Where to begin?!?! We live in DC and are always looking for interesting weekend trips to get out of the hectic pace of the city. We had been to Gettysburg once before and stayed in a B&B downtown...mistake! This small town is so busy, you've never seen so many tractor trailers on a two lane road in your life! But we love the history of the area so we decided to research some accommodations outside of the busy downtown district. We found pure perfection at the lovely Doubleday Inn!
I found the Inn through a B&B search engine and was intrigued by the "on the Battlefield" description...even the pictures on the Inn's website cannot convey how special the location is...you are surrounded by the Battlefield on all sides with the most amazing views...rolling hills and the town of Gettysburg off in the distance...monuments as far as the eye can see on the road leading up to the Inn. I downloaded over 100 pictures just of the Inn and surrounding grounds. Sunrise and sunset are breath-taking here, with the views spanning in all directions. It's also great having the Battlefield to yourself in the early morning hours, very peaceful!
Todd & Christine are your super friendly hosts at the Doubleday, they have done so much work to ensure that all your needs are taken care of from the moment you walk in the door. They have abundant maps and orientation materials available and give you all the "Insiders' Tips" to getting around town, parking, what to see, where to eat, etc. We loved that they allowed us to borrow a copy of the "Auto Tour" driving CD, it was nice to explore the fields at our own pace when we first began. Then they arranged a tour with their historian, a licensed battlefield guide, for the following morning...at $45 for a two hour tour you simply cannot miss this tour! Charlie is the best, we learned so much from our time with him. Make sure to request a tour with him when you make your reservation and Christine will line everything up for you.
Breakfast...just wonderful!!! I am not a fan of "gourmet" dining for breakfast...8 AM is not the time to ask my husband to try asparagus for the first time! Christine's breakfasts were hearty country foods, well prepared and abundantly portioned. Each day of our 4 day stay featured a different tasty main dish, along with beautifully presented fresh fruit, juices, teas, coffee and baked goods. Afternoons featured delicious homemade cookies and hot tea, a welcome treat after traipsing around town all afternoon. We always enjoyed our snack sitting on the covered side patio, the gardens are so beautiful and it was always cool out there with a slight breeze. We sat for hours just taking in the history and enjoying the peace & quiet.
The Doubleday's location is perfect, far enough from town to be very quiet, yet just a two minute drive to all the attractions. We spent the mornings exploring the Battlefield by foot and on car, and the afternoons checking out the many shops and museums downtown (our favorite museum is the Schriver House, don't miss this neat tour of a Civilian house during the Battle). We always looked forward to coming "home" to the Inn to freshen up and relax before dinner. This was always my favorite time of the day!
Todd made dinner reservations for us at the Cashtown Inn and the Fairfield Inn, both fantastic historical buildings with outstanding food. We would recommend both to anyone looking for an enjoyable fine dining experience.
All in all this was the most satisfying vacation we've had in a long time. It's so lucky for us that this wonderful destination is only a 90 minute drive away! We will definitely return frequently. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing weekend we highly recommend a stay at the Doubleday Inn. You will be rejuvenated by the time you check out and ready to face the world again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only Gettysburg Bed and Breakfast located directly on the National Battlefield! You are literally "up above it all" here on Oak Ridge, overlooking both the Battlefield and the town of Gettysburg. With just 9 rooms and onsite owner/innkeepers, we offer a TRUE B&B experience with exceptional service and personalized attention. Offering gracious accommodations to discerning travelers for over 20 years, we invite you to come see for yourself what all the buzz is about! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Doubleday Hotel Gettysburg