The SpaceJust 2 minutes from the Juniata River and 8 minutes from Raystown Lake, this pristine mountain retreat is one of just two houses on a 145-acre forested tract and offers you a unique blend of the best of both worlds-- relaxation and solitude on site, coupled with easy access to off-site local attractions appealing to a variety of interests. The newly renovated cottage and surrounding property is a destination in and of itself where guests can enjoy the comforts of home amid the beauty of nature... Already home to a few species of "lifetime birds" identified in three official counts this year, our property was selected two years ago to participate in the Golden-Winged Warbler Conservation Project, an effort to help boost the songbird's dwindling numbers. Proximity to Raystown Lake and the Juniata River accounts for the Bald Eagle sightings here as well as those of Golden Eagles. Our maintained walking trails beckon you to exercise, to reflect, to explore, and to pick wild blackberries and blueberries in season. In the early morning hours and at dusk, kick back on the deck and look for the appearance of turkeys and deer as they emerge from the woods... Evenings in the backyard around a fire are a prelude to clear nights for stargazing--the Milky Way is visible here as there is no light pollution to interfere with your view... For those who want to cocoon, curl up to a book or magazine (ours or one of your own); snuggle in to watch a movie from our collection or a favorite TV show, or tune in to the big game... Just a short drive off the mountain opens up some opportunities for other adventures. For enthusiasts of striper and other sport fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, etc., Snyders Run Boat Launch is just an 8-minute drive, offering access to Raystown Lake, 30 miles long and with a 110-mile coastline. The lake also boasts hiking and biking trails (We have two bikes; nearby Rothrock Outfitters rents bikes if you need more), and a beach for swimming... The river experience is equally inviting (and just 2 minutes from the cottage doorstep); for those who don't have kayaks or canoes, Rothrock Outfitters not only rents out equipment but also provides transportation to and from the river... Nearby Swigart Museum (the oldest car museum in the United States) and its extensive collection of antique cars will not disappoint vintage car enthusiasts--at any given time, 30-35 of the 150 vehicles in the collection are on display... Rail enthusiasts will enjoy the area's rich railroad history, including the Horseshoe Curve (an engineering marvel in its day) near Altoona and The East Broad Top Railroad in Rockhill Furnace whose 36-inch track is the oldest remnant of the Narrow Gauge rail in the United States. And the community of nearby Water Street is part of the Rails to Trails system. A favorite rail-related hike and must-do is the Thousand Steps at Mount Union (count 'em!), at one time the only path up Jack's Mountain for the railmen whose work awaited them at the top; and while there are several nice golf courses in the area, the most scenic--and most challenging-- is that of the American Legion Country Club in Mount Union... For Juniata College, Grier School, and Penn State fans and family, the cottage is within easy driving distance to events at those schools--15, 30 and 50 minutes respectively... Theater-goers can tap into the area's rich stage traditions at the McConnellstown Playhouse, the Stone Arch Playhouse in Lewistown, the Boal Barn in Boalsburg, and the traveling productions of the State College Community Theater... Winding and scenic, the country roads of this area lend themselves to long motorcycle, convertible and bicycle rides, among them through Big Valley on Route 655 where travelers can observe and learn about the culture of the local Amish whose simple, quiet lifestyle contributes to the tranquility of life in the valley... Lincoln Caverns, Penns Cave and Indian Caverns provide guests a closeup look at parts of the vast cave system in Central Pa.... Local amusement parks promise a day of fun for kids and adults alike --DelGrosso in Bellwood, Lakemont in Altoona... State Parks are located at Greenwood Furnace, Whipple Dam, Reed's Gap, Poe Valley, Licking Creek, Canoe Creek, etc. and their beaches/swimming areas, hiking/biking trails, and picnic facilities constitute free family fun... And for the wine aficionados, Brookmere Winery on Route 655 in Big Valley and the Seven Mountains Winery on Route 322 toward State College have broad appeal... Is there more? Sure-- come see for yourself. At the end of each day, you'll enjoy settling in to the peace and comfort of cottage life. Guest AccessEntire cottage, three-acre mowed lawn and surrounding grounds including walking trails; fire pit; picnic table; lawn furniture; furnished front patio and back deck; extensive movie collection; games and puzzles; 2 bicycles; ample parking, including for boats and trailers; horse boarding negotiable; hunting negotiable.
Fully appointed kitchen: Dishes and flatware for 8; cookware/bakeware; utensils and measuring cups/spoons; coffeemaker; teapot; microwave; blender; toaster; mixer; linens
Bedroom 1: Queen-sized bed with memory foam mattress; pillows and linens provided; side chair; large closet and dresser
Bedroom 2: Full-sized bed with pillow-top mattress; pillows and linens provided; recliner-rocker; large closet and dresser
3rd Bed: Complete with a comfy memory foam topper, the futon in the living room serves as a third bed.
Bathroom with vanity, tub and shower; all linens and paper products provided
Dining room: Seating for 6; buffet; large closet
Living room: Seating for 7 (Recliner, futon--sleeps 2; settee; side chair); flat screen Smart TV with cable; excellent wi-fi and cell service
Front porch: Settee, cafe table and chairs
Back Deck: Two rocking chairs, 3-seat gliding settee
Lawn: 3-acre mowed lawn; fire pit with seating for 8; picnic table; walking trails
Hardwood floors: Living room, dining room, bedrooms
Tile: Kitchen, bathroom Interaction with GuestsWe respect your desire for privacy; friendly, helpful staff will be accessible throughout your stay should the need arise. The NeighborhoodConvenience. Our cottage is unique in that it offers serenity and seclusion yet is just a 2-minute drive down the mountain to Juniata River access, local restaurants, Swigart Museum, and the Holiday Bowl, our local bowling alley. And within a quarter mile of the turn-off to Raystown Lake's Snyders Run boat launch, you'll have access to gas, groceries, dining, and more-- all less than 10 mins. from the cottage door. Getting AroundAs is true in most rural areas, there is no public transportation.