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  • "What a beautiful home. So glad we had a chance to stay here. We will definetly recommend this to anyone traveling in the area. Hope to return. Thanks for a very restful stay!"  Steve & Martha, Nevada, MO  08/3/2014

  • "What a beautiful home and charming town. We had an enjoyable stay and loved the yummy breakfast!"  Stephen & Andrea  Indianapolis, IN  6/11/2014

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for the excellent accomodations and breakfast. Dave and I had a wonderful time. All the best for you and your family."  April & Dave  Fairfax, VA  06/2014

  • "Helen & Bruce, What a great memorial weekend! We could not have asked for a better time! The room was beautiful & so was the house! The breakfast was delicious! We really enjoyed our stay here & will definately be back! Thank you for everything especially your hospitality"  Jon & Melissa  Zieglerville, PA  5/26/2014

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Your house was lovely and you made us feel welcome. We will be back"  Rick & Rosa, Riva, MD  11/10/2013

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  • "Helen & Bruce, We thoroughly enjoyed our experience here. What a beautiful home! Thank you for your hospitality!"  Sue & Mike, Philly, PA  08/25/2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Had a great stay. Absolutely loved the house and everything you provided was wonderful. Thank you."  Sharon & Eric   Katoomba, Australia  7/2/2013

  • "Helen & Bruce — What a delightful B & B! The Shining Dawn is beautiful, comfortable, a great location & what wonderful hosts you are! Thank you so very much!"  Katie & Rick  Castel Rock, CO  06/27—30, 2013

  • "Bruce & Helen, Another stay and already we can't wait for our next. Your company and hospitality is second to none. We thank you for opening your home and being the wonderful friends you are!"  Eric & Risheena  Elkridge, MD  11/17/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We stayed in your B&B to celebrate our 9th anniversary & have some time away. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Your home is beautiful and you are wonderful innkeepers! Thank you for making this trip such a memorable experience."  Pottstown, PA  05/17—19, 2013

  • "We came to visit for our 12th anniversary. What a pleasant and comfortable home. We really enjoyed our breakfast, and the company was an added bonus. Thank you Helen & Bruce for doing what you do. We hope to be able to come and stay again soon."  Gaithersberg, MD  4/21/2013

  • "We came for the Opening the Heart Retreat weekend and what a wonderful & wondrous weekend. All our thanks, love and gratitude to our hosts and fellow guests."  Philadelphia, PA  03/22—03/24/2013

  • "We had a most delightful stay for our 39th wedding anniversary. 'Thank you' for your kind hospitality, evident in your warm welcome, beautiful accommodations, delicious breakfasts and good conversations. May the blessings you give to others through opening your home in this way return back to you. Thank you again!"  Chambersburg, PA  01/15/2013

  • "Bruce & Helen, Another fantastic stay at your home. We will always hold this place as memorable one in our life. Thank you once again."  Elkridge, MD  11/17/2012

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you for the wonderful honeymoon experience. We enjoyed the homey feel and the friendly faces. Your B & B is by far the best we have every visited. The breakfast were excellent and we hope to visit again."  Edgewater, FL  10/20/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful time. Your home is fantastic. We loved your apple pancakes and the rest of your breakfast."  Hanover, PA  08/25/2012

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, It was a blessing to be back with dear faithful friends. Your home is beautiful and filled with the presence of love. Thank you for sharing your 'Heart Meditation' workshop with me. It was a joy to share in a fellowship of seekers. Can't wait to come back."  Washington, DC  08/12/2012

  • "What a wonderful weekend we had. With a special thanks to Helen and Bruce for making our stay so comfortable! Food was delicious. The room was beautiful and clean. Gorgeous home.  Somerset, PA   07/13—15/2012

  • "Thank you Bruce and Helen for a wonderful stay — The place is awesome. The food is the best ever— especially the baked apples — yum!!"  Southgate, KY  05/05/2012

  • "This place is magical! Helen and Bruce, The wonderful attention to detail, the love you have put into your home, and ours for a brief moment, all the thoughtfulness — these gifts just embraced us during out stay. Thank you so much for your warmth."  Toledo, OH  04/06—09/2012

  • "Thank you so much. It is so comfortable and elegant here!"  New Cumberland, PA  03/18/2012

  • "Pleasant stay in beautiful home. Your hard work is appreciated. Our thanks."  Port Allegany, PA  11/11/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We thank you kindly for a beautiful and peaceful place to celebrate our 1st Anniversary! We love the calm and serene atmosphere of the house & garden. It was the perfect back drop to the end of our vacation. And I'm especially grateful for the vegetarian breakfast. The final touch of finding the St. Francis paintings will be a daily reminder of our stay here whenever we see it at home!"  Elkton, MD  10/23/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, After 12 years of caring for my aging mother, Mike & I had to put much of our marriage 'on hold'. With her passing, we made reconnecting our first priority & came here to begin. Your exquisite, yet welcoming home embraced us. Your kind attention to my gluten-free dietary needs made us feel cherished. Your thoughtful recommendations for dining & touring made us feel as if you knew us. This has been a weekend of blessings. Thank you for being a big part of that!"  Easton, PA  10/16/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for providing such a peaceful respite on our vacation. The breakfast were out of this world and your lovely home was a comfortable sanctuary after a day of touring the area. We hope to return someday."  Gibsonia, PA  10/13/2011

  • "Thank you for a wonderful experience. Your home is beautiful and the breakfasts were delicious! If the opportunity arises again we will be returning for another stay."  Williamstown, PA  10/09/2011

  • "Thank you so much for making our first bed and breakfast stay so memorable! Your warm hospitality and beautiful home made for a weekend that was better than we could have hoped! The food was absolutely delicious and we also so appreciated all of your knowledge about local signts and eateries. We wish you all the best!"  Wilmington, DE  09/11/2011

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay! The house is very beautiful — a real treat on a long journey."  Cannan, NH  08/20/2011

  • "Bruce & Helen, We very much liked staying at this beautiful home. I especially loved the tile floors downstairs! The 'Shining Dawn' will most definitely be recommended by us."  Hayes, VA  08/18/2011

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and sharing your lovely home. It has been a retreat to get away from the hustle and quick pace of Gettysburg. Well worth the drive! The breakfasts were delicious. The two day stay was a real treat! Enjoyed all of it! We will certainly recommend your Shining Dawn to family and friends when they are in this area."  Troy, OH  07/06-07/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce—We had a wonderful stay at your lovely B&B. Don't think we've ever stayed a a better place. The breakfast were fabulous! Would love to come back. Thank you for everything."  Cary, NC  07/05/2011

  • "Helen and Bruce, We enjoyed our stay here very much and definitely will be back. The house is lovely —so many beautiful antiques, stained glass and architectural details. All that and comfort too. The breakfast was delicious. Every course was wonderful. We look forward to returning and spending more time exploring Hanover."  Mars, PA  05/22/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce This was my first time staying at a B&B and being at the Shining Dawn was a very relaxing and enjoyable time. Thank you for such wonderful food and pleasant hospitality!"  San Jose, CA  04/17/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce Very much enjoyed our stay and breakfast with you both. We'll be seeing you again!"  Westminster, MD  04/03/2011

  • "This place is magical! Helen and Bruce, the wonderful attention to detail, the love you have put into your home, and ours for a brief moment, all the thoughtfulness — these gifts just embraced us during our stay. Thank you so much for your warmth."  Toledo, OH  04/2011

  • "Helen and Bruce, We had a most enjoyable stay in Hanover and at the Shining Dawn. A beautiful house with so much charm. Our breakfast meals were delicious and well presented and lots to eat! Our room was lovely and we liked the sleigh bed. Also liked the shower. Will be sure to suggest this B&B to friends and relatives. Thank you for making our stay so pleasant!"  York, PA  02/27/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce—We had a restorative weekend here at the Shining Dawn.  We arrived depleted in every sense of the word and are leaving renewed and energetic.  We enjoyed the tranquility of this space, the attentiveness to details (the quilt, the fountain, the clocks), and the places for gathering and conversations (garden room, living room). We meditated (what a room!) and regained our centeredness. Thank you for providing such an oasis. The food was nourshing and artfully presented. Thank you fo very much"  Canandaigua, NY  01/23/2011

  • "Thanks for sharing a warm and wonderful house.  Love the wood work.  The breakfasts were very very good!!"  Greenbrook, NJ  11/3-4/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce —You have such a charming warm home! Thanks so much for sharing. The breakfasts were wonderful. We look forward to visiting again."  Edison, N.J.  10/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce Thank you for the wonderful Breakfasts and opening up your Home to us. We had a wonderful weekend and will spread the word on how to get recharged in Hanover."  Dover, PA  09/26/2010

  • "Thanks for your patience in accomodating our forgotten gift card and waiting for us to call in our numbers...We enjoyed our stay."  Bemis Point, NY  09/21/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce Thank you for sharing this wonderful place with us! We really appreciate your warm hospitality. The stay was short, but we will remember it!"  Columbus, OH   04/17/2010

  • "Lovely, lovely home! Great hospitality and scrumptious food. You have a gem. Thanks for putting up with us and the rest of the Bunco Babes."  Gaithersburg, MD  04/11/2010

  • "Bruce and Helen, We had a wonderful stay. The hospitality and food is outstanding. We hope to be back soon!"  Sykesville, MD  12/12/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a great time at your B&B. I loved your breakfast. It was very delicious. We had an extreme amount of fun. Plus we loved the tea."  Fairfax, VA  11/22/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for making us feel so welcome in your home. This is the nicest B & B we've stayed in. Great Breakfast & Tea Selection!!"  Columbia MD  11/14/2009

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for your hospitality. Your home is beautiful and its wonderful that others get to experience it. Breakfast was delicious and we would definitely stay here again if we come back to this area."  Cranberry Twp, PA   10/25/2009

  • "Bruce and Helen, Thank you for a wonderful night away — it was so nice to leave the distractions of home and just spend time together. It was a pleasure to meet both of you. Thanks again for everything."  Hanover, PA  10/4/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce,  What a gorgeous, history-filled house you have to share with your guests!  I adore the architecture, the attention to detail from the chandelier lights in the bathroom to the perfectly coordinated artwork in our room.  I, along iwth my husband have been in our share of hotels, but none compare to the peaceful, relaxing atmosphere of your Shining Dawn.  And the breakfast!  The coffee was wonderful, the greenchili quiche divine, and the scones were also delicious.  Thank you so much for the lovely time.  I will recommend you to anyone looking for a calming overnight stay."  Green Castle, PA  09/13/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen,  What a fantastic time we had.  Thank you for sharing your home and your conversations with us.  The time spent here was truly memorable.  We now have found our retreat!  We look forward to our next visit and breakfast with you!"  Elkridge, MD  09/07/2009

  • "It was a necessarily brief stay of only one night, but we enjoyed the beauty of the house and hospitality of Helen and Bruce. Very, very comfortable."  New York, NY  08/29/2009

  • "Bruce and Helen, We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Shining Dawn B&B!  The Breakfasts were fantastic as well as the Breakfast conversation!  We hope to stay again soon!"  Baltimore, MD  07/26/2009

  • "Helen and Bruce,  Thanks for your hospitality!  Great house, fabulous architectural details, comfortable bed, yummy poached pears and apple pancakes, and interesting conversation over breakfast"  Ellicott City, MD  06/28/2009

  • "This was our second stay here & it was just as nice as the 1st!  Thanks for your kindness & hospitality in an elegant setting!  You have put your labor of love in every detail."  Wyoming, DE  06/21/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen, Thanks for your hospitality. Fantastic renovation & repair of a great house. Thanks for the tour." Pittsburgh, PA 06/16/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We had a wonderfully relaxing weekend in your beautiful & peaceful home. Thank you for your hospitality. We truly enjoyed the fantastic breakfasts. I especially loved the meditation rooom and browsing through your great collection of books. I plan to read some of them. You've both done a great job on the house renovations. We know this is a true labor of love. Best of luck with the B&B. We hope to visit again." Montgomeryville, PA 06/13/2009

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for inviting us into your home. It was our first B&B experience and you have certainly encouraged us to seek out more of them. The baked apples were a joy — made the morning special. Thank you also for the Gettysburg auto tour CD loan. It is very well done. Hope to see you again!" Bruceton Mills, WV 05/30/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Your home is beautiful. This was our first time in a B&B. You made it a wonderful experience for us. The environment was very peaceful and relaxing — just what we needed. Breakfast was so tasty and memorable. (Thanks for the wheat free) Hope to visit again." West Chester, PA 05/24/2009

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, It was wonderful meeting the both of you and learning a little about Hanover and the history of the house. We love the character of the house and wonderful architecture of our room. The chandeliers were a nice touch in the bathroom! Breakfast was great & we really appreciate the extra effort in preparing a lactose free menu for Gino. Hope to visit again sometime!" Londonberry, N.H. 05/16/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your warm & gracisous hospitality. We appreciated hearing the history of the home and learning about the families who added character to this charming and beautiful bed and breakfast. We look forward to our next visit." Morgantown, WV 05/02/2009

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, What a wonderful home and peaceful place. Thank you for your hospitality and great food. Your home is full of such elegance and connectedness to the past with conveniences of the present Many best wishes for future blessings in this world until the day you step into the next." Harrisburg, PA 04/25/2009

  • "This was our first stay at a Bed & Breakfast. After this wonderful experience I'm sure we'll try more. You've decorated the house beautifully. The architecture of the house is amazing, and the conversation with the two of you and the other guests was very warm and inviting. I'm sure we'll be back to visit you again." St. Davids, PA 03/29/2009

  • "Thanks for the hospitality, warmth, and wonderful breakfast. We'll be making grapefruit like that again at our house soon. We look forward to returning to get to know Hanover better." Ellicott City, MD 03/22/2009

  • "Thank you soooo much! For a great stay, comfortable room & great breakfast conversation. We've enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Loved the quiche! Best wishes until we meet again." Knoxville, MD 02/21/2009

  • "Happy New Year Bruce & Helen!! Coming here is always a pleasure for us. Your hospitality is always the best. The blue berry pancakes were delicious. We will definitely be back soon. It is always so sad for us to leave. Have a prosperous New Year and a wonderful winter!" Philadelpha, PA 01/04/2009

  • "Thank you so much for sharing your home, your friendship and your wonderful stories with us. You are perfect at what you do and we wish you all the best." BelAir, MD 11/29/2008

  • "We had a lovely stay here at Shining Dawn, and sincerely hope to stay again. The accommodations, food and hospitality have been excellent. Wish we had several more days here! Wishing you the best as you continue to host other guests and have more retreats! Will highly recommend to others. Thank you for a wonderful stay!" Purcellville, VA 11/22/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for a wonderful stay here at Shining Dawn. Your B&B is absolutley amazing & we so enjoyed spending the time after our wedding here. Very peaceful & beautiful. We will recommend this place to anyone!" Hanover, PA 10/18-19/2008

  • "Bruce & Helen: Thank you very much for making us feel so welcome in your lovely home. We had a great time visiting the area & we will come stay again. Wishing you all the best." Aurora Ontario Canada 10/12/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce. Words escape me. Thank you for one of the most wonderful B & B weekends I ever had. Your home is beautiful and so are you!" Clifton, N.J. 10/06/2008

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you so very much for welcoming us into your absolutely lovely home! Stately, beautiful, and superbly crafted barely suffice as superlatives describing this wonderful home. We thoroughtly enjoyed the gourmet breakfast, the privacy, and serenity during our weekend stay. It was in all respects the perfect place for our retreat. Many, many thanks!" New Cumberland, PA 09/14/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thanks for a place to call 'home' on the 15th & 16th of August. It was a great 20th anniversary!" Great Mills, MD 08/15-16/2008

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, Thank you for your wonderful hospitality! The breakfast were awesome! We felt right at home in your beautiful B & B. We look forward to returning again soon with friends & family. We loved our 'cannon ball sundae' too!" Ephrata, PA 6/13-15/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, You have spoiled us with your warm hospitality, great food, & the comfortable luxury of your home. Your breakfasts were amazing — stayed with us well into the afternoon. Thank you for the best B & B experience ever!" Olathe, KS 06/06-08/2008

  • "Helen and Bruce, We enjoyed our visit to the 'Shining Dawn'. Your home is beautiful, the breakfasts were great. We enjooyed the conversation and wish you the best of luck with the B & B" Philadelphia, PA 04/26-28/2008

  • "Loved the stay. You have a beautiful home. Thanks for all of your hospitality. The best shower away from home." New York, NY 03/30/2008

  • "What a beautiful 'here' you create now." Jersy City, NJ 03/15/2008

  • "Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality! We really enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home. The room is beautiful! We could not have asked for more. I hope we can come back again soon." Columbia, MD 02/17/2008

  • "The energy of the place is unmatched, don't think I've felt it in any other place. We are sure to return. Thank you." Philadelphia, PA 11/23-24/2007

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Your peaceful, beautiful, & serene home is a true masterpiece f inspired creativity. Thank you for having the courage & vision not only to imagine Shining Dawn, but to also manifest it — Bless you both!" Neptune Beach, FL 11/10-13/2007

  • "Dear Helen, You made our stay in Hanover very special. The beautiful elegant inn had so many nice touches. What an elegant building! Do hope we meet again." San Francisco, CA 10/27-28/2007

  • "We had a wonderful time — neat town, stores, restaurants. Broadway is a great street — Our room was fabulous! Breakfast was WOW!! Hope to return sometime!" Port Matilda (State College), PA 10/13/2007

  • "What a great time we had in your home! Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and outstanding cooking!! You are doing such a beautiful job and we will certainly highly recommend your B & B to any one coming this way!" Bend, OR 10/06-08/2007

  • "Thank you very much for providing a home that was both welcoming and refreshing. The rooms, food and hospitality were beyond our expectations." Bellevue, IA 09/29/20072

  • "We want to thank you for a wonderful relaxing vacation. It has been so quiet and peaceful. The breakfast were wonderful. I think the apple pancakes were our favorite. We enjoyed talking with you and the other guest. Thanks again" Richamond, VA 09/06/2007

  • "Thanks for the wonderful stay - the cozy room and great breakfasts were very much enjoyed.  " Maple, Ontario Canada 06/28/2007

  • "Helen & Bruce, What a wonderful day we had for our wedding.  Thank you so much for giving us a tour of Mom's childhood home.  Our stay at 224 was wonderful. I will cherish it always." York, PA 05/19/2007

  • "Helen, What a magnificent place you have! You both have done a beautiful job on the renovations.  I can't wait to come back & see the other rooms finished! Thank you for being so accommodating with our group with all of our snow delays.  The Breakfasts were just right & the cookies were delicious! We'll be back again!" Stroudsburg, PA 03/16/2007

  • "Delightful and relaxing time.  We enjoyed our stay.  Helen & Bruce, we know your labor of love will be rewarding." Royersford, PA 12/09/2006

From the Rising Sun Room

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  • "What an incredible way to celebrate our 13th anniversary! Your home is lovely. We appreciated hearing the history of the house over breakfast and definitely see where its character comes from. Everything is so beautiful and comfortable and welcoming. we hope to join you again. Thanks for an amazing experience"  Dave & Billie Jo,  Mount Holly Springs, PA  6/30/2014

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for the beautiful experience of staying here at Shining Dawn. You both made the wonderful celebration of our son's wedding even more special. The lovely rooms, outstanding breakfasts, and your warm hospitality will never be forgotten. Thank you so much!"  Greg & Christine,  New Kennsington, PA  5/17/2014

  • "Dear Bruce and Helen, As we shared with you personally, your home, hospitality and the peacefulness of this place has become one of our favorites. We are blessed to have found this retreat and blessed by our conversations with you. You both truly have the gift of hospitality as it is so much a part of who you are. You made our first anniversary very special. P.S. We will be back!"  Mark and Debbie,  Eldersburg, MD  4/20/2014

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a lovely time at your B&B. Our room was wonderful — We loved looking at all the antiques. The breakfast was delicious! We hope to come back again someday."  Ethel,  Jersey Shore, PA  4/6/2014

  • "Helen & Bruce, What really sets your inn apart is the personal attention you both give your guests! It's so nice to learn a little about the area and chat with the innkeepers. Breakfasts were yummy and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Hanover. Bruce, such a great suggestion to visit the Clock and Watch Museum....so interesting and fun! Happy and Healthy New Year!"  Dede and Michael,  Bethesda, MD  01/25/2014

  • "Dear Bruce and Helen, Having chosen your home from the internet it was a delight to see it was well represented! We traveled this way to hear a lecture at our Alma Mater; Western Maryland College (Now McDaniel). It was part of a Zepp Lecture series. The speaker was Chris Hedges and it was wonderful! Then we returned to this beautiful room! It was quite a treat sleeping in a King-Sized Bed! Your Inn is beautiful with all the beautiful stained glass windows and the lovely decor! Thank you for a lovely stay! We appreciated your warm hospitality! Breakfast was superb"  Ed and Gabrielle,   Denville, NJ  11/12/2013

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  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We just wanted to thank you! What a beatiful home you have, a perfect place for us to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We have had such a wonderful time relaxing here! It was so nice to meet you both and look forward to staying with you again" Hanover, PA   10/27/2013

  • "What an incredible palce to stay! We fell in love with your gorgeous house and felt so comfortable here. Thank you for going out of your way to serve us. The breakfast was magnificent!!" Guys Mills, PA  10/24/2013

  • "Helen & Bruce, God has blessed you with having such a beautiful B&B & we have enjoyed our few days with you. We came in the rain and will head for home in the rain. Our lovely Niece is such a blessing to we three sisters. Wishing you many years of success." Dunkirk, MD  10/10/2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We could not have found a better place to celebrate our 6th anniversary! This lovely, elegant old mansion, appointed and kept to perfection by your tender loving care, created a romantic, peaceful environment. We felt like royalty in the spacious Rising Sun bedroom. Your delicious breakfast made us want to linger and savor the food and the moment. It was especially fun for us to get to know you and be able to share our stories. Not only were you the perfect hosts- we feel like you become our friends. Thank you for making this time so very special." Annandale, VA  8/10/2013

  • "We simply want to say thank you to the both of you for the opportunity you give to so many people to re-connect with each other as couple or as human beings. We really had more than what we expected. The Rising Sun room met all of our expectations and beyond — Thank you for your hospitality." West Milford, NJ  05/12/2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a lovely get-away. Your home is beautiful and relaxing. We felt very pampered with our beautiful room and delicious breakfasts. We enjoyed meeting you both. Thank you for everything!" Monroeville, PA  05/3/2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, What can we say...we hate to leave! Your beautiful home, warm hospitality, gentle spirits and fabulous cooking have made our weekend all that we could have hoped for. Thank you! We will certainly be back!" Dunkirk, MD  04/22/2013

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thank you for your warm hospitality. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your home. Your suggestions on things to do in the area worked out great. We loved the Moondancer Windery and the town of Litiz, PA. I plan to return for sure with my mother and her sisters in the near future. P.S. The breakfasts are fabulous!" Dunkirk, MD  04/14/2013

  • "Helen and Bruce, We enjoyed our relaxing stay at your comforable Bed & Breakfast Home. The Breakfasts were delicious and filling. A Great Way to start our day. Your kindness and help (our car needed a battery while we were here) were much appreciated. This was a second stay. We look forward to seeing you again next year." Landisville, PA  03/17/2013

  • "Helen and Bruce, What a lovely home — thanks for sharing it with us. Scrumptious breakfast, historical clockworks — all top of the line. We will be back to visit" Westminster, MD  02/22/2013

  • "Helen and Bruce, It's easy to see why you two receive such glowing reviews! Your beautiful home is impeccable and you are such gracious hosts! The poached pears with caramel and apple pancakes were heavenly! A wonderful way to start a chilly fall day! You've helped me to make Larry's birthday celebration a memorable one — thank you so much! My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer, We'll be back and hopefully with firends/family to share in our lovely experience here!" Federalsburg, MD and Annapolish, MD  11/25/2012

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and care you gave us. We had a wonderful visit. Your home is warm and inviting but more than anything you have made us feel like family. Until the next time — take care of yourselves, know we are watching over Laurel, and we are so grateful for your friendship." Nashville, TN  10/28/2012

  • "Gen & I really enjoyed our stay at your beautiful B & B. We were thrilled to find this place for our biking weekend with the Philadelphia Bike Club and we are so glad the Hamton was full!" Berwyn, PA$nbsp; 10/19—10/21/2012

  • "Helen and Bruce, Your bed and breakfast was recommended by a friend that couldn't say enough about the beauty, charm and hospitality. She was right 10 times over! I felt very much at home and can't wait to recommend this gem to everyone I know. Thank you. Very lovely." Newfane, NY  10/15/2012

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, What an awesome home you have! Thank you for sharing it with us. The room is beautiful and well appointed. Thank you for helping us make our 10th anniversary a truly memorable one." Springfield, VA  09/28/2012

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, We would like to thank you for sharing your home with us. We had a peaceful and relaxing weekend. Your home is very beautiful. Thank you for the great conversations at the start of our mornings. We couldn't bf planned a better way to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Thank you so much." Charlton, MA  09/16/2012

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, We enjoyed the stay in your very distinguished house so much! It was wonderful to talk with you with the extraordinary delicious breakfasts. Your hospitality is unbeatable!" Rostock, Germany   07/24—27/2012

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for your gracious hospitality, delicious foods and friendly and interesting conversation. Your house is gorgeous and it's obvious that you've taken great care to make your guests feel welcome and comfortable. With gratitude and warm wishes"  Hillsdale, NJ  07/13—14,2012

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for opening your stunning home to us. My bridesmaids and I had a great time getting ready here...Ben and I loved staying here on our wedding night also the breakfast was so delicious! Thanks for being such gracious hosts. You were a great blessing to us!" Lancaster, PA  06/15—16/2012

  • "Thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful home with us. You have done an amazing job of restoring the house! Bruce is a great cook and the breakfasts were so delicious. We will be sure to pass the word of what a gracious retreat into beauty you have created. "  Chicago, IL  06/04—05/2012

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for opening up your home to us. My Mom, Aunts and cousin (along with myself) had a wonderful time. Your home is absolutely gorgeous! We so enjoyed the ability to have two rooms that were opened up to make for one big room. Thank you to Bruce for the emergency repair prior to our arrival. Thank you to Helen for the lovely suggestions of places to visit and the good conversation too. Thank you both for the delicious breakfasts!"  Harrisburg and Selinsgrove, PA  04/28/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, This was the best weekend! I want to thank you guys for everything. Your house is beautiful. We both learned a lot and will take it and share what we learned. We both love to help others so we know our path. I want to thank you for showing me the way. Thank you." Albany, NY  03/25/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, What a beautiful home and a beautiful room! Thank you for your hospitality. We had a wondeful relaxing night away! We hope to be back soon."  Hanover, PA  02/11/2012

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you again for opening up your beautiful home to us. Although the weather was uncooperative, your hospitality provided us with a much-needed break from the hussle and bussle. It was great to be back, and we hope to see you next Halloween, too! Many Happy Returns." Washington, DC  10/30/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for your hospitality. I love your home & welcoming spirit"  Wadsworth, OH  10/23/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a truly wonderful stay at your beautiful home. Your hospitality was much appreciated and the breakfast were delicious, especially the warmed fruits each morning. They were perfect for the fall's cool, crisp air. We had a phenomenal weekend and plan to come back!"  Leonardtown, MD  10/16/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for making our Honeymoon night more memorable than we could ever have dreamed. Thank you for the warm hospitality and taking our pictures. We will certainly be back when we can spend a couple more days, we hate to leave. Many blessings to you!"  Frederick, MD  09/24/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce: Thank you so much for the hospitality. Your B & B is beautiful! We had an amazing time. The breakfasts were wonderful. We will definitely be back. Thanks again."  Pittsburgh, PA  07/11/2011

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thank you again for welcoming us back into your lovely home. This has become a trip we very much look forward to and we most certainly look forward to coming back next year...if not sooner. :)" Dayton, OH  07/04/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Our group of five former college roommates had a fantastic time in your beautiful home! We usually look for a new place to reunite every year, but after THIRTY-NINE years, we all loved your place the best! From the unbelievable breakfasts to the gorgeous rooms, you have created a relaxing, wonderful retreat. We would love to come back! Blessings."  Norristown, PA; West Chester, PA; Mt Laurel, NJ; Jeffersonville, PA; Broomall, PA  07/01/2011

  • "Helen and Bruce, Though our visit was brief we really enjoyed our stay at your place. The accommodations, hospitality, food...all superb. Great house and great innkeepers. We will definitly be back and will be recommending the B&B to others. Take care and God Bless"  Saltsburg, PA  06/28/2011

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you for a relaxing stay in your beautiful home. We know there's a story behind every statue and piece of art — wish we'd had more time to hear them all. Delicious breakfast — so much food! We wish you blessing for your future."  Norristown, PA  06/26/2011

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend. Thank you for sharing your home with us, it is the most beautiful home we have ever stayed in. Your breakfast were wonderful! We entered as stragers and left as friends. We will be back!"  Brooklyn, NY  05/31/2011

  • "Helen and Bruce, As always we had a wonderful time. I think we have a new favorite room! Thank you so much for making our anniversary special. We can't wait for our next stay!"  Elkridge, MD  03/18/2011

  • "Bruce and Helen, Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. We got some very much needed rest in the comfortable Rising Sun Room. If we are ever in PA again, we will definitely be staying here." Houston, TX  02/20/2011

  • "Bruce & Helen, Our stay was sweet & very restful What a beautiful home. Your hospitality warms ones heart. May you be blessed by our Father & know we shall return."  Mount Airy, MD  02/22/2011

  • "Thank you so much for your hospitality this weekend. We had such a wonderful time. The food was incredible and you both have a talent for creating a relaxing atmosphere — something we really needed this weekend! We will be back & we look forward to seeing you again!"  Syracuse, NY  01/23/2011

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, Thank you for a relaxing stay during the hectic holidays. The gracious surroundings, wonderful food and your friendly welcome made our time in Hanover very pleasant."  Middletown, Ohio  12/21/2010

  • "Helen and Bruce, You have such a lovely home, thank you for sharing it with us. We loved the stained glass windows, the beautiful room and the tranquility. The weekend away from the hustle and bustle was perfect; we have you to thank for that. Many Thanks."  Washington, D.C.  10/31/2010

  • "Enjoyed our stay, our hosts and our breakfasts! Thank you"  San Dimas, CA  10/18/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We sure enjoyed the house and our room. I needed to rest after having a bad month and got to relax. Thank you for delicious breakfast. Thanks for taking time to talk about the amazing home."  Manheim, PA  10/15/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We had a lovely time. You have an amazing house. The breakfast was wonderful and your hospitality meant a lot. We hope to be back soon."  Pittsburgh, PA   10/3/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for such a lovely time in your beautiful home. Every time I come I notice more beauty in each room and more special details. Your warm hospitality is the magical charm that makes each visit special and memorable. Thank you so much."  Boulder, CO  9/28/2010

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our weekend in your lovely home. Thank you."  Niagara Falls, NY   9/25/2010

  • "Had a lovely return trip to Shining Dawn. It is just as nice as we remembered"  Fayette City, PA  9/14/2010

  • "Thank you for a wonderful stay! Bart loved his birthday weekend and loved the house! We had a great time and were very comforable. The house is beautiful and breakfast delicious. Thank you for your kindess & hospitality."  Spartanburg, SC   09/12/2010

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful B & B. The whole place is lovely and the food fantastic. It was nice coming back to Hanover for my husband's 40th high school reunion. We will make the Shining Dawn our home away from home when we are in the area from now on. Thanks again for your lovely hospitality."  Herdon, VA  8/8/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for your warm and kind hospitality. We have felt at home and very well welcome. All the best!"  Milan, Italy   8/2/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Having stayed at many B&B's in the States and Great Britain, we agree that Shining Dawn is among the best of those. The house has been beautifully restored with thoughtful attention to details. We loved our room, the Sunroom, and the Meditation Room especially. The stained glass is gorgeous — we'll send you information about Rudy Brothers, who designed windows for H. J. Heinz and other Pittsburgh dignitaries as well as for countless churches in Western PA and at least one university. This has been a wonderful place for our family reunion. Thanks so much for your warm hospitality and marvelous breakfasts!"  Indiana, PA  7/30/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce — Wow! What a fantastic experience we had here in your beautiful place. Warm, inviting, charming and comfortable. The food was wonderful, the House and rooms were gorgeous!"  Boise, ID  7/25/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce — Thanks for a wonderful visit. Breakfast was delicious. The Sun Room was very soothing. This room was wonderful! God bless."  Malvern, PA  7/11/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for making our very first stay at a Bed & Breakfast so wonderful! We never could have asked for anything more special than you inviting us into your lovely home and sharing with us this hidden treasure. We will never forget our stay here, and hope to someday return. Thank you so much."  Villa Hills, Kentucky  7/5/2010

  • "Thank you for a wonderufl stay. The house & room are spectacular. We will be back."  Leechburg, PA  6/27/2010

  • "Bruce & Helen — We have been to several B & B's and this is by far one of the best we have been to. Good food, Great hosts! Thanks and God Bless You."  Palmerton, PA  6/26/2010

  • "Dear Bruce and Helen, Your B & B is so lovely and welcoming. We truly enjoyed our stay here. Thank you very much for your attention to all of the little details that make it truly a home. We hope to be back again."  Saegertown, PA  6/22/2010

  • "Bruce & Helen, I love this place. I felt like I found a gem. Peter and I celebrated our 1st anniversary here and we will always remember this. Thanks so much."  Wilmington, DE  6/17/2010

  • "Bruce and Helen, Thank you for a relaxing three days in your beautiful home. We could pretend we were the family living here. We love exploring historical areas, so staying with you helped round out our anniversary celebration."  Chicago, IL  6/16/2010

  • "Helen and Bruce, We had a wonderful time in your beautiful home. Your kindness and caring and your warm welcome was genuine, and appreciated. We enjoyed our visit to celebrate our anniversary. We look forward to a return visit in the near future. Thank you"  York, PA   6/13/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. The beautiful room and excellent breakfast were the perfect way to celebrate a graduation weekend. It was relaxing & comfortable"  Bowie, MD  6/12/2010

  • "Helen and Bruce — What a beautiful retreat you have made! Relaxing, warm and comfortable. The breakfast was wonderful as was the company! We hope to return and spend more time."  Shippensburg, PA  5/30/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We had an excellent time at your beautiful B & B. It was our belated Valentine's Day celebration. (Due to February 2010 snow storms) Thanks for your wonderful hospitality! This was perfect. God Bless!"  Waynesburg, PA  5/16/2010

  • "Bruce & Helen, What more could there be? Sharing of home, excellent food, warm conversation and all that it means no matter where home really is for anyone. Thank you for a sweet stay to be remembered always."  Valrico, FL  5/14/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, What a lovely B & B! Thank you for the very fine & very clean accommodations & for the delicious breakfast! We hope to come again! Thanks."   Baltimore, MD  5/7/2010

  • "Bruce and Helen: Thank you very much for your beautiful home. It is a great place to start anew! I had a wonderful surprise from my husband! He could not have picked a better place! The two of you are very gracious! I am looking forward to spending more time here with Luther! The room was great! Thanks"  Lancaster, PA  4/1/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for sharing your beautiful Bed & Breakfast with us. We found a friendly and accomodating atmosphere which was also true of our hosts. The room was beautiful and so very comfortable and relaxing. Breakfast was so very delicious. We will recommend your B & B to our friends." New Egypt, PA    3/27/2010

  • "Bruce & Helen, Thank you so much! This house is amazing & beautiful & the energy & poetry delightful! A thousand blessings to you & your family."  Ithaca, NY  2/26/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, This home is simply stunning! Lindsay and I felt like spoiled little princesses in the Rising Sun Room. This is truly the most beautiful B & B I have ever had the pleasure of staying in...and I have stayed in many over the past 25 years. Your graciousness, sumptuous Bfast and conversation with us was much appreciated. I look forward to telling hubby just how great this place and its blessed owners are. I'll be looking forward to another weekend retreat, with Danny, in the future. Blessings to you both."  Derwood, MD  1/18/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce — Thank you for a wonderful stay! The rooms and the house are beautiful, the food was delicious, and you were such gracious and accommodating hosts. We hope to be back!"  Owings Mills, MD  12/20/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had an extreme amount of fun. Grace loved the Meditation Room. We loved the tea and chips. Your breakfast was delightful. Thank you so much for making us feel at home."  Fairfax, VA  11/22/2009

  • "Bruce and Helen, My wife and I stayed with two other couples, and had the most wonderful time! Everything was clean, organized and very comfortable. I must say that the rooms are only half of this remarkable guest experience. The other half is your kindness and hospitality. Thank you so much for making our first stay at a bed and breakfast a great one. As a side note, the carpet in our room stands second to nothing I've ever experienced in comfort...Amazing!"  Erie, PA  10/24/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen, Thank you so much for such a wonderful time. Your place is so pleaceful & relaxing. We enjoyed the meals & your kindness."  West Jordan, UT  10/18/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen,  Thank you so much for having us.  Everything was so much more amazing than we could have ever imagined.  We will surely be seeing you again soon."  York, PA  09/19/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen,  This is our first experience at a Bed & Breakfast.  The room was beautiful and the bed was very comfortable!  Like being at home!  Way better than a hotel!  We definitely will be returning!!  Also, the food was excellent and the conversation wonderful!!"  District Heights, MD  09/11/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen,  Thank you so much for accommodating our family.  Thank you for the delicious food, great conversation, and lovely accommodations.  We truly enjoyed our visit!  Thank you for your hospitatlity and good luck in the future."  Northville, MI  08/09/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen,  Thank you so much for delicious food, peaceful atmosphere and friendly hospitality.  We definitely enjoyed our stay and would love to come again!"  Red Lion, PA  07/20/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce,  Thank you for a lovely 'retreat' at Shining Dawn.  Our room, Rising Sun, was exquisite with the morning light turning the walls pale gold.  It was very restful.  You have a lovely home.  Thank you for sharing it with us."  Richmond, VA  07/11/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce  Your Bed & Breakfast is beautiful!  It's best features, besides the owners, are the stained glass windows & woodwork.  We enjoyed our stay in the Rising Sun Room.  The carpet was one of it's best features along with the natural light.  We are not sure who the main cook is but the German Apple Pancakes are to die for.  We have never had pancakes like that before.  Thanks so much for an enjoyable weekend."  Tampa, FL  07/04/2009

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce,  Thank you so much for giving us a beautiful place to relax after our first half marathon together!  The dinner recmmendation was appreciated, and the breakfast was delicious!  You have a lovely place!"  Hoboken, NJ  06/21/2009

  • "Dear Bruce and Helen, As We begin this new chapter in our lives, We want to express our sincere gratitude to you both. You have gracefully received us and made us feel like we are home with each visit...We are starting to feel like we are leaving home when we go back to New York and the two of you have helped make us feel that way — thank you. We pray for God's Blessing over you and your loved ones." Fort Jefferson, NY 05/22/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful relaxing stay at your beautiful home. Everything was perfect! The room is beautiful and peaceful and breakfast was great! We really enjoyed walking around the town. We enjoyed the Tour de Tanks but most of all we enjoyed returning to the room where we could relax. Thank you again." Browns Mills, NJ 03/08/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Everything was Perfect!!! We will see you again soon." Warminster, PA 02/01/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you very much for a great weekend. The Rising Sun room was incredible and Helen's breakfasts were delicious! Your house is absolutely beautiful. We hope to come back in the Spring to see the yard in full bloom!" Collegeville, PA 12/15/2008

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you for helping me make Eric's birthday amazing. We loved the house, and your breakfast! We hope we can come back again. The 'Rising Sun' Room was absolutely amazing and the rest of the B&B is equally breathtaking. Thank you for the amazing experience. We hope to see you again." Yukon, PA 11/23/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We loved it — again! Thank you so much for your kindness & fabulous hospitality. We will definitely be back!" Derwood, MD 11/07-09/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. You have a beautiful home that you share. You have put a lot of work into it and it shows. Talking with you about the possibilities of how the house was originally used was fun" Germantown, MD 11/01/2008

  • "Bruce & Helen, This was our first time at a bed & breakfast & we really had a wonderful time. We really enjoyed our weekend stay here for our honeymoon. We will be back to stay in the future. Thanks for everything" Baltimore, MD 10/10-12/2008

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce — Peace, tranquility — serene environment. Just a few words to describe the feelings of being with you at Shining Dawn. Indeed, this is a reatreat from the sometimes chaotic world we all face. Thank you for these moments." Township of Washington, NJ 10/04/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful stay! The house is gorgeous, comfortable and peaceful and the breakfasts were outstanding. We enjoyed every aspect of our weekend and hope to return in the future." West Friendship, MD 09/28/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Although our stay was brief, you both made us feel like family. Your warmth and charm, not to mention your hospitality and the enormous pride for your beautiful home were all given to us in abundance. We both are looking forward to our next visit when our friendship may be rekindled." Buffalo, NY 09/21/2008

  • "We were grateful to do our couples retreat here. Five couples were comfortable & felt that this warm & cozy place helped us to be relaxed & open with each other. Thank you." Philadelphia, PA 09/14/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your grand hospitality. Though our visit was brief our stay here was beautiful. We love the Rising Sun Room and cannot wait to come back again" Philadelphia, PA 08/31/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, I wish we could have stayed longer & enjoyed the beautiful garden & rooms. You are both very warm & welcoming. A great breakfast — Bruce we loved the coffee!! Our room was so comfortable as well. I am sure we will be back" Pittsburgh, PA 08/24/2008

  • "Helen and Bruce: How beautiful and inspiring this wonderful historical home. The imagination I had of all the folks who lived here before and how their lives transpired in their days here was enjoyable to think about. We loved being here with you and Bruce. Your hospitality was wonderful and the food superb." Lebanon, TN 07/11/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for providing us with such nice accommodations! The bed was comfortable and the breakfast delicious and beautifully served." Vienna, VA 05/17/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce — The whole spirit of Shining Dawn is captured and reflected by the Rising Sun room! Serene, glowing, filled with possibilites describe your home and the room we stayed in. You have done a fabulous job in creating spaces which rest the body and inspire the mind. Your hospitality is outstanding. And Helen, your breafasts are stellar! Thank you so much for a wonderful setting for our anniversary. We hope to be back!" Freedom, PA 04/26/2008

  • "Dear Helen " Bruce, Thank you for your kindness and hospitality. The Inn is beautiful and the food is delicious! The Rising Sun room is the most beautiful room we have ever stayed in. You both have done a wonderful job with the restoration & renovations. We can't wait to come back after the baby is born. Thanks again!" Upperco, MD 03/07/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a wonderful get-away for our 15th Anniversary! Thanks for the beautiful surroundings, great restaurant suggestions, interesting conversations & wonderful hospitality. Everything was just right! Looking foward to returning soon." Baltimore, MD 02/24/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your hospitality — You really have a lovely home and you made us feel so welcomed! Will definitely 'spread the word' and tell people how lovely 'The Shining Dawn' is!" Mount Airy, MD 02/09/2008

  • "Bruce & Helen, We want to thank the both of you for providing us with this peaceful get away. It was a real pleasant experience. We are looking forward to coming back again soon." Windsor, PA 12/09/2007

  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful time. We enjoyed a very relaxing weekend here at the Shining Dawn. It is always nice to get away. We will definitely come back again." Chambersburg, PA 11/10/2007

  • "Helen, Once again we had a wonderful time! Your home is always so peaceful. Thanks for this oasis." Alexandria, VA 11/2-4/2007

  • "Helen, We enjoyed our stay here in your lovely home. Thank you for your warm hospitality. We hope to come back soon." Bayonne, NJ 10/20-21/2007

  • "Great renovations, superb food & lighting — good job! We appreciate your hosting skills." Richland Heights, OH 10/18-19/2007

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for sharing your home with us! It is beautiful!" Royersford, PA 10/13/2007

  • "Helen & Bruce, Your home was a real delight to stay in and a fun experience. We were just in awe at the funishings and the overall atmosphere which you all have created and enlivened. Your hospitality was superb. Thank you for sharing it with us. We shall remember our experience for all time. Our best to you all." Southern CA, 10/06-08/2007

  • "Helen & Bruce, What a beautiful house! We loved staying in the Rising Sun Room. This experience will definitely be remembered as a great one as part of our wedding day!" Lynchburg, VA 09/30/2007

  • "Helen & Bruce — Once again — a wonderful stay! The Rising Sun Room is beautiful — perfectly suited for relaxing and recharging! The company at breakfast is always friendly & interesting. Many thanks for making every guest welcome as family..." Hazlet, NJ 8/17-19/2007

  • "Thank you for the wonderful stay! The accommodations were lavish & the host was friendly. Thank you for helping make my quarter of a century birthday great."Damascus, MD 08/03/2007

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a truly wonderful experience staying at Shining Dawn.  Since it was our first bed and breakfast, we weren't sure what to expect.  You certainly set a very high standard for any future B&B stays for us!  Thanks so much for the hospitality, and we hope to stay here again when visiting the kids." Louisville, KY 07/26-28/2007

  • "Helen, Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.  Ben enjoyed the 'fancy' orange juice and cheezy, puffy Utz's chips.  Alexis and Gramma Marcia enjoyed reading the Harry Potter Book 7 on the back proch.  We enjoyed sitting in your back garden.  We hope to come back." Lombard, IL 7/21-24/2007

  • "Helen - we had a delightful time on our weekend get-away.  Thank you for your wonderful hospitality & great cooking.  We will be recommending your B&B to everyone we know & we will definitely be coming back in the future." Frederick, MD 7/13-14/2007

  • "We have very much enjoyed our stay here." Baltimore, MD 06/02/2007

  • "Thank you so much.  A most pleasant experience in a very grand, warm, beautiful place." St. George, Utah 05/29/2007

From the Tree of Life Room

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  • "Our long weekend here has been utterly relaxing. Thank you for your hospitality and warm welcoming stay. You have truley created an atmosphere for retreat and rejuvenation" Karle & David Reisterstown, MD  6/16/2014

  • "My husband and I are enjoying our last night here with wine & cheese on the darling little porch! The weather has been beautiful and it will be hard to leave such a beautiful place behind. We have enjoyed the spacious room, delicious breakfast, and spectacular architecture of your lovely home! Sitting here, looking across at the neighboring house, we feel like we have stepped back in time. How fun to imagine life here in 1902! Thank you Helen & Bruce for all your hospitality and for taking such great care of this beautiful home. We will be back again!" Fairfax, VA  4/14/2014

  • "We loved our stay at Shining Dawn! IT truly was home away from home. We felt so welcome! Bruce & Helen were wonderful to us. We will be coming back in April and July and look forward to another relaxing and charming stay." Trevose, PA  3/29/2014

  • "I can only echo what all the previous guests have written. This is a lovely home due to the beautiful care you have given Shining Dawn. The breakfast was a special treat and Bruce's recommendation for the Clock & Watch Museum was a great one. It's a perfect winter activity! Plus the recommendation of John Wright's restaurant along the river. What a memorable weekend to share with our friends. Thank yhou and continued success in this venture!" Wynnewood, PA  3/29/2014

  • "Shining Dawn has become our 'Home away from Home' when visiting family in Hanover. It's comfortable, peaceful and welcoming. The breakfasts are also great. But most of all, are the hosts — Helen & Bruce, you've created a warm and inviting alternative to the impersonal hotel stay and we thank you for that." Middletown, OH  12/29/2013

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  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. The house is beautiful and the breakfast delicious. The perfect place for our reunion" Durango, Co & Towson, MD  10/23/2013

  • "Thank you for a great stay. We have enjoyed our stay and especially the fantastic breakfasts." Perth West Australia  06/27/2013

  • "I visited back in Novemeber (stayed in the Rising Sun) and knew right away I wanted to return. I'm so glad I was able to! All the rooms are so beautiful; each one a unique gem! It's our last day here and we are almost packed. I'm using this lovely little porch for the first time this weekend. Sadly, we weren't able to use it as often as we'd like — things to do! But, it's lovely and I will be back again. Thanks again for your generous hospitality and the delicious breakfasts, Helen and Bruce!" Gambrills, MD  06/23/2013

  • "What a wonderful retreat! Amazing buidling-fabulous food-delightful hosts. Thank you for your beautiful heart and sharing an amazing weekend" Pittsburgh, PA  03/22—03/24/2013

  • "The Shining Dawn was the perfect way to start our marriage and new life together. Two blissfully quiet days — The rest of the world just faded away so we could enjoy each other in this incredibly comfortable little getaway. We will remember our two days here fondly and make an effort to come back for an occassional decompress. Thank you for a wonderful stay!" Sykesville, MD  02/26/2013

  • "Thank you for the lovely, peaceful environment you have created here. We have enjoyed the hospitality and hope to return soon!" St. Johns, FL  06/25—26/2012

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for your hospitality this weekend. Our stay at your B & B for Tom's 50th E.H.S. reunion was perfect...from the Tree of Life Bedroom & lovely sitting porch to the delicious breakfasts! We hope to return soon. Best wishes!" Suffolk, VA  06/8 — 10/2012

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for your hospitality. We loved the comfortable room, the porch, your delicious breakfast and the peaceful setting. It was all wonderful and just what we needed!" Wallingord, PA  05/18—21/2012

  • "Helen & Bruce, I wanted a peaceful weekend and this could not have been better. The room is delightful and the house is just what I wanted it to be and more. Thank you for the lovely breakfast and warm welcome. I shall be back." Washington, D.C.  05/12—12/2012

  • "This was our first B & B experience. The hospitality was great & the breakfast was delicious. The room was beautiful & very comfortable. We enjoyed the porch and the view of the house next door. Thank you Helen & Bruce for sharing your home with us. P.S. The stained glass in this house was some of the most exquisite I've ever seen." Richmond, KY  05/05—06/2012

  • "Thank you so much for helping to make my birthday so special. As always, we enjoyed spending time with you both. I appreciate all the advice and encouragement and will keep you posted on my mediatation progress. See you soon."  Elkridge, MD  10/03/2011

  • "The joy of staying at the Shining Dawn was full of heartfelt memories. After growing up across the street and knowing the family in this beautiful house, it truly brought back a flood of childhood experiences. Who said you can't go home? Thank you, Bruce & Helen for sharing. Enjoyed watching the squirrels chasing each other! What does the Light talk about. Simply "Love". For that is what it is and you can't live without it!"  Reno, NV  07/11/11

  • "Thank you so much for our "girls' getaway"! We were in desperate need of winding down time. The house is absolutely beautiful! Our room was perfect. The breakfasts were delicious (Thanks for the recipes!) and a great start to the day. Your hospitality was immeasurable! We hope to return soon."  Doylestown, PA  06/22/11

  • "We want to thank you for your outstanding hospitality. Many words come to mind to describe our stay here; awesome, peaceful, restful —I could go on & on. We were treated like royalty. Your home is elegant and so are you. Many blessings may come upon this home!"  Buchanan, MI  06/14/11

  • "Here to get away from it all for the night and morning after. We fould the calm and quite we needed. And it began with the warmth and friendliness of Bruce and Helen. Thanks for your hospitality...The house is amazing! Love the woodwork and stained glass windows. Enjoyed listening about the history of the house. The story about how the backyard became green concrete is funny. But the thing I'll recall most with be all of the clock talk at Shining Dawn. Thanks again Bruce & Helen"  Chambersburg, PA  05/14/2011

  • "What a gorgeous bed and breakfast! We so enjoyed our time here and must thank you Helen & Bruce for your wonderful hospitality. Our breakfast was delicious and we enjoyed chatting with you. You've made our wedding night even more special"  Littlestown, PA  01/15/2011

  • "We were only going to stay 2 days but we had to stay an x-tra day! The house is beautiful, the bedroom, bed, porch, we loved it. Shining Dawn was more than we could imagine. Especially the hosts Bruce and Helen — amazing people that we loved getting to know. The food was fabulous and enjoyed all the x-tras!!I hope someday we can return"  Rochester, New York  8/31/2010

  • "Thank you, again, so much. We had a great weekend. Can't wait to see you both again!"  Rockville, MD  7/18/2010

  • "Thank you for welcoming me! A great return to the USA and your beautiful B&B. All details from warm syrup to ornate and original decor made my stay memorable. Hope to visit again next year."  "Thanks for welcoming us in your home—the attention to it's 1902 detail is stunning & inspiring — not to mention the delicious breakfast"  Tokyo Japan & Woodbury, NJ  7/11/2010

  • "Third stay and already can't wait for the next one. You have truly made this our favorite retreat and are thanful to you for making us so at home."  Elkridge, MD  7/5/2010

  • "Quite the Mansion! Beautifully restored home with attention to all the fine details. The atmosphere was so serene, the host gracious & the food wonderful. A great town, also!"  Lehighton, PA  5/22/2010

  • "We are so glad that our daughter gave us a Christmas gift to spend the night at the Shining Dawn. You have provided a lovely place for others, the breakfast was delicious, Bruce & Helen and the hospitality appreciated. We look forward to moving to Gettysburg in our retirement in 2011 and to experiencing all that surrounds this area. Shining Dawn will be recommended highly to our friends. We too, will return again."  Butler, PA  4/21/2010

  • "Thank you so much for hosting our group this past weekend. Your home is beautiful and the fare amazing! Thank you for opening your home to us. I'm looking forward to trying your recipes! Hope to see you again. All the best.  Gaithersburg, MD  4/11/2010

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you for another wonderful weekend! The room is beautiful and we look forward to our next visit with you!"  Elkridge, MD  3/21/2010

  • "We waited almost a year to take our honeymoon & we are so glad. Shining Dawn is AMAZING! Every detail we could think of (& some we didn't) has been taken care of. Breakfast was wonderful! Helen it was great visiting with you & getting a history lesson on the house and Hanover. We can't wait to tell everyone what a beautiful home you have. We are already thinking of coming back. Thank you so much for an absolutely wonderful weekend!!  Stryker, OH  3/13/2010

  • "Great place to stay! Beautiful home! Thank you for everything — breakfasts were awesome!"  Allentown, PA  11/23/2009

  • "This house exceeded every expectation. It is immaculate, beautiful and breath taking. The service is excellent and friendly. And our stay was simply delightful. This was our fisrst B&B experience it will definitely not be our last."  Erie, PA  10/25/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce,  Thank you so much for everything.  This home is amazing!  Helen & Bruce were very welcoming.  Our 1st Anniversary was a wonderful time here at the Shining Dawn.  We truly enjoyed ourselves.  Good Luck w/everything!"  Union Bridge, MD  09/27/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen,  What a wonderful time we have had in your beautiful bed & breakfast.  Thank you for your great hospitality.  It is a memory that our family will so enjoye talking about through the years."  Northville, MI  09/09/2009

  • "What a treasure you have here!  The house is extraordinary & I have loved just 'being' here.  I came for a getaway to just relax & regroup & have enjoyed the beauty and peaceful vibe.  You have created a very special place.  Thank you so much for this memorable experience"  Newtown, PA  07/29/2009

  • "Fabulous B-fast.  Hospitality was great.  Very relaxing get away.  Slept very good.  Best we had in a long time.  Will pass along to our friends about the Shining Dawn.  Great Place"  Litiz, PA  07/04/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen,  Thank you for your warm hospitality, the peaceful environment, gorgeous accommodations, and kindness toward us!  We're so glad we could spend our 7th anniversary here!  We are not disappointed.  Rather, we are quite thrilled with having chosen the Shining Dawn B&B.  We're enjoying the opportunity to relax and be refreshed."  Baltimore, MD  06/28/2009

  • "My Father and I really enjoyed our trip which was made nice by having a place we could relax. He really enjoyed the porch and sitting there drinking his coffee. It was his first time and maybe last to see Gettysburg which he enjoyed. So again thank you for your kindness." Sockbridge, MI 04/20/2009

  • "This BnB was fantastic. I always had the misconception of being stuffed into small bedroom with a continental breakfast. Some friends had that experience so I was set for the same. What a wonderful surprise to see a spacious bedroom, elegantly decorated, high-top bed, beautiful appointments and perfect temperature. It has been a long time since we slept so well 2 nights in a row. Stress melted away as we strictly relaxed. Breakfast was first class, comprised of health-conscious portions, and hot food was hot (and tasty) and cold items were well chilled. Helen & Bruce were delightful to communicate with and very helpful for insight to local venues. Their pride in the hard work was evident as they share the joys & heartaches of creating such a wonderful oasis. Well done!" Reading, PA 01/11/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, What a wonderful experience! We enjoyed the hospitality and exchanges about the renovation of our homes. Your home is wonderful — it has made us want to return home and get busy!! We enjoyed the stay so much & hope that we can visit again. Best of luck and thank you" Sunbury, NC 10/03/2008

  • "Thank You! We had an amazing time staying here in this gorgeous house. This was a lifetime experience that we will never forget. Thank you again Helen and Bruce" Mt. Top, PA 09/21/2008

  • "What a treat! This is an amazing home in an amazing place. Our host were as gracious as could be. Our stay will be a memory we treasure and reflect upon often. We look forward to coming again and again as our family grows." Toledo, OH 08/22-25/2008

  • "We couldn't have picked a more perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. The stained glass windows, the porch off our room, the entire houses was welcoming. Your hospitality and attention to detail were appreciated. We will definitely recommend the Shining Dawn to any of our friends who are headed in this direction." Burke, VA 06/27-28/2008

  • "Helen and Bruce, This is such a wonderful home you have here. The rooms are beatiful and the food is delicious. We appreciate all the accommodations you made for us. Thank you for your kindness and generosity" Ridgefield, CT 05/23-26/2008

  • "Dearest Helen and Bruce, This being the 2nd time I've stayed at Shining Dawn, I have concluded that it has only gotten better . . .which means it is officially a slice of heaven in my book. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. I cannot wait until we come again!" Nashville, TN 05/16/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We would love to thank you for the wonderful evening & breakfast in your home. It is so beautiful. We plan on coming back to the area to antique & visit the historic sites. Thank you again." Chadsford, PA 03/08/2008

  • "Thank you for a peaceful getaway. We wish you great success" Akron, PA 01/18-20/2008

  • "Thank you for a wonderful night! Your home is beautiful and your kindness was fantastic!" South Beloit, IL 11/3-4/2007

  • "We had a fantastic stay in this beautiful home. Loved the food as well as the company." Los Gatos, CA 08/17-19/2007

  • "We selectd your B & B for the beautiful architecture & exquisite stained glass windows. Your hospitality, bountiful breakfasts, accommodation to dietary needs & recommendations for touring the area made this trip a perfect getaway! Thank you!" Palo Alto, CA 08/03-04/2007

  • "Oh my gosh, what a spectacular B&B! We had such a great time staying here in our rooms.  The Breakfasts were wonderful, the recommendations for things to do were unexpected yet outstanding.  If I ever come back here, then this is where I will visit again! :)" Lombard, IL0 7/21-24/2007

  • WOW! What a beautiful home you have.  The history, stories & the company.  I would love to bring my wife back next time.  Kokomo, IN 07/12-13/2007

  • "What a wonderful haven! Beautiful, peaceful and inviting... . Many thanks to Helen for being such a wonderful hostess.  Your home is lovely - We'll be back in August!" Hazlet, N.J. 07/05-07/2007

  • "The house is absolutely gorgeous! For my my first B&B experience I had a wonderful time!" Stroudsburg, PA 03/16/2007

  • "From the moment we entered your lovely home, we didn't have a care in the world.  The room is beautiful and we enjoyed our view from the private porch.  We loved our deliciious breakfast and conversation.  Thank you Helen and Bruce for your warm, wonderful hospitality.  We look forward to returning in the future." Westminster, MD 05/05-06/2007

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  • "Gracious hospitality, superb breakfast cuisine with warmth and caring — even a jump start for a dead battery! Marvelous elegant home — thank you so much for sharing it with us." Steve & Oronah  Virginia Beach, VA  7/3 - 6, 2014

  • "What a Gem! Thank you for your hospitality and sharing your home with us. Absolutely beautiful! There are no words to describe our fabulous stay. We will definitely return, Motorcycles and all."  Bill & Terry, Crownsville MD  6/28/2014

  • "An ideal way to spend an evening away. Incredible views around the house inside and out. We enjoyed our stay and hope to come back soon. Not sure if we could have found nicer people. Thank you for welcoming us into your home"  Luke & Sara,  New Oxford, PA  6/22/2014

  • "Thank you for such a wonderful place to relax, unwind, be alone together and recharge our batteries. It was so important for us to slow down momentarily and enjoy the small details all around us. Your home is beautiful and charming and full of surprises. We very much enjoyed our stay"  Amy & Chris,  Monrovia, Liberia  6/21/2014

  • "As the Phoenix flies, so did our time here! We wish we would have had more than one amazing night 's sleep. More than one of your delicious gourmet breakfast, but alas, we at least were privileged to spend an evening/morning in an undoubtedly most beautful, tranquil b&b! With gratitude for your generosity and accommodations that waayy exceeded our expectations!"  Karen & Robert, State College, PA  6/18/2014

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  • "Very Nice! Just like Home!"  Export, PA  5/4/2014

  • "This was our first Bed & Breakfast and we couldn't have been more pleased! Your hospitality was graciously welcoming. Your home is charming with such attention to details. I especially love the garden room & meditation room. Our bedroom is lovely & the bed is cozy! We enjoyed our recommended dinner at Warehouse Gourmet. We especially enjoyed the home-brewed beers & local wines. The food was delicious and very creative. Our waitress was very helpful & attentive. I wish we had more time to spend on this work trip but look forward to returning soon!"  Cleveland, OH&  5/1/2014

  • "Also our first B & B! Very kind and gracious host. A beautiful, tastefully decorated home. Comfy bedroom and a great breakfast. We will be back net year. Merry Christmas and Happy & Healthy 2014!"  Troy, PA  12/20/2013

  • "Our 1st B&B — how nice. You have such a beautiful home. Breakfast was delicious!! Poached pears & German Applie Pancakes! Thank you so much for your hospitality. I'm sure I'll be back."  Olney, MD  12/14/2013

  • "Thank you Bruce & Helen for a wonderful stay in your house! The room was beautiful and the breakfasts were so tasty! Our trip to Gettysburg was great and the B&B made it better"  Pittsburgh, PA  10/25—26, 2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, From the moment we walked into your home 2 nights ago, you have gone out of your way to make us comforable and at peace...and you have done so with great joy. It is clear that you guys have found your calling, and that you are blessing many in following your hearts here. Thank you for including us in that number. We have had a truly memorable time."  Nanuet, NY  10/19—10/21/2012

  • "Dear Bruce and Helen, We had a great time staying in your lovely home. Truly a relaxing and peaceful experience. Bruce is a quiet "giant" and Helen is a lovely hostess. We enjoyed every room in your home especially the Sun Room. Bruce thank you for the dinner recommendations. Perfect! Helen, your breakfasts were absolutely delicious!"  Johnstown, PA&  06/21—24/2012

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, We cannot even begin to express how wonderful our experience at the Shining Dawn has been! Before this weekend, my husband and I had never stayed at a bed and breakfast. Now I think we will begin staying at B&B places all the time. :) Thank you ever so much for the warm and geniune hospitality. Thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful home! This was the most relaxing trip we have ever been on and we attribute it to your tranquil home. The breakfast were exquisit!! Our favorites include the cinnamon apples and poached pears as well as the Greek Omelet. The coffee, juice, and snacks were perfect touches. We will recommend this place to anyone staying in the area in the future. Thank you."  Ann Arbor, MI  06/01—4/2012

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thank you for another wonderful stay at your beautiful B and B. Your overwhelming hospitality and delicious breakfasts have made our visit very relaxing and enjoyable. We hope to be back soon. Best wishes."  New Haven County, CT  05/25—28/2012

  • "Thank you for your hospitality. Our stay at Shining Dawn was perfect. Your house is beautiful, the food was incredibly delicious and we were very well looked after. We can't imagine a better or more peaceful and refreshing retreat! Thank you for understanding when our drive turned out to take a little longer than we expected, leading to a late arrival. We wish that we could have stayed longer. We will definitely return and will be recommending Shining Dawn to our friends. Thanks again!"  Erin, Ontario, Canada  05/22—23/2012

  • "You have such a beautifully crafted home! And you were both so accommodating! We truly enjoyed our stay here. Thanks so much!"  Rockford, IL  04/22/2012

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our stay in your beautiful home and especially your warm hospitality. We definitely will visit again and again whenever traveling south. All the Best!"  Terrington, CT & Berwick ME  11/22/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, What a 'Grand Lady' and grand hospitality by two gentle & warm individuals. This is a very peaceful & relaxing place to visit complimented by a very enjoyable breakfast each 'Shining' morning. Many thanks & blessings!"  South Bound Brook, NJ  10/16/2011

  • "Thank you so much for your kind hospitality. We really enjoyed your beautiful home. Your breakfasts were so yummy and got us set for the day."  Portland, OR  10/12/2011

  • "What a gorgeous B & B! This was a first for us at a B & B. Even though we live so far away, we hope to come back soon. All of your clocks look & sound so pretty too! Very nice & relaxing atmosphere. You both made us feel so welcome. Breakfast was awesome. We did so much in Gettysburg. We went horseback riding through battlefields, visited shops, ate out & went on a paranormal ghost tour/hunt. There is so much to learn about the Civil War. Thank you for everything!"  Villa Park, IL  10/08/2011

  • "There are no words to describe how great our stay was. We are so sorry for the mistake in our reservation — but you rose beautifully ot the occasion! Thank you for being so sweet, kind & understanding. It is so clean & comfortable. We slept wonderfully. The house is GORGEOUS & the food SPECTACULAR!! We will be recommending this place to all our friends & family. This was a memorable stay in all the best ways! God bless you both & the beautiful Bed & Breakfast you've fosters!"  North Ridgeville, OH  09/19/2011

  • "What a wonderful stay! Thank you so much for being such warm and delightful hosts! Your breakfast were so delicious and our room inviting. It's been a great visit and we'll be sure to tell everyone what a lovely B & B the Shining Dawn is! Many blessings and continued success!"  Little Rock, AK  09/22/2011

  • "Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. Your home is absolutely stunning and the food was delicious. This was the perfect place for our weekend getaway! You were wonderful hosts."  Allendale, NJ  08/21/2011

  • "Thank you for a lovely weekend stay. The food was delicious, the room was very comfortable, and you both are such gracious hosts!"  Pittsburgh, PA  08/15/2011

  • "Bruce & Helen, We really needed to get away for a few days — from all the responsibilites at home. Thank you so much for your hospitality & the very nice accommodations. It is so quiet & peaceful here. Being here is just what we needed. We will recommend the Shining Dawn to our friends. We also appreciated your brief tour of the town and your suggestions for shopping and dining. And your breakfast was so good! We loved the fruit."  Strasburg, PA  07/03/2011

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, Today is our 50th wedding anniversary. On this date in 1961 we were married at the St. Matthew Lutheran Church on Chestnut Street. We returned to Hanover for a quiet trip down memory lane and to visit Gettysburg where we lived for the first year after marriage. Your hospitality and thoughtfulness is as warm and geniune as you are. We enjoyed this home and your wecoming spirit. Warmest, best wishes."  Pittsburgh, PA   06/03/2011

  • "Dear Bruce and Helen, Thanks so much for your hospitality during our stay at your B & B. You have a beautiful home that we felt very welcome and at ease in. We will definitely recommend your B & B to our friends."  Perkiomenville, PA  05/27/2011

  • "Bruce and Helen, Nick and I came here on our honeymoon as a gift from his Mom and Sister. Neither of us have been to a bed and breakfast before...and we loved it!!! The room was beautiful and the breakfast delicious. Thank you so much..."  Hanover, PA  05/20/2011

  • "Dear Bruce and Helen, Thank you for your gracious hospitality. You have a beautiful home, the breakfast was delicious, and we both enjoyed getting to know you. We hope to see you again in the fall"  Laurel, MD  05/01/2011

  • "Thank you for a wonderful B&B. The bad news for me, you have set the bar so high! What a wonderful place this is. Thank you so much for everything! The room was beautiful and the food was amazing! We had a really great time and Valentine's weekend was nice! Thank you again we will be back!!"  Bellmawr, NJ  02/12-14/2011

  • "Thank you for sharing this delightful gem with us. Your hospitality and kind and thoughtful nature made us feel so welcome. Thank you Helen for your insight on rehearsal dinner options for our son's upcoming wedding this August."  Cranbury, NJ  01/30/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, What a beautiful B&B this is, we never pictured something this spectacular! You have been more than accommodating. We felt just like home. What a gorgeous wedding we all took part in. Dara looked stunning! Thanks for everything."  Fairfax, VA  11/14/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen — Thank you so much for your hospitality. You both possess the gift of making people feel right at home. We hope our paths can cross again soon! We will be sure to tell others about this special place. What a beautiful home in such a beautiful part of our country!"  Huntington, IN  10/31/2010

  • "Lovely room & delicious breakfasts! Such an incredible house. Thank you."  AVerill Park, NY  10/26/2010

  • "Thank you for a lovely time. You couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful. Your home is lovely and the nicest we have visited. Breakfast was wonderful."  Calonia, NJ  10/24/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Thank you for the hospitality. Your home is lovely."  Troutville, PA  10/17/2010

  • "Bravo!!! Bruce & Helen Thank you. Breakfast & your home is wonderful."  Bishopville, MD  10/11/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, This was my first experience staying in a B&B and I had such a wonderful time! Thank you for the warm hospitality, John and I enjoyed our weekend stay with you and breakfast each morning was simply delicious. (My favorites were the grapefruit & soy sausages)"  Greenbelt, MD  10/10/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen — Thank you for opening your beautiful home to us. You have an exemplary environment. Your kindness and hospitality were very much appreciated. This house is amazing, gorgeous & tastefully appointed — you have lovely furniture & decor — the bed was so comfy and breakfast — healthy & beyond delicious. We enjoyed our time in Hanover with you! Thank you!"  Lansdowne, PA  10/4/2010

  • "We knew for the moment we arrived we had made the right choice! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Great accommodations, great food & hospitality. Continued success."  Chesapeake City, MD  9/21/2010

  • "Life is full of choices. We can choose either to accept what befalls us and seek God's guidance or complain and be miserable. We enjoyed your home and hospitality. Wish it could have been longer. Next time. Thanks for a wonderful memory."  Dallas, TX  9/7/2010

  • "We very much enjoyed staying at the Shining Dawn this weekend. Very peaceful here. Thank you for your kindess"  Dumfries, VA  8/1/2010

  • "We had a very delightful too short stay. Your house is just lovely and it was very interesting to hear some of the history. Lovely hosts, Helen & Bruce! Wonderful breakfast!"  Gloucher, MA  7/18/2010

  • "Bruce & Helen, Thank you for your hospitality. We really enjoy staying in the house. We loved the stained glass & the clocks you have. This is also my last trip before going back to Japan. I'm glad that I came here."  Philadelphia, PA  7/9/2010

  • "Bruce & Helen, Thank you so very much for your kindness and hospitality! Because of your warm & friendly welcome my wife and I enjoyed our stay here. Your B&B is so very beautiful and the German Apple Pancakes were to die for. May God bless you both with much success in your lives!"  Reynoldsburg, OH  7/2/2010

  • "Bruce & Helen, Thank you so much for the delightful place to lodge! We have had an absolutely lovely honeymoon in your charming bed & breakfast. The accommodations were beautiful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Warm wishes & much thanks!"  Tacoma, WA  6/28/2010

  • "Bruce and Helen, You have quite a gem here in historic Hanover! You have kept the charm of this old home alive. Your knowledge of it's history was so interesting and enjoyable. Thank you for your warm hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay and hope to return someday. All the best —"  Munster, IN  6/23/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful stay at your inn. We were both so impressed with the beautiful, artistic decor and constant serenity that we experienced here at Shining Dawn. We loved having the nice quiet escape after spending the long, hot (but very fun) days in busy Gettysburg. We sincerely hope we will be able to return someday. Best Wishes"  Meridian, CT  05/31/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your gracious hospitality, warmth & attention to detail. The restoration and care of the home is outstanding. Dotty grew up a few blocks from here & in our early married life, we lived near here too. Hanover, after nearly 50 years away, it was a perfect retreat to which to return. We wish we could have stayed longer. I suppose we will have to return. We have stayed at B&B's far and wide. This is among the very best."  Pittsburgh, PA  5/22/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, This was our first time at a B&B...what a treat! Everything was perfect. Your generous hospitality is overwhelming. Thank you for providing us with a wonderful respite. All the best."  Acton, MA  5/5/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, What a wonderful place to come and 'recuperate'. Don and I so needed this — Your home is delightful and so beautiful — and, oh, the delicious breakfast! We hope to do this again in the near future. Again, thank you —"  Washington, DC  4/24/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, Thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome here in Hanover. Your house is beautiful, the bed was comfy, and the breakfasts — well, words connot describe — delicious."  Hilliard, OH  4/18/2010

  • "Enjoyed your beautiful home & kind hospitality."  Pasadena, CA  3/22/2010

  • "This was our first experience at a bed and breakfast and we enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to coming back to explore our roots in Hanover. Thanks again."  Ocean View, NJ  12/26/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen, I really enjoyed my stay here. Thanks for the free movie & other accommodations. Enjoy your holiday"  Hanover, PA  12/7/2009

  • "What a peaceful way to spend Halloween! Loved your home — beautiful & great attention to detail. Enjoyed the battlefields in Gettysburg — did the auto tour — very informative. This was our last leg on a visit to 2 of our children & their families in Arlington, VA & Manhattan — now back home — this was so relaxing & such a comfy bed! Thank you!"  St. John, IN  10/31/2009

  • "★★★★★ Exceeded our expectations! You got it right! Best wishes to both of your —" Sterling Heights, MI  10/12/2009

  • "What a delicious breakfast waited downstairs for us! Helen and Bruce are such gracious hosts! My husband and I felt very welcome here, and we are planning on coming back next year. The house is beautiful. Bruce and Helen paid attention to every detail. The house is really beautiful and makes one feel very, very special. We will certainly recommend to all our friends. Their hospitality is really first class. God bless you and your family! Best wishes"  Allentown, PA  10/4/2009

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce,  While our stay in your home was short, we won't soon forget your hospitality, comfortable room and delicious breakfast.  We look forward to borrowing your German Apple Pancake recipe-de-lish :)  Thanks so much for a lovely stay in your beautiful home."  Wyndmoor, PA  08/30/2009

  • "I'm so happy my son & daughter stayed here and shared their wonderful experience with us.  I truly have never stayed in such a comfortable place.  The breakfast was so delicious and excellent.  I love this place, I hope to return some day.  The Shining Dawn Bed and Breakfast is a 5 ☆☆☆☆☆.  Thanks again"  Minneola, FL  08/20/2009

  • "What a lovely home!  The stained glass windows are remarkable.  Breakfast was delightful.  Helen & Bruce have created a peaceful, relaxing retreat.  Thank you!"  Baltimore, MD  08/06/2009

  • "We had a very peaceful evening here last night.  Every detail to comfort was thought by our hosts."  Hampstead, NH  07/30/2009

  • "We just finished an excellent breakfast.  After driving several hours yesterday, this B & B was the perfect stop along our trip.  As newlyweds and first timers, this Bed & Breakfast has kicked off our marriage and our experiences on a very high mark.  We cannot wait for an excuse to come back north and make a stop here!  Helen, Bruce, Spectacular Job!  Thank you for a history about the house, I only wish I could've heard more."  Rochester, NY & Richmond, VA  07/27/2009

  • "We had a wonderful stay.  Breakfast was delicious and it was so nice to have a chance to relax and share stories afterwards.  You have a wonderful place here and really made us feel welcome.  Hopefully we can stay again in the future."  Alexandria, VA  07/26/2009

  • "We had a great stay!  Helen & Bruce were extremely helpful in getting us information about what to see & do in the area, the house is beautiful & breakfast was delicious!  We would certianly recommend the Shining Dawn to friends!  Thanks for a great stay"  Denver, CO  07/12/2009

  • "We have never stayed at a B & B before.  We're glad to have made this place our first.  Helen & Bruce made us feel most welcome.  We would love to return.  Thanks for the experience."  Acton, Ontario, Canada  07/04/2009

  • "Wonderful! Breakfast was great. Overall atmosphere of the B & B was amazing. This was my first time staying in a B & B and surely won't be my last. Thanx again Bruce for showing us around the house & showing us all the work you and Helen did to restore this beautiful old house." Pittsburgh, PA 06/17/2009

  • "Arrived late, so my visit was brief Helen & Bruce were most generous and saw me in with total hospitality. I look forward to a more relaxing return to this very inspiring Home and Setting." Alexandria, VA 06/13/2009

  • "Thank you for sharing your beautiful historic home with us. We are B & B veterans & truly enjoyed our stay here." Riverview, FL 06/07/2009

  • "We had a wonderful stay! We have never stayed at a bed and breakfast before and we will from now on. But I don't know if any will live up to the Shining Dawn! The bed was extremely cozy, and the house was beautiful. Breakfast was delicious! Thanks for everything. We'll try to make it back" Conshohocken, PA 11/09/2008

  • "What a wonderful, relaxing stay! My husband let me make arrangements for his 56th birthday and I chose a B&B — his comment this AM 'I may become a B&B traveler instead of hotels'. Shining Dawn B&B — beautiful attention to every detail — exquisite & lovely — makes one feel at ease and right at home. Her breakfasts - Great. We noted how very quiet our room was — We hope to be back some day!!" Elkton, VA 10/26/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, This has been a delightful weekend. I don't know how our daughter found your B&B, but it was a great gift for our 30th anniversary. This is such a beautiful home, so many examples of artistry and craftsmanship to enjoy and such peacefulness here. Your food was delicous. Thank you for considering our health issues! We enjoyed touring the beautful churches, the fire museum & farmer's market. We hope to visit the Hanover Farms horses today. Thank you for helping our daughter arrange the gifts for us, and for making our 30th anniversary so special." Libertytown, MD 10/12/2008

  • "Your hospitality is first class! Thank you for a great vacation. Delicious breakfast. We enjoyed meeting your son & his friends. I hope we'll be back one day soon!" Winter Park, FL 08/02/2008

  • "Wonderful! Excellent! The setting is great! The accommodations are excellent! The food was wonderful! We will talk about and recommend the Shining Dawn to all we encounter. Good luck and thank you." Havertown, PA 07/18-20/2008

  • "What a wonderful experience we had this weekend in our first B & B! Helen & Bruce are such gracious hosts & made our time here so enjoyable! Excellent, excellent food and the accommodations are just top notch! We will certainly recommend to all our family & friends. Thanks again for a wonderful time!" Westerville, OH 07/11-13/2008

  • "Though we were drawn to the area to experience Gettysburg, we feel so fortunate to have stayed at this marvelous B & B enjoying the gracious hospitality of Helen and Bruce; they have created a environment for guest that is welcoming, impeccably tasteful and quite serene. From the scrumptious breakfast to the comfortable digs, it's a visit we will long remember. Again, thanks a million, H and B." Davis, CA 05/15/2008

  • "Thanks to Helen & Bruce for a great weekend retreat. It's blossom time in Hanover — Wisteria, lilacs, azaleas & all sorts of dogwood — all added to the already colourful countryside & town. Great breakfasts & lovely house. Thanks." Toronto, Canada 05/03/2008

  • "As the chosen site for our group retreat celebrating the conclusion of a year of experiences fostering leadership development, . . . Your home was ours and made the experience enriching and most memorable. Thank you for the special homey touches that left us wanting to return for a future visit. Best wishes for the future success." Westminster, MD 11/17/2007

  • "Sid and I had such a wonderful weekend staying at your beautiful home. Your hospitality was amazing and your cooking was top notch. We will definately come back again & recommend your to our friends. Thank you for everything and much suceess in this venture" Hagerstown, MD 10/12-14/2007

  • "This was a perfect week-end in a perfect setting. This house is just so beautiful. Every detail. We will visit, and recommend you wherever we go. Best luck. Continue to enjoy." State College, PA 10/06-08/2007,

  • "We are adding the Shining Dawn to our list of B & B's to which we will return.  All was perfect — the charming room, fab food, & the porch & gardens so very delightful.  We did a planned bicucle ride through the beautiful horse farms, brick factory (seriously enormous!), lovely farms and old homes and barns all made this a wonderful stay. We danced in the Foyer to end our stay. It was a great weekend — one we hope to repeat often." Falls Church, VA 09/01-02/2007

  • "This was a wonderful experience at the Shining Dawn B&B.  We had a great time!! Helen was such a gracious inn-keeper.  She made us feel right at home!!!! Helen made terrific breakfast specialities every morning!!! We are gonna miss those soy-almond pancakes.  Delicious!!!! We always stay at B&B's when we travel but the Shining Dawn stands out in our minds!!! We will be back again because we were treated like family!!!!" Queens, NY 07/21-24/2007

  • "My first B&B and a truly delightful experience.  Your facility is most special and comfortable.  Everyting is in perfect condition and spotless.  Like MacArthur - 'I shall return'.  Best success to you." Stewbenville, OH 07/07/2007

  • "A lovely weekend away in a dream b & b - everything was perfect! Close enough to Gettysburg but in a quiet and quaint setting away from crowds.  We can't wait to return.  P.S. The stained glass windows alone are worth a visit." Berwyn, PA 06/23/2007

  • "Everthing was exactly as one would have it.  The attention to detail is over the top.  Thanks for a lovely evening & breakfast." Rochester, NY 05/27/07

  • "This was the first B&B that we have ever been to.  We really liked how beautiful everything was." Stroudsburg, PA 03/16/2007

From the Peacock Room

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  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for just an amazing stay — The breakfasts were amazing. The house beautiful & room comfortable — we had fun & we'll be back for certain."  Ed & James, Arlington, VA  05/25/2014

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We had an extraordinary wonderful experience at our retreat this weekend. Your house is beyond welcoming and stunning. Your hospitality, warmth and humor and love for what you do as innkeepers and retreat hosts just shines. Thank you for a lovely weekend. Also thank you for recommending services in the area — the best massage ever!"  Carol & Ben   Saylorsburg, PA  11/10/2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much! We had the most relaxing time in your beatiful home. You have created a special atmosphere here and we will not forget our stay. The breakfasts were delicious"  Jim, Teresa & Courtney  Medfield, MA  10/11—14/2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for another lovely visit. As always, everything was perfect. Thanks for the great food, lovely conversation and a comfortable and peaceful, relaxing visit. We look forward to our next visit"  Yvette & Mitch, Erin, Ontario CANADA  11/29/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, You have an incredibly lovely home. I was awed the moment I saw it and its magic has not diminished one bit. You are both lovely people and have made our stay here (my birthday getaway) very relaxing. I hope to see you again!" Laurel & Matt  Vienna, VA  11/11/2012

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  • "Helen & Bruce, Words can not express the amazing experience that we had at your home. The warmth, special attention that you both showed us. You spoiled us with your amazing breakfast. Hoping you enjoyed the Canadian chocolates (Aeros & Coffee Crisp) Can't wait to return again & let all our Canadian family & friends know this is the place to stay in Hanover. We felt like this was truly our Home with the love, smiles that you both gave us..."  Mississauga, Ontario, Canada  10/4/2012—10/07/2012

  • "Helen & Bruce, This is day one of our stay and so far, not is the house amazing, but so is your city, or Borough, as you call it. The people are quite nice and most seem small town. We came to get away from the City as I believe we did. Can't wait til tomorrow to tell you all about it!"  Dalton, PA  09/28/2012

  • "Bruce & Helen, Always great to see you two. Thanks for your friendship and our stay."  Elkridge, MD  06/30/2012—07/01/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for sharing your lovely home & hospitality. We had a wonderful time with our son and look forward to coming back again. Love the Peacock Room. Peace to you both."  Helliston, MA  05/26—28/2012

  • "We loved your Peacock Room, Your house is so lovely. Hope you enjoy it for many years. Thank you for your helpfulness"  Mount Pleasant, MI  11/20/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Very nice to have stayed at your wonderful B & B. Thank you for your hospitality. It was a wonderful diversion from the busy hustle & bustle of New York City"  New York, NY  10/23/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for such a wonderful stay...We were so comfortable. Quality mattresses, good food. Both Kyoki and I lead lives of service to and with others. They are rewarding & purposeful but exhausting life work. Your hospitality, food, bed, demeaner and the beauty of place have fed our tarnished souls and weary bodies. Deep gratitude! You have and are a gift. Bless"  Sewickley, PA  10/19/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful stay at your beauitful B & B. Our room, breakfast and everything was perfect. We will definitely return in the future. What a pleasure!"  Exton, PA  09/24/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, It was lovely to have met you both! We enjoyed sharing your beautiful home with you — albeit for a short time. Breakfast were excellent. Your hospitality superb. Thanks so much!"  London Ontario  08/20/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for being such nice, caring people! The house is beautiful and you were so helpful with everything for it being our first stay at a B & B. We had a wonderful experience (and were told by others who were staying here that we were spoiled!) No complaints. Aslo, breakfast was excellent! We will definitely be back! Thanks again."  Huntington, IN  07/01/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a most delightful stay at your beautiful B & B. We love the Peacock Room & the attention to detail is wonderful. The breakfast was so delicious!"  New York, NY  06/25/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for welcoming us into your absolutely gorgeous home. Your hospitality was more than appreciative. Breakfast was by far the best we have ever had and we are now able to leave fully rested & recharged. Thank you for making our 2 year anniversary unforgettable! We will be back."  Sykesville, MD  03/16/2011

  • "Thank you for the Portals to the Present Retreat and for the welcoming, luminous energy and beauty of this house. I leave feeling restored and with many meditation tools. I can't thank you enough!"  Philadelphia, PA  02/27/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, Happy Valentine Day! We had an awesome stay. Your home is beautiful, breakfast is amazing. This is one of the best stays I have had in a long time"  Ambler, PA  02/14/2011

  • "Helen & Bruce, Every year our merry group of friends escape for a long weekend of relaxation, friends & fun. Your B&B is absolutely one of the nicest we've stayed in matched by your wonderful hospitality. Thank you."  Edison, NJ  10/22/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Each Fall, three couples travel to parts unknown to just get away and have fun. It was our turn this year to pick a location and a B&B and your accommodations made our selection a hit! Our group loves to shop — antiques and other collectibles — plus eat — and we were not disappointed in either area. Thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality — delicious breakfasts — and our chance to have another B&B experience. It was a terrific weekend, and you have a beautiful home. We will pass along your name to others and we may stop again in the future. Thanks Again."  Mount Joy, PA  10/17/2010

  • "This is probably one of the most beautiful homes we've ever seen! Highly recommend the Utz factory tour & the selection of 'Hawaiian Shaved Ice' up the road. Thanks for a fabulous breakfast, too!"  Chantilly, VA  10/11/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, Such a lovely home! We enjoyed our stay with you so much. Your hositality & kindness were greatly appreciated. And the breakfasts were Fabulous! We hope to see you again & we will highly recommend your Shining Dawn to others."  Plymonth Meeting, PA  10/7/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you again for another wonderful weekend in your beautiful home. Our second experience was just as delightful as our first!"  Cobbs Creek, VA  8/22/2010

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Your hospitality and kind nature made my stay and Paul's a wonderful experience. You have a lovely home and we felt just so cozy like our home. Paul and I will not just come back to visit but also recommend to our friends. Thank you so much for all your help."  North Tonawanda, NY  8/2/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce: Thank you for a great stopover on our way back home. It was very rejuvenating & we appreciated the house & the warmth of our hosts. We hope you can make it up to Rochester for the Lilac Festival some time!"  Rochester, NY  7/5/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a wonderufl weekend which would not have nearly been so great if your home wasn't so beautiful and hospitality so generous. We loved our room and the food. We will definitely recommend the Shining Dawn to others. Many thanks."  Holyoke, MA  5/31/2010

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, It was a wonderful experience, and we both really, really enjoyed your company & the house/home you created. We'll be back! :)"  Newport, RI  5/22/2010

  • "Thank you so much for the wonderful stay in your beautiful home. The room was very comfortable, food was quite tasty and your hositality was much appreciated. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you."  Langhorne, PA  05/16/2010

  • "Beautiful home. Wonderful food, best hosts"  San Antonio, TX  4/21/2010

  • "Thank you Helen & Bruce! The most delightful snow day we've ever had! If we had to get delayed by a winter storm, we can't think of a better spot to land! Happy New Year — We hope to be back to Jeremy's hometown & see you again sometime —"  Putney, VT  12/20/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Gary and I enjoyed so much staying in the Peacock Room and your beautiful home. The stay revitalized our connection to the spiritual and to each other. We look forward to coming back soon and spending more time with you."  Fairfax, VA  11/29/2009

  • "Thanks so much for a wonderful room and your hospitality. This was our last stay on an 11 day vacation and it was perfect!"  St. John, IN  11/1/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your wonderful hospitality this weekend. Our room was very comfortable and breakfsat was delicious! We truly enjoyed our stay."  Wheeling, WV  10/24/2009

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, This is our first time staying in a B&B and it was a wonderful, memorable adventure. Your home is beautiful and comfortable. You both are warm and hospitable. The breakfast was delicious...Thanks for making our stay so special."  Medina, OH  10/11/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen, Thank you so much for our wonderful stay. This was our first B&B experience and it was outstanding. The house is beautiful, the food excellent and our room cozy and elegant. Thanks again."  Collingswood, NJ  10/4/2009

  • "Bruce & Helen — We enjoyed our stay here so much.  The rooms are gorgeous but the hospitality was out-standing"  Barnstead, NH  09/18/2009

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful stay!  The scones were magnificent, the atmosphere ideal and peaceful, the beds comfortable and the company excellent.  You have created a gracious home away from home, and we weill be sure to point anyone coming to PA to the Shining Dawn!"  Boston, MA  09/06/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce;  Thank you so much for your incredible hospitality!!  You both are wonderful people with an exceptional home.  Your assistance for our 'birthday celebration' — Todd was thrilled!  I look forward to staying with you again.  May God Bless you both and surround this home with lots of love, health, comfort, friends and keep you both in his palm."  Leesburg, VA  098/09/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce,  We had the best time ever in Gettysburg!  What a beautiful home you have, with such history! Have a great business & life!  Thanks for everything."  Wayne, PA  07/19/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce — What a delight to stop over for the night here at Shining Dawn!  Your lovely home & warm hospitality & delicious food have made our journey so much less a task & so much more a memorable experience.  We will surely spread the word!"  Brooklyn, NY  07/12/2009

  • "This is really a very good experience for my mom and I.  We are impressed by how 'original' and pretty the house is.  The breakfast was extremely delicious and very healthy.  Thanks very much for the wonderful food and room."  Nanchang, China  07/04/2009

  • "We rode our Vespa's from Great Cacapon WV to your lovely B&B.  Thanks so much for the wonderful room and hospitality.  The house is beautiful and warm.  We plan to return for one of the meditation sessions."  Baltimore, MD  06/29/2009

  • "'It is probably an accomplishment just to make it to an interesting room' — Nellis Wirth. Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful B&B experience. The food was great, the house beautiful and the company stimulating. We hope to see you again." Pittsburgh, PA 06/07/2009

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay. The Peacock room is beautiful and breakfast was yummy. We'll end our trip with some bike riding in Gettysburg since we've eaten so well :) Many Thanks" Richmond, VA 05/24/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, We would like to tell you what a pleasant stay we enjoyed here. You were so kind & gracious to spend time talking with us and sharing the history of your home & town. Happy Easter & God bless" New York, NY 04/10/2009

  • "Thank you Helen for opening the doors of your house and your heart to us this weekend. This was a very nice and much needed weekend for me. I hope to come back again in the Spring." Bensalem, PA 01/31/2009

  • "This was my 1st time at a B & B, & on a spiritual retreat. I had a wonderful time & made a lot of new memories. this house is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you Helen, for your hospitality and your meditation lesson! I hope to return soon!" Philadelphia, PA 01/31/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, It was wonderful meeting you. The house is beautiful and there are so many interesting things in the area. See you again." Baltimore, MD 12/21/2008

  • "We loved our Thanksgiving weekend here in the Peacock room. The food, room and the hosts were great. Enjoyed visiting the wineries. Thanks Helen & Bruce. See you soon!" Philadelphia, PA 11/30/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We have enjoyed ourselves once again. Thank you for having us. We are sad to leave. We will be back!! See you later." Philadelphia, PA 11/16/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for opening your home to us. It was a peaceful stay in a gorgeous room. Your warm, down-to-earth personalities made everything even better. We felt like we were at home. We learned a lot of history as well. Thank you for everything. We'll definitely be back again!" Bethlehem, PA 10/26/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, The B & B is beautiful! The breakfasts were great! Our host & hostess could not have been more friendly or more helpful! We came with 4 other friends and we all feel that we made 2 new friends. Best of luck to the 2 of you and may you experience good health & prosperity!" Patterson, NJ 10/4-6/2008

  • "After a very long & tedious drive from NYC we finally made it to Shining Dawn! As always, our night's stay was so comfortable & relaxing. Breafast was FANTASTIC too! Thank you Helen & Bruce we had such a lovely time !!!" Nashville, TN 08/23/2008

  • "Wonderful, relaxing atmosphere — friendly hosts & patrons — and a fantastic breakfast all added up to a very enjoyable stay." Washington, D.C. 07/13/2008

  • "What an absolutely gorgious B & B and immaculate! Everyone was so very cordial and informative. We had a wonderful stay. Thank you so much." Dover, DE 06/29/2008

  • "What a perfect weekend — a chance to reconnect with nature and the spirit. Thank you for your greacious and warm atmosphere!" Arlington, VA 05/26/2008

  • "Today my family and I just got here our room is nice, I like the color of blue they have. The people are really nice. I hope I do really good in the bowling finals by; Zach.  They were very accomodating with our hectic schedule. Was a wonderful B & B with delicious breakfast! — Hope" Mill Hall, PA 05/16-18/2008

  • "Though we weren't far from home we enjoyed our mini—getway. The house was beautiful and relaxing. Thanks for the hospitality. We look forward to our next stay." Hanover, PA 05/03/2008

  • "Our first B & B experience has been a wonderful one. It was so nice to be pampered in such a beautiful home. We are looking forward to our next visit here!" King of Prussia, PA 03/09/2008

  • "I have stayed in Bed & Breakfast homes all over the world — but this is the most wonderful one of all! Such a special, peaceful spirit exists here. Thank you, Helen & Bruce, for this spot along the way in life's journey." Jacksonville, FL 11/10-13/2007

  • "What a peaceful, beautiful home! Thank you so much for your hospitality. A fantastic experience!" Westminster, MD 11/16/2007

  • "I liked staying here! It is very neat and fun. God bless this house (from Grace — age 7)"Fairfax, VA 11/3/2007

  • "While we planned to spend 2 nights, circumstances forced us to cut our visit shorter. It is a tragedy that we had to spend so much of our stay here sleeping. Why escape to a dream when reality is so beautiful & elegant? Thank you for embracing the dream that man can live in concorde with the world and supporting the peaceful co-existence of all creatures. We shall return." Long Island, NY 10/20/2007

  • "What a beautiful house! So 'original' & well appointed — a real class act! You are an attentive, caring hostess. Your inn is a quiet respite from the hustle & bustel of Gettysburg. What a terrific area you live in! Thank you. P.S. The Peacock room is a masterpiece — elegant, creative & restful" Millville, NJ 10/06-08/2007

  • "This was certainly a wonderful experience for my first stay in a B & B.  I enjoyed every minute.  I hope we meet again some day" Owings Mill, MD 07/29/2007

  • "We enjoyed our Stay very much.  Beautiful B & B.  Thanks." Rockaway, N.J. 05/28/20007

  • "What an amazing B & B.  We had a relaxing time." Manassas, VA 03/31/2007

  • "We were looking forward to this experience for awhile.  We wish our stay here could be longer but we managed to visit Gettysburg & have oldtime photos taken, eat at a Japanese steak house and take part in a murder mystery.  Our Peacock room was beautiful!" Stroudsburg, PA 03/16/2007

From the Mid-Summer Night's Dream Room

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We really enjoyed our 'girls' time here. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality and for sharing your beautiful home. "  Kathy & Suma,  Huntly, IL  6/23/2014

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. Our stay was short but very relaxing and just what we needed. The breakfast was wonderful. The room comfortable and the dinner recommendation was perfect. We hope to see you again soon."  Don & Kathy,  Greenbelt, MD  5/26/2014

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here celebrating our 18th anniversary. With 2 teenagers (although good boys) we needed a little get-away, and this was perfect. We loved sitting on the 2nd floor balcony — the weather was cool, no humidity and sunny — perfect. I'm now watching 2 squirrels play in the treetops after a delicious breakfast. We love the stenciling & mural in the room & the color! The best part, though, is the ceiling. We love all the water features in & around the house. That's a very relaxing sound for us. Thanks again to our gracious hostess & host."  Teresa & John  Thurmont, MD  5/18/2014

  • "Dear Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for making our 25th wedding anniversary extra special. Your home is beautiful and we found sleeping under the 'stars' to be very relaxing. Your breakfasts were some of the best we have ever eaten and certainly much better than any I could make. We also enjoyed our chats and getting to know you. Thank you for sharing your home and yourselves with us! "  Mark & Sandy,   Marriottsville, MD  03/15/2014

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, Thank you again for a lovely serene stay. We hope to see you again both soon. Love & Peace"  Carmela & Mark,  S Bound Brook, NJ  10/19/2013

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  • "Your house is just beautiful — we truly felt like we were away...I love how each room is so different and special! It is just such a warm and comfortable place, and of course we cannot say enough good things about your breakfast! Thank you Helen and Bruce! We will look forward to coming back."  Kristin, Katherine & Olina,   Armonk, NY  06/29/2013

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for the hospitality. Our stay was too short so we must return. Your B&B is beautiful and I will be sure to recommend it to anyone who may be coming to Hanover"  Wilmington , DE  06/02/2013

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for this wonderful spiritual retreat. Delicious food, beautiful home and very insightful spiritual discussions. Grateful for the opportunity to spend time with you and your husband. I was inspired by your home and how you both created this oasis of peace. The retreat was a gift to me; has given me clarity, peace & love where there was only fear. Helen it was a priviledge to meet you. You will always have a special place in my heart."  Borden Town, NJ  03/15—03/17/2013

  • "Thank you Helen & Bruce for a lovely visit. The retreat was very fulfillling, peaceful and spirit-filled. I enjoyed our talks, Helen and hope to return soon to sleep under the stars again. Breakfast was scrumptious."  Gettysburg, PA  02/03/2013

  • "Very Beautiful! My stay was too short! I can smell the coffee. The stars on the celing was my favorite."  Collegeville, PA  10/27/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for another wonderful stay at your beautiful bed & breakfast. Breakfast was delicious as usual and your kind spirit was as welcoming as ever. We can't wait to return."  Muncie, IN  10/21/2012

  • "Thank you for sharing your home. The stars are so cool. Breakfast was yummy — the pancakes, coffee, fruit. So nice to wake up and smell all that cooking!"  Powhatan, VA  10/14/2012

  • "Very restful & quiet room. Loved sleeping under the starts. Your home has all the elements to make it a perfect B & B. Thanks for making us feel so comfortable."  Green Cove Springs, FL  10/04/2012 — 10/7/2012

  • "Thanks for a wonderful stay over in Hanover!"  Traverse City, MI  09/20/2012

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, What a lovely weekend. The food was wonderful, the room was comfortable, the retreat was rejuvenating and the hosts were amazing. Looking forward to coming back many times"  Elkins Park, PA  08/10/2012—08/12/2012

  • "Dear Bruce & Helen, Thank you for a lovely stay. Your home is beautiful. Breakfast was absolutely delicious and we enjoyed hearing all about the story of the house. We will be back! P.S. The tub rocks!"  Arlington, VA  08//03/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for being such gracious and accomodating hosts. Breakfast was one of the most delicious breakfast we have ever had! Your home is beautiful — inviting and relaxing! Best regards"  Pittsburgh, PA  02/26/2012

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was very relaxing and cozy. The food was excellent. It made our '39th' perfect. We hope to return sometime."  Marlton , NJ  11/11/2011

  • "My first B & B far surpassed any ideas I had before this experience. It was perfect! The house is truly an amazing place and this Midsummer Night's Dream room right up to the stars was fantastic! Your hospitality shows in every aspect. The breakfasts were delicious with very interesting people and converstaion. Thank you for this unique time. Hope we will be back again soon."  Hazlet, NJ  10/10/2011

  • "What a beautiful home! Helen and Bruce, you were so kind. I want to bring my granddaughters back sometime soon. Take care, God bless."    Butler, PA  09/18/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce — Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. I had a wonderful time — a magical room, great breakfast, and heartfelt discussions. Hope to see you again. Take care & Best Wishes"  Bar Harbor, Maine  07/06/2011

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thrilled to be the butterflies in this dreamy room. Thank you for a lovely stay!"  New York, NY  06/25/2011

  • "Thank you for a wonderful time. Your home is beautiful and the hospitality wonderful. We enjoyed our stay here very much. The stars are a lovely touch."    Wayne, PA  03/29/2011

  • "Absolutely wonderful! And thank you for the fine converstaion as well."  Colorado Springs, CO  05/22/2011

  • "Thank you so much for a lovely time here! The room was everything I was looking for to get away from the city & life in general. It was the best birthday!"  Baltimore, MD  12/12/2010

  • "Thank you for making our Halloween weekend so special! We loved the house, the room, the food, and the special Halloween treats. The ghost tour was also fun & interesting. Great weekend. Thanks much!"  Silver Spring, MD & Czech Republic;  10/31/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for the delicious food and beautiful room! We really enjoyed it."  Chantilly, VA;  10/11/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, We cannot thank you enough for your gracious hospitality during our stay. Everything was wonderful — the food was delicious and the house is gorgeous! It was such a relaxing weekend — just what we needed. Thank you again for everything!"    Pittsburgh, PA  10/10/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for making our 25th anniversary so special. We couldn't have stayed at a better place! Your home & the atmosphere were perfect, as well as your breakfast. We wish you all the best!"  Catonsville, MD  9/25/2010

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, We want to Thank you so much for this wonderful weekend. We had a great Mother & Daughter weekend. The room is beautiful! And your home is breath-taking! Breakfast was delicious!! Thank you sooo much for your hospitality!! We want to come back soon. God Bless you & your home."  Lorton, VA  07/30/2010

  • "Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. It was the perfect backdrop to our girls' weekend getaway. The breakfast was delicious. Thank you for your hospitality."  Arburtus, PA  7/26/2010

  • "Thank you for sharing your home with us! Rooms were great and breakfast was wonderufl! We enjoyed our stay!"  Tifton, GA  7/3/2010

  • "We had a lovely time staying here. The room itself was beautiful. We especially like it since it matched our 'special day' (wedding). Thank you for your hospitality."  Hanover, PA  5/16/2010

  • "Thank you so much Helen & Bruce! What a lovely, quiet place you have here. The food was fantastic. I went to the Farmer's Market & got two movies from Video Max. Thanks for all the tips."  Baltimore, MD  5/2/2010

  • "Beautiful, relaxing, delicious, gracious — not enough adjectives to describe! Thank you for making our all-too-brief stay so lovely & memorable. And the stars made it magical"  Woowich Twp, NJ  4/18/2010

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for making our three year anniversary the most memorable yet. Your home is outstandingly lovely! It is elegant yet warm-as others have said. I love the decor in our room especially the stars. But the best part of our stay was your comapny at breakfast. The food was delish & you guys are the perfect innkeepers. Again, thank you so much! May God bless you both! We will be back soon."  Linden, VA  11/11/2009

  • "Thank you for making our first stay at a bed and breakfast a real 'treat'. Your hospitality was truly outstanding! We loved our room especially the glowing stars."  Richmond, VA  10/31/2009

  • "Thank you so much for the great hospitality. You run a beautiful B&B, we really enjoyed our time here. Thank you again so very much."  Pittsburgh, PA  10/18/2009

  • "...We enjoyed ourselves so very much, but the biggest surprise was the ceiling.  It certainly made everything that much more special.  Breakfast was wonderful  Thank you!"  Pittsfield, NH  09/18/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce - What a blessing to come home for Grampa's 100th birthday & be treated to your generous hospitality & absolutely gorgeous home. Thank you for the wonderful stars, fragrant garden & delicious breakfasts. You are generous people & your home is filled with healing." Key Largo, FL 08/14/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your sweetness and accommodations — staying here was the perfect end to our wedding day!  You have a beautiful gem tucked into the little town of Hanover.  The room is so beautiful & romantic; we loved sleeping under the stars on our wedding night.  And waking up to the aroma of your delicious breakfast made it all complete.  Thank you."  Hampstead, MD 08/01/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Staying in your wonderful B & B certailny added to the great time we had visiting Gettysburg.  Thank you for your warm hospitality, wonderful food & helful tips!  Your house is beautiful  Loved the stars!"  Trevose, PA 07/19/2009

  • "Happy 4th of July Helen & Bruce! You are fortunate to own a home in an area so rich with history.  And we are lucky that you have chosen to open your doors and that you share your beautiful house with others, like us.  We have spent an enjoyable holiday weekend here.  This was our son's first experience at a B&B.  We asked him what his impression of a B&B was.  He said that he like waking up and being able to go downstairs and eat breakfast.  The first night, when we turned out the lights, he was the first one to exclaim, 'Look at the ceiling!'  I was impressed with the ceiling too.  It makes you want to be a kid again.  Thanks for the fun."  Corapolis, PA 07/04/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce,  We can't thank you enough for your generous hospitality — you made us feel 'at home' — but as special guests — your kindness and gentleness were much appreciated and truely do make 'Shining Dawn' a relaxing retreat.  The gourmet breakfasts were amazing and again showed your care and kindness.  We loved your beautiful house and the lovely restoration and touches that you have added.  All in all we had a very memorable time.  Thanks again!"  Brownsburg, IN  06/20/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for your hospitality. We loved the house and garden, the veranda, and the tub! A great cozy place for a tour with my parents visiting from France. They were amazed!" Philadelphia, PA (and France) 05/24/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, This was a wonderful first-time B&B experience! The home is absolutely beautiful, and your breakfasts were delicious! Thank you for all of your hospitality." Bucks County, PA 05/17/2009

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, This is our first stay at a B&B and to be honest, we did not know what to expect. But your house is absolutely gorgeous and beautifully furnished. Our room was very cozy and sweetly endearing. The mural is gorgeous. We very much enjoyed our stay and it was the best way to end our 4th anniversary. Thank you so much for everything and all of your thoughtful kindness. We hope to return soon. :)" Manchester, MD 05/01/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for everything. Your home and hospitality was wonderful. We hope to be back real soon. Take care" Warminster, PA 02/01/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for your hospitality! Your home is beautiful and we enjoyed our time away from DC during inaugural weekend. Thanks." Washington, DC 01/18/2009

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful place to stay. We had a very relaxing evening, and greatly appreciate your hospitality. The stars were unique. Your cooking was wonderful. Again, thank you so much. We hope to return again." Jersy Shore, PA 11/22/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a wonderful stay here - thank you so much for everything. The house is beautiful and our room was great! We truly appreciate your hospitality, and thank you for making our stay extra relaxing! We hope to return soon!" Baltimore, MD 11/07/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce, Thank you for your hospitality. This was our first time staying at a Bed & Breakfast, and it exceeded our high expectations. Your warmth, thoughtfulness and effort are very apparent throughout Shining Dawn. From the greeting to the stars in this room to the breakfast, we couldn't have enjoyed what this B&B has become more. Thank you again! We'll be sure to tell friends and family & hope to come again" Philadelphia, PA 10/26/2008

  • "Dear Helen & Bruce — We enjoyed your Inn very much. It is a stunningly beautiful home. The Midsummer Night's Dream room was more than comfortable. The stars were lovely. The food was delicious. We would love to come again." Fairfax, VA 10/19/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had an amazing visit largely in part to your beautiful Inn, fabulous breakfasts, and unending kindness. We have recommended your inn to everyone we've spoken to, and we'll be sure to return. Congratulations on a wonderful job! All the best." Philadelphia, PA 10/13/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you so much for a lovely time. You have a wonderful home and great breakfasts! We hope to visit again soon." Union City, PA 10/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had a wonderful time here. You have done a beautiful job with this house and really turned it into a home. Thank you for sharing your home and lives with us" Seattle, WA 07/2008

  • "What a wonderful escape from a hectic life style!  Your beautiful home is a little slice of heaven on earth. Thank you for giving us exactly what we needed...a peaceful, relaxing evening under the stars! Best Wishes." Fayette City, PA 07/12/2008

  • "Bruce & Helen, The stars. . . .The stars. . . .??? until the lights went out we were mystified by previous log entries but then, AHA!!! Neat effect :) The opportunity to stay in a home of this grandeur was great. Thank you for your hospitality" Craley, PA 05/17/2008

  • "Helen and Bruce, Thank you so much for helping to make this weekend for my family and me a wonderful time! Your B & B is just wonderful and the breakfast s to die for — Thank you again and good luck in the future" Centerville, MD 04/18/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, We had no idea what a wonderful day and evening it was going to be when our friends invited us along with them to 'Uncork York' some six weeks ago. What a fabulous day! And what a comfortable and cozy evening. Every room in this home is special. Elegant yet understated and sophisticated. We will surely be back. And we'll tell others about your home and wonderful hospitality." Wayne, PA 03/08/2008

  • "Helen & Bruce, Thank you for sharing your home with us. God has definitely blessed you with the gift of hospitality. It is a peaceful, happy home. We really enjoyed our stay. The stars really make this room special! We'll definitely be back!" Fairfax, VA 11/3-4/2007

  • "We had such a wonderful stay for our 'Ghosts of Gettysburg' tour & our 6 month wedding anniversary! Helen & Bruce, you have a knack for hospitality. Your home is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. The food was gourmet! Best wishes to you. We would recommend you to anyone." Hershey, PA 10/28/2007

  • "Thank you for your kindness & all your suggestions for fun things to do. Your breakfasts are oh-so-nice and coffee selections great. May you be blessed by God in serving your guests with such love, grace & humility" Schuykill Haven, PA 10/20-21/2007

  • "Words cannot express how you made this weekend perfect for our family. This weekend was emotional in remembering our father. The comfort of your home made it so special. Thank you for everything and we will return next year!" King of Prussia, PA 10/14/2007

  • "Your home is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it with us. Our get away weekend was a last minute idea and your Bed & Breakfast was a perfect ending to our get-together." Livingston, NJ 10/08/2007

  • "You have successfully combined the sense of being a guest, yet being family. The decor is elegant yet tasteful and comfortable. Our weekend was a memorable one. Thank you.!" Milford, PA 10/07/2007

  • "Our 'Last minute' reservation was just the ticket for celebrating our 35th anniversary! Your home is beautiful and this room so aptly named. We can tell you have a passion for your work and life here. Thank you for your kind hospitality." State College, PA 08/19/2007

  • "We had a wonderful time in your beautiful home.  Your attention to detail is astounding!  The meals were fabulous and we enjoyed the conversation.  We loved sleeping under the stars and found this very relaxing.  We hope to come back soon.  We also want to wish you the very best in this Endeavour.  Thank you so much"
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada,  08/06-07/2007

  • "We had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed sleeping under the stars! Breakfast was delicious and I can't wait to try the recipies at home.  We look forward to coming back!" Cobbs Creek, VA 07/29/2007

  • "We had such a lovely time staying here! The room is beautiful and the food was scrumptious!" Alexandria, VA 07/20-21/2007

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