Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center

224 Broadway , Hanover, PA 17331 USA (Show map)


Enjoy an unforgettable stay in our magnificent, brick and brownstone Queen Anne near the center of historic Hanover, Pennsylvania. Built in 1902, the home features numerous stained glass windows, in-laid oak floors and paneling, beamed ceilings, carved mantles, and a bright, airy ambiance. Our gracious home and serene garden provide quiet, cozy private spaces for individuals, or large, open spaces for group events. History abounds here. Cavalries clashed during the Civil War Battle of Hanover on the street in front of our home. The Gettysburg National Military Park and York, Pennsylvania, our nation’s first capital, are only minutes away.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

Wonderful place to stay

5 on August 27, 2013

This bed and breakfast is very charming. The food was wonderful and the innkeepers were very helpful. I would be happy to stay here again any time.

Magnificent Early 1900's B&B

4.8 on July 30, 2013

This B&B is located in a beautiful old brick "Queen Anne" Home. It's not a mansion but it is a very roomy house with lovely public areas to enjoy with others. There were fresh snacks and refreshments always available in the Sun Room. Our Room (Jewel in the Heart) was nicely decorated and the bed was very comfortable. We had a roomy, private bathroom with chandeliers and a walk-in shower. The Innkeepers, Helen and Bruce, were very hospitable and helpful. We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend Shining Dawn to others.

Shining Dawn

4.8 on October 19, 2011

I was in Hanover for business. The B and B is quite charming, with many original architectural details in place. The hosts were quite helpful and amenable. I would stay there again.

Beautiful Hanover Bed and Breakfast

5 on May 05, 2011

This home was beautiful and very well maintained. Bruce was a wonderful host and breakfast was a work of art. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.

A real treat!

5 on February 14, 2011

My husband and another couple visited the Shining Dawn Inn this weekend. The house is beautiful with wonderful, old world details. The facilities are charming with a few modern touches. By far, the best part of our stay was the amazing breakfast. We were served poached pears and pancakes one morning and an amazing eggs the next. Our friend has a gluten allergy which was very kindly accommodated. During the evening, we played games in the Sunroom. I would highly recommend the Shining Dawn Inn. Andy & Meg

Thoughtful service

5 on November 28, 2010

I get up early. Bruce, the proprietor, brought me coffee from the kitchen an hour before the scheduled time.

A Gem

5 on November 13, 2010

Planning a trip to nearby Gettysburg and not wanting to stay in busy Gettysburg we found the perfect B&B. Everything was over the top!

A Gem in Hanover

5 on October 21, 2010

I love this place. I feel like I found a "gem". A beautiful room and facilities with terrific breakfasts and warm hospitality. We celebrated our 1st anniversary here and we will always fondly remember our stay at this Bed and Breakfast.

A Haven In Hanover

3.8 on October 14, 2010

We stayed here for two nights. It is a very charming home, and all our needs were taken care of. Breakfast was delicious, and the atmosphere quiet and peaceful. Helen and Bruce do a spectacular job with the place. They made us feel at home and they provided us with helpful resources that enriched our historical tour in the area. Our bed/mattress was creaky, though, but overall, we enjoyed our experience!

Innkeeper Response
We're happy that overall you enjoyed your stay with us in Hanover. We "strive for five" and are always looking for ways to improve our guests experiences. The bed that you slept in is an antique and the frame will creak if you're doing a lot of moving, but the mattress and box spring are new, comfortable and supportive Sealy Posturepedic products. Although we try to keep our furnishing as close to period as possible, we want our guests to be happy and have plans to replace the antique frame with something newer and more quiet. We can't make everyone happy with everything but that doesn't stop us from trying! We strive to provide our guests an excellent value with competitive rates; tasty, filling breakfasts and snacks; what we believe are tastefully furnished and decorated guest rooms; excellent facilities with spacious, beautifully restored public areas on the first floor; as well as single night stay availability during most of the year for those who are traveling through, who are in town for a special occasion, or those who are just in need of a quick weekend getaway. Although you normally stay at budget lodging, we hope that you'll become regular guests at Bed and Breakfasts. Each one offers a unique and memorable experience with facilities that you just won't find at budget motels, or comparably priced hotels for that matter. Thank you for staying with us. We hope to see you again!

- Bruce (Innkeeper)

PA Oasis

5 on July 08, 2010

We arrived on the 4th of July and stayed one night. My wife and I were driving from Myrtle Beach to Rochester, NY after a much-needed vacation. I wanted to stay somewhere more than half-way home, so there wouldn't be much driving to do the next day. I'm glad I did that. Helen and Bruce are wonderful hosts. The Shining Dawn is spacious, comfortable, and relaxing. We booked the peacock room and we were not disappointed. The decor wasn't too much and it definately added to the great atmosphere. There are plenty of dining options within 3 miles of the house. The breakfast was amazing! If you are driving through or visiting, we highly recommend staying here. The prices are reasonable for the value you receive. The old saying, "good food ain't cheap and cheap food ain't good" applies to b&b's as well.

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Rooms & Rates

The Phoenix

Very quiet bedroom with view of contemplation garden Decorated in a earth tones of taupe, sage, and burgandy Queen-size walnut sleigh bed Wireless Internet access, TV, DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $152 - $152

The Peacock

Quiet side bedroom with view of contemplation garden Decorated with an Oriental theme of peacock blue and gold. Handcrafted oriental style queen-size bed Adjoins large private bathroom with shower/tub Wireless Internet access, TV, DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $156 - $156

Mid-Summer Night's Dream

Quiet rear bedroom with views of the garden Periwinkle, blue, and mauve tones highlight the 1920's-era walnut bedroom set Adjoins private bathroom with a wonderfully unique antique claw-foot tub (no shower) Private entrance to second story porch overlooking our 100-year-old English Walnut Tree Enchanting mural by Denver artist, Jeanne Ross Wireless Internet access, TV, DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $142 - $142

Tree of Life

Private entrance to second-story porch Magnificent treetop views of our 100-year-old English Walnut Tree and garden Daybed and pop-up trundle for additional guests Wireless internet access, TV, DVD. $25 per guest over double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $170 - $170

The Jewel in the Heart

A light-filled hexagon shaped room in the north turret, which offers views of historic, tree-lined Broadway Street The room is decorated in an Eastern theme with deep merlot colored walls and jewel-tone accents Queen-size walnut sleigh bed Adjoins huge private bathroom with multi-jet shower Wireless Internet access, TV, DVD.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

The Rising Sun

Light-filled, hexagonal shaped room in the south turret with views of historic tree-lined Broadway Decorated in an elegant style with fainting couch, and rich tones of gold, burgundy, and green This large, master bedroom features a walnut king-size sleigh bed Daybed and pop-up trundle for additional guests Wireless Internet access, TV, DVD. $25 per guest over double occupancy.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $177 - $177

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Location Type

Historic District, Downtown, Small town, Wine country


Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington) 45 miles

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Gettysburg National Battlefield, Battle of Hanover Walking Tour, Covered Bridges, Amish Countryside, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wired internet , Meditation Room, Contemplation Garden, Complimentary Snacks and Beverages, Comforters, Guest Fridge, Adjustable Steam and Electric Radiators

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Golfing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Allowed only on front porch and in backyard
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights required on weekends Apr - Oct, and special event weekends Nov - Mar.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50%
  • Cancellations: Two Weeks Notice: A full refund will be made if notice of cancellation is given at least 14 days in advance of the reservation date(s). One Week Notice: A $25.00 late cancellation fee will be charged against the deposit if cancellation is made with more than six—but less than 14—days advance notice. 48 Hours Notice: A conditional deposit refund minus the $25.00 late cancellation fee will be made if the cancellation is made with more than two—but less than seven— days advance notice and the room(s) can be re-booked for the dates in question. We will make a serious effort but we can't guarantee that the room(s) can be re-booked with such short notice. If the reservations cannot be filled, we reserve the right to retain the full deposit. Less than 48 hours, no-shows, or early departures: This situation is not fair to other prospective guests, nor would it be fair to us. Under these circumstances, unless there is some dire emergency, there can be no refund of deposit.
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Helen and Bruce

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Fresh water aquariums

About the innkeepers

Retreats, meditation, reading, music, antique clock collecting and repair, wood working, tropical fish.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 to 8:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian

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Special Package

Halloween Happenings

Our October/Halloween Weekend Special Package includes: *Two-night stay at Shining Dawn Bed & Breakfast for two. *Delicious "No Tricks all Treats" Halloween seasonal breakfasts for two each morning. *A copy of "Spooky York, Pennsylvania" by Scott D. Butcher and Dinah Roseberry. This book covers York County and the City of York detailing a self-guided walking ghost tour of York by the city's own ghost whisperer. Over 50 haunted locations and stories (a $14.99 value). *Two complimentary tickets to the original "Ghosts of Gettysburg Walking Tour" (a $20.00 value subject to availability). *For laughs you can also view our copy of "Dead and Breakfast", a 2004 comedy horror movie featuring the late David Carradine. Complimentary hot apple cider, spiced cookies and candy treats will be available anytime between 3pm-8pm during your stay. Complimentary soft drinks, hot and cold bottled water, a wide variety of teas as well as UTZ and Snyder of Hanover snacks will also be available anytime throughout your stay. Rates for our standard October/Halloween package are $295 - $363 depending upon your choice of Room and options (taxes are not included). See our website at

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