In 1971, young Harrisburg attorney Richard Angino and his wife, Alice, purchased a 54-acre abandoned farm. At that 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 and 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 course with each hole featuring a different garden theme 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 foot, glass-enclosed Banquet Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling views of the golf course and the Blue Mountains – ideally suited for destination weddings, corporate events and private functions.