Showing posts from 2010

Last day of 2010

Sorry about the long gap since our last post. Tessa and I went on a vacation to India, and Melanie looked after the Inn for us. It's difficult for owners to get away from a bed and breakfast, but we're fortunate to have a great manager and staff.

Today is the last day of 2010, and we're fully booked tonight - New Year's Eve. It's been a great year for us, and we're very grateful to all the wonderful guests who came to stay with us. Our occupancy was 10% higher than in 2009; about half of the increase was due to an additional room - the Carriage House Room.

We wish all the best to our guests for the New Year!
from Tessa and Brian

Remembrance Day in Gettysburg

Today is Remembrance Day in Gettysburg - November 19. This is the anniversary of the dedication of the Soldier's Cemetery (the National Military Cemetery) which took place on November 19, 1863. On that day, various important people, including President Lincoln, rode on horseback or walked from the center of the town to the newly created cemetery. It was on this day that Lincoln gave his famous speech, known as the Gettysburg Address.

Today, wreaths were laid in the cemetery, and speeches were made. The keynote speaker was Sam Donaldson, and, as usual, the Gettysburg Address was delivered by James Getty, our good neighbour and celebrated Lincoln Re-enactor.

Tomorrow we will have a parade from Lincoln Square to the cemetery. Our guests will have a grandstand view, and we hope they will be joined by friends and family.

Late flowering clematis

This clematis (var. Reiman) is near the steps of our c.1830 Welty House. It started flowering in early November and is at its peak now (Nov.15)! It's the second flowering, the first was in June. It faces West and hasn't had an easy year, having had to compete with other flowers. I'll remember this late blooming because it's close to Remembrance Weekend when we usually close the water feature for the winter.

Brian Duncan (Nov.15, 2010)

Fall in Gettysburg

Fall seems nearly over, although the tree colors are amazing. The weather has been gorgeous - sunny days in the 60s and though cold at night only touches of frost. The fine weather seems to attract visitors, and we were full this weekend.

Next weekend is the celebration of Remembrance Day. This year the Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is on Friday (Nov.19). The Parade on the following day, Saturday, Nov.20, is the best of the year, with regiment after regiment of re-enactors - from North and South. They come down Baltimore Street to the Cemetery, so we get a grandstand view.

Friday, December 3: National Wreath Project

On Friday, Dec. 3, volunteers will gather at the Gettysburg National Cemetery and place over 1,600 Christmas Wreaths on the graves of our Veterans. This project is an extension of a program started four years ago by John and Susan McColley and the Sgt Mac Foundation. The McColleys are parents of Gettysburg native and United States Marine Corps Sergeant Eric McColley who was killed along with 7 other Marines and 2 Airmen in a helicopter accident in the Horn of Africa on 17 February 2006. This year we will expand the number of Wreaths to include ALL of the headstones in the original section of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. With the financial assistance of local and other Veterans organizations, private and business support we are able to expand this program. We also received and are seeking assistance from any patriotic Americans across the Country.

Meet at the Giant Food Store parking lot on Route 30/York Road in Gettysburg, PA at 0800 Friday December 3rd, 2010 to tie the bows on t…

Winter Discounts!

Our very quiet time of the year is December through February, so we've cut $20 off the regular room rates for these three months. In addition we have our usual Winter Discounts: stay two nights and get the 2nd night at half price, stay three nights and get the 3rd night free! This means that a mid-range room rate is about $90/night for a two night stay mid-week, and about $98/night for a weekend stay.

Gettysburg has great charm in the winter months. We hope you'll come to stay!

New website!

Today we celebrate the launching of this new website. Thanks to and all family and friends who encouraged us. The old website was a good one, but it was time to make a change and bring in new photos, which were taken by Jumping Rocks (thank you, Matthew and Mark). The 'video' was done by American Bed & Breakfast Inns (thanks to Mike and Jason). The friendly staff at Acorn have been a pleasure to work with from the start, trying to accommodate our vision for the site, and patiently putting up with our many requests for changes.

We hope you like the new website!

Best wishes from
Brian and Tessa

Bed & Breakfast Award

The Brickhouse Inn has been awarded 'Best in Mid-Atlantic' for 2010-2011 by, based on reviews by guests. This is the fourth year in a row that we've received this award. We're grateful to our guests who wrote such great reviews, and to our staff who worked hard to keep the Inn functioning smoothly.
Brian & Tessa

New video

If you haven't already seen it - check out our new video of the Brickhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast: Let us know what you think?
Brian and Tessa

Activities in Gettysburg

Weekends thru November
Living History Programs and Encampments - Please call for complete details
The National Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, 717-334-1124 x8023
The American Civil War Museum Complex, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, 717-334-6245

Farmer’s Markets Now thru Fall
Farm Fresh Market at The Outlets, Fridays & Saturdays, 9:30am-2pm, Rt 15 & PA 97, Gettysburg

Penn National, Thursdays, Noon-4pm, 3720 Clubhouse Drive, Fayetteville, 717-352-3046
Please call for hours of operation
Beechwood Orchards, 984 Carlisle Road, Biglerville, 717-677-6536
Boyer’s Nursery, 405 Boyer Nursery Road, Biglerville, 717-677-8558
Hollabough Bros., 545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville, 717-677-9494
The Lion Potter, 855 Taneytown Road, Gettysburg, 717-337-0451
McDannell Fruit Farm, 322 N. High Street, Arendtsville, 717-677-6922
Round Barn, 298 Cashtown Road, Biglerville, 717-334-1984

Sat & Sun thru October 18* Noon to 4:00pm
Pumpkin Patch at Land of Little Horses Farm Park. Come to Land of Little Horse…

Gettyburg Bed and Breakfast is Blogging!

Our objective with the Brickhouse Inn blog is give you up to date news about events in and around Gettysburg. There’s a lot going on in this town – especially in the summer months – re-enactments, musters, music festivals, book signings and such – and we’ll do our best to put them on our blog.

We hope to see you in Gettysburg!
Brian & Tessa