->Overview: The 9 Regions of WEST VIRGINIA
Eastern Panhandle, West Virginia
Feel the tension slip away as you cross the miles to picturesque towns nestled in rolling hills, only a stone’s throw away from the big city lights and bustle.
There’s captivating history with Colonial and Civil War roots; terrific shopping for antiques, crafts, contemporary housewares and clothing; your choice of lodging at resorts, spas, bed and breakfast inns and motels;
relaxation and adventure on the rivers, roads, raceways and golf courses; plus theater, cinema and fine dining. Steeped in over 200 years of history, this region of West Virginia will enchant one and all.
Attractions in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle are as timeless as the state’s rich history and as new as the latest spa trend. Take a scenic and exciting kayak ride down the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers with a local Harpers Ferry outfitter.
Learn how firearms were manufactured at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (www.nps.gpv/hafe), or visit the site in Charles Town where abolitionist John Brown was hanged.
In Martinsburg, taste freshly made DeFluri’s fine chocolates, visit the former home of Confederate spy Belle Boyd and tour the rare and historic B&O Railroad Roundhouse.
The impressive Charles Town Races and Slots gaming center (www.charlestownraces.com) features live thoroughbred horse racing and Vegas-style slot machines.
Try a sumptuous German meal and a romantic night overlooking the Potomac River at the classy and cozy Bavarian Inn (www.bavarianinnwv.com) in Shepherdstown.
Berkeley Springs boasts more massage therapists than lawyers. This lovely arts town is loaded with quaint, locally owned shops and some great dining, in addition to the variety of spas and homeopathic treatment options that abound.
Kids and kids-at-heart alike love browsing the candies and knick-knacks at the old-time O’Hurley’s General Store near Shepherdstown.
Take a leisurely hike or bike ride along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath, a national park that runs along West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle border with Virginia and Maryland.
The 3,000-foot Paw Paw Tunnel is an engineering feat and an adventure for bicyclists.
Golfers rave about Cacapon Resort State Park’s www.cacaponresort.com) Robert Trent Jones Sr. course – it’s a favorite among the Washington crowd – and the historic CCC cabins.
Just a short drive away in Hedgesville is the 2,000 acre Woods Resort (www.thewoodsresort.com) that offers 36 holes of golf, outstanding dining and a casual yet pampering spa.