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Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 6 Carlisle B&B and Inns
Reviewed 8 September 2010

I stayed here so I could attend the Carlisle Corvette show. Joanne and Bill have created a very special B&B in a very beautiful setting. The B&B is only about 5 minutes from Carlisle and is located in a picture-pefect rolling green countryside. There is a small creek that runs alongside the property and numerous gardens that were absolutely gorgeous.

Breakfast was fantastic and I usually skipped lunch given the generous portions. The room and house was spotless and the overall feeling is "cozy". Joanne and Bill know the area for tips on areas to visit, restaurants, etc. I have already booked my room for next year and my wife is coming with me! I can't wait!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 September 2010

We found the place with little problem (even though we had just flown in to PHL from the UK), although it might have been harder to get the last turn correct in the dark! The hosts (Bill and Joanne) were very willing to wait up late for us if our flight was delayed. Amazing warmth and thoroughly being looked after, with breakfast on the deck overlooking farmland. Reasonable rates, with a comfortable room (ours was ground floor). Bill gave good suggestions for places to go and see in the locality having listened to what we wanted to do. We had some great conversations as well. And we saw a Red Cardinal - we don't have them in the UK.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2010

We stayed at Joanne and Billy's cozy bed and breakfast at the beginning of August and were SO pleased with the entire experience. They treated us like family, fed us incredible home-cooked breakfasts on the patio overlooking the farm next door, and those meals always lasted us until dinnertime. Every morning the red cardinals that the b&b was named for made an appearance at the feeder next to our table. We slept like babies in the cleanest, most comfortable room I have ever had the pleasure to stay in on a vacation. We felt like we arrived there as strangers and left 5 days later as old friends. They gave us lots of friendly, but not intrusive advice on things to do and places to go.

They are located in emerald green farm country only 2 or 3 miles from the beautiful little town of Boiling Springs. It was hot and humid, so Billy provided us with all the ice water we could carry every day, and Joanne baked peach bread from the juicy peaches we bought at a local farm stand. SInce I can't eat cow's milk, she went to a local farmer's stand and bought sheep milk, and sheep yogurt and sheep cheese so that she could cook for me. Amazing! When we had to get up at 3 am to catch our plane home, they got up with us, fed us and saw us off.

I spent a lot of time sitting on their little bridge over the millrace dangling my feet and watching the crawdads and fish flit by, listening to the cicadas and crickets. At night saw the first fireflies ever. But we were never bothered by mosquitoes or any other pesky bugs.

Their Border Collie Molly keeps a close eye on "her" guests, and checks in often. We had never been to Pennsylvania before, but thanks to our great experience at the Red Cardinal, we will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2010

Do you remember your first kiss? Who doesn't. This was our first B&B experience and it's just like that first kiss. Billy and Joanne went all out to make Linda and I feel right at home. The country breakfast, the lovely gardens, and the peace and quiet countryside are as charming as it gets. The location was perfect for our Chryslers at Carlisle event. Local dinners were both well in our budget and the food was excellent. And if Bill and Joanne weren't real careful, they might have had to find a new dog. Linda fell in love with Molly and was ready to adopt. We'll definately keep the Red Cardinal at the top of our list of B&Bs to stay at when visiting the Carlisle area.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

We really enjoyed staying there. The breakfast was delicious and very relaxing eating on their patio. Would deffinately go back.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2010

We ended up here by accident. We were attending the PIAA state Track & Field championship in Shippensburg and need an overnight stay. Another b & b had over-booked a room for us and notified us via an e-mail that a room was not available. I ended up on tripadvisor and found The Red Cardinal B & B. I wish I had more accidental finds!!! We could not have asked for a better experience. In fact, this was our BEST b & b experience to date. Everything was simple perfect!
Food was fresh and delicious, our room was clean, comfortable and quiet, and the location was awesome. This was such a peaceful location!
Bill and Joanne were the perfect hosts. They did a wonderful job making us truly feel welcome. If the weather cooperates, you will really enjoy a sunrise breakfast on the back patio overlooking post-card worthy scenery. Downtown Carlisle is a very short drive away, and our drive to Shippensburg was easy along a beautiful country road.
We are planning to return to do some exploring of Gettsyburg and for some more relaxing.
Highly Recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cubby205
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Reviewed 10 September 2009

We spent 5 nights at the Red Cardinal and found it to be a great experience. Billy and Joanne were very helpful as we made daily plans for outings. The room was immaculate and comfortable. Cold drinks and homemade cookies were always available. Breakfast each morning was delicious and hearty. The house is in a very scenic area and we enjoyed the walks on country roads. We will definitely make a return visit!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast

Address: 521 Lerew Rd, Carlisle, PA 17015-9208
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Carlisle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Carlisle
Price Range: $133 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Red Cardinal Bed & Breakfast sits among the farmlands and mountains in Cumberland County. We are an easy access from I-81 and I-76, yet our B&B is located on a scenic country road. We are an easy drive to all the major attractions: Carlisle Car Shows, the Appalachian Trail, Yellow Breeches Creek, Carlisle Army War College, Dickinson Collge, Dickinson School of Law, and Gettysburg Battlefield. We are 5 minutes from Boiling Springs and an hour's drive from Hershey and Lancaster. ... more   less 

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