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Now you can become the mayor of Hell (Michigan, that is)
September 30, 2020
This new Airbnb listing encourages travelers to become the rulers of hell. Hell, Michigan, that is.
John Colone, the self-proclaimed mayor of this unincorporated town — about 60 miles west of Detroit — has offered this slice of Hell to Michigan residents looking to “lord over the ghouls and goblins that call this haunted inferno home,” according to the listing.
In reality, Colone wants to have local travelers spend a night in his church-shaped tiny house, which stands behind gates prominently accented by a “Gates of Hell” sign, to ring in the Halloween season. Two people at most will be allowed at a time.
Accessed by a pumpkin-lit pathway, Colone’s lair has a queen-size bed with red and black linens surrounded by scarlet curtains. Outside, there’s a screening area, a fire pit and a dining area.
Guests can also head out to other parts of Hell, such as the Hell Hole Diner and the Hell Saloon for bites and sips — or they can take a walk along the Locks of Love Bridge, where couples have attached key locks in a symbolic gesture of locking in their love. The local reverend can even officiate a marriage there, “as we say, a marriage that starts in Hell has no place to go but up!” says the listing.
Hell may be the place for eternal damnation, but this Hell listing aims to promote safety and comfort amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The stay will receive enhanced cleanings, guests must come from the same household to minimize contagion — and social-distancing protocols must be followed to head into town.
Bookings begin Oct. 14 for stays on Oct. 18, Oct. 21 and Oct. 24. The rate, in a nod to Halloween, is a reasonable $31 for the night.
This being October in Michigan, Colone recommends packing appropriate clothing.
“Believe it or not, Hell can freeze over,” says the listing. “Don’t forget to dress for the weather!”