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History

Over 40 years ago, John and Florence Thomas began an incredible journey that centered around their beliefs and passion for serving others. They followed a vision based on the simple principle of servicing every customer in such an exceptional way that they walk away feeling a sense of family. Now in its third generation, Willow Valley hospitality is part of the Lancaster County landscape.

1966 The Thomases open a 30-unit motel on Rte. 222, known as Willow Valley Inn.
1967 100-seat restaurant is added and is known today as Willow Tree Restaurant & Smorgasbord, which seats 800 people.
1968-1979 Willow Valley Inn expanded to 170 rooms, 400-seat restaurant, Bakery and Gift Shop.
1975 The Willow Valley Golf Course and Willow Woods Apartments open.
1980 Willow Valley Square, Willow Valley Market and retail shops open and development of Willow Valley Estates – 67 homes.
1984-1992 The Willow Valley Retirement Communities are built and open offering 1,700 independent living apartments along with healthcare facilities.
1986 The Willow Valley Inn expands and is renamed Willow Valley Resort and Conference Center. The expansion included another 183 Guest Rooms, a second indoor pool, the Terrace Smorgasbord and the open Atrium, named Palm Court, for Sunday Brunch, weddings and banquets. The dairy farm adjacent to the Willow Valley Resort is purchased.
1993 The Willow Valley Wedding and Prayer Chapel is added to the Resort grounds.
1997 The Valley Forge 107-unit Hampton Inn and Suites and the Manheim 95-unit Hampton Inn, open their doors to Guests. Both properties are owned and operated by Willow Valley.
1999 The Willow Gables, luxury retirement villas open and receive National ‘Best in American Living award’.
1999 Terrace Smorgasbord undergoes renovations to include three meeting rooms for up to 300 people and reopens as the beautiful new Terrace Restaurant.
2000 Ground is broken for the Cultural Center, which is part of the Spring Run Retirement Community.
2001 The Centre Building guest rooms and pool undergo renovations.
2002 The Family Restaurant renovations are completed. South Wing rooms are renovated. New Indoor Water Playground opens.
2003 Willow Valley built a 16,000 sf medical office building at the Lakes Business & Medical Center.
2003 Willow Valley Retirement Community Cultural Center opens.
2005 The Homewood Suites Hotel in Harrisburg, PA opens.
2006 The Resort undergoes a $1.5 million renovation to the Palm Court, lobby and meeting rooms.
2007 The Resort completes renovations to 180 Guest rooms in the Atrium Building. The Hilton Garden Inn in Harrisburg, PA opens.
2007 Broke ground for a 72,000 sf medical office building at the Lakes Business & Medical Center – (opened Summer 2008)
2008 Diane Poillon is named President & COO, becoming the third generation of the Thomas family to serve as president.
2010 DoubleTree Resort by Hilton at Willow Valley opens, offering signature Hilton Hospitality with the home town Thomas family touch.