Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center
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Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat is located in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
The architectural style of the Inn is a brick and brownstone Queen Anne, built in 1902. Detailing such as stained glass windows, inlaid oak floors, paneling, marble mantles, carved limestones, and ceilings with beams, create an airy and elegant ambience, yet still casual and inviting.
Six comfortable rooms are offered to our guests, several can be combined other rooms as suites. Common rooms, such as the living room, and grand foyer can be enjoyed for lounging, or utalized for meetings and small group gatherings. For our guests seeking for zen, the contemplation garden and meditation room offer a tranquil atmosphere for peaceful reflection.
Enjoy life, good times and good people surrounded by beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail in our Living Room. Browse our library/book and gift store. Surf on our wireless broadband internet, check your e-mails on our guest computer.
Our spacious house and garden welcomes individuals, couples, families, and groups of all kinds.
We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you as our guests!
Facilities for Meetings and Events
For corporate or retreat groups, we have ideal meeting spaces and special rates.
Our spacious Sun Room, Living Room, and Dining Room are interconnected by a Grand Foyer. This layout provides our guests with considerable flexibility.
Our elegant Living Room, measuring 20' X 37', comfortably seats at least 16. All of the furniture can be removed to create a large open space for group movement activities, such as yoga. (See photo in Slide Show)
Ideal for group dining or work sessions, our beautiful Dining Room measures 14' X 22', and provides comfortable seating for 14 at three round tables.
Enjoy complimentary tea, cocoa, and famous Hanover snacks in our lovely Sun Room. With a whimsical antique wall fountain and stained glass windows on three sides, this room is truly a delight on even the darkest winter day. Three round glass-top tables provide an ideal space for group work sessions or creative projects.
Our Contemplation Garden is an inviting outdoor space for group meetings, movement activities, walking meditation, or just relaxing under our 100 year old English Walnut Tree.
Wireless internet is available throughout the facilities. A guest desktop computer is also available for checking e-mail or surfing the internet. Group facility rates with 1, 2, or 3-meal plans are available. Please call us for more details and to book your group's next event.
Get the day off to a great start with a delicious, full breakfast. Our guests' day begins with a full breakfast served in either our Dining Room, or our Sun Room, at a table for two, or at a table with four or more.
We serve a large glass of fruit juice, medium or dark roast gourmet coffees and a wide selection of black, green, herbal, caffinated or decaffinated teas.
Our breakfasts always begin with a fruit dish such as carmel baked apples, peaches and cream, chocolate covered strawberries, poached pears with cream sauce, broiled grapefruit or breakfast parfait with fresh seasonal berries.
For the main course some of our guests' favorite entrees are German Apple Pancakes, Fresh Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Green Chili Quiche and Quiche Florentine.
Entrees are generally accompanied with one or more side dishes such as scrambled eggs, Swiss scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, muffins, scones, avacado halves with cherry tomatoes, and delicious, low-fat soy breakfast sausages.
Helen is a vegetarian and the soy sausages are very, very tasty. However, if you are a "meat-a-tarian" let Bruce know well ahead of time so he can prepare some savory breakfast meat side dish for you to enjoy with your entree. Whatever you do, don't let Helen know!
Touring Hanover, Gettysburg, York, or Lancaster County makes a wonderful weekend vacation. If you make Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast your 'home base' for a longer stay, you can experience an amazing diversity of attractions and events from quaint villages, like Mt. Gretna, to dynamic cities, like Washington DC.
There are hundreds of attractions in Hanover, nearby, or within range for an easy day trip from Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast. Below are just a select few of our favorites. Visit our website for links to all of these attractions and more.
- Battle of Hanover Self-Guided Tour
- Codorus State Park & Lake Marburg
- Eichelberger Performing Arts Center
- Hanover Shoe Farms
- The Marburg Estate Winery
- Snyder's of Hanover Factory Tour
- Utz Potato Chip Factory Tour
A Little Bit About Us
From detailed arial photographs of Hanover, two of the most prominent features of our property are the turrets just off Broadway. For that reason we've been told that the house is sometimes referred to, with good humor, as the "Madonna House." Although she is most certainly not a painted lady, we think she is a stately Queen with a lovely glow, warm character and striking features.
In February 2005, we purchased the property. We feel very fortunate to be the new stewards of 224 Broadway, and to have the opportunity to transform this beautiful, historic property into the Shining Dawn Bed & Breakfast Retreat. In our renovations and remodeling, we have strived to preserve the architectural integrity as well as the warm "home and hearth" feel that has endured for generations here by employing quality materials, attention to detail, TLC, and a lot of help from highly skilled local professionals and craftsmen.
We welcome well behaved children 5 and older.