Hotels in Gettysburg, PA

by Karen Sprinkles
Cannons still stand sentry at the Gettysburg battlefield.

Cannons still stand sentry at the Gettysburg battlefield.

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A seminal event in American history, the Battle of Gettysburg took place in a small Pennsylvania town in 1863 over the span of just three days. More than 51,000 Confederate and Union soldiers lost their lives on the battlefield, where today, more than 1,400 monuments mark the sites of important events that took place on this hallowed ground. Whether staying at an historic inn in downtown Gettysburg or at accommodations along the actual battlefield, visitors in Gettysburg have the opportunity to connect profoundly with the area's past.

Bed-and-Breakfast Lodging

Dozens of bed-and-breakfast inns abound in, and just outside, the town of Gettysburg. Some of the most historic inns were built in the 1700s, such as the Brafferton Inn, which includes original architectural elements such as exposed-brick walls and wide-planked pine flooring. One of the rooms in the inn even has a stray minie ball from the battle embedded in the fireplace mantel. The Tillie Pierce House was built in 1829 and has been renovated with 19th-century furnishings and period pieces. The historic Mary-Penn Bed and Breakfast, built in 1743, sits on the dividing line between Maryland and Pennsylvania, allowing guests to sleep in the same room located in two different states.

Haunted Inns

At the Farnsworth House Inn, nearly half of the 11 rooms are considered haunted. With more than 100 bullet holes in the wall, the historic home was situated amid heavy fighting during the battle and housed a number of Confederate sharpshooters. The inn hosts nightly candlelight ghost tours, as well as ghost-story sessions in the theater downstairs. The Cashtown Inn served as the Confederate headquarters of General A.P. Hill, and is featured in several books and videos about haunted Gettysburg. Located west of Lincoln Square, it offers guest rooms that are original to the house, which was built in 1797.

Hotel Chains

One of the largest hotels in the area, the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center presents standard amenities in each of its 208 rooms. Ideal for families, the hotel is located next to an events complex that includes go-carts and miniature golf. The Gettysburg Travelodge, located across from the Gettysburg Tour Center, offers free stays for children under 18 with an adult. The Quality Inn at General Lee's Headquarters once served as the headquarters of the famed general during the Battle of Gettysburg; many of its rooms overlook the battlefield.

Budget Accommodations

Located north of Lincoln Square, the Blue Sky Motel offers no-frills accommodations for families and also boasts a barbecue and playground area outside. The Colton Motel is actually located on hallowed ground on Cemetery Ridge, framed by the National Cemetery in the background. Built in the 1950s, the motel offers 25 rooms and includes a family suite with three bedrooms and four double beds. The Budget Host Three Crowns Motor Lodge, located one block from Military Park, offers an outdoor swimming pool and complimentary continental breakfast.

Peak Seasons

Gettysburg's peak tourist season runs from April through November, with the summer months being the most crowded. When booking accommodations for the summer, be prepared for higher prices and less room availability, especially during the July 4th holiday, which marks the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. October is another popular time of year for visitors, when ghost tours and haunted attractions are in full swing for Halloween.

About the Author

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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