During our stay in Gettysburg we made sure to hit one of our favorite places to eat- The Dobbin House. It is the oldest building in town, dating back to the Colonial era. It was originally a family home that was eventually converted into a tavern. The beauty of this place, as you can imagine, is its walk into the past. Everything is lit by candlelight and the actual tavern is located down in an old, small wine cellar. It is a tiny place, but nevertheless very fun and quite complimentary to the overall theme of Gettysburg. So here is the low down of Dobbin House: It is extremely cute and quaint. The wait staff is dressed in colonial outfits, the menus are written as if they were composed long ago and the overall atmosphere is remarkable. Honestly, the food is….ok. It isn’t bad, but let’s just say we don’t exactly go there for their mouthwatering menu. You can tell their emphasis is on the ambiance.
Because this house is so huge they not only have a tavern in the wine cellar, but the first floor was converted into a fine dining area . The upstairs seems to only be available for large banquet parties, but it seems every time we go there it’s empty haha. I’m guessing everyone prefers eating in the tavern because it provides more of a rowdy atmosphere. There’s also an adorable gift shop located near the entrance and the house is free to explore. After we ate we went up a couple flights of stairs and explored. We saw rooms packed with antiques, old clothing, and dated tools which really made this house come alive. James has been going to the Dobbin House with his family for years and years. It has always been their traditional dinner stop whenever they went so he gave me a little personal tour! This house has seen it all. Built at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, used as a safe house in the Underground Railroad, eye witnessing the biggest battle of the Civil War, this house truly stands the test of time. Even though the food was average, we’ll definitely be coming back on our next visit because the charm, beauty and history of this place are too precious to pass up.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post, James and I wrote this one together, he has a much better way with words 🙂
Do you guys have any special spot you like to visit on vacations?
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