Charles Town

Exploring Charles Town, you can’t help but notice how effortlessly the past and present blend and how easy it is to discover it all! Duck in and out of locally owned shops and restaurants downtown. Take a historic walking tour and learn about the rich history of the town. Between casinos with live thoroughbred racing to theatrical productions at an opera house, there’s plenty to be discovered in Charles Town.

Dining

Charles Town proves that you don’t have to travel far to experience flavors from around the world. Alfredo’s Mediterranean Steakhouse & Grille serves up delicious, authentic Mediterranean fare like gyros, falafel and couscous. La Mezzaluna Café specializes in Italian food cooked with care. Chicken cacciatore, veal sorrentino, and stromboli are just a few of the dishes found on their menu. For genuine Thai cuisine, try Sumittra, where dishes are packed with Thai flavors. Craving a craft brew? Abolitionist Ale Works strives to create fun, flavorful and unique beers.

Entertainment

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Racing packs so much entertainment into one place. Take a spin at the roulette table. Test your luck at a slot machine (you’ll have more than 2,500 to choose from). Watch thoroughbreds thunder around the racetrack. You can even bet on your favorite sport teams with their sports betting. Inkwell’s Tavern, a popular pub in town, hosts a variety of musicians a few days a week. The Old Opera House is a live theatre house located in the heart of Charles Town, presenting six main stage productions, a summer family production, a one-act play festival and a ballet every year. They even teach classes if you’re interested. 

Shopping

Locally owned shops dot the downtown and bring in so much charm. Check out Fuzzy Dog Books and Music for novels and vinyl records. Elle’s Niche is a boutique offering handmade goodies to make every day extraordinary. Find jewelry, artwork, aprons and more. Take a step back in time at Bars and Booths, a restoration business dedicated to vintage restorations. You’ll find old soda machines, gas pumps and juke boxes to decorate any room in your house. 

Recreation

The Locust Hill Golf Course invites you to try 18 holes of exceptional golf. Four sets of tees on every hole offer golfing at its best for all skill levels. Each tee offers challenges across the 35 acres of lakes, ponds and streams. Cool Spring Nature Preserve is a 63-acre preserve that offers educational programs for children, adults and families. It’s also designated as a birding hotspot so bring your binoculars as you explore lush forests, meadows and marshes. Nearby Harpers Ferry offers hiking along the famous Appalachian Trail. 

History

Charles Town is rich with Civil War and American history. George Washington was an early settler of the area and many of his relatives called Charles Town home. In fact, the town is named for his youngest brother Charles. Today, there are six Washington homes still standing. The Jefferson County Museum has many John Brown and Civil War items, including the wagon that carried Brown to his execution, the desk he used in his jail cell, a copy of his provisional constitution and the gurney he laid on during the trial.

Stay

The Hillbrook Inn is a romantic bed and breakfast offering the very best in luxurious accommodations, fine dining, spa services and special events. The inn has an array of lodging accommodations to choose like the historic Main House or the contemporary Farmhouse. If you’re looking to be close to all the action, the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Racing offers spacious suites at The Inn at Charles Town. Here you’ll find first-class amenities and rich interiors just steps from the exciting casino action and thoroughbred racing. Remember the aforementioned Abolitionist Ale Works? They have a private 2-bedroom suite above the brewery and also offer a free growler with weekend stays. 

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