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“Our Trip to Gettysburg!” 5 of 5 stars
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Mary-Penn Bed & Breakfast
716 Mason Dixon Road, Gettysburg, PA   |  
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Ranked #17 of 24 Gettysburg B&B and Inns
Belmar, New Jersey
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Our Trip to Gettysburg!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I'm ashamed to admit that I stumbled upon this b&b purely by accident. I wanted to surprise my husband with a trip to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary. I called every b&b, hotel, motel, you name it in town and there were no vacancies because the re-enactment in town drew in hundreds and thousands of visitors. I called the Mary Penn B&B whom, without a map in hand I had thought they were too far from the attractions to book. It was our only chance of going to Gettysburg and they had one room left. So I hoped for the best and booked. We teased each other the whole way up about how it was the last hotel/b&b available and the last room PERIOD in town and that it must be haunted or in a shady area of town. Needless to say we didn't expect much at all. Well!! When our little GPS told us to turn onto this little country dirt road through 900 acres of serene and scenic land we were completely silent. It was like going back in time, in that little drive from the main road to the house. The sun was low in the sky and was shining through the corn plants making them sparkle like a sea of emeralds. It was a sight I don't think I'll forget being from the city. We arrived to the house that humbly sits on a little hill with a creek slowly trickling down the edge of the property of the home. It was later in the day and the sun made the land glow in yellow and gold hues that made the grass so green it was like a slice of heaven. I wish you could have seen it! We finally got into the house after walking the property for a few minutes and were so charmed by the coziness and country casual style of the home. It was truly like a time warp. The owners Bea and Dave (who are the sweetest couple you'll ever ever meet!) have a mission to restore this home completely to its original 1700s glory. They are right on top of the history of this building and even know where the brick to build the home are from and when it was delivered from Baltimore harbor. Our room was comfy and as we unpacked for an already pleasant stay, we looked at each other like two greedy kids who got away with murder and giggled. How did we luck out and get this room at this jewel of a place?! How did nobody know of this place! Sure. You can go to a b&b in town closer to the battlefields but all of the b&b's raised their prices for the 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg...some rooms where up to over $700 a night and doubled their rates. Bea and Dave are very old school and aren't working for some cookie cutter b&b association where hospitality is defined by keeping things the same across the board in every b&b in town. They refused to join that association so that they could keep spoiling their guests and have us come back...which is what a successful business does. They are obviously doing something right cause I'll never stay anywhere else in Gettysburg and I plan on being in Gettysburg at least once a year because of my husbands line of work. They have bottles of wine for you to choose from each night for whichever your in the mood for and cheese and crackers and always a warm baked sweet snack....chips and pretzels...and a keurig with assorted teas and coffees. The fridge is full of water and soda that are complimentary. Okay...just need to harp on that. Because any other place in town counts your beverages and charges you by the honor system..on top of double charging for a hot weekend in Gettysburg. Its no wonder the b&b association of Gettysburg is trying to get the Mary Penn to join their club and have to abide by their cookie cutter rules for service....none of them can possibly compete with them. Example: To be a part of that association you must give a plate size portion for breakfast so that everyone's experience for breakfast is the same no matter where you stay. They told Bea and Dave she was crazy that she gave out plates of food served family style at the table....she was told it was too much food, a waste, that she could save $ if she served a little plate and that was that. If that is what it means to be a part of the association, forgetting the customer and hitting the ''bottom line'' that tells you a lot about the places you could be going to if your not going to the Mary Penn. Needless to say we loved our stay and we WILL be going back, and I hope sooner then later because I already miss being there!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sandy, utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This B&B is about twenty minutes from Gettysburg, located on the Mason-Dixon line so that some rooms are in Pennsylvania, others in Maryland. The owners have done an amazing restoration of the 1740 property, and will give you all the history you're up for. The basement is restored to look like an original era room, with a tribute to the slaves who once lived there. The rooms and breakfast are some of the best we've encountered at B&Bs, and the location near a creek, on hundreds of acres of quiet land, was idyllic yet close enough to Gettysburg attractions to be perfect. Fireflies, a bunny hopping past, and the old smokehouse out back take you back in time. The owners live off-site but are willing to help and accommodate whatever is needed. Would definitely return, and recommend highly!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We are yearly visitors to Gettysburg and this was our third stay at The Mary-Penn B&B. We love coming here during the winter when there is snow on the ground and the Battlefield Parks are quiet and tranquil and without crowds. The Mary-Penn has become our "home away from home" in the area and Bea and Dave Waybright have not just served as our hosts but have become our friends. They set the standard for what a B&B host should be like and this incredible 18th century farmhouse is a true "diamond in the rough." It is the most cozy and beautifully maintained B&B with 3 upstairs bedrooms (one on the PA side and 2 on the MD side of the Mason-Dixon line) and one downstairs bedroom through which the M-D Line passes right through the bed! We come during the week in winter months and have, on all three of our stays, been the only guests and have had the entire house and farm to ourselves. Bea and Dave are readily available by phone but do not stay on the property and live nearby. It truely is like coming home to your own place! Bea always has wine, cheese, crackers and fruit ready for us and the Keurig is ready for coffee, tea or hot chocolate at a moments notice. While most of the house is like living in the late 18th-early 19th centuries there is a modern kitchen and a large modern downstairs family room with lots of windows, TV, books, local attractions literature, etc. Our favorite room is the William Penn room, upstairs on the PA side of the house. It has a queen side bed and is quite roomy with a smaller adjacent room with a single bed. While I usually am up and outside for the sunrises (which are GORGEOUS in the winter) I could, however, watch them from my pillow in this room. Breakfasts are simple, varied, filling and DELICIOUS! We love enjoying Bea and David's company for breakfast and coversation. They are a lovely couple. I love walking the property in early morning, especially along Marsh Creek, along which the Mason-Dixon Line runs and there are two original M-D Line marker stones on the property. There are two precautions that I will offer potential guests: 1. The upstairs 3 bedrooms share a common bathroom (you can sit on the commode in MD and shower in PA!) If the B&B is full it may take some cooperation with other guests for bathroom time (not a problem during the week in the winter!). The downstairs bedroom has a bathroom/shower just outside of it, off of the family room (quiet and personal in the morning). 2. The B&B sits at the end of a mile-long country lane which can be muddy during inclement weather. It is well maintained but, hey, it's a country lane! So, don't drive the Vette or the Porshe but don't hesitate to come in the sedan, SUV or pick-up truck (our winter mode of travel). These minor inconveniences are MORE than made up for by the quaintness, the charm and the beauty of the home and it's hosts. We love this B&B and it is our favorite lodging in Gettysburg and one of our very favorites in the U.S. (We've stayed in a LOT of B&B's!) Give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: Two of the rooms have a queen sized bed and the other two have a double bed. The William Penn room...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edgewater, Maryland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

The house was built in 1743, a civil war historical building, and rests on the Mason-Dixon line with a portion of the house in Maryland and the other portion in Pennsylvania. We were absolutely fascinated at the idea of sleeping in Maryland and using the 'facilities' in Pennsylvania-I would bet there is no other place where you can experience this. The house is beautifully restored in the civil war era and our gratitude is owed to Mary Waybright for her love of the home and the dedication of her family to its restoration. Please visit their website for the full history of the home - http://mary-pennbb.com/history.html

We truly enjoyed Bea's wonderful breakfasts and the company of herself, husband and grandson- Tyree...what a truly wonderful family. We highly recommend visiting their B&B for a quite and relaxing visit. It is the only B&B that we have felt truly welcomed as Bea and David do not stay in the home. You truly are free to access all areas of the home- it is sort of like buying a new home, the excitement but without the mortgage!

We plan to become regulars and bring our children next visit. By far the best B&B experience ever!

~Weekend Guests from 8/12 - 8/14/2011

Room Tip: All rooms are fabulous!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

We stayed at the Mary-Penn B&B for only one night. It is an amazing place and the Mason-Dixon line runs right through the house! One side is in Pennsylvania and one side is in Maryland. The property is gorgeous and beautifully maintained.

Bea, the owner and hostess, is warm and friendly. Greeting with hospitality, history lessons and service galore. The atmosphere is wonderful, the reception warm and welcoming and the house is incredible.

Our only complaint would be the necessity for sharing a bathroom. This was the only disadvantage from our perspective

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 716 Mason Dixon Road, Gettysburg, PA
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Gettysburg
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Ranked #17 of 24 B&Bs / Inns in Gettysburg

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