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The Blue Parrot Suite



Your private bedroom is separate from the bath, kitchen and living room area.




This photo looks into the living room area. The kitchen is opposite the couch.

This is a "Room with a View". You'll look north and west from the living room peering out onto the Gettysburg College campus and mountains and the first day's battlefield to the west.

The Blue Parrot Suite - fourth floor
James Gettys Hotel - Gettysburg, PA
The Blue Parrot Tearoom Suite is located on the fourth floor of the hotel. This nice open suite offers a rooftop view of the Gettysburg College and is decorated in bright yellows and blues, making this room sunny and warm. The sitting area has a nice loveseat sofa and reading chair with television. The kitchenette offers refrigerator, microwave and two burner stove with all amenities for dining in. The private bath offers a tub and shower unit with hairdryer and plush bath amenities. The bedroom carrying on the yellow and blue theme has a wrought iron queen bed and wicker furnishings.
Room History:

Located on the site of one of the earliest houses in Gettysburg, the Blue Parrot Bistro continues a tradition of hospitality which began in 1850 with Mrs. Schwartz's Oyster Parlor. The Oyster Parlor lasted eight years, and then was converted to a private residence.

During the Battle of Gettysburg, the residence was said to have housed "a great many surgeons". (Most likely, the surgeons that operated in this building and the Christ Lutheran Church across) In 1868, Mr. E.H. Minnigh opened a confectionery store and served the delicacies until his death in 1903. In 1920, the building underwent a great renovation. The Tudor style facade was added and reopened as the "Blue Parrot Tearoom Deluxe". Situated on the famous trans-continental Lincoln Highway, the Blue Parrot Tearoom quickly developed a national reputation. Some described Gettysburg's famous tearoom as offering the finest dining between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Some said Chicago contemporary travel writer, Van Nelson, said his meal "...was the best I had eaten in my many years of travel." The Blue Parrot Tearoom Deluxe continued to operate into the 1950's when the business sold and operated as the Adams House Tavern, then Gower's Tavern.

Holly Giles and Gary Yount purchased the business in 1988, and with an appreciation for tradition of fine dining that preceded them, opened the Blue Parrot Bistro. Chef Allison McIlhenny added her culinary expertise to the partnership a year later. We, at the James Gettys Hotel, chose to include the Blue Parrot Tearoom, as a name of a suite because of its ties to this establishment. In the 1930's, Alice Rebert would begin the first of many jobs as a waitress at the Blue Parrot Tearoom Deluxe. Alice would go on to become a house mother at several fraternities at Gettysburg College and was commonly known as Aunt Alice. Later she became head cook for the Gettysburg Area School District. Alice Rebert married Harry Lower in 1920. Later they had two daughters and one son, George, (co-owner of Lord Nelson's). Alice was born in 1900 and died in 1967; she was the hotel manager's (Stephanie Lower, now Stephan) grandmother.

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James Gettys Hotel   27 Chambersburg Street  
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
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