Suite Description

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 bedroom carrying on the yellow and blue theme has a wrought iron queen bed and wicker furnishings.

Suite 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 transcontinental 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 the 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.