Bed and breakfasts are a staple in historic Gettysburg and each has its own tale to tell. From Civil War hospitals to a front row during the Battle of Gettysburg– each Inn offers a rich history. Take a look at three very historic and distinct bed and breakfasts of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. One may just be home during your next visit to this Civil War town.
From Haunts to History
If you never considered staying at a bed and breakfast, it may be time to rethink. Bed and breakfasts are now a luxury way to travel. If you want a quaint retreat with a hands on staff while you’re traveling, this is the ideal option.
From upscale furnishings to spa style bathrooms, you can certainly find an Inn that suits your needs. During a recent visit to Gettysburg, I was able to tour numerous bed and breakfasts. While each was beautiful in its own way, I really loved the three I am going to share.
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Whether you are looking for haunts of Civil War soldiers or an idyllic place to relax and photograph the Pennsylvania countryside, any one of these three inns would be a great option. All three featured bed and breakfasts are very popular; they are at capacity almost year round. Be sure to book well in advance if you want to experience simple luxury in a historic setting.
Inn at Herr Ridge
If you are looking for haunts on your trip to Gettysburg, this would be the place to find them. The Battle of Gettysburg played out in the fields surrounding Herr Tavern. During the Civil War, the building functioned as the first confederate hospital. In the main historic building of the property, Rooms 1, 2 and 3 were the surgical rooms during the war. Talk about the ideal opportunity to find a few spirits of the Civil War.
The inn offers 17 unique rooms. You will surely fall in love with each. Every day, guests receive a complimentary gourmet breakfast and an afternoon tea with snacks. In the true form of bed and breakfasts, not every room offered has a private bathroom. This is also a savings option. For a couple’s weekend, the Inn does offer a few rooms with a two person jacuzzi tub. I was told they book very quickly, so plan well in advance if you want those suites.
Herr Ridge is home to two distinct, award-winning restaurants, the Tavern and Sharpshooter’s Grille. Whether you are interested in a formal, sophisticated dining experience or a casual, family atmosphere, there is something for your travel needs.
TravelingMom Tip: Due to the haunts that call the Inn and Herr Ridge home, this B&B fills up early for October. Halloween season, after all! Plan accordingly if you’re visiting in the fall.
Battlefield Bed & Breakfast
This historic farmhouse dates back to 1809, before the Civil War. It sits just behind Big Round Top on the Battlefield. The farmhouse was used as General Merritt’s Headquarters (Union Cavalry). The historic barn was a field hospital and, after Pickett’s Charge, the farm was used as a Union cavalry camp. The Inn’s rooms each have a personality reflecting the history of this property and the story of the Battle of Gettysburg. You may even find a union soldier among you during your stay.
Sitting on a 30 acre nature preserve just outside of town, you can escape the city life and relax the days away. You may even bring your dog with you to this pet-friendly inn. Unlike many bed and breakfasts, the Battlefield accommodates families as well, offering rooms that will sleep up to four.
Each morning you can enjoy breakfast in the quaint dining room among other guests. Included is a chef’s choice entrée, breakfast meat, farm potatoes, fruit, baked goods, orange juice, coffee and tea. There is also a history program in the morning that will get you in the “Civil War state of mind,” before exploring the battlefields.
This inn is perfect for photography lovers as there are birds, cats, wild flowers and many historic sites to capture here. I personally fell in love with the large deck overlooking the pond. It was a port of serenity and calm, exactly the environment one would look for to escape the hustle and bustle of life, even if for a short time.
Among the 10 unique rooms to choose from, you will surely find one that suits your needs. Each room has a private bathroom and is stocked with toiletry items for your stay. If you are looking for a romantic escape, treat yourself to Houghtelin’s Hideway. This room offers a King size bed, a leather sofa, and patio. Enjoy a rain shower with a stone arch entrance or relax in the deep soaking tub.
TravelingMom Tip: Be sure to check their website for specials before you book. They will often offer reduced rate on last minute bookings.
The Swope Manor
This is by far my favorite inn. The Swope Manor has a rich history in Gettysburg dating back to 1793 when a two-story log home was first built on the property. In 1836, Mr. Swope tore down the log home and built the manor home you see today.
On July 1st, the Swope family would watch Union men retreat from the battlefield racing by their windows with the Confederates close behind. Just a few steps from The Swope Manor off Stratton Street, an unidentified Union soldier was found by a Gettysburg citizen mortally wounded. Clutched in his hand was a picture of his three beautiful children. The war stretches far into the streets of Gettysburg and touched almost everything you see. The haunts of the war reach far beyond the battlefields.
You’ll find the Swope Manor located one block east of the town square in downtown Gettysburg. If you want to spend the weekend exploring local shops and visiting wine tasting rooms, this is the ideal location. The town is very walk-able. Offering 13 rooms, this is one of the larger bed & breakfasts in Gettysburg. From executive suites to deluxe chambers, the Manor has a very elegant feel that carries throughout the house.
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The library was my favorite part of the entire house. Each wall was covered in books of every type. A book lover’s dream for certain.
The rooms are well-appointed and on the larger side, even if they aren’t one of the premium suites. Each room does offer your own bathroom, which to me is a selling point. No offense, but I don’t like the idea of sharing a bathroom with strangers. Each morning you will have a home-cooked breakfast before heading out to explore the town.
If you are planning a visit to Washington DC, Maryland or New Jersey, you can certainly add a few days in Gettysburg. Go ahead and immerse yourself in a historical and relaxing getaway. No matter which Gettysburg bed and breakfast you choose, none will disappoint.
From friendly innkeepers to historic locales, your weekend away will be one to remember in Gettysburg.