RETRO RETREAT + FREE BLAST INTO THE PAST IN THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND GROOVY GETAWAY

MELANIE PATTERSON

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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3 Bedrooms 2 Full bathrooms with showers, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6 comfortably

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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
Guestbook comments from the owner
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.
Sep 2012
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MELANIE PATTERSON

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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!

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).

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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4.9
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A TRULY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE & TRIP BACK TO THE PAST.

A truly unique experience & trip back to the past.
  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you are not a ho-hum kind of a person! It was a pleasure to have you as our guest and we look forward to accommodating you again with a trip down memory lane!
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WONDERFUL!

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely time at the "back in the day" house, as my 9 year old referred to it. We loved showing the kids what we grew up, and it was simply and pleasure.
  • Submitted: May 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mary Sue,
It was a pleasure to have your kids enjoy the type of fun kids had 'back in the day'! Hope you are getting ready to enjoy your summer baseball season and you're welcome to return and watch our Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnatti Reds this year! Go Reds -- but not when you're in Bucco country. Have a nice day. Stay happy & healthy!
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VINTAGE AND LUXURY SIMULTANEOUSLY!

  • 5 of 5
"My husband, nieces, nephews and I will be talking about this place forever! The kids ranged in age from 8 to 17 and they OOOHED and AAAHED while Melanie took us on a quick tour. We applaud Melanie's attention to detail, accuracy, and hospitality. We believe that the sleeping and bathing accommodations and hospitality to be the best we've had yet. We LIVED here for just a short while but FELT like it was our home and that we knew the folks who had once shared meals at the dining table, told jokes in the living room and played records in the bedrooms. The kids loved their boys and girls' special bedrooms and hungout there when John and I chatted by the Christmas tree with our perculated coffee. We went into the city but only briefly as the kids just wanted to "come home" to Belle Vernon and the rumpus room and their bedrooms. Huge gratitude to Melanie for making our annual Christmas memory so very special and memorable."
  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beckie,
The pleasure certainly was all mine having you, your husband, and nieces and nephews spend Christmas 2013 making precious memories of their "Home for the Holidays" at The Good Ol' Days House. How lucky & blessed these children are to have such a wonderful, kind & loving Aunt & Uncle who take the time to create lifelong memories with them. You are special and have been an inspiration to me .... so happy to have met you all. Years from now -- it would be super to have these children return with their " future" nieces & nephews for a trip down memory lane....and by then it will probably seem 'prehistoric'! Thanks again for taking good care of your home away from home -- you are very special guests to our family.
Love & God Bless You All!!
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PERFECT FOR FAMILY GET-TOGETHERS

  • 5 of 5
The number of period pieces in this house is staggering. Everywhere I looked there was something that reminded me of my childhood. (I was born in 1949.) Melanie Patterson, the owner, has a real passion for collecting '50's, '60's and early '70's articles. Last year we booked the "Good Old Days House" for a cousin reunion, and we had such fun we did it again this year. It will certainly be a tradition we'll maintain for as long as any of us are standing--that's how much fun we had. The accommodations are quite comfortable, and the whole place is squeaky-clean. Melanie cares about every single little detail, and takes good care of her guests. I highly recommend the "Good Old Days House" for any family gathering.
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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JUDIE AND DAVES WEDDING PARTY

  • 5 of 5
There are no words to accurately describe our stay at the Good Ole Days House. It was beyond our expectations. Every hour was a new experience as we found more and more things that were so much a part of our earlier lives. Those of us that stayed there were constantly busy either playing games or reminiscing about our childhood. The owner was a perfect hostess, and the entire weekend was so much fun. All of our guests were so much in awe of the place, and it was so appropriate for our themed 50"sreception.( We plan to go back every year for our anniversary). In a vew words, everything was perfect!
  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure it was to be able to 'meet and greet' all of you as you celebrated this special wedding celebration! Judie & Dave you are two special people who are so much fun I wish I were related to you so I could be a part of all your gatherings with friends & family! You were wonderful guests who took great care of the house (as if it were your own) and all its 'memorabilia stuff' and I really appreciate that. We welcome you back any time you want to ride that 'time machine' back to the 1950s!!!! God Bless you all.
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A LOT OF FUN!

  • 5 of 5
We stayed overnight for a girl's getaway, shopped the next day at Tanger Outlets. We've done this as a yearly thing, but always stayed at hotels ... this was a great alternative to have a complete house with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Plus, so much fun to be surrounded by the "retro" atmosphere as we are six girls who all went to high school together and graduated in the 70's. Owner is great, friendly and very accommodating. Will definitely consider a return visit.
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your "70s Girls" enjoyed your overnight getaway at THE GOOD OL' DAYS HOUSE! You all looked great in your "decades outfits" which made you all look "decades" younger too. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and very happy to have you as my guests. I look forward to having you return for a future visit to my nostalgic guesthouse. As we used to say in the 1970s.... "Have a Nice Day".
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Speers Street Grill
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The Back Porch
"Charming antiques fill this historical house featuring glowing fireplaces in each room, & ro..."
Sonny's Grille
"Quaint, cozy little place with indoor & outdoor seating with big screen tvs throughout. Fri..."
Little Bamboo Chinese Restaurant
"Local favorite for Chinese & Japanese cuisine. Sushi Bar specials daily."
Jake's Pizza
"Longtime, locally family-owned voted Valley's #1 Pizza & Sandwiches. Blocks away from the ho..."
Don Patron
"Great locally, owned restaurant with great Mexican favorites in a quant atmosphere. Love th..."
Starbucks
"What can I say --- the house is located blocks away from the house -- just in case you have ..."
Serendipity Tea Room
"Voted one of the best tea rooms in Pennsylvania!!! Beautiful Victorian Atmosphere & delicio..."
Salatino's River House Cafe
"Delicious weekly specials, Beer Tasting Events, LIVE Entertainment + Bar with large screen TVS."
Bills Golfland
"Miniature Golf, Driving Range, 1950s Diner Food. Local favorite with long family history."
Eat'n Park
"Open 24 hours! Pittsburgh's #1 Family Restaurant with an old-fashioned diner decor & menu. ..."
Morgan's Antiques & Used Furniture
"Everything from Fine China, Antique pieces of furniture to an antique Model T Ford inside th..."
MarBill Diamonds & Jewelry
"OOOOoohhhAaaaahhhh is what you will say when you see all the beautiful diamonds and spectacu..."
Checkers Boutique
"Specialty boutique for Prom & Formal fashions for Ladies."
Riverside Village Shoppes
"Great little mini-shoppes inside filled with treasures of all kinds sure to make you smile. ..."
Tim's Secret Treasures
"2 Floors and 8 rooms of Antiques & Treasures! Look for the giant Rooster & other outdoor ch..."
Tim's Secret Treasures
"2 Floors and 8 rooms of Antiques & Treasures! Look for the giant Rooster & other outdoor ch..."
Fields of Heather
"Absolutely gorgeous fresh flower and silk arrangements for the home or as gifts. Store also..."
Prima Diva Boutique
"Ladies fashions, prom dresses, purses, jewelry and more!"
Gene & Boots Candies Inc
"Locally made delicious chocolate candies since 1930s. Old-fashioned goodies & sweet gifts &..."
On Main Mod
"Gently used mainly modern furnishings, antiques and vintage furniture."
On Main Mod
"Gently used mainly modern furnishings, antiques and vintage furniture."
Main Street Antiques
"Three floors of wonderful antiques that will keep you shopping for hours!"
C J's Furniture
"Amazing collections of furniture, stained glass lamps, wall hangings, tables & decorating pi..."
Lucchesi's
Jake's Pizza
"Longtime family owned voted Valley's #1 Favorite Pizza & Sandwiches."
Back Porch Restaurant
"Best in Fine Dining/Atmosphere/Charm) in all of Southwestern Pennsylvania (including Pittsbu..."
Sweeney's Cafe & Pub
2 Fine Caterers
River House Cafe
Bill's Golfland
Jake's Pizza
"Longtime, locally family-owned voted Valley's #1 Pizza & Sandwiches. Blocks away from the ho..."
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Pittsburgh International Airport
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Greensburg
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 70
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sonny's Grill
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Cedarbrook Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Back Porch Restaurant
Car: necessary

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 dress 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.

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer Peak Season
Jun 6 2014 - Sep 8 2014
2 night minimum stay
$225
$1,200
$3,500
 
 
Off Peak Season
Sep 9 2014 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$175
$950
$1,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Basic Rate for Off Season is $350 + $100 each night after all inclusive.
Rate for Peak Season is $450 + $150 each night after all inclusive.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Pittsburgh House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Living Room
  • Internet ...
  • Rumpus Room
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Bottled Water
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Mini Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The upstairs bathroom has a refinished 1928 clawfoot tub original to the house along with a new Walk-in corner Shower Unit. It reflects a 1930s decor yet has all new plumbing and fixtures. The house is equipped with a Rennai hot water heating system which provides hot-water on demand at all times. The powder room on the main floor was added during the renovations and used to be a closet. It's convenient and in the middle of the house. The full bathroom in the Rumpus Room (basement) has a walk-in shower with a ceramic tile bathroom heated floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • We have in addition to the beds in each room, a folding cot, several 'air' mattresses that are great for kids or teenagers who want to use them in the other areas of the house such as the basement rumpus room -- or living room areas. There are plenty of pillows and blankets, and the sheets are authentic vintage and right out of the original packages from the 1960s & 70s.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Books ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Radio
  • DVD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • museums
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
  • marina
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • gambling casinos
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • ice skating
  • rafting
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • swimming
  • golf privileges optional
  • golf
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
The home has 3 floors that include second floor bedrooms & bathroom. A powder room is located on the main floor with a full bath in the basement. Stairs are necessary in order to use this facility for overnight stays. The home was built in 1928 and is a classic American Foursquare home. The home is also equipped with unique nostalgic items from the 1950s, 60s & 70s including a 1969 Pinball Machine, 1980s Ms. Pacman tabletop game, a Knotty Pine Bar in the Rumpus Room, Table-top Juke Box, and 1940s candy machine, and much more! 'Mr. Bubble' bubble bath, 'Lemon-Up & Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific' Shampoos too.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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