Black Dog Coffee in Shenandoah Junction is the best way to begin a day in the Eastern Panhandle. Head into Shepherdstown to explore the campus of Shepherd University and the shops along German Street in town. Grab lunch at casual eateries like Domestic restaurant, Maria’s Taqueria, or award-winning Blue Moon Café.
Reserve your afternoon for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Not only is this park filled with history, but it’s the perfect spot for outdoor recreation. Hike the park’s trails or head to nearby River Riders to book a zipline canopy tour, or a float trip down the Shenandoah or Potomac rivers.
Wind down your day with a local brew at one of two breweries in Charles Town. Alfredo’s Mediterranean Café serves up fresh cuisine that might just be your favorite part of the day. Stay in Charles Town for the evening and settle in at the Hillbrook Inn & Spa or head back to the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown. Don’t forget to stop by the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau for any questions you might have on your visit.
Spend the day in Martinsburg and you’ll find fresh, traditional food, whimsical entertainment and 19th– century attractions. Peruse the aisles in the West Virginia Glass Outlet for the perfect handmade gift to take home, then pick up some treats at DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates.
If you’ve got kids in tow, pop into the Wonderment Puppet Theater for a show before grabbing lunch at locally-owned King’s New York Pizza. After lunch, stop in to say hi at the Martinsburg and Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau, then go visit the Belle Boyd House to learn about the Civil War spy who once called it home. The B&O Roundhouse is also in Martinsburg and once accommodated 16 steam engines. End your afternoon at Orr’s Farm Market to pick strawberries or pumpkins (depending on the season).
Spend the evening dining at Boyd’s Steakhouse, then take in a show at the historic Apollo Theatre, which hosts movies, plays, vaudeville acts and live music. Afterwards, tuck in at the Carriage Inn Bed and Breakfast, where you’ll feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time with its period furniture.
Your last day in the Eastern Panhandle is bound to be the most relaxing one yet. Berkeley Springs is a spa town with a bustling arts community, so, before you go into full-spa mode be sure to check out the antique stores, art galleries, and specialty shops downtown. Points of interest include the Mountain Laurel Gallery, MAC Ice House, and Berkeley Springs Antique Mall.
Once you’ve been acquainted with the town, it’s time to soak in the original warm mineral springs that have attracted people here for years, including George Washington! Berkeley Springs State Park has a historic Roman Bath House as well as open pools of spring run-off outdoors. For full spa treatments that include facials, pedicures and more check into Atasia Spa just one block from the park.
The final leg of your day involves a visit to nearby Cacapon Resort State Park, where you’ll stay and dine in for the evening. Before you turn in, explore the park’s trails on horseback with guided rides by Triple C Outfitters. Take advantage of the park’s rejuvenating waters and cap off your visit with a dip in the lake.