The self-proclaimed mayor of Hell, John Colone, is offering his home up via Airbnb on select October evenings to Michigan residents. Turns as Hell's short-term mayor will come on Oct. 18, 21 and 24 and will cost a seasonally-appropriate $31 plus taxes and fees. Visitors must come from the same household to minimize risk.
In addition, the listing will be cleaned prior to guests' arrival in accordance with Airbnb's Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which is informed by guidelines from health and medical experts. Colone has also taken the Pure Michigan Pledge, a commitment to maintain disinfecting and social distancing protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The town of Hell is located 20 miles from Ann Arbor in Livingston County.
"Hell is a little town on it's way up," reads the town description on Hell's official website. "We hope you will make Hell your next travel destination. We are surrounded by 400 acres of beautiful campgrounds, biking and hiking trails, a chain of lakes and channels, recreational areas for picnics, and so much more! We back up to the Potawatomi trail, and to the beautiful Pinckney Recreation Area. Bring your family for a little bit of Hell on Earth."
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Visitors of Southeast Michigan's obvious Halloween destination can cross Hell Creek on the Locks of Love Bridge, play mini-golf, order a sundae at Screams Ice Cream, send a postmarked letter from Hell's post office (which is located in the general store), grab an adult beverage at the Hell Saloon, sip coffee at the Hell Hole Diner or take a Hell t-shirt or coffee mug home from Screams Souvenirs gift shop. There's even a wedding chapel with a question mark steeple for marriages made in Hell!
"I am the biggest Halloween fan in the world (and the underworld), so I hope that our little slice of paradise can fill fellow Halloween lovers with all of the frightful chills and spooky sensations of the season," said Colone (as quoted on the Airbnb website). "And to our guests and soon-to-be Mayors, I trust you'll find that there is no place more welcoming than Hell on Earth--we can't wait to show you a helluva good time!"
The Michigan town developed in the 19th century around a sawmill, gristmill, distillery and tavern owned by George Reeves.