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“Take the time to give yourself a timeout”

National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes
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Owner description: The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic shrine devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary, is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation. This beautiful mountain shrine features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France, built about two decades after the apparition of Mary at Lourdes in 1858, and attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year from all over the world. It offers the occasion for a deepening conversion, a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as the model for that journey.
Reviewed October 31, 2012

I try to visit a few times each year. Sometimes I drive past wishing that I had allotted time in my schedule to take a break and drive up to the grotto. If you are heading up to Gettysburg from the south take the time to visit. You will be happy that you did.

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Very inspirational, nice to walk around. A good day trip whether or not you're Catholic. Lovely views.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Even the "non religious" might find something healing and soothing about this beautiful place meant for quiet worship and meditation. In every season, this timeless spot tucked into the mountains of Emmitsburg, MD offers extraordinary beauty. Plan to spend an hour or two traversing the well tended pathways, resting on one of the plentiful benches, admiring the numerous sculptures and works of art, and visiting the tiny but exquisite chapel in the grotto. There is much to see, read and contemplate in this lovely, woodsy, divinely inspired atmosphere. After you've had your fill of nature's beauty, you can head to Thurmont, MD for a delicious down home lunch at "The Cozy." It's a restorative way to spend a day, and you just mind find yourself wanting to visit again and again in every season.

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

There are so few places in my life that offer accessibility AND solitude. Even though I do not share the Catholic faith at all, the Grotto is such a place and it is open to everyone. I stop by there once or twice a year, aiming to go at least once when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom, but I have gone during gentle rain in early spring, in autumn, and in the heat of summer and enjoyed each visit. It is a respite from the busyness of everyday life, and I appreciate the opportunity to take advantage of it.

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Reviewed July 25, 2012

This is a lovely walk. It is calm and quiet. A wonderful place to visit if you are religious or if you just want a quiet place to meditate.

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