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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Alabama Retreat (from $100/night)
In October 1931, F. Scott and Zelda leased a stately home in Montgomery, Alabama, in order to focus on their writing. (It’s where Fitzgerald wrote Tender Is the Night, in case you were wondering.) The charming home has since been carved into several two-bedroom apartments, one of which you can rent by the night to jump-start your own burst of creative inspiration.
Aldous Huxley’s Taos Cabin (from $120/night)
It’s most certainly a “brave new world” when you book this ridiculously cool New Mexico cabin, which was once home to dystopian writer Aldous Huxley. The 500-square-foot structure sits in the middle of an organic goji berry farm and boasts distressed wooden rafters, Indian wall art, a wood-burning iron stove and striking views of the Taos Ski Valley. (Cell-phone reception is admittedly spotty.)
Miguel de Cervantes’s Barcelona Duplex (from $311/night)
Calling all Don Quixote fans. Wanna shack up in Miguel de Cervantes’s former Barcelona residence? This 15th-century two-story home has been updated with many modern conveniences (we’re pretty sure Cervantes didn’t have a dishwasher or Wi-Fi), but still retains much of its Catalan Gothic charm.
Alexandre Dumas’s Paris Apartment (from $1,131/night)
Staying in the Man in the Iron Mask’s prison cell? No, thank you. Staying in Alexandre Dumas’s three-bedroom Parisian apartment? Yes, please. It’s been thoroughly modernized (sleek, contemporary furniture, baller Jacuzzi, JBL surround sound), but still boasts a lot of fantastic only-in-Paris architectural detailing. The Montmartre location doesn’t hurt either.
John Steinbeck’s California Writing Studio (from $165/night)
In the early ’40s, Steinbeck used this small cottage near the Monterey beaches as a cozy getaway and writing studio; it’s where he worked on his Log from the Sea of Cortez. Rent the gorgeously designed one-bedroom abode for your next Pacific Coast vacay. Just be forewarned, Steinbeck purists, that the property has since gone smoke-free.
Charles Dickens’s London Workspace (from $369/night)
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Victorian London was kind of a weird place to live. (So. Much. Typhoid.) Luckily, contemporary London is just a tad more delightful--as is a stay in Dickens’s Covent Garden apartment, where he founded his literary magazine, All the Year Round. The spacious one-bedroom has been updated to look almost hotel-like, but it’s easy to imagine Old Charlie hard at work there.
Willa Cather’s Childhood Home (from $66/night)
Well, you can’t beat Nebraska pricing; Willa Cather’s childhood home is going for a cool $66 a night and has a certain sparse Midwestern charm. There’s no Wi-Fi here... but there are two cats that roam the premises. O Pioneers, indeed.
You’ve read everything Fitzgerald ever wrote. You’ve seen all the Gatsby film adaptations. Heck, you even powered through that super-boring Zelda biography last summer.
But did you know you could stay in F. Scott’s actual house?
For those truly creepy, er, devoted literary fans, we’ve rounded up seven rentals through Airbnb that used to be inhabited by famous authors (from Dickens to Steinbeck) and are now available for your vacation needs.
Head over to the slideshow to check out the abodes--and get ready for your loves of literature and real estate to finally collide.
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