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Allenberry: Footlights Meet "I Dos" in Cumberland Valley

By Elisha Neubauer

With 57 acres of quiet limestone buildings and beautiful Cumberland Valley views, Allenberry in Boiling Springs, PA is a playhouse, inn, and wedding destination all wrapped up in one.

The resort is far from under one roof, though - owner John Heinze explains that it takes a lot to keep Allenberry running. "There are five major buildings that contain the food service, lodging and theater. There are twenty other buildings that consist of cottages, staff housing, and support facilities."

Allenberry began back in 1944 when it was purchased by the Heinze family. The limestone barn buildings that originally stood on the property were converted to be utilized as food service and lodging for future guests, and the premises was opened to the public as the Allenberry Inn in 1946. Shortly after, in 1949, the family opened the Allenberry Playhouse on the estate with the intent of drawing more people to the facilities. Within the next decade, the Heinze family expanded further, adding an outdoor swimming pool, a social club, two clay tennis courts, and later, two lighted tennis courts for those who wish to play into the night.

The Playhouse has been home to such stars as John Travolta, Roy Scheider, John McMartin, Marty Ingles, and Shirley Jones. It produces professional Broadway-style programs every year and includes dinner theater, murder mystery weekends, and children's theater in its annual lineups. As its popularity has grown, the Allenberry Playhouse has extended its runs to over 40 weeks ? performing from March until December.

One of the first amenities that the Allenberry Resort focused on was food service. Several options are available to Resort guests, including the The Allenberry Buffet, Crockett Room, Sadler Room, Addison Room, The Breeches Bar & Grille, Undershoot Dining Room, RNG Lounge, and the Lehman Bar.

And, of course, location is everything. Ultimately, guests return for the stunning scenic views and convenient location. "The Cumberland Valley is an unspoiled rural area located between North and South Mountain ranges, says Heinze. "There are three interstate highway systems that connect the area to major metropolitan cities, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York."

Allenberry is a multitasking marvel, and its sixty-six year success is something for the Heinze family to be proud of. As John Heinze reminds us, "This all started with one family in 1944."

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