Special thanks to Petite Retreats for hosting our summer memories at the Appalachian RV Resort.
A Petite Retreat for the Truly Petite
Two weeks ago we packed up the kids and headed for Pennsylvania on a quest to make summer memories. I can report that memory making in Pennsylvania was indeed a success. We stayed in a beautiful Petite Retreat at the Appalachian RV Resort. Our retreat wasn’t exactly petite because it was a gorgeous log home that can sleep 10, but it was definitely a retreat.
When we travel I’m always open to different types of accommodations, hotels are nice, but at the end of the day it’s still a hotel. This stay was nice because it gave us the comforts of home and the experience of camping which is something I loved to do as a kid.
The resort is located in Shartlesville, PA, which is roughly 40 minutes from Lancaster and Hershey. We had never camped as a family, and I haven’t been camping in well over…..Well, let’s just say I haven’t been camping in a long time. My husband camps just about every six months for field training but that’s usually in a tiny tent that’s not nearly as nice as this log home.
The resort hosts several activities, amenities and even themed weekends. The amenities include a swimming pool, a lake, playgrounds, hiking trails, a volleyball court, fishing ponds, basketball courts, and a game room. We ended up visiting during “Chocolate weekend.” Chocolate weekend consists of a Chocolate pie eating contest, a “Guess the candy bar” contest, a chocolate cook-off and a chocolate slip and slide. Sadly we didn’t have time to participate in any of the chocolate activities, which sucks because I was really wanted to do the chocolate slip and slide.
In addition to log homes and RV’s the resort hosts smaller cabins and cottages. Each accommodation comes with different amenities, and some even allow pets.
The cabin smelled of summer camp and I happily inhaled the nostalgia. The kids were intrigued by the decor and Vayda couldn’t believe we were in an “All Wood House.” It was comfy and clean, and it had everything we needed. We had a full bath and kitchen with a stove top and full sized refrigerator, so we stocked up on snacks to get us through the weekend. Although the log home sleeps 10, I’m convinced that 12 people could probably sleep there comfortably because when we were packing up to leave, we realized the couch was a sleeper sofa.
The natural light was refreshing and the open concept was perfect for my busy family. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook and even clean.
The home had two bedrooms and a loft area with four twin sized beds, and that was great for the separation from the kids. One of the things I loved most about the log home was the privacy. When we travel I’m always concerned about my children having space to move around and if they’ll disturb the neighbors but this was perfect because the kids had more than enough room and they could make as much noise as they wanted without disturbing our neighbors and that gave me so much peace of mind.
The first bedroom had a full sized bed with a dresser and two cutesy nightstands. The second bedroom hosted a bunk bed and another full sized bed with more drawer space, and both rooms had fresh linens.
The bathroom was immaculate which is a huge deal for me, and it was filled with more than enough towels.
My husband is one of those people who “has” to sleep in ice cold temperatures, and he was concerned that the air conditioner might not suit his needs, but the lie detector determined that was a lie. The first night we all woke up freezing, so it’s safe to say it surpassed his needs.
The outside of the log home had a porch swing and a rocking chair that I had to peel the kids off every day, but it was really nice just to sit there and smell and listen to the rain.
You can find Petite Retreats all over the country, and accommodations include tiny houses, yurts, cottages, covered wagons and even teepees – which my kids are obsessed with. To make your summer memories in a Petite Retreat their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Here’s a Tour of the Log Home