Gettysburg National Battlefield is undoubtedly one of the most visited and important battlefields in the United States – where spending a night in the hotels in Gettysburg feels just like sleeping in a museum. History buffs will love the endless hours of museum hopping, while anyone who appreciates the peacefulness of a reverent walk in the park will be pleased with the trails surrounding the historic district. These handpicked hotels in Gettysburg, bookable on Culture Trip, are ready to host your visit to the turning point of the American Civil War.
The Inn at Lincoln Square is a Civil War-era home located in the heart of Gettysburg. Charm wraps you in warmth no matter which of the three suites you choose – but our vote is for the exposed brick, open beams and hardwood floors of the studio-like Annie Danner Suite. A larger group would probably prefer one of the pair of two-story homes overlooking the courtyard, though. An Abe Lincoln statue right outside is either pointing to the historic David Wills House – or the Starbucks, but probably the former.
On the south end of downtown proper, Brickhouse Inn sits waiting to welcome you to Gettysburg. Though it was once occupied by Confederate soldiers, this B&B now only hosts out-of-towners who don’t mind the 10-minute walk to where Lincoln recited the Gettysburg Address. The six guest rooms are splendid, but it’s the “breakfast” part of this bed and breakfast that’ll pique your interest. We insist that you arrive on time for delightful treats such as home-baked shoofly pie.
Feeling a little too immersed in history? Wyndham knows the feeling. This hotel 5mi (8km) outside of Gettysburg delivers what the museums can’t – namely an indoor pool, full-service bar and a comfortable place where your pet can relax without getting fur all over a piece of history. The on-site movie theater is also extremely tempting, especially on a rainy day. And if you ever get FOMO, the daily shuttle will whisk you downtown.
Although Honest Abe didn’t actually stay at the Swope Manor, we doubt that’ll make you reconsider staying in the Lincoln Suite. This third-floor suite has a fireplace in every room and space to sleep five. Should you choose the Lt. Pohlman Chamber, however, you would be staying where the heroic soldier took his last breaths before declaring a cease-fire. You’ll also find a cozy electric stove fireplace in these quarters.
Embrace the tranquility of Gettysburg that existed before the war at the Lodges at Gettysburg. These rustic cottages are surrounded by 63 acres (25ha) of rolling countryside, granting you serene views of the battlefield and Hunter Lake. Open the door to a private rustic lodge and leave only to walk or bike the property’s trails. If you can fit a fishing rod in your carry-on, let Hunter Lake lure you over to its dock.
1863 Inn is one of the few hotels in Gettysburg that is within equal distance to downtown and the battlefield. You won’t need a car any time you venture out of your double queen room. Simply grab your complimentary breakfast, step out of the lobby and tackle your itinerary with ease. Well, not too easily – the whirlpool tub in your room might beckon you back faster than you’d expect.
Many hotels in Gettysburg can put you close to history, but the Farnsworth House Inn really immerses you in the time. From the bullet-ridden walls to the period fare served in their dining room, you’ll have a truly unique Civil War experience at his B&B. Venture into the attic to find a special collection of war-era artifacts you won’t find in any museum. Film buffs will also want to venture around the block to Sweney’s Tavern – where props from the movie Gettysburg can be gazed upon.
Right at the base of Gettysburg National Cemetery, the Inn at Cemetery Hill keeps you on the front lines of the town’s history, shopping, dining and entertainment. If you’re in town taking part in a long reenactment, we suggest setting up camp in the efficiencies of the Village Suites Building, which also faces the cemetery. Just pitching a tent overnight? A room in the Baltimore Street Building with a private entrance should be sufficient.
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