By Gary Symons
TLL Editor in Chief
It’s definitely one of the weirder press releases we got this week.
First of all, the dateline for the story was from Whoville, which many will know is the home of the Whos and the Grinch from the Dr. Seuss classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
Secondly, it turns out the Grinch is now joining the sharing economy, and is renting out his cave 3,000 feet up on the side of Mt. Crumpit for just $19.57.
Turns out the old Grinch’s heart really did grow three sizes that day.
The vacation experience comes as part of a licensing agreement between Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Vacasa, North America’s leading vacation rental management platform.
Together, the partners have worked with the Grinch to create a unique travel experience just north of Whoville in the Grinch’s famous cave! The Seusstastic story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will be brought to life for a limited time, giving holiday revelers the chance to experience the Grinch and his dog Max’s home like never before.
Adventurous travelers, families, and Grinch enthusiasts looking for a steal this Christmas can celebrate the holiday season in the most whimsical way—by booking the Grinch’s infamous cave on Vacasa.com.
Unfortunately, we’re told the Grinch himself will be taking a holiday from the holidays as far away from all the caroling, candy canes, and Christmas cheer as he can.
Located “Three thousand feet up, Up the side of Mt. Crumpit,” guests can book the Grinch’s cave on Vacasa.com starting Dec. 3 for stays leading up to the Christmas holiday from Dec. 13– 23. Given the Grinch’s reclusive ways, the cave is set on the outskirts of town, just outside Boulder, Utah, on a beautiful, remote property.
The nightly rate for a stay will be $19.57* in honor of the book’s original release in 1957, and will include Vacasa’s signature guest and home care—with a few extra touches.
The Grinch’s rocky residence is within a hand-carved cave on the side of a massive stone mountain. Designers have decked the halls of this multi-level, 5,700 square-foot lair with everything a Grinch fan could imagine. There’s a kitchen stocked with roastable beast, Who-pudding, and an emergency stash of Who-hash.
A music room includes the Grinch’s organ alongside Max’s drum set leading into the study, main bedroom, guest bedroom, and more. Everywhere they go, visitors will be completely immersed in the world of the Grinch. Even more, the house is outfitted with all of Grinch’s gadgets; his over-the-top coffee machine, armoire with green furry pants, and all the kitchen supplies one would need to host a festive feast.
True to the beloved Dr. Seuss tale, the cave will have all the details that make the Grinch’s Mt. Crumpit home so iconic. When asked why he won’t be at the cave to greet visitors, the Grinch commented, “I just don’t really want to. Now go away.”
The experiential licensing deal is somewhat similar to another story TLL recently covered. In September, Disney revealed it had worked with Airbnb to create a ‘Bear BnB’ to celebrate the 95th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh.
The Bear BnB is located in the Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest, in England, and was said to be well-stocked with Hunny Pots.
Not to be outdone, Grinch fans staying at the Grinch’s cave will have the added benefit of Vacasa’s 24/7 guest support and elevated home care. Just like every other Vacasa vacation rental, the Grinch’s cave will be professionally cleaned and cared for by a dedicated local team, so guests can pack up their snoof, tringlers and fuzzles and enjoy a worry-free stay.
Interested visitors are encouraged to visit vacasa.com/Grinch for a 3D tour of the cave, and to mark their calendars for booking release times—the limited stays are expected to fill immediately.