Mt. Gretna Heights

"The Heights" is a more contemporary community. Its 64 year-round homes are built on larger lots on straighter streetsthat ascend a gentle slope at the base of Governor Dick Hill. Like all Gretna properties, the homes are shaded by tall pine and oak trees and nestled in rhododendrons and other abounding shade plants. A few erstwhile suburbanites have cleared their properties to grow grass. Onlyfour blocks wide, the Heights is bordered by a dense forest on Governor Dick Hill to the south and east with trails favored by mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders.

Heights residents eagerly await each edition of theHeights Newsletter, Mt. Gretna's most literate publication. News of the community is leavened with humor worthy ofThe New Yorker. By night a mysterious hand nails the Heights mascot to trees in front of the homes, pink flamingos in poses caricaturing the residents inside.

At the Boulevard Avenue entrance, the Heights' north end, is another tiny section of Mt. Gretna called Stoberdale, location of about a dozen homes, the Fire Company, and The Hide-A-Way Restaurant. Stoberdale many contain examples of Gretna's largest and smallest homes, literally almost side-by-side, and a small hidden pond.

The Gretna Inn, an "arts and crafts" style B&B, is a large home opening onto a gracious front porch at the crest of a spacious front lawn, the first Heights home you see when you enter from Gretna's main thoroughfare, route 117, after passing between the Hide-A-Way Restaurant and the firehouse.

As a community, the Heights has little desire to compete with their Chautauqua and Campmeeting neighbors in the arts and cultural area; they live well and enjoy their unique environment.

Mt. Gretna Campmeeting

Mt. Gretna Chautauqua
Timber Hills & Conewago Hill
Mt. Gretna
Mt. Gretna History