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Reviewed 27 August 2014 via mobile

We've been guests at Shining Dawn so many times we've lost count. It's at least ten now. We've always thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and we've stayed in every room but one. Each is fabulous in its own way, and Helen and Bruce are unfailingly gracious and welcoming hosts. They've gone out of their way to help us with some special requests, and the breakfasts are truly first class. Since we've been there so many times, Helen and Bruce have made a special effort to see that we don't get the same menu each time, too!

You can't do better in Hanover. We highly recommend Shining Dawn.

Date of stay: August 2014
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2014

Dear Jim R,

We feel privileged every time you and "E" choose to stay with us.

Thank you for taking the time to write another wonderful review.

Best regards,

Bruce & Helen, Owners/Innkeepers

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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Our stay at the Shining Dawn was one of the best experiences that my wife and I have had over many years in B&Bs . Such high accolades are deserved due to the exceptional confluence of the two main essentials of a great B&B experience-- a pleasant, unique facility and wonderful hosts. Helen and Bruce have decorated a late 1800's mansion in a tasteful way while maintaining many of the original features such as stained glass and quality carpentry. Our stay was peaceful, quiet and relaxed. Helen and Bruce were a pleasure to meet and were very attentive to our individual situation. The gourmet breakfast was the final fine touch to our stay. Anyone who is a frequent B&B patron or who would like to try a form of accommodation different from the "cookie cutter" hotel will surely be glad they chose the Shining Dawn.

Room tip: The Peacock room was quiet and enjoyable. Has an extra daybed as well.
Date of stay: August 2014
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Thank Arthur F
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2014

Dear Arthur F,
What a joy to meet and host you and your wife! More recently to see you again and to meet your two sons as well as your daughter-in-law! Getting to meet folks like you makes Inn-keeping truly enjoyable. Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice review. We're always happy to know that our guests were happy with their stay. We hope to see you again. You'll always be welcomed at Shining Dawn!

Best regards,

Bruce & Helen, Owners/Innkeepers

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Reviewed 26 June 2014

My husband and I have stayed at the Shining Dawn B&B and Retreat Center on three occasions. We have stayed at many B&Bs and this one is, by far, one of our favorites. Bruce and Helen are some of the nicest people you will ever meet and their B&B has been beautifully and lovingly restored. The breakfasts are delicious and of consistently high quality. The guests rooms have comfortable beds, are well appointed and are very clean.

On two of the visits, we attended Meditation retreats facilitated by Helen, and came away feeling peaceful and calm at the end of the weekend. Bruce, in addition to being a great cook, has restored my grandmother's over 100 year old clock, and it is ticking and chiming beautifully in our living room. We have recommended Shining Dawn to many friends and recommend it to anyone who plans on visiting the Hanover/Gettysburg area. We know that we will be back again.

Date of stay: May 2014
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2014

Dear MPW6,

Thank you for taking the time to review your experiences at Shining Dawn. We always treasure your visits. It's our pleasure to host you. Helen truly enjoys and values your participation in her Retreats. Of course, I was very happy to get your heirloom Ansonia Mantel Clock ticking again. We wish you the very best and look forward to the opportunity to see and host you again.

With our best regards,

Bruce & Helen, Owners/Innkeepers

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The Shining Dawn B& B and Retreat is just that.....the perfect getaway if you're visiting the Amish country and/or battlefield area of south-central Pennsylvania. Inkeepers Helen and Bruce were the orchestrators of a perfect weekend for us. We loved everything about Shining Dawn….the architecture, the furnishings, the many interesting clocks that Bruce has restored, the restful balcony off of our room, the lovingly-prepared first class breakfasts and the proximity to Gettysburg and surrounding countryside. We found the sun room with bubbling fountain an especially nice touch, as were the complimentary snacks and drinks to take care of those occasional munchies! We look forward to another wonderful and restful stay at the Shining Dawn on our next getaway to the Pennsylvania countryside.

Date of stay: April 2014
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2014

John O,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at Shining Dawn. We were happy to know that we got it right and that you and your wife had everything you needed to enjoy your time in the Hanover/Gettysburg area. If you're ever planning a future visit, please keep us in mind. You're always welcome at Shining Dawn!

Best regards,

Bruce & Helen, Owners/Innkeepers

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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Bruce and Helen were great hosts for our 5 night stay during the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg address, They are friendly and attentive and happy to deal with any questions or problems during your stay. The have done a wonderful, sensitive restoration of their historic home. Nice bath, comfortable bed, and solid wifi connection. We were in the Rising Sun room, which was a spacious retreat for our extended stay. Hanover is a great alternative to the crowded tourist zone of Gettysburg, but just a short scenic drive way from the Civil War sites and other attractions such as the Steam Into History railroad and area wineries.
We definitely hope to come back again.

Date of stay: November 2013
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BASA78, Owner at Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2014

Dear 10DaysorLess,
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Shining Dawn and for writing such a fabulous review. Depending upon the weather, Fall and Winter are great times to visit. It's quiet, less crowded and there's just a nice, calm energy in the Hanover/Gettysburg area. Thanks again for your review. Please come again.

Best regards,

Bruce & Helen, Owners/Innkeepers

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