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!
All Linens, Towels And Beach Towels Are Provided With This Remodeled Cottage
Bob & Tammy Travitz
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.
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We stayed at Why Not to celebrate my December birthday. People asked me why stay in Mount Gretna in the winter? We had a great time. Wonderful walks and quiet evenings, close to wonderful Christmas light displays so, WHY NOT?
The cottage was delightful with an amazing kitchen of high end appliances and furniture that made us remember our grandmothers houses.
We truly appreciated having linens supplied. The extra touches the owner's provided were great!
Will we go back, yes! We may celebrate our anniversary again in the winter back at the cottage.
Thank you Bob and Tammy.
Cottage was lovely and the owners are very repsonsive for any questions.
The cottage was lovely and was very clean and cozy. I loved that the windows were able to be opened and there were screen doors so we could open everything.
Front porch was very spacious and a quick walk to the hideaway is nice. Bedrooms didn’t feel dark they were nice and bright. Overall we really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely go back.
Thanks for that nice review. When we were restoring the cottage/home it's a tough balance to keep the Mt. Gretna charm but still have the niceties of modern living. We feel we have achieved that and we appreciate that you enjoyed the brightness of the living areas. We try to give our guests the best experience they can have here in our Mt. Gretna community. Warm regards, Bob & Tammy
Home Sweet Home in PA
This beautiful property is home sweet home in PA. Property owners Bob and Tammy have created a safe place to call home nestled in a small community that has a feel that takes you back in time to days where life was much easier. The home provides everything you could possibly need and then some. It was the perfect spot to call home while exploring the many wonders PA has to offer. Thank you Bob and Tammy for the warm welcome and allowing our family to stay in your beautiful home.
Visiting with you was great and thank you for that nice review. Yes Mt. Gretna is a community kinda suspended in time. That's why it has so much appeal and charm with our guests. We loved that you appreciated the work that we did to restore this cottage home to a style that fits in with the Mt. Gretna charm. Thanks for the Vermont Maple syrup that you gave us as a gift. That's a morning treat I'll enjoy for awhile. Thanks for staying with us and if the antiquing bug bites again we'll hope your return to Mt. Gretna.
Life at Mt Gretna
Like all of Tammy and Bob's houses it is beautifully decorated and very comfy and Cozy with all the comforts of home
Relaxing and fun
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.
Charming, very clean
Our group really enjoyed our stay!
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.