Cabin in State College, family friendly

open family friendly floor planA crackling fire makes for warm and cozy winter weekends!View from your front porch!Hiking in Shingletown GapHappy Valley tradition, a round on the Blue Course!Superb fly fishing just minutes away!Spend a cozy weekend visiting your studentPerfect place to host a wedding party
“ Excellent ”
8 Reviews
177 Big Bear Ln, State College, PA 16870-7502


Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 10
Type: Home
Per night: $200
Per week: $800
Pets allowed: No
Internet: No
Description of the State College vacation home rental
Visit beautiful Happy Valley in the summertime! Enjoy a fly fishing vacation, attending a wedding or just visiting your PSU student for the weekend.

Our cabin is located just 6 miles from downtown State College on 52 wooded and pastured acres. Enjoy the energy of cheering on your favorite PSU team and attractions of downtown knowing you can retreat to our quiet wooded setting, family gathering friendly open floor plan and sweeping view with hot coffee on the porch.

We are happy to share our cabin for all PSU sports events as well as booking for family vacations, wedding festivities, fly-fishing trips, spring turkey hunting, Graduation, sports camps and Arts Festival week.

Nittany Lion Football 2015 Home Games (2 night minimum)
are completely booked.
PSU Thon 2015 event week is available.
PSU Blue/White Weekend 2015 is available.
PSU Graduation in May 2015 is booked.

Please inquire for pricing for other events and if you have additional dates not listed.
Area Information
Our cabin is easily accessible from major highways and just minutes from State College Airport. Come for the game and stay a few days! Enjoy all the outdoor delights Happy Valley has to offer. World renowned fly fishing Penn's Creek and Fisherman's Paradise is a short jaunt down the road. Fall or spring turkey hunting on our property, hike Mt. Nittany or simply enjoy a good book on the porch.

Our primary home is located on the same property so you can be assured of warm welcome and quick response should any questions or concerns arise.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2015 $200 - - $1,500 -
Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2015 - $200 $800 - 3 Nights
Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 3 p.m.
Deposits: Security deposit of $250 is required as well as half the rental fee within 5 business days of booking. Security deposit is refunded in full so long as there is no damage to property and no cancellation. Second half of rental fee is due upon check -in.
Payment Options: Cashier's Check, Personal Check
Other Fees: Cancellations must be made by phone AND email within 48 hours of check-in or $250 security deposit is not refunded. If taking advantage of fishing and hunting, valid PA game licenses are required.


  • Beds

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 1 Double Bed
  • 5 Twin Beds
  • 2 Sofa Beds
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Porch
  • Wood Stove
  • Full Kitchen
  • Parking Included
  • View (Mountains)
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Gas Grill
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Activities

  • Bicycling
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (10 miles)
  • Shopping Area
    (10 miles)
  • Golf
    (20 miles)
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Movie Theater
    (10 miles)
  • Tennis
    (10 miles)
  • Ice Skating
    (20 miles)
  • Hiking
  • Park
    (10 miles)
  • Downhill Skiing
    (15 miles)
  • Kayaking
    (20 miles)
  • Hunting
  • Playground
    (10 miles)
  • Winery
    (15 miles)
  • Lake
    (20 miles)
  • Bowling
    (10 miles)
  • Pool
    (10 miles)
  • Boating
    (20 miles)
  • Live Entertainment
    (20 miles)
  • Fishing
    (10 miles)
  • Restaurant
    (10 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (20 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (25 miles)
  • Grocery Store
    (10 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Internet available, literature for local attractions kept up to date for guests, Within minutes of Bryce Jordan Center, downtown State Theatre, boat storage available for Black Moshannon State Park

Reviews for this vacation home rental in State College, Pennsylvania

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Janet Wise

Janet Wise


Family Retreat

October 11, 2013

We were warmly welcomed by the owner. This is a lovely location to stay with beautiful scenery. We searched for a location near State College which would be approximately midway for our married children to join us for a family retreat. This was the perfect place! We have stayed at two other places as a family, but since our family has grown, we needed more sleeping accommodations. Compared to our stays elsewhere, this one was the best! The biggest surprise was that everything was just as described only better. The fresh flowers on the table were an added bonus. We greatly enjoyed our stay and definitely want to return again.

John Forbes

John Forbes

Carbondale, IL USA

Wonderful experience

July 6, 2013

This property was everything we wanted and more! Beautiful view from the front porch, plenty of room for our two families (4 adults, 7 kids) to sleep. Owner lives down the lane and checked in with me to make sure we were enjoying ourselves--and we were! Will absolutely come back again. Highly recommend this property to large family coming to Happy Valley.

Jennifer Karch

Owner's reply:

Thanks John & family! We are so glad it was a good stay! In spite of ALL the rain!

Lisa Katz

Lisa Katz

Pittsburgh, PA

Great place to stay

July 2, 2013

I stayed here for the weekend with friends. The cabin is great. Private and beautiful location. It is big and spacious. The owner makes you feel so welcome and comfortable. Would definitely come back

Jennifer Karch

Owner's reply:

Thanks Lisa! Glad you all enjoyed it!

Rachel Venner

Rachel Venner

Newtown, PA USA

Awsome Weekend

May 10, 2013

A year ago we started looking for a place to stay for my son's college graduation. We realized we didn't want to be in a hotel for the whole weekend and we stumbled across this cabin. From the pictures it looked perfect. But it was even better when we arrived. The family that we rented from, was extremely nice. There was fresh flowers on the table, clean towels hanging in the bathroom. All the nice details just made us feel so comfortable. The property was just gorgeous. To be away from the town, but yet still close enough to do things, is the way to go. We can't wait to use this again, especially when my daughter graduates in 3 years. Thanks for an amazing weekend!

Jennifer Karch

Owner's reply:

It was wonderful getting to know everyone! Please come back again!

Joann Williams

Joann Williams


Family Weekend

April 24, 2013

My family gathered in this charming cottage for Penn State's Blue/White Weekend and to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday. The cabin was the perfect size for our family of 10. The owners graciously provide all linens and towels so that we didn't have to add those things to our packing list. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed. The view from the porch is spectacular. Unfortunately, the weather was too cold to enjoy sitting outside very much. Maybe next time.....

Jennifer Karch

Owner's reply:

Thank you!

William Taylor

William Taylor

Chester, NJ USA

Great stay with freinds

April 9, 2013

We had 6 people stay at the house for an off weekend. House was plenty big enough for all of us. Set in the woods. Big kitchen and living room. Firepit located outside. If your up to it you could walk the trail and be downtown in 2 hours, if not its about a ten minute drive. The only thing was that there werent any shades/curtains in the bedrooms, but if you get up early or dont mind a little light coming in its not a problem. Renter was extremely nice, got back to us right away, and was very accommodating.Great place to stay. I would definitely do it again.

Jennifer Karch

Owner's reply:

Thanks Will for your review! My apologies, I probably didn't show you the pull down shades in each bedroom. I generally put them the whole way up when I air out the cabin. We would love to have you stay with us again! Jennifer

Steve Fried

Steve Fried

Pensacola, FL

Daughter's Wedding

November 11, 2012

Our family of 9 needed a place to stay in State College for our daughter's wedding and this place was just perfect. Everyone had a great time and it was so much better than being cooped up in motel rooms. The place was clean, organized and stocked with all the cooking and eating utensils that we needed. We saved a bunch of money and it was just a great environment for members of our family, some who had never met. The view was beautiful and relaxing. We'll never forget this place. The only downside is that I doubt we would ever find an excuse to return.

Jennifer Karch

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are so happy to have been a part of making wonderful memories!

Andrea LeSage

Andrea LeSage

Springfield, PA

We can't wait to come back!

October 2, 2012

This cabin was perfect for Family weekend at Penn State. The cabin is nice and roomy and very clean. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the views. Loved sitting outside on the porch with coffee in the morning and making s'mores on the fire pit at night. We had a nice big family dinner with our kids and having the room for them to sleep over made the trip that much better. the owners live right up the lane so anything you needed, they were available and very nice. What a great alternative to a stuffy hotel room with no room! This was one of the best long weekends we have had in a long time! The kids really enjoyed themselves too.

Jennifer Karch

Owner's reply:

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are always happy to share our cabin with such wonderful families!

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Jennifer Karch

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  • School:

    Penn State University
  • Work:

    Legacy Realty & Property Management
  • About:

    Born in Gettysburg, PA, Jennifer grew up with her two brothers and grandparents. After graduating from Penn State University she worked as a Public Relations and Development Director for various non- profit organizations.
    In 2005, Jennifer stopped working full time and moved to Philadelphia to ...
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