|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
If your taste is more jukebox than Victrola? More poodle skirt than parasol? Then America's First Nostalgic Guesthouse, The Good Ol' Days House is for you. Relax during your stay in a home where the 1950s, 60s and 70s come alive. This recently restored & renovated family home is filled with authentic treasures that bring you back to the decades of America's past with its Nifty 50s Kitchen, an art deco style 1940s Dining Room, a living room in 'mod' 1960s decor, retro 70s bedrooms, and full basement with a Knotty Pine built in bar right out of the 50s along with vintage Pinball and Bowling machines. Take a step back in time with family and friends as you celebrate important milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, family & class reunions or just a weekend getaway to go back to a simpler time and remember those Good Ol' Days.
**The GOOD OL' DAY HOUSE was just featured on the television show WQEDs 'PITTSBURGH 360' on April 18, 2013! You can download the show from WQEDs website.
Restaurants: There are several excellent restaurants for fine dining in the area such as close-by The Back Porch & The Speer Street Grill, Lenora's in Perryopolis, & Lucchesi's in Monessen. You can also enjoy good home-style family type restaurants, fast food and other familiar chain restaurants all less than one mile away.
Pittsburgh dining is 25 miles or a 30, 45 minute drive.
Seven Springs is less than an hour away.
There are 2 yummy pizza shops, a Dairy Queen, Bakery & Grocery Store all within walking distance.
A friendly local 'watering hole' tavern is also within walking distance on the Main Street.
Shopping: Many vintage & antique shops are close by within a few minutes or up to a 15 minute drive. We have Gabriel Brothers, which is a 'Bargain Place' to shop for name brands & closeouts.
The Brand new Tanger Outlet Mall is 20 minutes away and there are 6 Shopping Malls all within a 30 - 45 minute drive. Such as South Hills Village, Westmoreland Mall, Uniontown Mall, Franklin Mall, Century III Mall and Monroeville Mall.
Churches: Just like in those Good Ol' Days when faith in God was the center of any community--- Churches of all denominations are nearby and most within walking distance to the home.
i am a former Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. United States 1993 (crowned in Las Vegas), inventor & entrepreneur. This is the former family home of my Italian immigrant grandparents who moved here in 1949. It has been in our family for more than 60 years and now enjoys taking guests on a trip back to the eras of the 1950s, 60s & 70s! I am currently chairwoman of The Mid Mon Valley Cultural Trust and we have renewed efforts to restore, and preserve the historical Coyle Theater located in Charleroi with hopes of opening it as a movie theater and entertainment complex in the heart of the Mid Monongahela Valley.
MELANIE PATTERSON purchased this house in 2008
There is nothing like this anywhere. The house has been featured with Dave Crawley (KDKA & WQED Reporter) on WQED PITTSBURGH 360 where he has described the house as a 'time machine' taking you to decades of the 1950s, 60s, 70s & 80s. It is truly an experience for all generations...hope you remember how to percolate coffee, fill up ice cube trays, and operate and 8 track tape player...and we have WiFi available too -- just in case you need to stick around in this century too.
A free trip down memory lane with working Rotary phones, percolated coffee, stereos, LPs, 45s, eight track tape player, 1975 Pinball machine, Ms Pacman Tabletop game, vintage board games, polyester suit & bellbottoms in the boys' bedroom, Brownie outfit & 1950s Prom Dress in the girls' room, and lots of nostalgic experiences with family & friends that will truly be stored in your memory bank for future withdrawels. Shop in an old fashioned street filled with Antique shops, Boutiques, Bakery, Grocery store, Taverns & Churches & a Parochial school (that I attended as a child).
We've just spent an amazing week in your beautiful home. Thank you for opening the doors to the past -- your home unlocked memories that we will treasure for years to come. You are a warm and caring person and your love of live and family fills each room of this dear home. Being a child of the 50s, raised in a Polish Catholic Family, I just 'connected' with so many things in here. I truly felt as if I'd come home. Thank you so much for the treats, breakfast, you are very thoughtful. We wish you and your family all the best. Thanks for the Memories! With warmest regards and heartfelt appreciation.
As a general rule with birthdays and holidays, my husband and I avoid buying physical presents for our nieces and nephews, but rather, "make memories" by doing something together - whether a one-day, overnight or just evening event. When we found the "Good Ole Days" get-a-away, we knew it would be a great Christmas present for all of us...and boy, did we score big! The kids - ranging in ages from 8-17, were so delighted with this place and Melanie's special touches that when we went into Pittsburgh to see the city at Christmas time, we left early because everyone wanted to just come "home" and enjoy the place together. What did we do during the stay? Lived. John made my mom's "blue plate special" traditional meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans and had family dinner...we peculated coffee and made cocoa and told stories, rumpused in the rumpus room, listened to records...and had a great blend of Christmas and Festivas time - oh, and always love Gabriels which is just down the road.
My husband and I have traveled extensively, and we received some of the best hospitality from Melanie AND comfortable accommodations. We love that Melanie not only has honored her family in this way but has also given others a chance to feel a part of the memories - both hers and their own. We will be back...!
We had a wonderful time. The house brings back so many memories. Staying here is a unique and delightful experience. From reviewing the website we expected a great experience but in fact staying there in person exceeded our expectations.
As for the basics, the house was very clean, the owner/manager had great customer service, and the location was easy to find. We will recommended staying here to our family and friends.
My husband, our daughters, son-in law and 2 grandchildren spent 4 days at Melanie's Fun House.
We all came from out of state to visit family. The house was lots of fun outside and inside. We never ran out of things to look at, laugh at and enjoy! Many toys and games for the adults and children. Oh, the memories.
And while the whole house was entertaining it was also very comfortable. Melanie has seen to every detail to make one feel at home, from comfortable beds and sheets to wonderful fragrant homemade soap.The bathrooms have roomy standing showers and great showers heads, lots of fluffy towels and places to hang them. There is a washer and dryer.
The house is totally suited for parties. A roomy refrigerator, freezer and a oven in the kitchen AND another oven in the rumpus room which was really convenient for our family party. Lots of kitchen towels and dish clothes. Many, many dishes, glasses, mugs, flatware, trays, nice pots and pans, extra tables and chairs. Melanie does not skimp on anything. Coffee, sugar and tea bags were also provided. No microwave, you get to go 'back in time' to reheat foods. We didn't even miss the microwave.
I expected the house to be a wonderful 'back in time' experience because of the reviews. I never expected the house to be so well equipped and comfortable.
Thank you Melanie for being an awesome host!
My two brothers and I rented the home to attend a joint class/family reunion in the Mon Valley. We came from Las Vegas, Calgary, Alberta and Tampa and wanted a fun place to stay versus staying in a hotel. It was a great decision and we loved the 50's theme home. It exceeded our expectations, Melanie was there to meet us the day we arrived and the home was clean, well appointed and fun. The location in downtown Belle Vernon was a treat to remind us of our Western PA. roots and had shopping and food facilities close by. I would recommend to others and hope they would enjoy the experience as much as we did. My only criticism is that some of the "theming items" , especially stuff on the bedroom furniture be scaled back so the guest would have more space for personal items they travel with and need those areas.
It's above the ho-hum of a traditional hotel stay. Plenty of things to do and see.
If you are into history or fads of the past it's the place for you. I look forward to staying there again sometime.
Our nostalgic vacation home is located on the main street of a small quiet town located south of Pittsburgh on Broad Avenue. The 'avenue' is filled with hair & nail salons, pizza & sandwich shops, a doctor's office, a dentist, a chiropractor, a ladies boutique shop, pharmacy, funeral homes, a newsstand, churches, taverns,an old-fashioned bakery, a cute little day care center & 2 antique shops located right across the street in this residential area of the avenue. We are an hour away from Pittsburgh, 30 minutes from Washington, Greensburg or Uniontown. One hour drive to Seven Springs Resort, the Ohio and West Virginia borders. Close by are Shopping Plazas, Outlet Malls, Fine Restaurants, Antique stores, and bicycling, golfing, swimming, Historic Amusement Parks, Casinos and a Water Park lend itself to many outdoor recreational activities that are available. Nearest Golf Course is the Cedarbrook Golf Course, and the Willowbrook Golf Course, being less than a mile away and about 2 miles apart from each other. There are 2 miniature golf courses nearby for those who just want to 'put around' and have fun.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Dec 1 2014 - Jun 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
Jun 2 2015 - Sep 2 2015
2 night minimum stay
|Notes||The trip down Memory Lane is FREE!!! No other vacation house rental in the country allows you 'experience yesterday' once more! Create and store new memories with family and friends in your own nostalgia bank!|
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