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Why Not? A Newly Renovated 3 Bedroom Summer/Winter Cozy Cottage In Mt. Gretna Pa

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

All Linens, Towels And Beach Towels Are Provided With This Remodeled Cottage

As of August 15th, 2016 we have completed our total renovation of the cottage we call "Why Not?" It took Tammy and I and our craftsman Michael Charelian 14 months to complete this resurrection. "Why Not?" is a 3 bedroom, with kids loft in bedroom #3, 2 full bath summer/winter cottage with the Mt. Gretna Charm but with the amenities of modernity. All linens and towels/beach towels are provided. "Why Not?" boasts central air-conditioning and central air heat. The cottage also has a propane lookalike wood stove for aesthetics and backup heat for those chilly fall/winter/spring days. "Why Not?" cottage is brand new as it was renovated down to it's bare bones and all the ugly 1970's removed. New structural wood was installed as well as new electrical/plumbing/walls/beadboard etc. New technology foam insulation was installed throughout the cottage as well. One bedroom has a king size bed (two twins placed together) with and en-suite roman shower bath. Bathroom #2 is also newly remodeled and has a new claw foot tub with a shower ring. Bedroom #2 has a queen size bed. Bedroom #3 has two twin beds with a kids loft that sleeps 2 small children or one teenage child or adult. The kitchen has all brand new stainless steel appliances including dishwasher/microwave/5 burner gas stove and side by side door/drawer fridge and bottom drawer freezer. Off the kitchen "Why Not?" boasts a laundry room with a stackable LG high efficiency washer/dryer and laundry sink. The cottage has a large wrap around porch with 4 ceiling fans. One side of the porch faces non-drivable Otterbein Street. The Mt. Gretna Tabernacle is visible 1/8 block away. If you want the Mt. Gretna Charm but have the luxury cozy comfort this is it. "Why Not?" was on the "Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes" in 2016. Check out our weekly summer rates!

Bob & Tammy Travitz
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18 July, 2018

About Bob & Tammy Travitz

Tammy & I live just north of Hershey and have lived here all of our lives. Tammy just retired as a middle school math teacher and I'm winding down my career as a Delta Airlines pilot. Both Tammy and I used to come to Mt. Gretna as kids. Tammy's family came for the ice cream at the Jigger Shop, I came to sit at the Mt. Gretna Tabernacle for the Methodist revivals. Guess who has the better memories! When we had kids we'd bring them to Mt. Gretna to enjoy the Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach, the Jigger Shop, the musicals at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse and bicycle ride with them on the rails and trails that goes through Mt. Gretna. After they were off to college we were looking for something to do and came up with the idea of buying a cottage in Mt. Gretna to maybe retire here someday. After 2.5 years restoring our first cottage ("One Fine Landing") the restoration bug bit us and we subsequently now have 3 restorations under our belt, "One Fine Landing," While We're At It," and now "Why Not." We now are going to take a break and just enjoy using them ourselves and renting our cottage homes to folks who want to experience the charm of this village we call Mt. Gretna. However there is this cottage on 2nd street......

Bob & Tammy Travitz purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Bob & Tammy Travitz chose Mount Gretna Heights

Tammy & I purchased this property after doing two other cottage renovations ("While We're At It" & "One Fine Landing.") We kinda felt sorry for this cottage and we watched this cottage as it was for sale for a long period of time. When it finally went up for auction we made a successful bid. We looked at each other and said "What did we do" as we knew the cottage was in very poor condition. However it had a vacant lot that came with the property which allowed parking for both this cottage and the one next door "While We're At It." After 1.5 years of restoration and reconstruction we feel we have created a Mt. Gretna cottage/home with Gretna charm but with modern amenities for our guests to enjoy.

What makes this cottage unique

It's in the heart of Mt. Gretna Pennsylvania where people can enjoy all types of music, plays, musicals, kids programs and wonderful local restaurants. Even though we have a great tree canopy that keeps the area cool, the cottage has central air for those occasional dog days of summer that you sometimes get here in the mountains of Pennsylvania.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Mount Gretna Heights in West Cornwall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This en-suite bath has a Roman shower and double bowl sink
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This new bath has a new claw foot tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King is two twins which can be separated
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , This bedroom also has a kids loft
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach is a short drive or even within walking distance. Mt. Gretna Rails & Trails offer over 30 miles of easy biking from Middletown PA through Mt. Gretna to Lebanon, PA. Governor Dick State Park is adjacent to Mt. Gretna and has lots of hiking and Mt. Biking Trails. It also has a concrete Tower you can climb and view 5 counties from the top. It's also safe for kids. Kids can also ride their bikes safely around Mt. Gretna streets.


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Why Not? A Newly Renovated 3 Bedroom Summer/Winter Cozy Cottage In Mt. Gretna Pa
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

Fantastic Place To Stay!

  • 5 of 5

The owners are so kind! They even asked if we wanted the house decorated for Christmas. When we arrived they had a Christmas tree and stockings all ready for us. The house was beautiful. This trip truly made our Christmas special. Mt Gretna is beautiful in the winter as well as all year round. Plenty to see and do. But best of all was how cozy and warm we were in the house. A nice gas fireplace kept us comfy. The beds were soft and relaxing. We are planning to stay here in the same and make this home a Christmas tradition.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for that nice review. I'm glad your family had such a nice time this Christmas and we had fun decorating the cottage for your arrival. Maybe next year you can stay for the Mt. Gretna "Turkey Buzzard Drop" near the Tabernacle on New Years Eve as it's a local favorite. I'm sure his feathers were a little more frozen than normal this year. I'm glad the Foam-Tech insulation that we had installed during renovations worked as advertised as we found the cottage cozy and warm ourselves even down into the single digits. Mt. Gretna has something to offer during each season and winter is one or our favorites. Again many thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you again here in Mt. Gretna Campmeeting.
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Relaxing and fun

  • 5 of 5

Bob & Tammy made our stay a pleasure. From easy check-in to advice on meals, they were accommodating and friendly. Our family enjoyed a great gathering with our out of town friends.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming, very clean

  • 5 of 5

Our group really enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Vacation in Mt. Gretna

  • 5 of 5

Our selection of "Why Not" as our lodging during our Pennsylvania vacation was perfect. It was truly a comfortable home away from home. We were in a beautiful, quiet, woodland setting. The home had vintage charm with all modern conveniences. When we arrived, the home was immaculate and welcoming with a bottle of wine and homemade apple butter. We chose this location because it was within about one hour of all the places we wanted to visit; Hershey, Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and Philadelphia. All destinations were easily accessible from Mt. Gretna. We also enjoyed The Hideaway in the evenings for dinner and live music, a short stroll from the house. We hope to visit again during the summer months so we can enjoy the nearby lake.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, quaint, clean and wonderfully decorated home in Mt. Gretna

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an opportunity to stay at the "Why Not" this past weekend. Beautiful cottage. The home was immaculate. The home was filled with beautiful antiques, but with modern amenities. We had a chance to meet the owner's of the home (Bob & Tammy) who we were told prior to meeting them that they were "the nicest people in Mt. Gretna". They did not disappoint. Very nice people that wanted to ensure our comfort in their home. Mt. Gretna is a beautiful little town. We hope to have a return visit to Mt. Gretna and the "Why Not" in the very near future. Highly recommend this home for a weekend getaway or vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that nice review. I'm glad you enjoyed our cottage home so much. It was nice meeting an chatting with you. I hope we can live up to the title of "nicest people in Mt. Gretna." We have a lot of "nicest people" here in Mt. Gretna and that is what makes this place so special. Again thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you and your family in the near future. Warm regards, Bob & Tammy
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Charming and quaint

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't be happier with Bob and Tammy and what they did with this cute cottage. If you're looking for a charming place set in period with Mt Gretna (1940's) then you'll love this cottage. I believe all your hard work is paying off, Bob and Tammy.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for those nice comments. We enjoyed renovating our cottages and love having folks enjoy them and experience the charm here in Mt. Gretna. Yes, renovating these cottages if done right is hard work, especially if you do most of it yourself. Luckily we had Michael who did our woodwork and tile work. Tammy's a real go getter. She goes gets this and she goes gets that for Michael and me. Folks at Lowes and Home Depot fear her. It sometimes was a challenge to keep ahead of his work and we are very pleased with our finished product. It was a pleasure meeting you and chatting with you about the cottage and it's construction. It sounds like you had a full week here with your family enjoying all the attractions in the area. Have a great rest of the summer and we'll see you when you return to Mt. Gretna. Bob & Tammy
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Middletown Pennsylvania (MDT)
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Hideaway Restaurant
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Tree Top Golf Course
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Amtrak Elizabethtown Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Pennsylvania Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Hideaway, Le Sorelle, Timbers, Restarants
Nearest Ski
29 Miles
Ski Roundtop
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach

Mt. Gretna is a quaint cozy village located in the mountains between Hershey and Lancaster Pa. Relax among the pines while making up your mind about what cultural event to go to next. You might want talk a walk to the Mt. Gretna Playhouse to take in a Musical, or attend the Cicada Music Festival, both of which feature national & worldwide talent. Or you might want to listen to local talent featured in the Mt. Gretna Campmeeting Tabernacle. Take a stroll back in time to eat at the famous ice cream parlor called the 'Jigger Shop' or sun yourself at the Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach where you can still swing on ropes and fly into the lake. Hike to Govenor Dick or Bike on the rails and trails. Bring you skates and visit the Mt. Gretna Roller Rink where live organ music is played. Four restaurants are within walking distance and feature a different verity of food and drink. Hershey with its amusement and water park is just minutes away and so is Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair and Mt. Hope Winery is 5 minutes away. Mt. Gretna's location gives you access to all central Pennsylvania has to offer.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £72.99
Refundable Damage Deposit £192.07

Our cottages are pet free for our allergic guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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