Retirement in 2019 and Beyond: Endless Options, Stunning Amenities

This article originally appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on July 18, 2019.

Willow Valley Communities, a premier 55-plus community in Lancaster, believes retirement is a time of rejuvenation, reinvention, and refreshment. It’s a time of exploring passions: those yearning to be revisited and new ones begging to be discovered. It’s a time that is purely your own—doing what you want, when you want.

Within its 210 acres on two meticulously landscaped campuses, Willow Valley Communities offers a seemingly endless array of award-winning amenities and choices for today’s seniors. An 80,000-square-foot Cultural Center is a hub of social, wellness, and artistic engagement. It includes state of the art fitness and aquatic centers, Day Spa, Art Gallery, art studio, 500-seat Performing Arts Theater, and a multitude of educational spaces where classes, lectures, and presentations— all to grow mind, body, and spirit.

Willow Valley Communities’ 30,000-square-foot Clubhouse is another stunning inter-generational space. It features a bowling alley, vintage arcade, golf simulator, and outdoor pool and tennis courts, fitness center, and sports center. The VUE, the fabulous rooftop lounge at The Vistas, has magnificent views of both Lancaster City and the Lancaster countryside.

The VUE is one of the many beautiful spaces throughout Willow Valley Communities where residents can meet, relax, and enjoy. Chautauqua Hall is another. A one of-a-kind performance and entertainment location, with a stage and professional entertainment light and sound package, it hosts a wide variety of events such as dances, parties, lectures, meetings, and more.

More than 100 clubs, craft and art studios, woodworking shops, gardening plots, stocked fishing ponds, and model railroad platforms throughout Willow Valley Communities allow residents to participate as they wish and how they wish. Eleven distinct culinary venues featuring locally sourced ingredients satisfy every palate.

Willow Valley Communities is located just three miles outside of the vibrant and culturally rich city of Lancaster—brimming with live theater, art, shopping, and a wide variety of restaurants. It’s no surprise that Lancaster has been designated the #1 Place to Retire by U.S. News & World Report, the well-known publisher of news rankings and analysis.

With over 90 different residence floor plans, there is something for everyone at Willow Valley Communities. Whether it’s a spacious 3,200-square-foot townhome or a smartly designed apartment, Willow Valley Communities offers a wide variety of striking residences. Beautifully appointed, they include distinctive, high-end features and views. Residences can also be completely customized at their own Design Studio with Willow Valley Communities’ personal design and transition services.

Willow Valley Communities offers residents many choices for beautiful living spaces surrounded by lovely common areas and award-winning amenities. You’ll also find the financial security of Lifecare, a wise investment that entitles you to long-term care, should you need it, with no increase to your monthly service fee.


To discover more, call us today at 877.503.0774. Be sure to reserve your place at our next “Living Small to Live Big” seminar and tour on Thursday, August 15. Or ask about arranging your own personal appointment. You’ll learn the latest tips and tricks on right-sizing and making your retirement a time of exploring your passions.

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