Willow Valley Communities: Life Lived Forward

Nanette Eisenhuth loves her kitchen at Willow Valley Communities and describes it as “the nicest kitchen I’ve ever had.”
Photos courtesy of Willow Valley Communities

Meet the Eisenhuths

Nanette and Ned Eisenhuth come to Willow Valley Communities from Schuylkill County, where they were both teachers. They’ve been married for 43 years and have one son, Kent. In the newly constructed SouthPointe Village, where the Eisenhuths live, Nanette is famous for her recipes that she brings to the community’s monthly “Happy Hour” gatherings. Nanette often shares her Polish heritage through the dishes she prepares for her neighbors during these get-togethers, explaining that she learned how to cook as a child from her grandmother, who lived next door to her family in Marion Heights. “Back then, we didn’t have technology to look up recipes,” Nanette recalls. “We had Gram!”

Nanette says she is delighted that in retirement she now has the time to pursue her much-loved passion for cooking. She shares that the kitchen in her SouthPointe residence is “the nicest kitchen I’ve ever had,” adding, “I love this kitchen. It has plenty of workspace and storage for all my appliances.”

Ned and Nanette, both of whom are retired educators, moved to Willow Valley Communities from Schuylkill County.

The Importance of Kitchen Design at Willow Valley

No matter your stage in life, the kitchen is regarded as the heart of your home. At Willow Valley Communities, residents can make all the decisions regarding this vital space by selecting the layout, finishes and appliances they desire. 

Dining Options on Campus 

Should you choose to eat out, Willow Valley Communities offers 12 distinctive culinary venues across its campus. From cozy coffee shops and wine bars to food halls and a full-service gourmet restaurant (Local Table, located in The Clubhouse, is the Eisenhuths’ favorite for special occasions), the choice is yours.  

Residents can also choose from flexible food-plan options to meet their individual needs. 

Food Culture 

Willow Valley Communities residents enjoy the abundance of farm-to-table offerings thanks to the rich farmland of Lancaster County. Fresh produce and other local products help to define our menus. 

Residents are also able to secure plots in community gardens that are found across the campus. Robust donation programs managed by residents provide bountiful harvests to food banks in the county. 

Visitors planning to attend the Explore Retirement Living Open House Tour on October 21 will want to make Willow Valley Communities a must-see stop. The new Plaza at Manor, an innovative culinary space with six distinctive restaurants, will be a highlight on their tour. In addition to the wide variety of food offerings satisfying every mood and every palate, the Plaza gives residents a multitude of ways to order and have their meals served. 

Kitchen options includes amenities such as islands with waterfall styling.


Type of Community

Premier 55-plus Life Plan Community 

Range of Services

Willow Valley Communities is a premier 55+ community located 4 miles from Downtown Lancaster. It offers award-winning amenities, 12 distinctive culinary venues and a plethora of world-class entertainment, presentations, classes, lectures and more. All Willow Valley Communities residents receive the financial peace of mind of a Type A Lifecare contract. This means if an enhanced level of care is ever needed in the future, the monthly service fee does not increase because of that need.

Residential Options

Willow Valley Communities offers over 100 different floor plans that range from studio apartments to spacious townhomes. Mosaic by Willow Valley Communities will be a 20-story tower located in the heart of Downtown Lancaster, where residents will enjoy a truly extraordinary urban senior lifestyle. 


Willow Valley Communities offers over 100 different clubs and organizations for residents’ participation. Residents enjoy pursuing new passions or those they would like to revisit. At Willow Valley Communities, residents can truly make life after 55 their own. 


Willow Valley Communities is home to 2,600 residents who hail from some 40 states across the country. Our diverse population represents all walks of life, professions, talents and lifestyles. 

600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA, 17602

717-464-6800 • info@willowvalley.org



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