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Relive the American Dream with a stay on Ellis Island

Relive the American Dream with a stay on Ellis Island
Ella Tan
  • On June 18, 2015


On June 29, one winner from anywhere in the world and their guest will be hosted by Academy Award® and Tony Award® winning actress Marcia Gay Harden and take a unique journey to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.


“Ellis Island holds a special place in my heart as many of my Irish and German relatives came here seeking a better life in America,” said Marcia Gay Harden, Academy Award® winning actress.

“Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty quickly became symbols of freedom and hope for millions of immigrants as they looked to create a new home in a new place,” said Andrea La Mesa, Airbnb Regional Director for North America. “Ahead of Independence Day, we’re excited to recreate that sense of belonging and welcome, just as our hosts do every day, in such a historic place.”


The experience for one winner and a guest will include the opportunity to explore the history of Ellis Island, uncover the stories of the immigrant experience and stay overnight in the Arabella ship docked between Ellis Island and Liberty Island.

From 1892 to 1924, Ellis Island was America’s largest and most active immigration station, where over 12 million immigrants were processed. For the vast majority of immigrants, Ellis Island truly was an “Island of Hope” – the first stop on their way to new opportunities and experiences in America.

Entry details:

For a chance to win this special experience, visit the America’s Gateway – Ellis Island’s listing on Airbnb no later than June 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET and contact the host and submit a response to: “Please tell us a little bit about yourself or your family’s history and why you’d like to make America’s Gateway your home for the night.” All terms and conditions of the contest are available on:

The cost is hosted by Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company.

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