Amanda Gish House Bed & Breakfast

556 West Bainbridge Street, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 17022
Innkeeper(s): Ann & Dave Royer
 
  • Introduction

    The Amanda Gish House, located in Elizabethtown, PA, is a cozy 19th Century Bed & Breakfast filled with period antiques, that takes you back to a less hurried time. The spacious, and elegant living room easily accommodates small business meetings and informal gatherings.

    Wake up in the morning to the aroma of fresh-ground coffee while you enjoy delicious homemade baked goods, including some of our featured recipes. In the afternoon, curl up on the swing on the front porch with a book or enjoy a cup of tea while the smell of chocolate from the nearby MArs factory surrounds you. After a long day of antiquing and exploring the local community, enjoy a nightcap before you climb into feather beds, featuring luxurious linens, in your privately controlled air-conditioned bedroom.

    Innkeepers Ann & Dave Royer are long-time residents of Lancaster County and would love to give sightseeing suggestions. Since purchasing the house in 1990, Ann and Dave Royer have lovingly worked to restore the entire house to its original splendor.They will also secure your reservations at local restaurants. Ann loves antiques and gardens and can recommend some great places to visit. 

    The house was built in 1896 by Henry B. Gish and his wife Amanda. It was a "gentlemans farm" built in the Victorian style and in the early part of the 20th Century underwent a small addition to the rear and some mission-style changes. Edwin H. Gish, the grandson of Amanda and Henry B. Gish, lived in the house as a child and reported that it was a wedding gift to his father. Tax records show the land was in the Gish family from 1864 until 1942. 

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ann and Dave Royer for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Visiting family and touring PA Dutch Country.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for our delicious homemade full breakfast and the atmosphere of stepping back into time all the while enjoying modern comforts & conveniences.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Elizabethtown is perfectly located for sightseeing day trips. We are close to Lancaster, Harrisburg and Hershey. You’ll want to also take time to explore our small, unique college town, with shops, art gallery and museum of local history.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    A veteran B&B guest told us that this was the nicest B&B with the friendliest hosts that they had ever stayed in.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Our wonderful Lancaster County wineries and microbreweries

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    These are just some of the many possibilities: Tour wineries & breweries; Take a guided tour of Amish Country or Covered Bridges either by scooter or car; visit the many museums; walking tour of Elizabethtown’s murals painted by a local artist; walking tour of Lancaster City, oldest inland city in the US; Tour the architectural and artistic treasure of PA, the PA State Capital building; take a day trip to Gettysburg.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    The Amtrak train station is an easy walk from our B&B as are the downtown shops and some restaurants.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Favorite taverns: T.J. Rockwell’s & Lucky Duck’s Bar & Grill & McCleary’s Public House in Marietta; favorite fine dining: Black Gryphon, Alfred’s Victorian & Hotel Hershey’s Trevi 5

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.padutchcountry.com.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 beautiful guest rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets however there is a kennel just ½ a mile down the road from us.

     

  • Area Information and Nearby Attractions

    Elizabethtown is a quaint town with antique shops, great restaurants, arts and entertainment all within walking distance or a short drive. For more information about local attractions, please visit our Nearby Attractions page.

  • How To Find Us

    We are conveniently located in Elizabethtown Borough, Lancaster County, just off of PA 283 near Lancaster City, Harrisburg, and Hershey.

    From Philadelphia, Lancaster and points east

    1. In Lancaster, take U.S. 30 west to PA 283 west and take it to the first Elizabethtown Exit (Rheems)
    2. Turn left onto Cloverleaf Rd. and then right at the first traffic signal onto PA 230
    3. Take PA 230 (S. Market Street) into Elizabethtown
    4. You’ll go through 5 signalized intersections (not counting the one at Cloverleaf)
    5. At the 6th signal turn left onto West Bainbridge Street
    6. Travel about one-half mile and make the first available left onto Beech Lane
    7. The driveway is the first one to the left on Beech Lane

    From New York and points north 

    1. If taking I-78 and I-81, take I-81 to the PA 743 (Hershey) exit
    2. Take PA 743south through Hershey and into Elizabethtown.
    3. Make a left onto North Market Street where PA 743 forms a "T" intersection (signalized) with Market Street
    4. Go through two more signalized intersections and make a right onto West Bainbridge Street at the third one
    5. Travel about one-half mile and make the first available left onto Beech Lane
    6. The driveway is the first one to the left on Beech Lane

    From Harrisburg and points west 

    1. Take PA 283 to PA 743 (Hershey/Elizabethtown)
    2. Make a right onto PA 743 south and follow it into Elizabethtown
    3. Make a left onto North Market Street where PA 743 forms a "T" intersection (signalized) with Market Street
    4. Go through two more signalized intersections and make a right onto West Bainbridge Street at the third one
    5. Travel about one-half mile and make the first available left onto Beech Lane
    6. The driveway is the first one to the left on Beech Lane

    From York, Baltimore and points south

    1. Take I-83 into York and then pick-up U.S. 30 east
    2. Take U.S. 30 east into Columbia (just across the Susquehanna River) and take the first interchange
    3. Turn right, go to the stop sign and turn right again onto PA 441 north
    4. Take PA 441 to PA 743
    5. Turn right onto PA 743 and take it through Maytown and into Elizabethtown
    6. Make a left onto South Market Street where PA 743 forms a "T" intersection with it
    7. Go to the second signalized intersection and make a left onto West Bainbridge Street
    8. Travel about one-half mile and make the first available left onto Beech Lane
    9. The driveway is the first one to the left on Beech Lane