Gettysburg Motels on Route 15

by Meg Jernigan

Business Route 15, called Steinwehr Avenue as it enters Gettysburg, joins Baltimore Pike and becomes Baltimore Street. Basic, budget-friendly motels clustered along Steinwehr Avenue south of downtown near the National Cemetery offer seasonal rates. All are within walking distance of the town’s restaurants, shops and attractions. Leave your car at the motel and tour the Gettysburg Battlefield by bus, Segway or bike.

America’s Best Value Inn

The budget-friendly America’s Best Value Inn south of downtown Gettysburg is two blocks from the Cyclorama entrance to the National Battlefield Military Park. More than a dozen restaurants are within walking distance, including General Pickett’s Buffet, where lunch and dinner are served daily. The motel offers an advance purchase rate with no minimum stay. Rooms reserved 14 days in advance receive a discount, but there is a no-refund policy on these bookings.

Budget Host Three Crowns Motor Lodge

Located a few blocks from downtown Gettysburg and across the street from the National Cemetery, Three Crowns Motor Lodge offers reasonably priced, no-frills rooms. Secure parking allows guests to walk to dining, shopping and most of the attractions, and avoid the frequently difficult parking in Gettysburg. The Tour Center offering guided trips around the battlefield is a few blocks away. Dobbin House Tavern, a restored 1776 residence where dining in bed is encouraged in the home’s bedroom, is one block away.

Colton Motel Gettysburg

The Colton Motel Gettysburg, part of the Magnuson Hotel chain, is a quick walk from the National Cemetery and Segway Tours of Gettysburg. Reasonably priced, the unpretentious motel has a AAA one-diamond rating. Tours of Washington, D.C., and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and tickets to major attractions and Ghost Walks are available at the Colton. The motel does not accept reservations for a single Saturday stay from mid-April to mid-November, and pets are not allowed on the property.

Best Western Gettysburg Hotel

The historic Gettysburg Hotel, established as a tavern in 1797, faces Lincoln Square, Route 15’s Gettysburg midpoint. Abraham Lincoln refined the Gettysburg Address in the nearby Wills House, and General Eisenhower used the hotel as his national operations center while he recuperated from a heart attack. Designated a Historic Hotel of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Gettysburg closed in 1964, then reopened after being refurbished with period furnishings and antiques. The hotel’s upscale dining room serves steaks and seafood.

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