Perry has a new kind of guest experience in the 3rd Street Suite, a vacation rental house.


“It allows you to see what it’s like being a member of the community and all of the local stops that sometimes you don’t necessarily get to see when you’re staying in a hotel,” Bethany Wicks said.


The rental house opened its doors to guests earlier this spring. A grand opening is set for 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at 1407 3rd St.


Bethany and her husband, Kevin, found they enjoy traveling through sites like Airbnb, where guests can rent entire apartments and homes online. They thought the rental home idea could work in Perry and purchased a house in January.


Kevin and a crew from his business, No Lawn Left Behind, did a large majority of the demolition work this winter. Contractor Brad Kiefer then helped the couple remodel the home before they opened it up for rent this spring.


The carpet was removed in the main dining and entry way areas and the hardwood floors were refinished. The kitchen, Bethany said, received a major update. The crew also updated the ½ bath on the main floor to a full bathroom to go with the four bedroom layout.


Bethany then set about painting and decorating each of the rooms in the rental property. A lot of her inspiration came from items she purchased from stores in Perry.


The living room features a unique TV stand from Wenger Auction Services. A variety of pieces from Betsy Peterson Designs are sprinkled throughout the house.


The kitchen is decorated in mostly blues with touches of red to reflect the Perry Bluejays. Red letters spelling out ‘Perry’ hang above the kitchen cabinets. A sign in front of the coffee pot directs guests to check out Perry Perk just a few blocks away.


Each of the bedrooms has a different theme. One of the rooms features a bicycle hanging over the bed. Various bicycle artwork from The Scottish Fox, Mary Rose Collection and Wenger Auction Services are also featured in the room.


“With the connector trail coming in the near future, I think this will be a good conversation piece for guests who stay here. And hopefully encourage them to use the trails,” Bethany said.


The Reading Room has a headboard made out of books and a small reading nook in one of the dormer closets.


Yellow stars hang over the bed in the Perry Room while colorful pillows brighten up the white bedspread. The stars are from Betsy Peterson Designs while the fabric came from Mary Rose Collection.


“I thought this was a good theme for this room because it showcases how the things that you see here can be purchased in town,” Bethany said. “So it’s a way to pull together and promote the small businesses and get some more foot traffic hopefully from the guests who stay here into their shops.”


She plans on including signs in each room telling where each of the pieces came from in town. A welcome packet will also be made available for each of the guests directing them to various shops, restaurants and things to do in Perry.


“I’m pretty confident once they come to town and see what we have to offer and the quaintness of the community and the businesses it’s going to be hard for them not to come back,” Bethany Wicks said of out-of-town guests staying at the 3rd Street Suite.


The house can be rented by the night, week or the month at www.3rdstreetsuite.com or at www.airbnb.com.


A grand opening is planned for May 22. Bethany encourages the community to come take a look at what the 3rd Street Suite has to offer.