Take a leisurely stroll in Mt. Gretna and you’ll find it’s equivalent to stepping back in time. Residents of the area will tell you Mt. Gretna is a lifestyle, not a town. That philosophy has made this charming community a favorite for residents and visitors alike. From its quaint turn of the century cottages with inviting covered porches, to its shaded, tree-lined streets and idyllic postcard surroundings, Mt. Gretna is endowed with the vibrant echoes of yesteryear.
I’ve been fortunate enough to call Mt. Gretna home since 2003. Prior to that I was a frequent visitor and, like most, quickly fell in love with the area. It’s an easy passion to develop given Mt. Gretna’s eclectic old-fashioned charm.
Boasting one of the largest art, theatre and music communities in the area, Mt. Gretna is also a thriving vacation destination. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the area erupts with more activities than one person can possibly participate in. From book reviews, free movies, art school, University for a Day programs, cooking lessons, theatre productions, music concerts and recitals, there is something for everyone.
Sports enthusiasts will enjoy easy access to a thirty mile Rail Trail, hiking, swimming, roller skating, miniature golf, tennis and a nature preserve. For dining, Mt. Gretna has four restaurants—Timbers Restaurant and Dinner Threatre; the Hide Away with deck seating; LeSorelle, great for breakfast or lunch; and the Mt. Gretna Pizzeria. There’s also the Jigger Shop Ice Cream Parlor, founded in 1895, which offers up a decadent and delectable selection of soda fountain treats.
More people are calling Mt. Gretna home year round these days. With a real estate market and price structure to suit most everyone, this unique community offers a broad variety of housing styles ranging from cozy fixer-uppers to 3500+ square foot newly built homes. The Chautauqua and Campmeeting areas are known for their turn of the century cottages, and although many are equipped with modern conveniences, the owners have lovingly maintained the original character and charm.
So whether you visit for a weekend getaway or elect to make a permanent home in Mt. Gretna, rest assured memories are made daily. A stroll through the streets and meandering walkways almost always results in friendly chats with residents and visitors–not to mention the occasional glimpse of a deer or wild turkey ambling through the shaded pathways.
When summer rolls around, you can enjoy the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show. Held annually on the third weekend of August, an all-volunteer staff produces one of the largest outdoor art shows in Pennsylvania. There’s also the annual Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes and the Mt. Gretna Cicada Festival. Meet old friends and make new ones–I hope to see you there!
And, of course, should you desire additional information about this fabulous town, I am only a phone call, text or email away. You can also use the handy form below for inquires. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing all the wonderful amenities Mt. Gretna has to offer.