It’s winter, the forecast is iffy. Yet you still need a few days to get away from the hustle and bustle of your day to day life? Come to Shepherdstown, park your car and enjoy the A to Zs of Shepherdstown in the winter.
Of course there are attractions that are an easy drive from here – Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry, Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, the wineries of Loudoun County, VA – but you don’t ever have to leave town to have a great getaway. Our fine restaurants are still serving delicious food without the crowds of summer.
So, from A to Z, this is Shepherdstown in the winter.
Antiques – Look in Pop’s Attic Antiques offers a great collection of ever changing antiques and vintage items.
Bridge – There’s a game of Intermediate Bridge(walk-ins welcome) every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church on the corner of German and Church Streets. Call (304)876-6244 for more info.
Contra dance – Shepherdstown Music and Dance sponsors monthly contra dancing on Saturday nights. Don’t know how? Beginner workshops start at 7:30 pm for the dance at 8 pm. Great fun, great music, potluck snacks at the War Memorial Building at the corner of German and King Street.
Dream Catchers – Ponder the intricacies of dream catchers at On the Wings of Dreams. Located at 139 W. German St. the shop focuses on items to assist those on a spiritual journey.
Events – To find the latest, up to the minute, events visit the online Shepherdstown Visitors Center Calendar.
Facial – Enjoy a rejuvenating facial at Soul of Skincare and Wellness. They use quality herbal and organic products and they are located at 121 W. German St.
Graphic Novel – Love graphic novels and comics? Beyond Comics at 207 S. Princess St. has comics and graphic novels for all ages.
Historic Walking Tour – Get your copy of “Historic Shepherdstown: A Brief History and Walking Tour” at the Visitors Center(129 E. German St.) for a self-guided walk through Shepherdstown’s colorful past.
IPA – After all that walking enjoy a cool one at any one or more of the great drinking establishments in town. Local brews abound!
Jala Yoga – Jala Yoga at 117 W. German St. believes that yoga is for all ages and offers classes 7 days a week.
Knit – Knit away at Yarnbility at 207 S. Princess St. Take one of their many classes or bring your own project to one of their socials (Wednesday 4 pm-6 pm or Friday from 10 am – 12 noon). Or just stop in to be inspired by the delights that are Yarnability.
Little House – Visit the Little House on Princess St. Built in the late 20s by the then Shepherd College so student teachers could observe children in a child-sized environment.
Monument – Visit the James Rumsey Monument at the end of N. Mill St. The monument commemorates Rumsey’s successful testing of a steamboat 20 years before Robert Fulton. Breathtaking views of the Potomac from here.
Now and Then – Wander through The Now and Then Shop at 106 W. German St. for a surprising variety of vintage furniture, creatively repurposed items and locally made afghans and crafts. All made in America.
O’Hurley’s – If its Thursday it must be O’Hurley’s. Local musicians get together at O’Hurley’s General Store (205 E. Washington St.) and play Appalachian/Celtic style music from 7:30 pm to 11 pm. Its free and its been happening for more than 30 years!
Pastry – Take a break, have a pastry at the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery (100 W. German St.). Open every day for Baklava to Whoopie Pies, sandwiches, coffee and more.
Quilt – Looking for that special fabric to complete a project or starting a new quilt? Sewinclined at Yarnability has got what you need. Located at 207 S. Princess St., they are open every day “because creativity always happens.”
Read – Time to curl up by the fire with a good book? Stop at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St. first. Celebrating its 25th year, Four Seasons has a wide selection of new, used and discount books. You’ll find a nice selections of local authors there as well.
Stained Glass – Spend a few moments in silence and awe enjoying the beautiful stained glass that graces the many churches of Shepherdstown.
Tea – When it’s tea time its time for Shaharazade’s Restaurant and Tea Room at 141 W. German St. Over 40 different quality teas to choose from, Middle Eastern food and marvelous deserts.
Unique – Looking for that unique gift? Choose from some of America’s finest handmade arts and crafts at Dickinson & Wait Craft Gallery (121 E. German St.).
Visitors Center – While in Shepherdstown get the scoop on everything Shepherdstown at the Visitors Center at 129 E. German St. or go on-line at Shepherdstown.info. Helpful and friendly, if its happening in town, they know.
Wine Tasting – Grapes & Grains Gourmet (110 E. German St.) offers a free wine tasting every Saturday from 1 pm-7 pm. Tastings feature four wines served with an assortment of gourmet cheeses and crackers that complement the choices.
Xero – Try on a pair of Xero shoes at Two Rivers Treads (400 S Mildred St, Ranson, WV). There’s always lots to look at and learn at the country’s first minimalist shoe store.
Youth – Shepherd University started educating West Virginia’s youth in 1871. Enjoy an online historic tour of their campus and then go exploring for yourself.
Zzzzs – Time to go home and get some Zzzzs and dream of returning to Shepherdstown in the summer when Z might mean Zipline!! But then, that’s a list for another time.
Thanks for reading and we hope to see you soon.