Showing posts from 2013

Remembrance Day Parade

Gettysburg's Annual Remembrance Day Parade takes place on Saturday, November 23. It is the 150th Anniversary of the Parade - the 1st one took place on November 19, 1863, when the new Soldiers Cemetery was dedicated, and when President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

This year we expect about 5,000 parade participants, mostly Civil War re-enactors. The parade starts at 1 p.m. from Lefever Street to Liberty Street, then along Middle Street to Lincoln Square, then down Baltimore Street, right past The Brickhouse Inn.

At 5.30 to 9.30 there will be the 11th Annual Remembrance Illumination - the graves of Civil War soldiers will be lit with candles.

The Guns of Gettysburg, November 11, 2013

On Veteran's Day - Monday, November 11, there will be a display of the guns most commonly used at the Battle of Gettysburg. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Veterans and serving military personnel will be given free admission to the museum, movie and Cyclorama. Stay at The Brickhouse Inn, Gettysburg's premier B&B Inn, for your visit to this great event!

Holiday House Tour & Tasting - December 14

The Inns of Gettysburg Area presents its Annual Holiday House Tour & Tasting on Saturday, December 14. It starts at 10 a.m. with a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Historic Dobbin House Tavern (1776). Then, from noon to 5 p.m. you can visit historic homes, inns and other properties in and near Gettysburg. They will be decorated for the holiday season. Taste specialty dishes prepared by the inns and local wines. Each site will also feature an author with books for purchase and signing.

The Brickhouse Inn is not for visiting this year, although we will provide some of the snacks. If you stay with us for that weekend you will receive two complimentary tickets for the tour worth $15/person!

A good October!

This has been a good October for The Brickhouse Inn B&B. It's usually our busiest month, but we were hit this year by the government shut-down that closed the National Park. Although some guests cancelled most of them came anyway and had a great time. The public road through the park were open and guides took tours. Fortunately, the Visitor Center remained open, because it is owned by the Gettysburg Foundation.

Last October (2012) we were affected by Hurricane Sandy, which caused quite a lot of cancellations. So neither 2012 nor 2013 have been as good for us as October 2011. However, this November will be a record for us, in terms of occupancy, and so will the whole year 2013.

A cold snap!

In my last blog I mentioned that we nearly had to move the breakfast inside because of rain. This morning it was quite chilly - in July? Incredible! The whole inn had been booked by a group of teachers, and they wanted breakfast at 7.30 a.m. At that time it was 60F, which is the threshold for serving breakfasts on the patios. Actually, they all seemed to enjoy it!

A favorite distraction is our 'pet' catbird. He has a broken wing and visits the patios after breakfast looking for crumbs. We have to figure out a way to help him through the winter.

Breakfast on the patios

Every summer, from May to October, we aim to serve breakfast on the patios. Our guests love to eat outside with the waterfall nearby, the flowers around, and the birds singing. It's easier for us too, because there's more space to serve, and the guests can sit in fours or twos. Of course we're at the mercy of the weather! This morning it was drizzling at 6.45 a.m. and I decided that we would have to eat inside. By 7.15 it had cleared and we hastily dried the tables and chairs on the patios and put out the table settings. The first sitting (16 guests) started at 8.15, and a short while afterwards it clouded over and I thought the rain was moments away - but we were lucky!

Eisenhower Summer Picnic, July 20

Come to stay at the Brickhouse Inn B&B for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society's Summer Picnic, held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 (4.30-8.00 p.m.). The event includes private tours of the Eisenhower home, a putting contest on Ike's PGA putting green, a Park Ranger presentation "Eisenhower and the Men of D-Day", a flag lowering ceremony, and a picnic supper featuring Ike and Mamie's favorite foods.

Tickets are $25/person. Reservations can be made through Chris Charney at 717-334-2100 (ext 124) or at

'Talk of the Town' Customer Satisfaction Award

The Brickhouse Inn B&B has won the 2013 "Talk of the Town" Customer Satisfaction Award. The award is based on customer review websites and blogs, social networks, business-rating services, and other industry resources.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We're proud to let you know that The Brickhouse Inn B&B has been awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. This places us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor. The award is given "to businessed that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers." The Brickhouse Inn also received the award in 2011 and 2012.

Joshua Chamberlain Weekend

Come to The Brickhouse Inn in Gettysburg for the Chamberlain Weekend on November 15 & 16! Joshua Chamberlain was the Colonel of the 20th Maine that saved the left flank of the Union Forces as Little Round Top. You may have seen the famous bayonet charge in the movie "Gettysburg", or have read about it in "Killer Angels", the novel on which the movie was based. The Inns of Gettysburg Area has arranged on Saturday, November 16 for author/historian Tom Desjardin to take you on a tour of the site of the fighting. This followed by a lunch at the historic Dobbin House restaurant, and then Tom Desjardin will tell us what happened to Chamberlain after Gettysburg. Finally, you will be given an autographed copy of Tom's book "Stand Firm Ye Boys of Maine". The cost of this program is $55 per person.

Blue & Gray Re-enactment at Gettysburg

All conditions, additions and requests have been met and Freedom Township has finalized the special event permit for the 150th Commemoration and Reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg, a Blue Gray Alliance event. The Blue Gray Alliance re-enactment will bring to life Gettysburg during the war including large-scale, historically-accurate battles, speakers, music and vendors from June 27-30 at the Bushey Farm, 1845 Pumping Station Road, Gettysburg. The Brickhouse Inn B&B still has a few rooms available during this period. During the four days, 8,000 to 10,000 reenactors from almost every reenacting organization in the country will deliver the major Gettysburg battles including McPherson’s Ridge, East Cemetery Hill, Culp’s Hill, Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, the Peach Orchard, the Wheatfield, Fairfield and East Cavalry Field cavalry battles, as well as Pickett’s Charge. Spectators will also find plenty of other activities including weapon demonstrations, interactive living history, …

Great reviews!

The Brickhouse Inn B&B has passed the 700 review mark on TripAdvisor! It happened so quickly that we're already up to 715 reviews. Of that total 88% are five stars ('Excellent') and 9% are four stars ('Very Good'). That leaves 20 reviews (3%) that are average or lower.

We're very grateful to all the guests who wrote the good reviews. It obviously takes time and effort to do it, so we really appreciate that. We are now trying to respond to all reviews, especially to thank the writers.