Win a Chance to Stay in the World’s Largest Birdhouse
This article originally appeared on Real Simple
This is a vacation rental like no other: live like the birds in a life-size birdhouse. HomeAway is teaming up with West Elm once more to outfit a two-bedroom human-scale birdhouse in Austin, Texas, just in time for South by Southwest, an annual gathering that mixes film, media, and music in mid-March.
The birdhouse is located inside HomeAway's global headquarters downtown office—it's a three-dimensional representation of the company's logo that was built in 2009. Last year, the accommodation site and furniture retailer teamed up to furnish the space and auction it off to one lucky bidder, with the proceeds benefiting Austin Habitat for Humanity.
This year, instead of an auction, HomeAway is hosting a contest for a two-night stay in the birdhouse during SXSW. Winners can choose dates from March 10-12, March 12-14, or March 17-19—and they can bring five friends to stay with them, too. HomeAway will also provide accommodation for two additional nights in a vacation rental, VIP wristbands to select parties, and haircuts and haircare products from Birds Barbershop and Verb.
To enter the contest, groups or individuals (all 21 years old and over) will need to submit a response detailing "how a Birdhouse stay will impact them and what it would mean to their startup, band, film, or creative enterprise." Two winning groups will be selected. You can enter the contest here.
The unique space features classic West Elm furniture, comfortable Casper mattresses, and the "Back Perch," a place to hang out on lawn chairs. Guests will even get access to HomeAway's office game room with a ping-pong table and shuffleboard.