If want to explore some of the most unique places to stay in Gettysburg, I have you covered. As a long-time Gettysburg resident and frequent traveler, I love the wide range of historic and unique accommodations that are available in my own hometown.
From historic houses that witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg, to cozy retreats in the country with their own indoor pool, I have curated a list of the absolute best vacation rentals in Gettysburg for any style or taste.
Each of these unique places to stay in Gettysburg has a story to tell that serves as a touchstone to our past. You won’t just be visiting history in Gettysburg. You can actually stay where it happened!
I’ve included a wide range of price points for every type of traveler. Let’s go!
I’ll start with one of the oldest and most historic unique places to stay in Gettysburg: the Thaddeus Stevens Log House.
Built in 1790, this log home is straight out of a history book, with original wood floors, walls and beams.
Even though this house has plenty of historical character, it also contains modern conveniences like central air conditioning, recessed lighting, and fully updated kitchen and baths.
The Thaddeus Steven’s house has 3 bedrooms (2 queen and 1 full), as well as 1 & 1/2 bathrooms.
If you enjoy history, this one of the most unique places to stay in Gettysburg.
Rating: 9.8/134 reviews
Another old pre-Civil War house in Gettysburg with lots of history is The Garlach House. Built in 1830 and a witness to the Battle of Gettysburg, the house sits on Baltimore Street so is convenient to museums, restaurants and shopping.
This house features a private fenced in backyard where you can enjoy your morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. In addition to the Battlefield, it is close to local wineries, golf courses and Liberty Mountain ski resort, as well as lots of museums.
During the Battle of Gettysburg, Catherine Garlach provided food and water to the Union General, Alexander Schimmelfennig when his horse was shot out from under him in the alley behind the home. He hid in the backyard of the Garlach home in their woodshed while the surrounding streets were occupied by Confederates.
This house has a fully equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, full bath, half bath (on the first floor), office, living & dining room along with a laundry/mud room.
This unique place to stay in Gettysburg has a dedicated parking space in the rear for a large truck/SUV and free parking just a short distance away.
Rating: 10.0/11 reviews
The York Street Manor is a unique high-end rental home on York Street in Gettysburg is circa 1839. Located two blocks From Lincoln Square, this historic vacation getaway is tailored for discriminating guests who are looking for an authentic Gettysburg experience.
The house stood as a brick sentinel in the path of retreating Union soldiers on July 1, 1863 and Confederate troops camped in the yard while Confederate General Ewell planned his strategy to take Culp’s Hill.
The York Street Manor was where Cecilia Codori and her husband Joseph called home from 1850 to 1865. In 1865, the house was owned by Civil War veteran William F. Baker, Company E of the 87th Pennsylvania Volunteers.
Memoirs of a 16 year old girl who lived across the street (Liberty Hollinger) recalled she and her father yelling at the Confederate soldiers looting the unoccupied homes across from her’s, and how General Robert E. Lee himself and his command paused their horses in front of these houses, surveying their strength.
The accommodations include three bedrooms, each with its own on-suite bath. The house features two master suites, one with a king bed and one with a queen and full parlor/sitting room.
You can relax on the 2nd floor screened in porch, or enjoy your favorite drink on the back yard porch. Bring your own wine and keep it that perfect temperature in the wine chiller located in the separate media room.
Off-street parking is convenient in the three bay garage which sits on the same location as the original carriage barn along Race Horse Alley.
Rating: 10.0/56 reviews
This is definitely one of the most unique places to stay in Gettysburg, and is no ordinary Gettysburg Address.
Built in the 1840’s and newly renovated, this 2-level, 4-bedroom Italianate-style townhome apartment reflects the Federal majesty of the mid-1800’s.
Stained glass windows and a chandelier-adorned spa bath are a few of the features of this unique place to stay in Gettysburg.
Located one-half block from Lincoln Square and three doors down from the historic Wills House, The LaVerne is within walking distance to dining, antiquing, shopping, and the theater.
Rating: 9.8/169 reviews
Want to splurge and enjoy your visit to Gettysburg no matter the weather? “The Big House” at Apple Blossom Farm might be the answer to your prayers.
It is the only Gettysburg rental in the area that offers a year-round heated indoor pool. Located in Gettysburg’s wine and orchard country, the house is back half-mile driveway that is adorned with organic apple trees and friendly deer. (And only a 10-minute drive from downtown Gettysburg).
Relax and spread out in in a two story 3,800 square-foot home on 30 acres. Every one of the 6 bedrooms has been newly decorated with luxury bedding.
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The pool room hosts a dry bar, spiral stairwell to the upstairs great room, picnic table, pool floats and toys, and many more pleasantries.
The outside upper deck has tons of seating and a hammock to enjoy spending time anytime of the day with your friend or family. Wake up and have a cup of joe while overlooking the horse pasture and the start of your beautiful day.
As if the pool isn’t enough, there is a Family Room downstairs with magnetic darts, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, card table, karaoke machine, and pool table.
The front porch of this Gettysburg rental has a propane grill, and there are plenty of rescue animals to pet on the farm.
Rating: 10.0/181 reviews
Why stay in a hotel room when you can relax in your own oasis, surrounded by nature in this Airstream? By the way, this is not “roughing it.” With 600-thread-count linens and Egyptian cotton bath sheets, you will have all the comforts of a fine boutique hotel.
The Serenity Airstream is a very unique Gettysburg rental that has a private master suite and a fully equipped kitchen that includes dishes, utensils, and cookware.
The private bath has a separate shower and the entire coach is fully air-conditioned and heated. For outdoor enjoyment, there is a table and chairs, as well as a propane grill and fire pit.
Hot tub, which is located under a private gazebo beside the Airstream starts at an extra $50/night.
Cost $158/average night
Rating: 10.0/58 reviews
This is definitely one of the most unique places to stay in Gettysburg, and it’s cozy, quiet and not hard on the wallet!
It’s only about 400 square feet, but that’s the size of a hotel room, and you have a peaceful country setting all to yourself!
This country cottage is on a 17-acre private property three miles from the Gettysburg Battlefield and four miles from downtown Gettysburg.
The cottage features a screened porch to enjoy solitude for everything from your morning coffee to your evening cocktail or wine.
Ratings: 10.0/330 reviews
Bonus: Unique Places To Stay In Gettysburg
If you’re looking for peace and quiet outside of town, School House is located just 6 miles from the square in Gettysburg, and even less to Devils Den, Big Round top, the Visitors Center and the Outlet Shoppes of Gettysburg.
Once an Amish school house, it has been renovated to include all the comforts of home. Completely surrounded by farm land, you can be sure to enjoy peaceful and quiet evenings.
I had to list this as one of the most unique places to stay in Gettysburg because it was the home of Hance Hamilton in the 1740s, a well known local historical figure. It is 3,000 square feet on more than 2 acres.
Additional history of this unusual places to stay in Gettysburg is that it was occupied by Confederate Major General Robert E. Rodes and his division during the battle of Gettysburg and was used as a summer home by 1930’s Broadway star and Hollywood actor Oscar Shaw.
Planning A Trip To Gettysburg
If you’re planning your first trip to Gettysburg (or your 50th), make sure you pick up a copy of the Gettysburg Handbook. It’s got lots of insider tips about places to visit and where the locals go, as does the Gettysburg Bucket List.
If you’re planning a getaway with a special someone, there are lots of romantic things to do in Gettysburg. If you’d rather explore the supernatural, you’ll find many haunted places you can investigate on your own, or Gettysburg ghost tours run all year long.
There are a lot of unique places to stay in Gettysburg that cater to different tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a history enthusiast seeking to immerse yourself in the past, or a traveler looking for modern comforts like an indoor swimming pool, Gettysburg has something special for everyone.
These distinctive lodging options not only provide a comfortable stay, but also enrich your visit to this iconic landmark town.