Guest Book

Read what our Guests have to say about Cat Tales Retreat and Carousel Cottage!

We had a very relaxing weekend at Carousel Cottage.  We never even ventured upstairs.  We slept downstairs in the pink double bed.  Bedding has been washed and bed remade.

Thank you for everything!

Steve & Judy Vermilya

My husband and I had a wonderful time during the stay of the Carousel Cottage. The cottage
was really nice and clean. The surrounding was just beautiful. A friend of mine
already thinking seriously about going to your cottage after knowing my experience. 



As a writer it should be easy for me to find words to express how I feel about my recent stay at the Carousel Cottage.  CJ and Kevin were by far the most hospitable hosts I've ever had the good fortune to meet.  I have already recommended their lovely vacation homes to other friends and
family.  Most of all we were offered a chance to relax and laugh, much needed after the tragic week before.  The only thing wrong was that our visit was far too brief.  We will continue to tell others about the wonderful time we had.

Pam and Ken Garlick


Cat Tales Retreat and Carousel House are a taste of heaven on earth. Our organization utilized both houses last weekend for our fall board meeting. We accomplished twice the usual amount of work, and I believe the atmosphere coupled with the fantastic hosts allowed us this success. Many of our members plan to return to Cat Tales Retreat for weekend get-aways and vacations, and I know we'll be returning as an organization for future board meetings. I encourage other groups and businesses to consider Colleen and Kevin Houghtaling's fabulous Cat Tales Retreat for pleasure and business meetings.

Denise Meyers
President-Pennwriters Inc.

"You have made Cat Tales Retreat special with all your "homey" touches.  Enjoyed the visit.  It was nice at day's end to have a warm place to put our feet up and rest after working on our barn."

Best Wishes,
The Gordon Family,
Etters, PA

"Our second time here was as nice as the first - with the added beauty of the fall foliage.  The weather was cool and crisp and the colors at their peak.  Had a relaxing weekend.  Hope to come back soon."

Ann & Jake Jacono
Marcus Hook, PA

"It has truly been grand.  We are back for our second visit and the charm has not worn off.  It is a great hide-away to run from the world, where the pillows of your mind beckon you to rest and decompress.  Colleen and Kevin are gracious, considerate hosts.
Recommend: Driving the country roads and visiting the small towns.  Going to the Finger Lakes for a day at the wineries - about an hour & a half away.  Watching the stars in total darkness - we forget how bright they are.  Listen to and enjoy the quiet.
Hope to be back soon.

Fran and John Mattre
Johnstown, PA

"I really enjoyed staying in a place like this.  It was nice every night to make a fire and relax after the busy day.  Thanks for having us!!!

Kelli Ambrisco
Ebensburg, PA.

"Great home away from home!"

Bob and Connie Farabaugh
Loretto, PA

"Thanks for making this a home-away-from-home."

Joe & Ailleen Paciga
Mill City, PA.

"I love all of the kitty cat books.  Thank you very much for letting Brian and I use the bikes.  I had a wonderful time."

Lucrezia Zanca, Glendale, N.Y.
Brian Marcatante, Howard Beach, N.Y.

"Sweet place.  Relaxing and peaceful!  Forget your worries and enjoy."

Dan Reifstahl
Erie, PA

"It was a wonderful time staying here at the Cat Tales Retreat.  A nice and relaxing place to sit back and relax."

Hallie McGraw
Erie, PA

"Lordy-O!  Had a nice time in the canyon--Yowza!  Thanks for the hospitality!"

Matt Fleeger
Pittsburgh, PA

"This was such an awsome place to get away from the city, even if it only was for 4 days.  I love the fire pit deal."

Krystal Lucas
Pittsburgh, PA

"A Wonderful, relaxing get-away--we slept and read!!  Make sure you take in the wonderful evening sky, a fire, and s'mores!  Thanks, Kevin and Colleen."

Elaine Corwin
Corning, N.Y.

"I had a relaxing week.  You are gracious hosts.
All the best,"

Andre Gauthier
Corning, N.Y.
    Turkey Run Hike at Pine Creek!!

"Had a great time--glorious weather.  Wonderful hosts.  Thank you very much.  You've gone to great lengths to make this a comfortable home away from home and were very successful at it."


  • The Grand Canyon Bike Trail
  • P.J.'s for fish fry on Friday
  • The Steak House in Wellsboro
  • Visit: Owlett's Sunshine Market on Rte. 287 & Martin's Garden Center

    • Frances & John Mattre
      Johnstown, PA




"Thank you, Colleen and Kevin.  We had a most enjoyable time.  Cat Tales Retreat was everything we hoped it would be.  See ya in the fall."

Jake and Ann Jacono
Marcus Hook, PA