There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do. Eventually, they all moved out and the old woman rented the shoe on Vrbo.
Okay, that’s not how the nursery rhyme goes, but something similar really is happening in Central Pennsylvania. You can now stay in a shoe-shaped house. According to UPI, Waylon and Naomi Brown purchased the Haines Shoe House in Hellam Township, close to York, PA, earlier this year. It’s just off Route 30 on, where else, Shoe House Road. The Browns have now made it available for short-term rentals on Vrbo.
The whimsical house was built from 1948 to 1949 to promote Mahlon Haines’ chain of shoe stores. Over the years, it went through multiple owners, serving as a honeymoon suite, an ice cream shop, and a tourist attraction. The Browns recently completed renovations but kept some of the original features, such as the stained-glass windows. The three bedrooms are filled with shoe memorabilia, and have been named “Shoelace Space,” “Instep Suite,” and “Ankle Abode.”
Reservations for the Haines Shoe House are available through the end of the year and start at $269 per night. They even have a souvenir shop. At some point during the holiday season, I’ll be visiting my parents in Philadelphia. I may have to make a side trip to Hellam Township. You can take a video tour of the residential footwear below: