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Refreshing Experience Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

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Looking to the Future Updated May 11, 2020. We have been following state and federal recommendations to curve the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus. On March 17, we closed our facilities for all activities and overnight retreats per Governor Wolf’s restrictions for non-essential businesses. Following Governor Wolf’s announcement on April 27, we were given the “green light”…

What To Expect – Refreshing Mountain’s Food Service Breakfasts

Food is everywhere, but everyone likes something different. Ever wonder why there are SO many different restaurants? We are ALL different! In America, we have the luxury to dive into a different food category every single day. This creates a fun challenge for us at Refreshing Mountain when attempting to satisfy the food preferences of up…

Will I Need An Extra Set of Boxers? And Other First-Time Ziplining Questions

Free Guide to Ziplining for the First Time While folks considering ziplining near Philadelphia, PA have lots of questions, there are some queries that come up more often than others. Here’s a look at some of the most oft-asked questions: How scary is ziplining? Well, it’s pretty exhilarating, but you don’t need to worry about…

Looking for an Outdoor Family Getaway?

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Outdoor Family Getaways A family overnight getaway is an eagerly anticipated event that provides both fun and wonderful lasting memories if planned and organized correctly. The tricky part comes in finding an option that suits both your budget and individual interests for every member of the family. A vacation getaway focused on the outdoors is…

Refreshing Mountain Bio for Matt Shenk

Matt Shenk began working part time at Refreshing Mountain in 2011 as a zipline tour guide through a friend that was also a tour guide. In 2014, when he graduated from high school, Matt joined the full time staff and continued to be a tour guide but also started to work on course maintenance, general…

Storm Repair Update: Local Attraction Will Stay Open Despite Storm Damage

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Refreshing Mountain Retreat and Adventure Center in Stevens, PA took a major hit from a recent wind storm that hit Lancaster County, but that doesn’t mean they are closing up shop. “We were hit pretty hard,” said Justin Harnish, Director of the family adventure and retreat center. “Several of our outdoor activities will need to…

Refreshing Mountain Bio for Phil True

Name and Role at Refreshing Mountain… Phil True, the Activities Scheduler, which is a fancy way of saying, “I organize fun”. I’ve been “organizing fun” for the past two years and love every minute of it. My job feels more like I’m playing and work occasionally. How did you get to Refreshing Mountain? I was…

Refreshing Mountain Bio for Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin is the Head Cook and Kitchen Supervisor. He began this position in March of 2016 after working most recently at Willow Valley Communities as a Culinary Supervisor. He also brings with him experience from working in several restaurants. Wayne started cooking when he was a senior in high school and attended Lancaster County…

Refreshing Mountain Bio for Colleen Watson

Colleen has the honorary distinction of being the longest employed staff member at Refreshing Mountain. Originally she was working for her brother-in-law who was Refreshing Mountain’s accountant.  But then, 30 years ago, Colleen transitioned to being an employee of Refreshing Mountain to keep the books. Part of Colleen’s “reward” for being a long time employee is…

Refreshing Mountain Staff Bio for Mark Layton

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Mark Layton is the Nature Program Coordinator here at Refreshing Mountain, though he originally got his start at Refreshing Mountain when he was 16 years old, working in the housekeeping department. That same summer he was given the chance to work in the activities department and immediately loved it. Through that opportunity he realized how…