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Every room has personality

From the moment our innkeepers greet you, you know you’re in for an extraordinary experience. Our historic boutique inn offers Guests 13 and up a quiet setting where you can relax in comfort and privacy. Many of our rooms and suites feature king-sized beds, sitting areas, whirlpool baths, romantic fireplaces and kitchenettes. Two of our suites have lofts. All feature tasteful period furnishings. No matter which room or suite you choose, you’ll enjoy a variety of in-room conveniences – and a warm Bird-in-Hand welcome.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, we would be happy to set the stage with custom enhancements to your room. For a modest additional charge, we can provide fresh flowers, fruit baskets, specialty cakes, sparkling cider and chocolates or cheese and crackers or other items to make the moment more memorable.

For any unique needs or special requests, please call us directly at (717) 768-1535.

Standard Rooms

Witmer Room - 18th Century Inn

Enjoy a unique view of Bird-in-Hand

Pull aside the lace curtains and take in the view. Listen to the hoofbeats as Amish buggies pass on the street below. This is the Lancaster County you came to enjoy — and you can see it from the Witmer room on the second floor of our original Inn, overlooking Old Philadelphia Pike, which was part of the main route between Philadelphia and Lancaster City in the 18th century. The room is named for John Witmer, who acquired the property from Joseph Steer on May 13, 1768. After Witmer’s passing, his son sold the inn to George Bressler in 1775.

This beautifully decorated standard room features an en suite private bath and period furnishings, including a comfortable queen bed and a round table with two chairs, along with such up-to-date conveniences as an in-room refrigerator, flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

East Room - 18th Century Inn

Greet the day from your private balcony

A mezzanine level between the second and third floors is one of the unique architectural features of our original Inn, which was all but destroyed by fire in 1851 and then rebuilt as a stately, three-story hotel. The East Room is the only one of our rooms and suites not named after a former owner or prominent citizen of Bird-in-Hand. It is also the only room that offers a private balcony overlooking the main entrance. You can easily see Amish buggies passing by on the road below.

This beautifully decorated standard room features a standard en suite private bath and period furnishings, including a comfortable queen bed and a desk with two chairs, along with such up-to-date conveniences as an in-room refrigerator, flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Hartman Room - 18th Century Inn

In the middle of everything, yet above it all

In 1798, the inn on the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike was struggling as traffic was light. It looked as though George Bressler, the owner at the time, would be forced to close. At that time, Bressler’s son-in-law, Jacob Hartman, received a license to keep a tavern at Bird-in-Hand. They kept the inn and tavern going until John Bender acquired it in 1802. Today, the Hartman Room reflects this piece of our history.

Located on the third floor of our original Inn, this street-facing room combines scenic views of the activities along Old Philadelphia Pike and the fields and farmlands beyond with exceptional quiet and privacy.

This handsomely appointed standard room features a standard en suite private bath and period furnishings, including a comfortable queen bed and two side chairs, along with such up-to-date conveniences as an in-room refrigerator, flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Haefner Room - 18th Century Inn

Clean, quiet and comfortable

The current three-story boutique hotel was built in 1852, following a fire at the original inn. Joseph Haefner, the owner of Lancaster’s Empire Brewery, obtained the property in 1899. Shortly afterward a reviewer wrote, “It is beautifully situated on the line of the Pennsylvania Railroad convenient both to Lancaster and Philadelphia. Parties looking for a delightful place to spend the summer will find here all that can be desired. The house is well kept and the cuisine is first class.”

Named after Joseph Haefner, this standard room is located on the third floor of our original Inn, offering a high degree of privacy along with beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. It features a standard en suite bath and period furnishings, including a comfortable queen bed and two side chairs, along with such up-to-date conveniences as an in-room refrigerator, flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Bressler Room - 18th Century Inn

Furnished and fit for a successful entrepreneur

On May 5, 1775, as the Second Continental Congress was about to convene in Philadelphia, George Bressler purchased the Bird-in-Hand Inn from John Witmer, Jr., who had inherited the property from his father. A prominent land agent and innkeeper from Strasburg, Bressler began to center more of his activities in the village. For example, in 1784 he purchased a 123-acre tract north of Bird-in-Hand from Jacob Gibbons for 984 pounds and sold it two days later for 1,107 pounds. He owned the inn until 1802.

Today, this standard room on the second floor of our 18th Century Inn bears the name of this entrepreneur and reflects his standing in the community. As a Guest here, you’ll enjoy the relaxing comfort of a king bed and two side chairs. Step down into a private en suite bath. Up-to-date amenities include an in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Gibbons Room - Desmond House

Victorian elegance with contemporary conveniences

Imagine the romance of it! In 1756, James Gibbons moved his bride, Deborah Hoopes, from Chester County to what was then “the far wilds” of eastern Lancaster County, where his family owned 1,060 acres. The couple settled on a portion of that land, first building a log cabin and later a more substantial home and a mill, now known as Nolt’s Mill. Their Beechdale Farm played a prominent role in the Underground Railroad throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Experience that sense of romance in the Gibbons Room on the second floor of the Desmond House on the south side of Old Philadelphia Pike. This standard room offers a queen bed and an en suite private bath featuring a shower as well as a tub with whirlpool jets. Beautifully appointed with period details, it features such 21st-century amenities as a coffee maker, an in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Miller Room - Ressler House

From physician’s waiting room to traveler’s retreat

By 1871, Dr. Abner Miller had set up a medical practice in a gracious home on the south side of Old Philadelphia Pike across from the Bird-in-Hand Village Inn. He was the surgeon for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and a delegate to the European Congress for International Medicine. Where patients once waited to see him, travelers to Lancaster County now relax in what is today the Miller Room.

On the first floor of the Ressler House, named after the last physician to practice in the building, this standard room faces the road, giving guests a view of the village and surrounding them in Victorian charm. It offers a luxurious king bed and two side chairs, as well as a standard en suite private bath with walk-in shower. Modern amenities include a coffee maker, an in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Lamborn Suite - Ressler House

The educated choice for savvy travelers

In 1840, Ezer and Elizabeth Lamborn came from Chester County to Bird-in-Hand, where they taught at the Quaker Academy. Elizabeth taught full time, and Ezer tutored privately and also taught in private schools in the area and served as principal of the Boys Academy at Bird-in-Hand. In 1855, he wrote and published a book designed to help students with their reading lessons.

Today, you can curl up and enjoy a book in the room that bears the respected educators’ name. On the second floor of the Ressler House, the Lamborn Suite offers a cozy sitting area with two side chairs as well as a king bed, standard en suite private bath, and an array of modern conveniences that includes an in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a coffee maker, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Junior Suites

L.R. Rhoads Suite - 18th Century Inn

Enjoy a quiet evening by the fire

Picture yourself in the year 1865. The Civil War was coming to an end, and the troops were coming home. The inn at Bird-in-Hand was up for auction. Levi R. Rhoads acquired the property, and he and his wife, Magdalena, would run it for the next 20 years. Today, it still offers the same gracious hospitality — but with upscale amenities a 19th-century innkeeper would never recognize.

Overlooking Old Philadelphia Pike on the second floor of our 18th Century Inn, the spacious junior suite named after Levi Rhoads offers a gas fireplace for cozy moments after a day of exploring Lancaster County byways or savoring a romantic dinner. The suite also features a roomy king bed and two side chairs, standard en suite bath, in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Benjamin Groff Suite - 18th Century Inn

Antique appointments and modern conveniences

The first inn built on this side was a long, one-and-a-half-story log structure. In 1851, a fire all but destroyed it. Within a year, Benjamin Groff had rebuilt the popular road stop as the stately, three-story hotel that exists today. On the mezzanine between the second and third floors of our original Inn, the Groff Suite invites guests to surround themselves in 19th-century elegance and 21st-century convenience.

This handsomely appointed junior suite welcomes guests to relax in the comfort of an intimate sitting area, where a gas fireplace provides added warmth when the country air is crisp and cool. These accommodations include a king bed, two side chairs, standard en suite bath, in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Desmond Suite - 18th Century Inn

Space to spread out and relax

In 1988, George and Pat Desmond partnered with the Smucker family to purchase the Inn. It had operated only as a bar and restaurant for more than 30 years, but the new owners restored the structure to its Victorian design. Today, you can experience the gracious elegance that the partners brought back to life when they reestablished this boutique hotel.

On the third floor of our original Inn, the junior suite that bears the Desmonds’ name features two bedrooms with a connecting door, a full bath with tub en suite, and such conveniences as a refrigerator for snacks and beverages and complimentary Wi-Fi. Each of the bedrooms has a queen bed and its own flat-screen television.

Smucker Suite - 18th Century Inn

Graciousness, spaciousness – and a private entrance 

In 1988, Paul Smucker partnered with George and Pat Desmond to purchase the Inn, which for many years had operated only as a bar and restaurant. They restored the Victorian structure and reestablished the property as a premier lodging place, with gracious service and elegant appointments. A few years later, Paul’s sons Jim and John assumed management responsibility for the Inn and made it a part of the Bird-in-Hand Family of Properties.

Named for the Smucker family, this unique two-room junior suite on the first floor of our original Inn has its own entrance, so you can come and go in complete privacy. With a queen bed in the bedroom and a queen-size sofa bed in the living room, it sleeps up to four. Amenities include a full bath with tub en suite, two side chairs, flat-screen televisions in both the bedroom and living room, a refrigerator for snacks and beverages and complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Brinton Suite - Desmond House

Spread out and relax in luxury

Joseph Brinton was the grandson of a Quaker who came to America in 1684 and the son of a member of the Provincial Assembly. One of the first landowners near Bird-in-Hand, Brinton bought a 650-acre tract between Weavertown and Stumptown in 1728. His son, Moses, was the first of the family to live on the land.

 

On the second floor of the Desmond House, the junior suite that bears the Brinton name provides ample room to relax. The downstairs living area features a cozy loveseat and tables and chairs. Climb the stairs to the loft, where you’ll find a comfy queen bed and an en suite private bath with a bench seat in the shower. Amenities that include an in-room refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, flat-screen tv’s and complimentary Wi-Fi make this suite perfect for a long weekend of exploring Lancaster County.

The Oram Lyte Suite - Ressler House

Sip coffee in the sun-kissed breakfast nook

The structure now known as the Ressler House has been home to many families. Born in 1842, Eliphalet Oram Lyte grew up in this house and worked in his father’s nursery until he enlisted in the Union Army. After the Civil War, he went back to school and became a teacher, eventually earning a doctorate. He is credited with writing many children’s songs, including “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” as well as several text books.

Settling into this second-floor junior suite, it’s fun to imagine young Oram Lyte doing his lessons or preparing for bed after a day of outdoor work. Today’s travelers find it equally restful — whether enjoying coffee in the private breakfast nook or preparing for a day of shopping and sightseeing. With two queen beds, it sleeps up to four guests. It also features a standard en suite private bath and shower with a bench seat, along with such amenities as an in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a coffee maker, a flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Large Suites

McNabb Suite - 18th Century Inn

The ultimate romantic get-away

Built on land obtained through a land grant from William Penn, the Inn was just a crude log hut in 1734 when it housed Colonial road surveyors. William McNabb, a Quaker, was the inn’s first owner. The McNabb family ran the original inn until 1755. Nearly a century later, the original inn burned and was rebuilt as a three-story hotel on the same site. The road that was being surveyed still runs in front of the inn, and horse-drawn buggies still pass by.

On the first floor of our 18th Century Inn, facing Old Philadelphia Pike, a large suite named for William McNabb welcomes guests who enjoy a little luxury. This spacious suite accommodates two. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, relax in the warmth of a two-person Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, then bask in the glow of the gas fireplace. The room features a king bed and two side chairs, a cozy sitting area with a sofa and recliner and an en suite private bath with a shower. Amenities include a flat-screen television, a refrigerator for snacks and beverages and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Margaret Bitzer Suite - 18th Century Inn

Touch a piece of history in our 18th Century Inn

The first inn built on this site – a long, one-and-a-half-story log structure – was all but destroyed by fire in 1851. Within a year the popular road stop reopened as a stately, three-story hotel. The thick walls of the original inn’s southeast bar room survived to become a part of today’s Margaret Bitzer Suite.

Located on the first floor of our original Inn, this large suite faces Old Philadelphia Pike, part of the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike, which served as the main route between Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in earlier times. The suite is named for Margaret Bitzer who, with her husband, Clarence, operated the inn as Bitzer’s Hotel beginning in 1938.

The suite offers a king bed, a cozy sitting area with a soft and oversized wingback chair and a romantic gas fireplace for added ambience on chilly evenings. The en suite private bath has a shower as well as a whirlpool bath with a shower head.

The Brubaker Suite - Desmond House

Share the Bird-in-Hand experience with friends

Oram David Brubaker belonged to a family of Swiss Mennonites who came to Lancaster County from the Canton of Zurich sometime before 1727. Born in 1862, Brubaker married Marianna Gibbons in 1902 and moved to Beechdale Farm, where he started Brubaker Duck Farm with 35 white Pekin ducks that he and his wife brought back from California. In its heyday, the farm had 155,000 ducks and drew tourists from miles around who came to watch them swim in the millstream. The duck farm ran continuously until 1961.

Today travelers come to Bird-in-Hand to dine on farm-fresh eggs, poultry, produce and more, stopping to shop at local farm stands and farmers’ markets. The Desmond House is right next door to the Bird-in-Hand Farmers’ Market.

On the second floor of the Desmond House, the Brubaker suite offers a Victorian travel experience for up to five guests. Walk into this large suite’s spacious living area, with a queen sofa bed, table and chairs, and a variety of conveniences, including a flat screen television, in-room refrigerator and a coffee maker. Take the stairs to the loft, where a comfortable king bed awaits, along with a twin day bed and a standard en suite private bath with shower. Complimentary Wi-Fi makes it easy to stay connected.

The Ressler Suite - Ressler House

A healthy retreat from everyday stresses

Around the turn of the 20th century, J. Lyte Ressler, M.D., began practicing medicine at 2696 Old Philadelphia Pike. In 1910 he obtained the deed to the property, now known as the Ressler House. After making extensive renovations, he continued to operate his practice here until 1944. The side door opened into his waiting room and office. Ressler also was the county coroner and medical director of Lancaster County Hospital.

Today, this large suite on the second floor of Ressler House bears Ressler’s name and offers upscale appointments worthy of a physician’s home. Leave the stresses of the day-to-day world behind and relax in the warmth of a two-person Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, then bask in the glow of the gas fireplace. Lay your head on the pillows of the comfortable king bed. Surround yourself with the charm of the suite’s Victorian appointments and modern conveniences that include a standard en suite private bath with shower, two side chairs, an in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a microwave, coffee maker, flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi to keep you connected.

The Keener Suite - Ressler House

Honoring the past – and improving on it

In 1958, historian Abram Keener bought the 19th-century Neuhauser Hardware and Farm Implement Store from Jonas Neuhauser’s sons and turned it into the first tourist attraction — now The Old Village Store and Hardware Store. Keener kept the hardware store’s original paint and fixtures so visitors could get a glimpse into a bygone time. Restored and renovated in 2003, the Ressler House gives guests a similar opportunity to experience the charms of yesteryear – with the conveniences of today.

On the second floor of the Ressler House, the Keener Suite welcomes guests with a king bed and two side chairs for relaxing. The standard en suite private bath with shower also features a two-person Jacuzzi whirlpool bath to soak away the day. Other amenities in this large suite include an in-room refrigerator for snacks and beverages, a microwave, coffee maker, flat-screen television and complimentary Wi-Fi to keep you connected.

The Shirk Suite - Carriage House

Treat yourself to a little luxury – and a lot of space

During the second half of the 19th century, one of the richest men in Bird-in-Hand was Jacob Shirk, who owned a tanning company as well as a coal and lumber yard along the railroad tracks. One can imagine that he surrounded himself with life’s finer things — and you can, too, when you stay in the suite that bears his name.

On the second floor of the Carriage House, behind the Ressler and Desmond houses, this large suite sleeps up to three and offers beautiful views of Amish farmlands. For a better vantage, open the French doors in the living room, step out onto the deck and take in the Lancaster County scenery. The living room is comfortably appointed with a twin sofa bed, table and two chairs, and a flat-screen television. The spacious bedroom offers a king bed and standard en suite private bath with shower as well as another flat-screen television. The kitchenette is conveniently equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave. Stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi — and be sure to ask about our extended-stay packages.

The Hostetter Suite - Carriage House

Enjoy rural views and upscale amenities

Christian Hostetter was an early 20th-century Bird-in-Hand businessman. In 1920, this civic-minded entrepreneur built a community pool, baseball diamond and the Hostetter Play Barn, which became the site of many banquets, dances and similar events. Whether your idea of entertainment involves dinner and live Broadway-style theater, coffee and conversation with fellow travelers or an afternoon spent taking in the panoramic view of Lancaster County farmlands from your window, Bird-in-Hand is still the place to be.

The two-room Hostetter Suite is on the second floor of the Carriage House, located behind the Ressler and Desmond houses and adjacent to an Amish farm. This large suite sleeps up to four comfortably, with a queen sofa bed in the living room and a king bed in the spacious bedroom. The living room is also furnished with a table and chairs and a flat-screen television and offers access to a deck that overlooks verdant fields. The bedroom features a standard en suite private bath with shower and a second flat-screen television. The kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave, and the suite includes complimentary Wi-Fi, so you can make yourself at home for a weekend or a week. Ask about our extended-stay packages.

Grand Suites

The Neuhauser Suite - Ressler House

A home away from home

In 1890, Isaac and Jonas Neuhauser started a hardware business. By 1901, they had enjoyed enough success that they were able to buy a tract of land, including the buildings where they operated the business, from Levi Rhoads. In 1921, Jonas bought out his brother, and eventually his sons took over the business. A second generation of Neuhauser brothers ran Neuhauser Hardware and Farm Implements until 1958, when they sold to Abram Keener, who turned the store into a museum and gift shop.

On the first floor of the Ressler House, the Neuhauser Suite welcomes guests to enjoy the country lifestyle surrounded by sophisticated amenities. In this grand suite’s living room, you can relax with a queen sofa bed and two side chairs. The bedroom offers a king bed, and both rooms are equipped with flat-screen televisions. The standard en suite private bath has a one-person Jacuzzi whirlpool tub — a welcome amenity after a busy day of shopping and sightseeing. The kitchenette features a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave — making this the ideal choice for a very long weekend. Complimentary Wi-Fi keeps you connected.

The Haldeman Suite - Carriage House

The perfect place to stay for a little while longer

David Haldeman operated Weaver’s Garage from 1953 until 1989.Truly civic minded, he served as fire chief and on the Boy Scouts Committee, each for 20 years, and was responsible for getting the streetlights installed in the village. Today, Bird-in-Hand still has a strong sense of community that extends to our Guests as well as those who live here every day. You can experience it throughout the village, where you will always find a warm smile and a welcoming hand.

The Haldeman Suite is on the first floor of the Carriage House. This two-room grand suite sleeps up to four and is an ideal choice for an extended stay. The living room is furnished with a queen sofa bed, a table with two chairs and a flat-screen television and opens out onto a shaded patio that offers beautiful views of the Lancaster County countryside. In the bedroom, you’ll find a queen bed, a second flat-screen television, and a standard en suite private bath with shower and two-person Jacuzzi whirlpool bath. The kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave, and the suite includes complimentary Wi-Fi so you can stay connected while you stay with us.

The Show Suite - Carriage House

Treat yourself to an extended vacation

Dr. Whitlow Show, an osteopathic physician, cared for generations of patients in Bird-in-Hand during the middle of the last century. He served not only his patients, but also the community at large. He helped set up community ambulance associations and served the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office for many years. The Show Suite is worthy of this fine man’s name.

Located on the first floor of the Carriage House, behind the Desmond and Ressler houses on the south side of Old Philadelphia Pike, this grand suite sleeps up to four, with a king bed and queen sofa bed. Amenities include a shaded patio overlooking Amish farmlands and a two-person Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, where you can relax after a day of exploring back roads, shopping the outlets and antique stores and more. Furnished with a table and two chairs, two flat-screen televisions and a kitchenette equipped with refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave, this suite includes complimentary Wi-Fi and is an ideal home away from home for longer vacations. Ask about our extended-stay packages.