I remember on New Years Eve this past year, walking by a beautiful brick building with tall windows. I saw the Christmas tree showing off in the window with people strewn about the room holding their beverages. I told my boyfriend Brandon, “I want to stay there some day.” Well, it wasn’t a month later that the opportunity came knocking, and I got a chance to stay in the beautiful Swope Manor Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, PA.
Upon walking into the building I was intimidated. It felt like I had just crept into someone’s private home. There were Civil War reenactors roaming the house dressed in period attire, ready for the ball to take place at The Gettysburg Hotel. A gentleman spotted me as I searched to find who we check in with. Noticing me wandering in confusion, he stopped and introduced himself as Van; yes, like the vehicle. Van was the inn keeper, and to my surprise, he knew exactly who I was. He quickly offered Brandon and I a glass of wine and showed us to the entertainment in the other room.
There was a musician singing old songs in the room off to our left. Guests were gathering around and singing along while drinking and snacking on appetizers. Needless to say, this experience wasn’t going to be anything like I’ve had before. As someone who typically stays in generic hotels, this was unfamiliar territory.
Van grabbed the key to our room and took us on a tour of the house. The attention to detail in every room was fantastic. They were all so beautifully decorated, maintaining their historical charm.
Out of the 13 rooms, Brandon and I were fortunate enough to be staying in Miss Dorothy’s Suite, an absolutely stunning room with views of the main road outside of the windows. This particular suite was dedicated to the previous owner of the home, Miss Dorothy, who had hopes of turning the home into a Bed & Breakfast. While she was never able to make that dream come true during her ownership, the current owners have done a wonderful job of bringing her dream to life.
Some of the unique features this room boasted were a king size bed, electric fire place, jacuzzi tub, large shower, and great views for people watching! We instantly fell in love with its romantic elegance.
That evening, Van was kind enough to help us with any questions we had as well as providing directions and suggestions. We even met some of the other staff who were also very friendly and helpful. Van and Bruce were kind enough to work with our awkward schedule the next morning and made sure we had breakfast ready, earlier than normally scheduled. They were EXTREMELY accommodating!
The home is rich in history, making it the perfect place to experience everything Gettysburg has to offer. I would HIGHLY recommend everyone pay a visit to the Swope Manor Bed and Breakfast. The customer service is fantastic, the rooms are unique and immaculate, and it will be a truly unforgettable experience.
Just a few tips before you go:
- If you are a light sleeper, I wouldn’t suggest Miss Dorothy’s Suite. Since it is right next to the road it is rather noisy. Instead, choose a room on the other side of the house.
- The B&B does not have its own parking lot. You will be directed to park in a public garage behind the building, which has a rate of .75/hour – max $10.
The Swope Manor Bed & Breakfast
60 York Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
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