3 Bedrooms 2 Full bathrooms with showers, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 6 comfortably
About MELANIE PATTERSON
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 70 years and now enjoys taking guests on a trip back to the eras of the 1950s, 60s, 70s & 80s! I enjoy history and fixing up old things and currently involved in an adaptive reuse project with a brownfield riverfront property that my husband and I own nearby and the former concrete industrial warehouse that my husbands family built in 1950.
MELANIE PATTERSON purchased this House in 2008
Why MELANIE PATTERSON chose North Belle Vernon
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 you remember how to percolate coffee, fill up ice cube trays, and operate and 8 track tape we have WiFi available too -- just in case you need to stick around in this century too.
What makes this House unique
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).
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
We are dog friendly. Sorry no cats.
No vaping inside the house and no burning of candles.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Melanie ward very available and approachable. We enjoyed our stay. Very fun place.
It was fun. A bit like staying in a museum, in a fun way.
So glad you enjoyed your stay in our museum like house that you can sleep and play in. Hope to have you back again in the future😍�
Great holiday. Lovely landlady. Recommended.
The "sweetest" guests on the planet! Thank you for the Cadbury treats. Loved having you all as guests in our unique home away from home.
First stay, but it won't be our last
My wife and I were in town for my family reunion, and I'd remembered seeing this place online. It had stood out to me because we're both from Belle Vernon. So it was like a homecoming.
After I booked, I'd mentioned to Melanie that we were natives, and were looking forward to staying. When we arrived, sitting on the kitchen table was a box of baked goodies from Valdeserri's Bakery*. Valdeserri's is a Belle Vernon institution, around since 1903, and it's one of the best bakeries I've been to in years of travels. What a phenomenal, unexpected, unnecessary, and very much appreciated gesture!
We stayed in the Happy Days Hideaway, the former hair salon in the back of the house. The entire place probably measures 12'x40', but the memories packed in there will fill every corner of your mind.
In the kitchen, there is a small table, coffee maker, refrigerator, and stove, and I swear - somehow Melanie was able to get every single knick-knack that my grandmother had in her own kitchen. From the paper towel/aluminum foil/wax paper dispenser to the hand mixer to the 1957 calendar on the wall, it immediately took me back. Both my wife and I remarked that it was like staying at Grandma's house.
The bedroom area was true-to-period, with exactly the kind of curtains and bedspread that all of our grandparents had. There was a vinyl record player with Frankie Valle queued up, and several LPs in the cabinet, including Dean Martin and the original soundtrack to West Side Story.
The bathroom was spacious, and somewhat modern, with a rainfall shower head, and plush towels. The bathroom is a tip of the hat to the old salon, with an abundance of hair care products from the 50's in a display. It's all so very cool.
For as much fun as this place is, what impressed me the most was the cleanliness. Sparkly clean. Grandma would be proud.
We travel back to Western PA a few times a year, and while we often stay in Pittsburgh, if we're ever back in the Mon Valley, this will be my first choice in accommodations - hopefully next time in the main house. I'd give it six stars if I could.
*Back to Valdeserre's. Try it. You won't be sorry. It's just four blocks up the street on Broad Avenue.
Thank you Duane for taking the time to give The Good OL' Days House such a great review! I work really hard to offer the best "blast to the past" experience, even for a hometown boy, and glad to see that reflected in your visit to your old stompin' grounds. You and your family were super great guests -- the kind we'd love to have back in our home in the future -- for another trip down memory lane and Broad Avenue too. Thanks for the lovely review!
it was a WONDERFUL, MAGICAL, COMFORTABLE EXPERIENCE
It was a terrific experience and a place to stay if a group where everyone can be together. the best was the basement, something for all, that is for sure and such fun. The bedrooms were so adorable. Like most people, if all mattresses were firm and beds were all kings, would be a perfect situation, but of course they did not do that in the fifties and you go with the flow, like at home so no back or neck aches, that would be the only thing but that is anywhere you go. Nothing like your own bed. Please do not misunderstand, would definitely go back. If not for that, absolutely perfect.
Doris and her guests were so much fun to host in my unique time machine house & family home. They were very interested in experiencing the details of the house and all that SW Pennsylvania had to offer! The group was clean, communicative and super friendly and loving toward our unique treasures inside the home, such as the pinball machines, pac man and other entertaining vintage finds from the past and we certainly look forward to having you back as return guests in the future. As for the beds -- sorry to disappoint that they were not king size; as it states in the description the beds are a queen, full size, set of twin beds & a cot and it comes as a surprise as we have always received nothing but positive compliments about the comfort of the beds. One even went so far as to purchase the same mattress for his home. Thanks again Doris for sharing your thoughts and I certainly look forward to hosting you again!
Long Stay on Off Season for Work Out Of State
My stay here was wonderful and very user friendly for the area. The owner Melanie Patterson and her family, neighbors, and friends were very welcoming for my time away from home for work. Staying here was a definitely a home away from home feeling. The place was clean, affordable, inviting, and cozy. I do a lot of traveling all over and this place was gorgeous even during all the beautiful snow. I wish I could post pictures that I took of this place. It brings you back to your child hood of things you grew up with in your lifetime and even more. If you want the feel of reminders throughout your life, this place has it all. Take a step back in time and every night I felt like I was back in my bed at home when I was seven years old. Anytime I needed anything Melanie answered all my questions and was available on call. We had dinner with her family, visited the local moose lodge, and me and my future husband that I met found our first date place to be one of the most romantic places ever " The Back Porch" in the basement of this restaurant.
Love love loved it!
Thank you Michelle for taking the time to review your stay with your very kind and positive feedback about your extended stay here at The Good OL' Days House. We take pride in catering to our guests' needs the best way we can and so very happy to hear that we accomplished that during your extended stay. We loved meeting Bill and Jax and hold you all very dear in our hearts. Looking forward to seeing you all again and hope your next visit to Southwestern PA will be right around the corner. Please feel free to call me if there is ever anything I can help you with. And remember our special romantic Happy Days Hideaway for Two --- and if you stop on by -- we'll 'leave the light on for ya'!
A Walk Back in Time
You won't find anyone nicer than Melanie Patterson. She was so helpful and accommodating for our stay in North Belle Vernon. We were a short drive away to family in Pittsburgh. The little town of Belle Vernon is packed with local pubs and eateries that you won't lack for any places to find just what you want. The house is like a walk back in time for anyone over fifty and an educational experience for anyone younger. I loved remembering a time gone by. We had some laughs about the doorbell playing tunes and were warm and cozy in the house when the weather turned cold. The house was exceptionally clean and had everything we needed. It is certainly a place we want to return to when we visit our family again. Thanks Melanie for letting us have a slice of history! It was magical!
There is nothing I appreciate more than knowing my guests truly enjoyed their stay and trip back in time!! You were super guests and hope you will make the trip again -- down memory lane at The Good Ol' Days House. Love and God Bless!!
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.