of other eccentric vessels to stay in, like this giant potato, or this out-of-service Boeing 747 jet. You can also visit Lucy the Elephant anytime this summer.
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