The Antietam Area of Western Maryland and West Virginia

Published Date Author: , February 16th, 2012
by Cindy Neugebauer, The Inn at Red Hill, Keedysville, Maryland
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Antietam BattlefieldSurrounded by mountains and beautiful waterways, the Antietam Area of Maryland &the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is rich in history, National Parks and outdoor adventure. We are a morning drive from the Baltimore/Washington DC Area.

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Antietam National Battlefield is the perfect park to visit this year. Known for the site of the bloodiest day in our history, a visit will give you the site of landscape that remains almost the same as it was one-hundred and fifty years ago.

Big Cork VineyardsVisitors can hike, bike or drive to the Battlefield to take in the story and beauty of this National Landmark.

Just south of Antietam is the Potomac River and all of its beauty. Paralleling the river is the 184 mile Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal and Towpath. Known for its charm and natural beauty, this path stretches from Cumberland, MD to Washington DC. The towpath is a favorite of hikers, joggers and bicyclists.

Across the Potomac River we venture in to West Virginia, home to nearby Shepherdstown, Charles Town and Harpers Ferry National Park.

Antietam Region, Maryland/West VirginiaCelebrating its 250th Anniversary, Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. Known for its unique gift shops and its Contemporary American Theater Festival, this college town is the place to spend a full day, capping it off with dinner at one of its fine restaurants.

Casinos and horse racing have put Charles Town on the map. With its dealing table games, slots and racing, there is action everywhere in this quaint town.

At the point where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet, you find the historic community of Harpers Ferry. This small town is a National Historic Park full of museums, exhibits and hiking trails. Rafting on the rivers is also a favorite outdoor adventure here.

As you travel back over the Potomac River into Maryland, Big Cork Vineyards can be found nestled in the little village of Rohorersville. This new vineyard sits between two beautiful mountains and will be serving wine for the first time this spring. Dave Collins has many years of experience in the wine business and looks forward to sharing his new vintage.

A short drive north briings your to yet another beautiful National Park – The Appalachian Trail. This trail stretches 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia and winds right through this area of Maryland. This part of the trail is known as the “easiest part to hike” with some favorite scenic overlooks.

Inn at Red Hill, Keedyville, MarylandThe Inn at Red Hill is a small bed & breakfast nestled in the woodlands of Elk Ridge, the northern extension of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Overlooking Antietam National Battlefield, Red Hill is the perfect retreat for the weekend traveler, business person, history buff or recreation enthusiast.

We are minutes from Antietam National Battlefield, Shepherd University, and the C&O Canal. Red Hill is full of history and natural beauty. Our Inn is like a “new old house”, 20th Century construction surrounded by vintage decor and old fashioned cottage gardens. Each guest room has a private bath, private entrance and sitting area, queen-size bed, WiFi, refrigerator and TV. Wake to freshly brewed coffee and homemade breakfast featuring ingredients from local farms. Your stay also includes concierge services, including dinner or rafting reservations or bicycle rentals.

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