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Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center
Ranked #1 of 1 Hanover B&B and Inns
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Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

I have never been moved so quickly to review an establishment before this moment. As my husband drives us home to our awaiting family (3 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat, 2 soccer games, showering, homework for tomorrow, meals, etc) I am spending my last few "peaceful" moments reflecting on our fabulous hosts, Helen and Bruce, the gorgeous physical-ness (if that's a word) of the B&B, and the gifts Helen blessed us with through the Portals to the Present retreat we attended during our stay. Everything about the entire experience was the PERFECT way to spend our weekend.
I would highly and confidently recommend Shining Dawn for anyone of any age seeking beauty, relaxation and positive energy. We will definitely be returning...

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
It was so very good to spend the weekend with such lovely and inspiring retreat guests. One of the best things about hosting retreats is the opportunity to get to know some of the nicest people in the world. Thank you both for all of your good energy! Helen and Bruce
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Harleysville, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We were in Hanover last week and selected this fabulous B & B based on the previous reviews. Bruce and Helen were so welcoming, even when we showed up a few hours early! The home is stunning and the rooms spacious and tastefully decorated. Breakfast was delicious and Bruce was kind enough to share the history of the home and restoration stories as we lingered over coffee. The period furnishings are just stunning and the sun room was perfect for a enjoying a glass of wine and a snack. We hope to get back and stay again while visiting family in the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Dear Gail M,

It was very nice to meet you and your family. It was our pleasure to host you during a difficult time. We're glad to know that you were comfortable and that you all were able to just relax and enjoy your time together here. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We would love to see you again.

Sincerely,

Helen & Bruce
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

The hosts were kind and friendly. The house was AMAZING! And the Breakfast was incredible. I'm not sure anything could be improved.

The room was extremely comfortable and decorated in a traditional way with a modern twist.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear D S,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences here with other B&B Travelers! We're very happy to know that you enjoyed your Anniversary get-away with us. Congratulations again! Please keep us in mind if you're every traveling through or to the Hanover area. It was our pleasure to meet and to host you during this very special time in your lives.
Sincerely,
Helen & Bruce
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Federalsburg, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Wow! It's hard to know where to begin! I relied heavily on others' reviews on TripAdvisor and every single glowing review was spot on! I even had such a hard time deciding on which room to stay in for my visit with my boyfriend that when I'd finally made up my mind, I clicked on the wrong one! But it turned out to be a happy mistake as our room, The Rising Sun Room was impeccable! And now I want to return to stay in the room I'd meant to select! Helen and Bruce are very gracious hosts and we were warmly welcomed into their beautiful home/bed and breakfast. The house resonates with the mellifluous sounds of chiming Grandfather and mantle clocks. And they have such a beautiful collection! There are hundreds of stunning architectural details that you could easily spend all of your time there just to soak it all in. Honestly, they make it very difficult to want to leave and do anything else! We spent our first (sadly, our only) evening having dinner in Gettysburg and following that with a ghost tour before returning to Shining Dawn. We slept soundly on a wonderfully comfortable mattress and plush pillows. Our morning greeted us with aromatic coffee and the scrupmtious smells of a hot, home-made breakfast. As other guests have mentioned, the poached pears with the caramel sauce were simply divine! With that we were served delicious orange juice in chilled glasses and a blackberry bobbing around in the juice. Our main course breakfast consisted of fluffy German Apple Pancakes, eggs scrambled to perfection and turkey sausage. Bruce and Helen stayed and chatted with us as we ate and an interesting conversation insued. They even let us push our check out time back a bit. My boyfriend and I both work nights and find it a bit hard at times to get going in the mornings. Bruce and Helen had us falling in love with Shining Dawn and we hope to plan a return trip in the Spring to enjoy the gardens with friends and family! Can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: Our room, The Rising Sun, was in the north turrett, facing the street. It was bright and sunny, but...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Dear Rachael S, it was our pleasure to host you Two. It was obvious to us that you make a great couple as you sat close to one another at breakfast and completed each others sentences. We're very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay. We thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with other travelers and we look forward to seeing you again! All the Best, Bruce & Helen
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Melbourne, Florida
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Reviewed October 25, 2012 via mobile

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 review, 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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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 review, 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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Chicago
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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 review, 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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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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