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Procrastinated booking your solar eclipse accommodations? There's still a chance you won't have to sleep in your car.
Hotels in the path of the U.S.'s total solar eclipse have been booked up for months. Airbnb hosts have been charging thousands of dollars for homes in rural areas that would usually cost a few hundred dollars a night. Cars have been rented, though several hundred people have been left in the lurch after Hertz cancelled their eclipse rentals due to overbooking. But, if you didn't jump on the solar eclipse planning train when we told you to late last year, there's still hope.
Booking.com just released four rooms at the Fontanel Mansion in Nashville for the night of August 20, before Monday's total solar eclipse. The 33,000-square foot log cabin home is located directly in the path of totality, so all you'll have to do is grab your protective eclipse glasses, take a peek through the telescopes provided, and park yourself on a large daybed in the backyard. Previously owned by country singer Barbara Mandrell, the mansion will offer plenty on its own to explore before and after the four-hour eclipse (the total eclipse only lasts around two minutes): There are 20 rooms filled with memorabilia from country stars like Kenny Chesney and Big & Rich, five fireplaces, and an indoor pool. Plus, the home is just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville by car.
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