The Beechmont Inn Bed & Breakfast
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You are cordially invited to visit us at The Beechmont Inn. Whether on business or getting away from it all, there are plenty of options of what to do...
For nearly thirty years the award-winning Beechmont Inn has welcomed business and leisure travelers to enjoy thoughtfully appointed rooms, a sumptuous made-from-scratch breakfast, and attentive service.
The garden centerpiece is the 150-year-old magnolia tree that is stunning when it blooms in early spring. At least two dozen varieties of hosta are planted in addition to flowering perennials that appear from March through October.
Most guests explore Gettysburg (just 14 miles west of Hanover), hunt for treasures in numerous antique malls, discover wineries and farmers markets while meandering through southern York County, enjoy golf outings on championship courses, and explore the hills of southern Pennsylvania while hiking or bicycling.Hanover is an historic town located just east of Gettsburg, a town that all of us have read about if not visited. If you enjoy short day trips, Lancaster County is about a 45 minute drive to the east, Baltimore's Inner Harbor is an hour south, and the Washington, D.C. beltway about two hours south. Philadelphia is two hours to the east. So much to see and all so close!Hanover celebrates its 250th birthday in 2013 along with the special 150th commemoration of the battle in Gettysburg. You might enjoy walking tour through town or watch the process of making chips or pretzels at Utz or Snyders. Great dining, locally owned shops and bookstore and a local farmer's market are must-sees, and consider boating, fishing or hiking at Codorus State Park.
The Beechmont Inn is a Mobil Three Star Inn!
The Beechmont is the inn of choice for the discerning traveler. Kathryn and Tom are commited to excellent service beyond the ordinary, and hope that your visit will be full of treasured memories.
The Beechmont Inn has been featured in Karen Brown's guides to the Mid-Atlantic, Lonely Planet USA, and Fodor's, to name a few.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kathryn White for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
South central Pennsylvania is an area rich in captivating history, but is also a great place to search for antiques, discover local wineries, enjoy boating, fishing or hiking in nearby state parks, and locate your favorite farmers market offering fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the field. After a day of exploring, sit down to fantastic fare and inventive cuisine at a local restaurant.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We take great pride in the number of guests who return each year for another visit. And guests are the reason we love innkeeping. All sorts of wonderful people cross the door to enjoy a warm welcome and hospitality and a breakfast made each morning with farm-fresh eggs and local produce. Kathryn was awarded the 2009 Innkeeper of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association. She is also one of the Eight Broads in the Kitchen, a group of eight innkeepers who blog about their favorite recipes and share cooking tips and kitchen tidbits.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The Gettysburg National Military Park is a moving and unforgettable experience, and 2013 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the battle. Our town of Hanover claims its role as the site of the first battle on free soil, beginning just before the Gettysburg battle and involving Generals Stuart, Custer and Kilpatrick.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
A guest from the D.C. area wrote that they have stayed in nearly 100 B&Bs all over the world, and yet The Beechmont is the only one they have returned to over and over. This is high praise, indeed!
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
People are surprised at the wide variety of sites and activities that can be enjoyed. There is something for everyone.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
It's easy to spend a least two days in Gettysburg. In addition to a day touring the battlefield and seeing the Visitors Center and Museum, a second day spent at President and Mrs. Eisenhower's farm and home, a tour of the Shriver House and David Wills House are well worth the time. Lancaster County is an easy 45 minute drive to the east to enjoy Amish country, farmers markets and quilts...lots of quilts! Harpers Ferry and Antietam are an option for an immersion in more history, and don't forget that we're an hour from the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, the National Aquarium, and Fort McHenry. Or remain in Hanover and take a tour of Snyders of Hanover pretzels or Utz Potato Chip, take a peak at the world's seventh largest organ, or take home a must-have collectible from one of our local antique malls.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Beechmont is three blocks from the center of town. There are locally owned shops downtown, including Treasures (a great gift shop), Readers Cafe (our favorite bookstore), Clark Shoe Outlet (we dare you to leave without at least one pair of shoes), Hanover Farmers Market (open Saturday mornings), and Sandy Woods, a favorite place for furniture and home furnishings. Or take a map and stroll through our historic town and learn about the battle in Hanover. You can start by reading the marker in front of our inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Warehouse Gourmet is a brew pub and bistro with excellent fare. Bud's at Silver Run and Restaurant Sidney offered creative cuisine with that special ambiance you might prefer for an anniversary dinner or special occasion. Staub's Landing, C and D Grill, Garryowen Irish Pub, and Sidney Willoughby Run are all locally owned and offer different dining experiences.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
The Beechmont has four, 2-room suites and two rooms.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets. Fetchin Sticks and Laurel Hill are both respected kennels in the area.
As a member of Eight Broads in the Kitchen, Kathryn is commited to serving good food. Organic? Whenever possible. Local? Absolutely! Eggs straight from the chicken, produce from area farmers, and bacon and sausage from the butcher. Fresh ingredients make for very good breakfasts!
Breakfast is served at individual tables or the larger dining room table if you enjoy visiting with guests from around the world, or maybe in the town next to yours. Our special blend of coffee is from Mukilteo Coffee Company and the blend is Happy Hippie. Why? Because it's the best we've found.
We start with a fruit smoothie (or a selection of juice if you prefer) and fruit course. We follow with a hot entree, side of bacon or sausage, and freshly baked sticky buns, clafouti, muffin or coffee cake. Have an allergy? restriction? preference? We are happy make you a breakfast you will enjoy if you will be sure to let us know before your arrival so that we may be prepared.
We make cookies or a special sweet treat each evening. Help yourself to water and soft drinks throughout the day.
Several national publications and cookbooks have featured Kathryn's recipes. She is working on a cookbook with the other seven broads that should be published "soon."
Business with Hanover Hospital, Hanover Wire Cloth, or Sheppard Industries? Can't get any closer than The Beechmont! For those of you that travel on business, this is a town with a surprisingly huge number of industries and companies. So whether it's a school district or manufacturer like Elsner, or ESAB, Snyders, Utz, Martins, Wege or Hanover Food, Giant Foods or Weis, Hanover Shoes Farms, Tim-Bar, Winter Gardens, Aero Energy, or Sheridan Press, The Beechmont is the right option for your lodging needs.
Meeting a client for dinner? Happy to help you choose the right restaurant. Whatever your needs, please let us know so that we can help with the arrangements.
We offer corporate rates and are flexible if you need to change your plans. Free, of course, WIFI is available throughout the inn. Television in the room? Of course, with DirecTV so you won't miss the news, sports update, or the next episode of Downtown Abbey (or NCIS). Jetted showers? Yes. Need to arrive really late or be out the door really early? Just let us know. It's never a problem.
Just so you know...we are just over an hour from BWI Airport (or Harrisburg Airport). We are two hours from Philadelphia, about 90 minutes from the D.C. Beltway (well, if traffic isn't horrible), and four hours from Pittsburgh and NYC.
Weddings & Special Events at The Beechmont Inn
Planning to renew your vows? Eloping? Planning an encore wedding with a few family and friends?
The Beechmont may just offer the perfect option for you to consider. From April through October most of our brides and grooms prefer getting married in our garden under the magnolia tree, but if the weather is inclement then our front parlor is an option. It could be just the two of you or perhaps your immediate family as we offer three packages designed to meet your needs. Saving for a new home? Then be sure to note our mid-week specials that will allow you to pocket some savings while still treasuring the memories of your wedding.
Be sure to take note of the photographers we suggest you consider. And if you are undecided about the honeymoon, keep reading our website as we have some ideas for that, too.
And there are special savings for couples that return the following year for their anniversary. It is always a pleasure to see you again, and most find there simply isn't enough time to see everything in our area in one trip, especially when you're getting married.
Our best wishes to you both as your plan your future together. Give us a call. It doesn't matter if you're from Pennsylvania or California. Call and we'll help you make the day a special one that will last forever.
It's a dream come true and after thirteen years, we still love the art and craft of innkeeping.
Kathryn is a former marketing and arts management professional who was honored in 2009 by the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association as Innkeeper of the Year. Wow.
Years and years ago Kathryn took a vacation that started in St. Louis and took her through Healdsburg, Kentucky, Bernsville, NC. Ocrakoke on the Outer Banks, and ended in Charleston, SC. Her guide was a book written by Norman Simpson called "Country Inns and Back Roads," and after reading his wittisms and country lore decided to stay at B&Bs along the way. At some point she realized that being an innkeeper might just combine all her varied talents into one job description that emphasized her interests in hospitality and cooking. When one does what one loves, it comes easy.
Tom is a registered professional enginner who graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in mechanical engineering. He joined York International just after graduation, and then returned to Missouri as a facilities engineer for Monsanto in St. Louis. Music is one of his great loves, and as a trained baritone has performed solo and chorus works with professional and community organizations.
Sarah, a black lab, and Rosie, a calico cat, live with Tom and Kathryn in the carriage house. St, Louis is still home to the kids and grandkids, who are visited whenever possible.
Gettysburg, New Oxford, Lancaster and the surrounding Pennsylvania Dutch Countryside have attractions, events, and activities to keep you busy for days.
- Tour the Battlefield at Gettysburg.
- Visit theEisenhower farm and home
- Search antique shops and malls for treasures.
- Take home just-picked peaches and apples from our farmers’ markets.
- Watach Snyder's of Hanover, Utz, and Revonah Pretzel make those yummy chips and pretzels.
- Take a day to bicycle the Heritage Rail Trail.
- Use your imagination as you listen to stories of ghosts and sightings.
- Find bargains galore at the Clark Shoe Outlet.
- Walk the path of the battle in Hanover.
- Stroll through the stables and marvel the horses of Hanover Shoe Farms
- Bring your fishing tackle and try your hand at Lake Marburg or Yellow Breeches.
- Enjoy hiking around Codorus State Park.
- Attend an old-fashioned lawn concert at the Wareheim-Myers Mansion.
- Spend an afternoon along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail.
- Discover bargains at local shops or the outlets.
- Fill the trunk with annuals and perennials from area nurseries.
- Sit back, relax and read a book you've been intending to finish.
Baltimore-Washington (BWI) is the closest airport with the most choices of flights. The Harrisburg (PA) airport is approximately the same distance as BWI; Dulles Airport is about 90 minutes south of our town.
Guest parking is in the rear of the inn. From Broadway, turn right into our drive and park at the rear of the property. Follow the signs to the entrance.
From Washington, D.C.
Take I-495 (Capital Beltway) to I-270 (exit 38) toward Frederick, Maryland. Follow the signs to U.S. 15 north to Gettysburg to Route 97 to Route 194 north to Hanover.
Go west on the PA Turnpike and exit on Route 15 south toward Gettysburg. Drive Route 15 to Route 94 south to Hanover (about 15 miles).
Or, exit the PA Turnpike at Route 222. Follow 222 toward Lancaster to Route 30 west around York to Route 116 to Hanover.
From Pittsburgh and points west
Proceed east on PA Turnpike to Carlisle. Follow I-81 south to the exit for Hanover/Route 34. Route 34 becomes Route 94, which leads into Hanover.
From New York City and New Jersey
Take I-78 west across New Jersey to Pennsylvania and merge into I-81 toward Carlisle. Take the exit marked Hanover/Route 34 and go south to Hanover.