The SpaceWith many beautiful and little-known covered bridges, Amish farms, real farmers' markets, and one of the few remaining drive-in movies in the United States, this area in central PA is almost a step back in time. The house is close to the charming village of Selinsgrove, to Bucknell University, Susquehanna University, at least 13 vineyards, thousands of acres of state forest lands for hiking, and glorious, rolling fields of corn in the heart of summer. Only a few yards from the river, it has lots of light and a warm, simple feeling. Family meals are a pleasure in the sun room that overlooks the river. There are two floors plus a basement where the boats are stored, two full baths, one large bedroom with full bed on first floor, one large bedroom with full bed on second, and two other bedrooms upstairs, one with two twins, one with one. The lot has plenty of parking space and can easily accommodate four cars.
Guest AccessHouse is right at the beginning of the Middle Section of the Susquehanna River Water Trail, mile marker 119 (paddling trail, with designated camping on islands). Summer use only of kayaks for guests-four plastic single boats with paddles and life jackets. Four river tubes plus several floats are also at the house. If you have a flat-bottom fishing boat, there is a boat ramp in walking distance. If you have a large power boat, ramps for Lake Augusta are 10 minutes away, just up river. This is one of the best sections of the river for small mouth bass. We routinely see bald eagles (there are at least two nesting pairs on the islands), kingfishers, mergansers, swallows, herons, egrets, and many other birds. There are deer on the islands, sometimes wading across river channels. In the state forests, we have seen black bears and many wild turkeys, hawks, woodpeckers. Penn's Creek, which joins the Susquehanna just south of the house, is a popular fly-fishing spot. Interaction with GuestsI do not live near the house and do not interact with guests. However, you can call me any time and I can help if any issues arise. I have several people in the area who work for me--lawn, cleaning, and a realtor--and can find someone to come by if you need help.
The NeighborhoodSelinsgrove bills itself as "three hours from everywhere" and that seems about right. It is in central PA north of Harrisburg, about 3.5 hours from NYC, 3 hours from Philadelphia, 3 hours from Baltimore and 3.5 hours from Washington DC. Most of the houses on river road are summer or vacation homes, and there is much more to do in the region in the summer, but there are some full-time residents there and the winter views can be lovely. Parts of the river commonly freeze over by February. Nearby farms offer wonderful summer corn, fresh eggs from free-range chickens, and heirloom tomatoes and apples. There are vineyards nearby, a fascinating Big Cat Rescue center, a buggy museum, the world's largest inflatable dam, and Lake Augusta, for large power boats, just up river. Getting AroundThe house seems isolated but there are movies nearby (Selinsgrove Cinema) and a mall, and Selinsgrove downtown which has a brew house and some nice restaurants. You need a car--there is not much public transportation. Other Things to NoteI go up there to write--it is a great writer's retreat.