Shepherdstown is located along the banks of the Potomac River, only about an hour and a half from both Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Nightlife in Shepherdstown features award-winning local restaurants, a thriving local music and arts scene, plus plenty of theatrical performances.
West Virginia’s oldest town treats you to sophisticated restaurants, colonial ambience and old world elegance. Rich in Civil War and American history, Shepherdstown has museums, battle sites and see re-enactments all year round. You can also stay in historic inns or modern hotels and shop or explore the surrounding countryside for outdoor adventure.
- The Bavarian Inn is an upscale hotel with unusual amenities. Its claim to fame: an infinity pool that seemingly melts into the Potomac River.
- Shepherdstown’s “Little House” was built during the summers of 1928 and 1929 when a class project at the local college evolved into the creation of a one-acre miniature farm modeled after the farms in the Shenandoah Valley.
- Before tucking in for the night in one of the many inns, grab some dinner and drinks in the historic setting of Mecklenburg Inn (known as “The Meck” to locals.) Shepherdstown enjoys the distinction of being one of the most haunted towns in America. If you’re into ghosts, don’t miss the Shepherdstown Mysteries Walk.
- O’Hurley’s General Store on the edge of Shepherdstown is like going back in time. Hear truly traditional old-time sounds at the heritage music jam session every Thursday.
- Shepherd University’s Contemporary American Theater Festival is a 3-week long celebration of live theater, and debuts several original new plays every season.
- Boo!Fest, a Halloween celebration, takes over the town for one weekend every year with activities for kids and families.
- The Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival takes place just outside of Shepherdstown and features juried artists and crafters, plus music and wineries.