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Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center
Ranked #1 of 1 Hanover B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed in the Mid Summers Night room for 3 days and found it very comfortable and private. Especially enjoyed the balcony access off our room. Delicious, unique and well presented breakfast every morning. Thank you Helen and Bruce for a very enjoyable stay!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2012

Dear 664, Thank you for your wonderful review! It was very nice to meet you and host your visit to the Hanover/Gettysburg area. If you ever visit the area in the future, please keep us in mind. Thanks once again. Bruce & Helen

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

We had a delightful stay in this meticulously elegant home which exudes peaceful rest and soothing calm. Breakfast was delicious and lovingly prepared and presented. There are several inviting nooks and rooms to relax with your traveling party, sip tea or an adult beverage, and reminisce about the day's journey. The dinner recommendation was superb and added to our delight. The bed was comfortable and the bedroom and bath were tastefully appointed.

Room Tip: The Tree of Life has great balcony and is off the street.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2012

Dear TravelingScot,

We're extremely happy to know that you enjoyed your stay with us! We've tried to maintain the architectural integrity of the property and we always invite our guests to relax and experience the common areas. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice review! It was a pleasure to meet you and to host your visit. We hope that you'll stay with us again if you're ever back in the area.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Bruce and Helen's home is very lovely and our room was large and sunny. Bruce was so kind and is a fantastic cook! The beautiful woodwork and the stained glass made us feel that we had stepped back in time, but we had all the modern amenities. We will definitely stay there again when we visit our friends who live in Hanover.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Rising Sun room and it had a king size bed. It was large and sunny and there was a...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2012

Dear NormChicago, Thank you! it was our pleasure to meet and host you both as you visited your long-time friends in Hanover. We're very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again. Thanks again for taking the time to share your experiences at Shining Dawn.
Best regards,
Bruce & Helen

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Helen and Bruce made our stay so wonderful. Such kindhearted and gracious hosts. The Peacock Room had me hook, line, and sinker when I saw the pics online. The pics did not do this room any justice. Blue is my favorite color and the shade of blue that this room is painted in, along with the asian motif, made us feel like we were in Asia, if only for a night. The homecooked breakfast was very good, and for all the inn guests to sit together and partake of the meal was a lovely touch....family like. Definitely we will be back and next time our stay will be longer.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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BASA78, Manager at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2012

We're very happy to know that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for staying with us and for taking the time to share your experiences with other potential guests. It was a joy to meet and host you and we hope to see you again!

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Reviewed November 13, 2011

This place is a jewel. The feelings we have for Shining Dawn are ones of gratitude, sweetness, beauty and relaxation. Allow me to start from the beginning.

My husband and I were on vacation and had booked all our stays well in advance. Upon arriving to Shining Dawn and knocking, it was quickly realized that we had made reservations for the WRONG DAY. I cannot explain to you the horror of realizing you have no reservations because you messed up the date for booking. The owners were nothing but kind, assuring us that the place was ready anyway and we were more than welcome to stay. We were beyond embarrassed... ashamed, frantic, all of the above! But the place was breathtaking. You can't help but fall in love, and the owners are so accommodating! She showed us to our room, The Phoenix, which was just so cool. It's a small room but features two bright, sunny windows and a nice bathroom--all of which have been completely updated and renovated. The place was super clean--not a thing I could point out was wrong. The rest of the place is again--just so stunning. Stain glass windows, mosaic floors, antiques, a room full of windows for dining, a fireplace and chandelier... beautiful. In the morning, our owner fixed us an incredible breakfast. We had a steaming hot baked apple with granola (to die for), coffee, orange juice, pancakes, sausage and eggs. Wow, what a meal! We were stuffed! All this, and he managed to do it with an injured hand. I mean, really, how much more spectacular can you get? Oh! One last thing, this place has clocks that chime and it sounds like church bells ringing softly. All the tunes that were played really lent to the magical feel of the place. We found it very hard to leave such a pretty, relaxing place with two sweet, wonderful people. They were such a blessing on a bad day!! Please, do yourself a favor--stay at Shining Dawn. You can't beat the price, the food, the hospitality or the beauty of it all!

Room Tip: Get there early if you can--it can be a little tough to find in the dark and there is not a ton of p...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded December 7, 2011

You had a very busy vacation itinerary planned and we were just one stop along the way. Travel is usually very stressful. We are always happy to be able to accommodate our guests and to be flexible whenever possible. You were very nice folks to meet and host and we really enjoyed your stay as much as you enjoyed staying with us! Just one point, there is off-street parking available directly across the street behind our Inn. We also have a limited number of covered, secure parking spots available in our Carriage House. Guests who attend local car shows with their pride-and-joy vehicles, or guests staying with us during inclement weather as well as motorcycle enthusiasts have all found our Carriage House to be a nice alternative to parking on the street or in the lot directly behind us. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us at Shining Dawn. If you're ever in the area, please consider coming back to stay with us again.

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Reviewed October 11, 2011

This was my first time at a B&B and I could not believe how wonderful it was.We took a chance and booked the last room that had a bath tub no shower. A giant claw foot tub in our spacious Midsummer's Night Dream Room with a balcony too. And a special effect after you turn out the lights. The home is magnificent with stained glass windows, a fountain room and delicious breakfast. The hosts are congenial and it is a great location for Gettysburg and York area.Recommend it highly.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded November 9, 2011

Thank you for taking time to share your experiences with this marvelous review!
When one has the time, we think that staying at Bed and Breakfasts are the way to go. Each one is unique and memorable. We're happy to know that you enjoyed your first B&B stay with us and we hope that you always have good B&B experiences. If you're ever in the Hanover/Gettysburg area, please keep us in mind. It was a joy to meet and host you and we'd love to see you again.

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Reviewed October 4, 2011

My husband and I have stayed at Shining Dawn several times, and love it more and more. It is a great place to celebrate special occassions such as birthdays and anniversaries as well as weekend getaways. The home and rooms are beautifully kept. Clean, comfortable, and full of stained glass windows. Helen and Bruce are wonderful hosts and very attentive. I feel pampered and at home at the same time. I can't wait for our next visit!

Risheena and Eric

Room Tip: Each room is unique. The ones we have stayed in have all been very cozy and comfortable.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Management response:Responded October 26, 2011

You are a lovely couple and it is always a real pleasure to see you two. We're happy to know that you count on us when you're making plans to celebrate special times together. Thank you for staying with us, and for taking the time to write your review.

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Additional Information about Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center

Address: 224 Broadway, Hanover, PA 17331-2501
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Hanover
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hanover
Price Range: $115 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy an unforgettable stay in our magnificent 1902 Queen Anne brownstone. Stained glass windows, in-laid oak floors, beamed ceilings, carved mantles, and a bright, airy ambiance. Take Civil War Battle of Hanover Walking Tour from our front door. Minutes to Gettysburg or York. Five elegant guest rooms with private baths. Delicious full breakfast. Whether you are looking for the perfect romantic getaway, business accommodations, or a rejuvenating retreat, you will find it at Shining Dawn. ... more   less 
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