Coming together with friends and neighbors over a good meal is one of the highlights of active adult living. 

One of the most beneficial amenities for an active adult community to have is its own restaurant. If there is nothing in the refrigerator to make a decent meal, you can always pop over to the clubhouse. It will be minutes away, there will be food choices that you’re familiar with, and you’ll probably run into some friends. Socialization often revolves around good food, so having this option close by is quite desirable. 

If you're looking for an active adult community in Central Pennsylvania and want to make sure you've got easy access to good food, you'll want to consider these five communities.

Penn National - Fayetteville

Mid $100s - Low $400s

Penn National is a master-planned community that welcomes all ages but caters to active adults. It opened in 1968 and continues to grow with 1,100 new and resale homes. There are cozy, attached villas that are perfect for active adults looking to downsize, as well as two single-family neighborhoods.

The St. Anne’s section has four single-family models, ranging from 1,763 to 1,996 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The St. Andrew’s section also has four single-family floor plans, ranging from 1,842 to 2,378 square feet. These feature two or three bedrooms and bathrooms as well as attached two car garages. Some of the upgrades for Penn National’s single-family homes include dens and covered porches.

This community’s main draws are its clubhouse, two 18-hole golf courses, tennis courts, outdoor pool, and its lovely Founders Grille & Black Oak Bar, where homeowners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Alden Place - Lebanon

High $100s - Low $400s

Living at Alden Place in pastoral Lebanon gives its residents a quiet setting, over 20 floor plans to choose from, and plenty of amenities. There are 505 new and resale attached and single-family homes, which were built by Alden Homes. The spacious attached homes range from 1,449 to 2,505 square feet, with one to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The many single-family models range from 1,545 to 2,473 square feet, with two to three bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Exclusive upgrades include covered porches, breakfast nooks, cathedral ceilings, and expansive master suites.

The community clubhouse, the Alden Club, has its own indoor pool, exercise room, and a beauty salon. Its popular café has plenty of food and is also a venue for special events including live music. There is even a scenic lake on the property that residents can use for fishing and canoeing.

Traditions of America at Liberty Hill - State College

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

Active adults who seek resort-style living can discover it at Traditions of America at Liberty Hill. This newer development of 282 attached and single-family homes is surrounded by state forests and is about 115 miles east of Pittsburgh. There are six attached models, ranging from 1,261 to 1,883 square feet, with two bedrooms and bathrooms, plus attached two-car garages. The seven single-family floor plans range from 1,274 to 2,314 square feet, also with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. These homes feature upgrades like master suites, dens, and porches.

As far as a place to gather with friends and neighbors for a meal, the community includes a sports bar and lounge at the clubhouse. It's an ideal spot to grab a table and hang out before or after a dip in the pool. The large clubhouse also includes a ballroom, indoor whirlpool spa, activity rooms, and a fitness center. 

Traditions of America at Silver Spring - Mechanicsburg

Mid $200s - High $300s

With plans for 517 homes including six garden-style models and seven single-family models, Traditions of America at Silver Spring offers a floor plan for every active adult homebuyer. The six Garden Home floor plans are sized from 1,261 and 1,883 square feet, with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. The seven single-family models range from 1,237 to 2,314 square feet, also with two bedrooms and bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include luxurious master suites and covered porches.

This community also includes a sports bar & lounge in the clubhouse, to go with the indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, activity rooms, and many other ways to hang out with friends and family.

Amblebrook - Straban Township

Low $300s

Plans are now underway for the active adult community of Amblebrook, a new development of 2,000 single-family homes nestled in Straban Township, PA, just outside of Gettysburg. Upon completion, Amblebrook will have attached and detached single family homes priced from the low $300s to low $500s.

This exclusive community will sit on almost 800 acres of land and will include a clubhouse, outdoor pool, tennis courts, trails, coffee shop, and a bar & grill, all of which will be housed in the community’s very own Town Center. As an added bonus for foodies, the community will have its own working farm which will provide produce and goods to an on-site farmers market and a farm-to-table restaurant.