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Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast

Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast

The Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast is located in the Pennsylvania countryside just outside Carlisle. There is one room available for reservation in the farm-style home with a private bath, queen-sized bed, and personal air conditioning. A farm-to-table breakfast is served every morning with eggs from the owners Joanne and Billy's chickens and vegetables from their vegetable garden. Fresh pastries are also served at the morning meal. The home is just a few minutes from the Appalachian Trail, which brings many hiking and nature-oriented groups to the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast. The bed and breakfast is open year-round and has the most guests between May and October.


The Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast is a two-story house on two acres of land surrounded by many acres of farmland. There is one room available for guests to reserve. The room is decorated in a rustic/primitive style. Amenities offered in the room include a private bath, a queen-size bed, TV, and air conditioning. Because of the property's countryside location the owners raise chickens and grow vegetable gardens on the acreage. The chicken and vegetables add to the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast experience, providing guests with a fresh breakfast. Breakfast is served daily and includes a fresh fruit cup, some kind of egg entrée, and a type of sweet breakfast dessert.

The Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast is unique because of its welcoming atmosphere. It is a place where guests feel comfortable. It is a smaller bed and breakfast, making it an intimate and cozy stay for guests. The location makes it easy for guests to enjoy outdoor activities, walk downtown, and find local attractions. There is a wide variety of things to do in the area. The Carlisle Collector Car Show is a popular event and is held from April through October. Carlisle is a college town, adding to the energy of the area. Both Dickinson College and Penn State Dickinson School of Law are only six miles away. Many festivals are frequently held downtown. Carlisle is also known for having some of the best fly fishing in the country and many opportunities to catch trout. The area is also a popular area for bicycling and motorcycling.

One of the most popular reasons for visiting the area is the Appalachian Trails, which are only five minutes away from the property. Another local attraction is the Mayapple golf course, where guests can enjoy a round of golf. There are quite a few courses close to the property. For guests looking for some local restaurants, Momma Spriggs Restaurant serves New American dishes, including lasagna, chicken pie, and chicken stir fry. The Hamilton Restaurant is another spot worth trying, specifically known for their hot dogs. Guests can enjoy onion rings, various burgers, steak, chicken pot pie, and drinks at 1794, The Whiskey Rebellion.


Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast is a family-friendly property where guests can expect to receive a personal touch and quality customer service. Guests have typically left 5-star reviews. They have commented on how they feel like they are part of a family while staying at the BnB. Many guests comment on the excellent breakfast, welcoming hosts, and the relaxing atmosphere. Most visitors say that they would love to come back again. One guest left a review saying, "This is a lovely, peaceful, comfortable inn that is close to several fly fishing streams, which was one reason for our visit to nearby Boiling Springs."

Hosts Joanne and Billy are friendly and personable, providing helpful information on the area's sights, activities, and dining options. "Our breakfasts were incredibly delicious, with generous portions. We truly felt welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed our stay." Other guests commented, "We came as guests and left as friends." Many of the reviews speak of hosts Joanne and Billy in a positive light. Joanne and Billy are willing to recommend local activities to guests that are looking for something to do. The area has a lot of history and interesting things for visitors to experience.

The Army Heritage and Education Center provide an educational experience with a walking trail, research center, and exhibit. The Cumberland County Historical Society is a spot where guests can explore various exhibits and galleries, having an educational experience. The Trout Gallery is another local attraction, showcasing artwork from local artists. There is something for everyone, whether it be fly-fishing, shopping, seeing historical sites, or dining. The property tends to be the busiest between May and October.


The Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast opened in 2009, but the house was built in the 1880s. The Craighead family were the original owners who settled the property in 1742. The bed and breakfast has evolved over the years and made improvements as time has gone on. The owners, Joanne and Billy, love meeting their guests and being hospitable. They have enjoyed their experience and love that most guests who come are in a good mood because they are in "vacation mode."

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521 Lerew Road
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015
United States


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Joanne & Billy

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