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Gettysburg, PA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 23
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,200
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 248
Committable Meeting Rooms* 10
Convention Center Space 78,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 10,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 10,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $94
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $232
*Maximum for a single hotel

Gettysburg, PA Meeting Planning Overview

Rich in history, natural beauty, charm, and recreation, Gettysburg is a truly unique destination whose storied past sets the stage for world-class leadership development and group activities. The site of the most famous battle of the Civil War, Gettysburg puts a big emphasis on its past, but is also forward-looking with its growing culinary and wine scene, as well as its fantastic array of event venues and capabilities perfect for group gatherings.

Set about 10 miles from Pennsylvania's southern border, Gettysburg boasts an extremely convenient location just 90 minutes from Baltimore, two hours from Richmond, 2.5 hours from Philadelphia, and 3.5 hours from New York City. Set about one hour outside of Gettysburg, Harrisburg International Airport serves as the closest airport and features nonstop flights to many major U.S. cities. Other major airports within a two-hour drive of Gettysburg include Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Dulles International Airport, which together provide nonstop service to hundreds of domestic and international destinations. It's easy to get around Gettysburg and its surrounding areas courtesy of Rabbit Transport, a regional public transport service that features three Gettysburg routes serving such major attractions as the Gettysburg National Park Service Museum & Visitor Center and historic downtown Gettysburg.

Major meeting and event venues in Gettysburg include the stately Gettysburg Hotel, which sits in the heart of the historic downtown area and features 9,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 3,350-square-foot Grand Ballroom housed in the 1814 Gettysburg National Bank. Set just a short drive from historic downtown Gettysburg, the sprawling 100-acre Gateway Gettysburg campus features two full-service hotels (Wyndham Gettysburg and Courtyard by Marriott Gettysburg), as well as gourmet dining and the Gateway Theaters entertainment venue, all together offering 62,500 square feet of event and meeting space. If you're looking for a meeting venue with an adventurous spirit, the year-round Liberty Mountain Resort features 22,000 square feet of multi-functional meting space, team building activities, and a variety of outdoor recreation options. The resort's new Highland Lodge features a nearly 5,000-square-foot Overlook Room with a large outdoor terrace, two other event rooms, an indoor saltwater pool, saunas, and 17 dedicated hotel rooms and suites, which are all perfect for group retreats.

Aside from Gettysburg's meeting hotels, you'll find a variety of unique event venues throughout Gettysburg, many of which celebrating the area's Civil War heritage. One of Gettysburg's most popular attractions, the Gettysburg National Park Service Museum & Visitor Center, welcomes after-hours events amid its 22,000 square feet of exhibits, impressive Civil War collection, and its amazing Gettysburg Cyclorama, the largest painting in the United States, measuring 377 feet in circumference at its widest point and 42 feet high. You can also take your event to new heights at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, which features private event space in its three-story lobby and 1,500-seat theater, as well as the historic Majestic Theater, which features event space in its lounge, balcony, theater, and cinema spaces.

If your group is more on-the-go, consider hosting a private tournament or event at The Links at Gettysburg full-service golf facility, or plan a group class at the beautiful Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, which sits nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills. Thirsty (or hungry) groups can explore the Gettysburg Wine and Fruit Trail or tour the Mason Dixon Distillery. Speaking of tours, there are a number of tours and offerings that cater to groups and beautifully showcase the area and its compelling history. Here in Gettysburg, you can tour the battlefield or downtown by segway, bicycle, horseback, or horse-drawn carriage. If you dare, Gettysburg is also known for its variety of ghost and paranormal tours that explore the spirits from the Civil War and other historical eras that can't seem to leave Gettysburg behind.

About Gettysburg, PA / Additional Info

Gettysburg is practically synonymous with the Civil War era, as it served as the location of the war's bloodiest and one of its most significant battles, which spanned three days in 1863. Before the Union and Confederate troops met in Gettysburg that summer of 1863, Gettysburg was a thriving town with nearly 2,500 citizens and rich agricultural roots. But after the Battle of Gettysburg took place, the town changed forever. It's here that President Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address in November 1863 as part of the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers' National Cemetery, a final resting place for Union soldiers.

Today, Gettysburg National Military Park serves as the most popular spot in Gettysburg, welcoming nearly two million visitors each year who come to tour the battlefield's 40 miles of trails and learn about the battle that resulted in Union victory and ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. In addition to the Gettysburg National Military Park, many of Gettysburg's attractions and tours focus on its Civil War era and how its residents affected by the battle. For one, the Shriver House Museum tells the story of the family who lived in the house during the Battle of Gettysburg and takes visitors into its authentic sharpshooters' nest in the attic.

Gettysburg is also known for its Eisenhower National Historic Site, the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, which served as a weekend retreat and meeting place for world leaders to reduce Cold War tensions. Visitors can tour the home and grounds of this working farm, which serves as just one example of Gettysburg's abundant agricultural past and present.

Pairing perfectly with its wine, Gettysburg's restaurants often utilize local ingredients in their offerings, and many feature group dining and private event space options. Fidler and Company Craft Kitchen crafts upscale, rustic cuisine with local farm-fresh ingredients, while Hickory Bridge Farm uses the fruits and vegetables from its own gardens to serve family-style dinners in an old barn. Sidney at Willoughby Run features a daily changing menu of elegant cuisine focused on simple ingredients. Used as the first Confederate hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg, The Inn at Herr Ridge boasts a panoramic view of the battlefields from its rooftop terrace, as well as award-winning American and French classic cuisine. Dobbin House, Gettysburg's oldest home, takes guests back in time with its six historic dining rooms and casual alehouse, as well as its cozy candlelit setting.

 
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