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Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast

521 Lerew Rd, Carlisle, PA 17015-9208
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#4 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Carlisle
The Red Cardinal Bed & Breakfast sits among the farmlands and mountains in Cumberland County. We are an easy access from I-81 and I-76, yet our B&B is located on a scenic country road. We are an easy drive to all the major attractions: Carlisle Car Shows, the Appalachian Trail, Yellow Breeches Creek, Carlisle Army War College, Dickinson Collge, Dickinson School of Law, and Gettysburg Battlefield. We are 5 minutes from Boiling Springs and an hour's drive from Hershey and Lancaster.
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Global47923566129 wrote a review Sep 9
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I highly recommend the Red Cardinal. Joanne and Billy are the most amazing and attentive hosts. The breakfast that Joanne serves is incredible and very filling. The B&B is situated between two farms that makes for a quiet peaceful retreat and is only five miles from downtown Carlisle. Joanne and Billy were very helpful and full of information in helping us to navigate the area. They also gave us great suggestions of things to do and places to eat. My husband and I have stayed at many B&B's but a stay at the Red Cardinal is like being welcomed into the family. We will be planning a return trip.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Joanne Kenney-Hawver, Owner at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to write a kind and generous review. We enjoyed having you as our guests and sharing the benefits and blessings of living in this part of the Cumberland Valley. Bill and I were happy that you had perfect weather that enhanced the amenities of the area. We look forward to a return visit and perhaps a full time residence.
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Kelsey F wrote a review Jan 2020
Brooklyn, New York3 contributions1 helpful vote
Our stay at the Red Cardinal was wonderful! My boyfriend and I were driving our U-Haul to move from Atlanta to NYC and were looking for a comfortable place to stay halfway. I’m so glad that we found this hidden gem! The house is beautiful and Joanne and Bill are so thoughtful. We had a great time chatting with them and had a delicious breakfast. Definitely recommend staying here, we hope to be back!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from redcardinalbandb, Owner at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jan 12, 2020
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write a lovely review on Trip Advisor and in our guest book. Billy and I enjoyed having you as our guests and we are delighted that you were the first guests of our 2020 season. We wish you all the best as you settle in and we look forward to seeing you again. All the Best.
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Kirk J wrote a review Jun 2019
North Kingstown, Rhode Island1 contribution
My daughter and I stayed here after our first 100+ miles on the AT. Joanne and Bill were incredible hosts. They welcomed us warmly into their home and hearts. We arrived in Boiling Springs pretty worn out. Bill picked us up in town and brought us back to their beautiful home. The accommodations are great - a big, comfortable room with a private bath. Joanne was kind enough to do our laundry. Bill and Joanne provided us with lots of advice and information on the area. We also enjoyed meeting Joanne's mother. In the morning, Joanne made us an incredible country breakfast -- including eggs from their own chickens! And then Bill gave us a ride back to the AT trail head, where we set out well rested and refreshed. Thanks again to our new friends Bill and Joanne.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Response from redcardinalbandb, Owner at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 17, 2019
We were delighted to be part of your AT experience. We will continue to follow your progress. Good luck. Thank you for your kind remarks.
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Phil F wrote a review Oct 2018
Doylestown, Pennsylvania34 contributions15 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed here this past Saturday. We were in the area for a family reunion in nearby Gardners, PA. The owners, Billy and Joanne, were very accommodating: We weren't sure when we would be returning that night from the reunion; their response was "no problem Joanne will wait up until you get in". We mentioned that we normally awake early in the AM and asked if we could get some coffee at that early hour; their response, "no worries, Billy is up early as well and will have coffee ready". This is the only B & B that we have stayed at, where, I couldn't finish breakfast; because, there was so much delicious food to eat. Don't be mislead by the Carlisle address (which is a high density suburb in the greater Harrisburg area); this B & B location is in the nearby beautiful countryside, a few miles outside of town. A very relaxing and enjoyable experience.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from redcardinalbandb, Owner at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
Responded Oct 17, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent visit to the Red Cardinal B&B. We are glad to hear that you had a pleasant experience. We enjoyed sharing your passion for history and we look forward to seeing you in Gettysburg in your Civil War "persona". We also look forward to your return visit. Enjoy the holidays. Joanne and Bill
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Bruce M wrote a review Aug 2018
7 contributions1 helpful vote
You will be hard pressed to find better accommodations and hospitality anywhere. Joanne and Billy are two of the nicest and funniest people you’ll ever meet. Joanne’s amazing breakfast is second to none, and Billy and Joanne are so personable, we felt so comfortable and at ease. We also had the immense pleasure of meeting Florence, Joanne’s 100 year old mother, she is a truly amazing person. The Red Cardinal is nestled in the farmland and natural beauty of the Pennsylvania countryside and is absolutely breathtaking. As I promised Billy and Joanne, we will be back without question. Our stay with Billy and Joanne was one of the most memorable vacations we’ve ever had, Jenn and I thank you both from the bottom of our hearts. We will be back to get Billy in more trouble 😁
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from redcardinalbandb, Owner at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
Responded Aug 7, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to post your very kind and gracious review. Billy and I are pleased that your initial experience at a Bed and Breakfast was a positive one, and that we were a part of that experience. We are happy, that in spite of the gray skies and cloudy days, you were still able to enjoy some of the attractions in the area. Of course, Jenn's favorite was the porch swing. We look forward to your return and breakfast will include "French toast" for Jenn. It was a pleasure having you as our guests. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
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United StatesPennsylvaniaCarlisle
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Frequently Asked Questions about Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include United States Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) (4.2 miles), Dickinson College (4.4 miles), and Cumberland County Historical Society (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion, Leo's Homemade Ice Cream, and Redds Smokehouse BBQ.
Are there any historical sites close to Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Dickinson College (4.4 miles) and Old Public Graveyard (3.8 miles).