Unforgettable Getaways: 8 Unique Vacation Rentals in Pennsylvania You Have to See to Believe

The Haines Shoe House in York is available as a vacation rental on Vrbo. (Photo: Beth Lennon)

By Ashley Adams

April 14, 2023

Whether you want to stay in the house used by serial killer Buffalo Bill in the movie “Silence of the Lambs,” a hilltop castle, or a giant shoe, you won’t have to leave the state to find unique and interesting vacation rentals.

Tired of the typical beach house or cabin rental? Are you looking for a getaway that’s a bit more unique and memorable? 

You don’t have to go far to find a cool vacation rental. Using Vrbo or Airbnb, you’ll find there are plenty of unique options right here in Pennsylvania.

So, whether you want to stay in a treehouse with a slide, a castle on the hill, or a shoe house, there’s something for every adventurous traveler within the borders of the commonwealth.

Check out these eight unique properties:

Haines Shoe House, York

Originally built in 1950 by a shoe retailer to promote his business, the three-bedroom Haines Shoe House offers a variety of amenities both old and new. You can relax in the hot tub, chat around the fire pit, or listen to classic vinyl records.

Philly Glamping Tree House, Pottstown

Enjoy a private luxurious glamping experience at the Philly Glamping Tree House located on a 100-acre family farm about an hour west of Philadelphia. You can enjoy the view from the wooden deck around the canvas tent you’ll be staying in and then take a ride down the slide to swing in the hammock.

Rustic Tree House, Farmington

Nestled in the trees, the Rustic Tree House rental is hand-crafted of natural timber with an elongated staircase leading to the tree house. Relax in the hot tub while listening to the birds’ singing during this rustic getaway. 

Unforgettable Getaways: 8 Unique Vacation Rentals in Pennsylvania You Have to See to Believe
The house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs” in Perryopolis, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Buffalo Bill’s “The Silence of the Lambs” House, Perryopolis

Stay overnight at Buffalo Bill’s House from the Academy Award winning film “The Silence of the Lambs.” Have your picture taken in many of the iconic rooms featured in the movie, including in the well where Buffalo Bill kept his victims.

Thaddeus Stevens’ Log Home, Gettysburg

Built in 1790, Thaddeus Stevens’ Log Home maintains its historic character with original wood floors, walls, and beams while also boasting many modern conveniences. The log home had a front row view of where the Confederates occupied West Middle Street during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Majestic Hilltop Castle, Beach Lake

The Majestic Hilltop Castle is a 30,000-square-foot, modern-day castle that sleeps 18-to-46 people. It has three custom outdoor pools, a full-size indoor basketball court, a 72-seat movie theater, an arcade, two bowling alleys, an indoor mini-golf course, and much more.

The Carlisle Castle, Carlisle

Built in 1939, the Carlisle Castle is a vacation spot to remember for years to come. Commonly known as the Gingerbread Man house in homage to the owner who meticulously renovated it, this rental features a pool, fountains, patios, and two ponds.

Indoor Getaway, Penbrook

The Indoor Getaway is a quirky, retro rental located in a former bank that was renovated into living space. Spend your time playing old-school board games, foosball, darts, or play one of the many musical instruments. This getaway takes you back to the age when people spent quality time together instead of staring at their phones.


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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