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Whippoorwill Retreat At Raystown Lake Just Down The Road From James Creek

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Take a back road to hear the elusive night bird, the Whippoorwill. Whippoorwill Retreat at Raystown Lake is located among hundreds of acres of mature Oak Forest open for you to explore at your leisure. The newly constructed 2300 sq ft. 3 bedroom, 3 bath retreat features a large great room with 20 ft vaulted ceilings, beamed kitchen, open loft with additional sleeper, wrap around porch, screen porch, and open deck. The retreat consists of a basement complete with pool table, a large main floor living area, and a cozy loft. This newly constructed home was first available for rent in 2014. We were fortunate to have many wonderful guests in our first year, and look forward to another great year. Solitude is guaranteed, as your nearest neighbor is over 1/2 a mile away. Whippoorwill Retreat offers quick and easy access to Raystown Lake, with the closest launch only 10 minutes away. The retreat is also less than 10 minutes from the lake overlook and the exciting Raystown Resort and marina.

Come and stay, and maybe you will be lucky enough to hear the lonesome call of the Whippoorwills as you sit by the open brick fire ring, or on the spacious screen porch, for a quiet and relaxing evening.

More Details

Mark & Janet Metz
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Mark & Janet Metz

I am Mark Metz, my wife Janet and I live in nearby Hollidaysburg. We are both lifelong residents of central Pennsylvania.We will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this August 2014. We have one daughter Amy who is a newlywed to her husband Mark, who to his dismay has been given the title of 'little Mark'. I am a custom home builder in the Blair County area and Janet is a X-ray Technician for UPMC.

Mark & Janet Metz purchased this lodge in 2013

Why Mark & Janet Metz chose James Creek

Janet and I have enjoyed the Raystown area for the last 30 years. Previous to building Whippoorwill Retreat we had rented a permanent site at a local campground for over 20 years. Being a builder, I had often dreamed of building a place near the lake. This dream came true when a friend of mine agreed to sell a portion of his 400 acres in Lincoln Township. When I fist saw the property I was convinced this would be the perfect fit. The property is surrounded by my friends ground on one side and on the other three sides by the forest that is part of the Raystown Lake. This assures splendid solitude. Our nearest neighbor is over 1/2 mile away, but we are only 10 minutes from James Creek boat launch and Raystown Restort

What makes this lodge unique

The solitude of Whippoorwill is unmatched. The Lodge has all the features that you could want in a vacation home.


James Creek Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , lower level bath adjacent to bedroom # 3 towels includ
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , master bath has 5' shower with hand held shower head
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , hall bath with towels provided
  • all baths have towels provided
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , lower level bedroom with full bath. linen provided
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , master bedroom has a private full bath. linen provided
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 'Amish' room has hall access to full bath, linen provided
    Bedroom 1 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , upper level open loft with queen size sofa bed. linen Includ
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Whippoorwill Retreat At Raystown Lake Just Down The Road From James Creek
average rating of 4.9784946 based on 93 reviews

Great Getaway Location!!!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at the Whippoorwill Retreat! The house was very clean and had a lot of amenities. Towels and sheets were provided, and it was so nice not having to worry about packing those items. It was so peaceful and relaxing without another house in sight. The owners were very nice to work with and made you feel at home. You can tell they really care about their place and make it inviting for all who stay there. I highly recommend it!!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place! Great Host's! Highly Recommended.

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a getaway in beautiful country.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

During my stay, I hiked in the pristine woods without seeing any other people or buildings. The cabin was very clean and comfortable. What a wonderful place!

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. The woods surrounding the home extend for over 1/2 mile to the lake, they are open to hiking and hunting year round. I hike and hunt there often, and rarely seen anyone.
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Absolutely beautiful!!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this property. Secluded, quiet and the perfect place to relax. Clean, affordable and plenty to do at the house. The hosts communicated well and thoroughly leading up to the stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing weekend at the Whippoorwill Retreat! Everything was better than expected. The house was beautiful, clean and well stocked. We enjoyed sitting around the fireplace, and the pool table was an added bonus! We would definitely come back again!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Clean

  • 5 of 5

This house is beautiful. We had a wonderful time. Everything was clean and the house was well stocked. I hope we make it back again. Loved it!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Blair County Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Huntingdon Country Club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Marina at Raystown Resort
Nearest Ski
29 Miles
Blue Knob Ski Resort
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Tatmun Run
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.