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"While We're At It" Fully Restored Cozy Cottage In Mt. Gretna/Hershey, PA

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms (Queens, Twins) 2 Full Baths, All linens, towels provided.

"While We're At It" is a completely newly remodeled 4 bedroom 2 full bath "Vintage" 1894 cottage in Mt. Gretna, Campmeeting. This cottage underwent a full restoration in 2015 and has been on the August "Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes" in 2014, 2015, 2016 and now again in 2018. The cottage faces quiet non-driveable 2nd street near the Tabernacle. Relax on the porch and cookout on the back patio with umbrellas, tables and chairs which seat eight. Parking for 2 vehicles is located at the back of the cottage off of 1st street. Please follow our simple directions to the cottage and please do not use your phone or GPS. They don't understand our one-way, non-drivable streets. This cottage has central air-conditioning and heat for your comfort. It also has a propane look-alike wood stove for those chilly days/nights in the spring and fall. Bedrooms #1 & #2 each have queen size beds. Bedroom #3 has two twin beds. Bedroom #4 has two twin size beds which can be placed together to make a king size bed. The walls in the bedrooms only rise 8 feet so the old time structure is exposed. Guests say they love lying in bed looking at the old wood and hearing the kids conversations in the next room. Mostly all the cottages in Mt. Gretna have 5/8" old chestnut or hard pine interior walls (wood no longer available) so sound does travel freely. If you're bringing uncle Charlie who snores like a freight train going up an Allegheny Mountain you might not want to stay in Mt. Gretna (or get him a hotel room) as all cottages (242 of them) were originally built as summer cottages from 1892 through 1915. Bathroom #1 boasts a walk-in Roman tile shower. Bathroom #2 has a clawfoot tub with shower. The kitchen comes with all appliances including dishwasher and microwave. Linens, towels and beach towels are provided along with full use of the high efficiency washer/dryer. The cottage also has high speed WIFI internet, cable TV, Apple TV and Blu-ray DVD player. "While We're At It" was on the "Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes in 2014, 2015 and will be again in 2018. Check out our weekly summer rates.

Bob & Tammy Travitz
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Bob & Tammy Travitz

Tammy & I live just north of Hershey and have lived here all of our lives. We 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). When we had kids we'd take them to the Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach and the Jigger Shop 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 property in Mt. Gretna to maybe retire there 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. We enjoy sharing clean comfortable, modern but with Gretna charm cottage/home with our guests so they too can experience the Mt. Gretna community, charm and all the activities it has to offer.

Bob & Tammy Travitz purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Bob & Tammy Travitz chose Mount Gretna Heights

Tammy & I purchased this cottage in 2014 after doing a complete restoration of our other cottage ("One Fine Landing.") Friends of ours convinced us to purchase it because it was a cottage that was little changed since 1894. It had minimal amenities and only one electrical circuit with just two receptacles, one upstairs and one downstairs. The shower was a rusty old metal enclosure that topped out at my shoulder and with an old water heater beside it. The kitchen was rudimentary and installed probably in the 40's. The floors has 1940's carpet glued to the old chestnut original floors. We saw the potential of restoring this cottage and enjoyed the challenge of keeping the old "open vintage feel." Example is the upstairs bedrooms have no ceilings so you can throw "sock balls" over to the next room like they did years ago. WWAI is now an original cottage of 1894 but with air-conditioning , heating, modern baths and a functioning kitchen with even a dishwasher. As you can see in the pictures we feel we have achieved this goal and we really enjoy staying in this cottage when it's not rented. This cottage home has been featured multiple years in the "Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes."

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 dog days of summer that you sometimes get here in the mountains of Pennsylvania.


Mount Gretna Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This bathroom has a new claw foot cast iron tub
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This bathroom has a tiled Roman Shower
  • High efficiency full size washer/dryer located in #1 bathroom
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , These two twins can be placed together to make a king bed
  • All Linens, Towels, and Beach Towels provided
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • 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
  • 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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"While We're At It" Fully Restored Cozy Cottage In Mt. Gretna/Hershey, PA
average rating of 4.869565 based on 23 reviews
Alexandria, VA

Great Adventure

  • 5 of 5

My mother-in-law, who is 82 and my niece, who is 10 both said this trip was the best vacation ever. We loved the house and the community it was in. The location is close to everything. Everything in the house worked as advertised. We had not problems with anything. Everything was super clean and neat.

The owners, Bob and Tammy are the best. I have stayed at four other HomeAway properties and they have been great. What sets "While We're At It" above the rest is the organizational skills of Bob and Tammy. They provided explicit direction for everything from how to use the TV, to restaurants, to current local activities, check in and check out procedures. etc.

If you want to stay in a 100+ year old house, in a historic community, enjoy hiking and biking trails, swim and boat in a great lake then this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for that great review. I certainly hope that we can continue to live up to those expectations for our future guests. Folks having experiences like yours is why we keep on renting our two rebuilt cottages. We love the community, the people and all the things that Mt. Gretna has to offer. It really is a secret mountain paradise nestled in between Lancaster and Hershey. It was great meeting you and we hope you can return to Mt. Gretna in the near future. Warm regards, Bob & Tammy Travitz
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The cottage was perfect and the community was absolutely charming!

  • 5 of 5

The property was perfect for celebrating our daughter’s 6th birthday with two sets of grandparents. The community itself is adorable and it was an easy drive to Hershey: just perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that nice review. We're glad you had such a good time here in Mt. Gretna, Hershey and the Pa Dutch Country area. The community here is unique and people come back year after year because they make friends just by walking around our neighborhood. We call it the Mt. Gretna "Walk & Talk." Mt. Gretna does have appeal for all ages, a quick drive to Hershey Park, or any of our other attractions here and near to Mt. Gretna. Thanks for staying with us at "While We're At It." Warm regards, Bob & Tammy
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Relaxing at Mt Gretna

  • 5 of 5

This is my 15th year renting at Mt Gretna. For me and my friends it's like going back in time to a more relaxed slower pace. We play a lot of cards do a lot of walk ing and spend lots of time on the porch. Can't wait for next year to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that nice review. You are correct Mt. Gretna is like going back in time to a simpler time. We always enjoy having you return for some laughs and some ruthless card playing on the porch. Looking forward to seeing you next summer. Thanks for choosing "Why Not?" and "While We're At It" for your Mt. Gretna summer retreat. Warm regards, Bob & Tammy
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, quite place.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it. We all had a great time.

  • 5 of 5

It was very nice close to Hershey Park. The lake was excellent with the swing and jump Tower, The Hideaway restaurant around the corner was perfect walking distance from the house. Central air conditioning was just what I wanted no temperature problems in the house. Because while we were there it was very humid outside but inside cool and comfortable. The beds were very comfortable as well.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, clean, comfortable beds, complete with the necessities. Perfect for our family of 6.

  • 4 of 5

We all loved it.The owners take great care of the property. Lots of antiques fill the home. Mt Gretna is quite unique! We'd love to go back and spend more time taking advantage of the activities in the village. Privacy is lacking as the walls don't go to the ceiling upstairs, and sound travels. Somewhat confusing finding our way to the property in the dark. But we managed and enjoyed it very much.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for all the positive comments about "While We're At It" and we're glad you had such a good time here in Mt. Gretna and want to return. We are disappointed that we did not receive 5 stars with all those positive comments and especially your comment of "Perfect for our family of 6" comment. Tammy and I always strive for 5 star reviews for our two cottage homes that we make available to our guests and we try to exceed our guest's expectations. Your comments about sound traveling in the cottage is clearly noted in the informational description about our cottage home on this site as well as using our map and photos for easy home location. It does include a warning about not using your phone or GPS for trying to locate properties in Mt. Gretna as they don't understand our non-drivable and one-way private streets. This is again clearly noted in the four .pdf/jpeg detailed informational documents we send to all our guests after their reservation is made.
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Harrisburg International Airport (MDT)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Mt. Gretna Hideaway
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Amtrak Elizabethtown PA (ELT)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
PA Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Mt. Gretna Hideaway Restaurant
Nearest Ski
43 Miles
Roundtop Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Security Fee of $250.00 due 30 days before check-in and will be promptly returned after your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.