Why do people choose the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast

Joanne Kenney Hawver on August 13, 2016

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Why do people choose to stay at the Red Cardinal Bed and Breakfast rather than a motel?  I’m sure the answer varies from guest to guest, but a consistent thread is that they enjoy the personal experience.  Another common thread is that they love being in the country.

In the past month, Greg and Brenda came for the Carlisle car show.  They stayed at the Red Cardinal because they read our reviews and were impressed by the comments of friendliness and a good breakfast.  They left with a review of their own: We have already booked our return trip for next year.

Fran and Mary came for a mini-vacation.  Fran is a pastor in the “asphalt jungle” of Philadelphia.  His job is a 24/7 on call ministry.  They came to participate in a motorcycle ride with friends and to breathe the fresh air of the country. It was a beautiful weekend, and they were not disappointed.  Mary was so happy to be here. She was born and raised in Philly, and to see the grass, the flowers, the hills and mountains was just what she longed for.

Mike was taking his wife, Claire, on a surprise mini-vacation for a couple of days.  They came to Carlisle and the Cumberland Valley to do some antiquing.  On the morning they left, Claire told us that the main purpose of the trip was to celebrate 5 years cancer-free from kidney cancer.  And with tears in her eyes (and mine), she said that this is “exactly where I needed to be”.

Audrey and Roger started in June hiking the Appalachian Trail.  They were hiking north to south, (from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain Georgia), and hoped to finish by October. They were hiking 20-28 miles/day which is very stressful for the body.  When they reached the Red Cardinal B&B, they were tired and aching.  (and this was only the half-way point).  They had a hot shower, a good rest and a full-breakfast in the morning to prepare them for the day's hike.  They were here about 12 hours, and upon their departure the next morning, Audrey and Roger left a note in the guest register which left us speechless and humbled.  

It is places like this and people like you that make this trail (Appalachian) and travels so pleasant.  Spending 4 months in the woods, beating our body’s strength and mind’s morale down, is beautifully offset by the hospitality this home has shown us.

Thank you for opening up this oasis to all who come with big hearts and sometimes heavy feet.

We could not have asked for more.  With all the gratitude, thank you!

Thank you for your service (Billy ) to this country, thank you for the welcoming smiles, thank you for a farm fresh breakfast , the best we had in 65 days!, and thank you for a little bit of peace.  Best of wishes and God Bless

It is times like these, that we feel blessed to have the Red Cardinal Bed & Breakfast.  It is a place where we can welcome people from all over the world and from very diverse backgrounds.  It is a blessing for us to be able to provide the peace, quiet and “little bit of heaven” that everyone needs once in a while.  (as well as a good laugh and a hearty breakfast)!

We welcome all of you anytime.  So make your reservation and come enjoy the countryside (and a great home-cooked breakfast).