It looks like it’s going to be a much nicer President’s Day, weather-wise, in 2011 than it was in 2010. With clear weather and no snow on the ground, I’d like to suggest a tour of the Washington Heritage Trail, which winds throughout the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. We are just a short drive away from the D.C. and Baltimore area – perfect for an overnight trip.
Shepherdstown is a good place to base your travels, as there are a few sites on the trail – the Rumsey Monument, the Entler Hotel, and Morgan’s Grove Park – that are right here. Around Jefferson County, several Washington family homes can be seen from the Trail (most are private and not open to the public) and the Zion Episcopal Church is the resting place for many important West Virginia citizens including over 70 members of the Washington family.
Another part of the Trail, Harpers Ferry National Park and the short climb to Jefferson Rock are open year-round. You can pick up trail brochures here at the Inn (our February holiday special of chocolates and movie tickets with a two-night stay is available through Monday) or at the Visitors Centers around the Panhandle.
Jeanne & Jim at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV