Shepherdstown, WV

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Shepherdstown which includes heritage elements, a small town or village and street scenes

Explore funky bars and coffee houses and experience the diverse cultural scene at this exciting and dynamic college town.

Shepherdstown is a small town, yet it possesses a vivacity and energy more typical of a larger city. It was officially incorporated in 1762 under the name Mecklenburg and has plenty of historical pre-Revolutionary architecture. The town has more to offer visitors than just its historical features. Shop for handicrafts in local shops, attend arts-oriented festivals and hike the trails at nearby state parks.

Before you delve into the student-driven arts scene, familiarize yourself with the town’s more than 250 years of history. Wander around the Shepherdstown National Historic District and identify the different architectural styles. Find Grand Greek-Revival buildings as well as Federal and Victorian constructions around town. Pick up a map of historic homes at the Shepherdstown Visitors Center to help you navigate. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum, housed in an 18th-century hotel, is open from early April to late October and is devoted to local history.

The presence of students in the small town adds to its youthful atmosphere. Mingle with students at the Shepherd University campus near the banks of the Potomac River. Spend evenings in the busy bars where students congregate for nights out. Consider booking tickets for a show at the historic Shepherdstown Opera House, which screens films and eclectic live events.

Find cafés, restaurants and interesting shops selling antiques as well as handcrafted goods on the main thoroughfare, German Street. Walk or bike in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, running along the northern bank of the Potomac River and stretching all the way to Washington D.C.

The town has a busy events schedule, with several well-known festivals throughout the year. Arrange your trip to coincide with the renowned summertime Contemporary American Theater Festival. Film buffs may want to catch the Cut to the Chase Film Festival in September or the American Conservation Film Festival later in the fall.

Shepherdstown is about a 90-minute drive from Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Discover the arts and festival scene that has Washington weekenders enamored.

❤️ Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
❤️ Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Shepherdstown, WV
The price is $43 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated on the waterfront, this historic cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potomac River, Shepherdstown Visitors Center, and Rumsey Steamboat Museum. Shepherdstown ...
5/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Serene
"Peaceful place; quaint and lovely little abode. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we look forward to our next trip out there. Kudos to the hosts for their great communication, lovely property and great experience."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

❤️ Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Bavarian Inn
Bavarian Inn
3.5 out of 5
164 Shepherd Grade Rd, Shepherdstown, WV
Situated in Shepherdstown, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Potomac River and Shepherd University. Shepherdstown Museum and Rumsey Steamboat Museum ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (391 reviews)
"I expected a rough but genuine attempt at a Bavarian style getaway for our wedding anniversary, but was impressed to find it very much exceeded expectations. Our waiter for dinner(Robert) was amazing and made sure everything was absolutely perfect. We will definitely be returning!"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2020

Bavarian Inn
Stay at LARGE, Historic Home & enjoy 5 star BBQ
Stay at LARGE, Historic Home & enjoy 5 star BBQ
Shepherdstown, WV
The price is $89 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated in Shepherdstown, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Potomac River, Cress Creek Golf Club, and Shepherd University. Shepherdstown Opera House ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
comfortable house with history
"like all old houses there were some quirks but happy overall"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

Stay at LARGE, Historic Home & enjoy 5 star BBQ
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
❤️ Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
❤️ Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Shepherdstown, WV
The price is $43 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated on the waterfront, this historic cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Potomac River, Shepherdstown Visitors Center, and Rumsey Steamboat Museum. Shepherdstown ...
5/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Serene
"Peaceful place; quaint and lovely little abode. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we look forward to our next trip out there. Kudos to the hosts for their great communication, lovely property and great experience."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

❤️ Secluded 1940s Romantic Tiny House on the River
Stay at LARGE, Historic Home & enjoy 5 star BBQ
Stay at LARGE, Historic Home & enjoy 5 star BBQ
Shepherdstown, WV
The price is $89 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Situated in Shepherdstown, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Potomac River, Cress Creek Golf Club, and Shepherd University. Shepherdstown Opera House ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
comfortable house with history
"like all old houses there were some quirks but happy overall"

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

Stay at LARGE, Historic Home & enjoy 5 star BBQ
BEST LOCATION: Historic Shepherdstown Getaway
BEST LOCATION: Historic Shepherdstown Getaway
Shepherdstown, WV
This family-friendly Shepherdstown vacation home is located on a river, just steps from Shepherdstown Opera House and Shepherdstown Museum. Rumsey Steamboat ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Great house, great location!
"Went to Shepherdstown to race the Freedom's Run half marathon. The location of this house was just perfect! Walked to the check in location and to the race start and finish, which was also great for checking out some of the lovely and historical side streets in Shepherdstown. We were a multi-generational ..."

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

BEST LOCATION: Historic Shepherdstown Getaway
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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