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

Bedrooms 4
Space 120 m²
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 2014 and was just finished in July of 2015. 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. 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. 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.

Bob & Tammy Travitz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2017


Mount Gretna Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)


Great! Clean and Comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed living the porch life!

Easy access to The Hideaway and various hiking trails.

There is not a lot of pantry storage or fridge space, so keep that in mind when you pack your goodies!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes Mt. Gretna is full of things to do even in the off season. I'm glad you enjoyed the porch and had a good time hiking the trails around Mt. Gretna. There is quite a lot to do even in the off season. As far as storage is concerned we're a little surprised that you commented that storage space was limited as yours was just a 3 night stay. Maybe you missed the area under the kitchen bake center which the top is is now used as the coffee bar or the empty hutch in the dining room which can be used for storage. Also in the kitchen the double door "Harry Potter" under the stairs pantry is also a good place to store dry goods. In total renovations of old 1800's homes it's always a challenge to maximize the space you are given. Here in Mt. Gretna your not allowed to build additions outside of your home footprint so it makes for even more challenging designs. While renovating we did try a full size fridge but it overwhelmed the kitchen area and no walk through or open floor plan would've been possible. Folks are surprised at the efficient use of space and that we even got a dishwasher in the cottage. This cottage has been on the Mt. Gretna tour of homes twice because of its example of how to renovate a cottage but still keep the Mt. Gretna charm. In any antique restoration everything is a compromise. We always strive for our guests to give us 5 star reviews and we're disappointed we did not receive that because of design restructions.
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A tranquil place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 5 women chose to stay in the Mt. Gretna campground initially due to the history of the cottages. There was not one moment of the experience we would change. The 4 bedroom, 2 bath home was perfect for our group. Even had a chance to meet the owners who have done an exquisite job along with their carpenter friend in renovating this historic cottage. Artsy community with owners who take pride in maintaining the nostalgia of the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that nice review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you return to experience Mt. Gretna during the musical/artsy/busy time from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We really enjoy meeting new folks like you and having them experience the charm of Mt. Gretna.
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Beautiful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I brought a few ladies from church here for a ladies weekend, and everyone was impressed with the cottage and asked me how I found it. I think we will have to plan another ladies weekend here.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review and for leaving "While We're At It" in such fine shape. Our cottages are pretty popular with ladies (including my wife's) groups. Some of the antique knick-knacks you see in the cottage are from ladies who have donated them to us because they were just sitting in their closets. This includes the antique chamber pot on the bedroom shelf. While we tried to keep the "Gretna vintage feel" of the cottage, we did install the new bathrooms so you wouldn't have to use that item like they did here in the 18 and 1900's. I'm glad you had a nice time and we look forward to seeing you again. Bob & Tammy
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Perfect get away

  • 5 of 5

We loved our weekend stay at while we're at! Much needed rest and relaxation in a charming cottage with lovely owners. We will be back. Kevin and Teresa

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that nice review. Yes it is very relaxing here. We love sitting on the porch while reading a book or listening to the music coming from the Mt. Gretna Campmeeting Tabernacle. The only problem is you meet so many nice people walking by sometimes it's hard to get through a chapter. Again thanks for staying with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Bob & Tammy
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Perfect for our reunion

  • 5 of 5

"While We're at It" was the perfect house for our reunion. Six of us spent a week there and loved every minute. The house is charming and beautifully furnished and equipped, and Bob and Tammy couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Lots to do in Mt. Gretna and the surrounding countryside. Highly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that nice review. We're glad you and your family had such a great time here in Mt. Gretna Campmeeting. Your right, I grew up just a little bit north of Hershey, PA and I'm still finding treasured places in these small towns to visit. Thanks for staying with us and we look forward to seeing you again. Bob & Tammy
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Beautifully restored and clean!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the quaintness of the house and the neighborhood. The house was clean and Bob made every effort to accommodate us. We had 4 teenage grandchildren to keep entertained so when the wifi went out, Bob came over and fixed it personally for us. We'll definitely try to come back and stay here. Thank you to Bob and his wife for everything!

Vickie & Family

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Vicky & Family for that nice review. We do pride ourselves on keeping our cottages clean and well maintained. I know the importance of wifi with teenagers these days. My son is a "Player/Manager for "Riot" games in California and I'm still trying to figure out what he does. Also with "Pokemon Go" we see kids (and adults) roaming the streets "catching them all." The Mt. Gretna Campmeeting Tabernacle area seems to be a popular place for Pokemon to congregate. I'm glad the kids had such a good time. Kids also really love exploring this safe cottage community and most can't get enough of the Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach. Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you again. Bob & Tammy
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer Season 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.
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