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Old 07-06-2009, 12:51 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Hey everyone,

A friend and I are roadtripping cross country and one of our stops is going to be Gettysburg (woo-hoo!). We're arriving there late in the evening, spending the night and then have basically the whole next day there to play in Gettysburg. So here are my questions: where should we stay? I've done a little researching on the city and although it seems relatively manageable size-wise, I have found some hotels and such located in the 'old town'-or at least that's what they're advertising, now is there really much of a reason to stay in the 'old town'? Or could we stay pretty much anywhere in town and be alright in terms of ambience and convenience? I also read somewhere about guided ghost tours and having been on a few in various cities I understand they're pretty cheesy, but in a "I'm a tourist this is what we do" sort of way. Are those offered in Gettysburg at least goofy and fun and worth the dough? And finally, for the life of me I cannot remember the name of this tavern my cousin told me about located in Gettysburg, it's revolutionary war era and apparently sort of kitschy. She said something about the waiters being dressed up in 'period costume'-what period she actually couldn't recall. But she said it was fun and I was wondering if she was right or had just had too much to drink.

We're obviously stopping by the battlefield, of course, and plan on spending a good amount of time there, so that aspect os taken care of. Any information you've got would be useful, so thanks!
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: PA
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Gettysburg is great you will love it. There are many stories about ghosts and being able to still smell the smoke on the battle fields. As for the hotels, as long as you don't get freaked by ghosts you should be fine. The tours are cool too. Im sure you have done researching already but here are sites that are helpful-
Battle of Gettysburg
Gettysburg Ghost Tours - Candlelit Walking Ghost Tours
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I went to Gettysburg College, so I basically lived in the town for 4 years. The hotels in the borough are nice, if only to allow for strolling down the street to look in the shops and taverns. Hotels located on Chambersburg St, York St, and Steinwehr would be the best. If you don't really plan to stroll around though, the chain hotels just outside of town would not be a bad choice (Rte 30, Village Outlets). Once you get out to motels/inns that market themselves as 'on the battlefield' you are getting a little far from town, plus a few of those look rather sketchy.The tavern your friend was talking about was The Dobbin House. If you want to eat in one of their their dining rooms, I would suggest getting reservations, particularly if you are visiting on a weekend. If you just stop in for a drink, however, there's no need. However, the costs are rather pricey for Gettysburg, which is an otherwise really cheap tourist destination.
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