Other activities at the resort or nearby: swimming, rock climbing, hiking mountain trails, Audubon Trail bird watching, basketball, bocci, horseshoes, fishing and hunting. Harrisburg has several large shopping malls and outlet stores, an international airport, a train depot with direct trains to major cities in all directions, plus excellent museums and points of historical interest.
Gardens are everywhere. The largest and most well known is The Italian Garden, a formal, eight-acre series of themed gardens encompassing four large terraces crowned by an amphitheater that provides breath-taking views of Blue Mountain. With stone and stucco walls, reflecting pools, fountains, statuary, pavilions and pergolas, it is the largest of the Felicita gardens. Other gardens feature plants that attract butterflies, conifers from around the world, exotic Japanese landscaping and a pond setting straight out of a Monet painting. Some of the gardens are open to guests and self-guided tours while others require an admission fee and horticultural guide.
Felicita sells secure, numbered gift cards that can be valued and purchased for almost any price, This provides you with the opportunity to give a day at Spa Felicita or the golf course, or an evening of dining as a gift. You can order and pay for them with an easy phone call or online through this website.
The Spa offers full-service California-style treatments, a complete Cybex fitness center and a hot tub Sun Room with garden and mountain views. A variety of packages with or without overnight accommodations can be booked with a simple phone call. Lodging can be booked on-line.
The resort offers a range of meeting room choices: Boardroom for 12-15; class-room style Golf Room for 75-100; dividable Garden Banquet Room for 75-300.
Weddings and outdoor events can also be held in the grand Italian Gardens or Timber Trail Pavilion.
Dining Choices : The Golf Clubhouse Grille, with its covered porch and outside patio, offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus a full bar, seven days a week during golf season. The Tavern at the Golf Clubhouse offers a full menu Fridays & Saturdays in season and the Spa café offers light, healthy cuisine seven days a week. Other choices can be made for groups including our Tavern Steakhouse and the Garden Banquet Room.
The garden-like golf course was designed by William and David Gordon, has four tee choices, is public with private membership available and has a new irrigation system keeping the greens in excellent condition.
Lodging is shared between a “country-style” 13 room inn that includes a master apartment, single, double and queen rooms, and the 40-room mountain-side lodge complex. You can also stay in the 4 bedroom Golf House situated right on the golf course that sleeps 8, or our 3-Bedroom Lakewood Cottage on Lakewood Drive close to the clubhouse. Special packages offer lodging, spa and golf in a variety of combinations.
Residential options presently available include 33 building lots surrounding the golf course. In planning stages are a golf village and garden townhouses.A Young Couples Passion for Gardening
In 1971, young Harrisburg, PA. attorney Richard Angino and his wife, Alice, purchased a 54-acre abandoned farm. At the time, neither had any professional horticultural experience, but that didn’t discourage them from developing beautiful gardens on their property.Shortly after building their home, the Anginos became passionate about their new love of gardening and began devoting their non-professional time, energy and resources to cultivating the land. The Resort now features more than 45 theme gardens and miles of garden paths and nature trails for your viewing pleasure.
As years passed, the couple acquired 750 additional acres, including a former nudist colony, a charming tavern and inn, and an 18-hole championship golf course. Originally a farm, then a skeet & trap club, the golf course was designed by William and David Gordon for then owner William Hollinger.
The community house, part of the nudist colony acquisition, was converted into a 14-room, full-service California-style spa that includes a fitness center and hot tub sun room with garden views.
The Golf Clubhouse was renovated in 1998 and the garden-themed Augusta-like “Golf in a Garden” with each hole featuring a different garden theme-Zen, Magnolia, Alpine, etc, was created.
Also in 1998, five lodges housing 40 spacious rooms, all with balconies or porches, were constructed in the mountains next to the Spa.
In 2002, the Resort expanded with a 5200 square feet, glass-enclosed Banquet Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling views of the golf course and the Blue Mountains – ideally suited for destination weddings, upscale corporate and private functions.
From 2002 to 2005, five new gardens were created – Butterfly, The Park, Perennial, The Secret Garden, and The Great Lawn. In 2006, two more gardens were added plus the new Nature Trail Gardens and par course opened, featuring 30 acres of mature hardwoods and pines underplanted with dogwood, red bud, hawthorn, birch, magnolia, rhododendron, azalea, mountain laurel, viburnum collections, ferns and mosses.